I think I’m getting dumber. Is that possible? My sister tries to tell me that’s what happens when you get pregnant but I am definitely NOT in the family way. My sweet Hubby keeps telling that I’ve just got too much on my plate and can’t concentrate on any one thing.
No matter how you spin it I keep doing dumb things.
For example, we recently took a trip with some friends and we divided some of the expenses between the two couples. When doing the math to see who owed what I forgot to divide and over charged them by a couple hundred dollars. Oops!
While keeping score in a game of Farkle, instead of creating a new total each round, I created a new total by adding up all the totals from each round drastically multiplying everyone’s scores.
While eating dinner with friends my hubby and I were sharing a nice slice of pecan pie. Without thinking I snatched the fork from his hand and used it to shovel pie onto my own fork and continued doing so until the entire pie was gone. I didn’t realize what happened until I looked up and seven sets of eyes were staring at me in disbelief.
At least I have a good sense of humor about it all and can laugh at myself along with my friends. But, I do think my husband is right. I have too many things going on and lack concentration on what is at hand. So, I’ve set out in search of a delicious antidote.
One of the best foods for the brain is a blueberry. Recent studies have shown them to improve memory, improve brain function, and improve motor skills. Whole grains like oats and whole grain breads help improve blood flow causing the brain to work faster. Plus, the benefits of grains are released slowly to keep you sharp all day.
Almonds are quite the little miracle worker. They have been proven to boost your brainpower, stabilize your mood, and relieve the aging process. Recent studies have shown that almonds can help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and can even help reduce the symptoms of the two. Studies have also shown that almonds can help shrink your waste line. But careful, you can only have 14 a day.
Flax meal is full of brain boosting Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Without Omega 3 your brain cannot function. It is like oil for your brain to keep things running smoothly. It helps to increase the transmission and reception of brain signals. In addition, it aids in the communication between brain cells. There has been new research showing its affects on Alzheimer’s, mental disorders, ADHD, memory loss, and inattentiveness. Flax is so high in healthy fats that it can be used as an oil or butter substitute in many recipes like this one.
Yogurt contains tyrosine. Tyrosine perks you up and improves mental alertness. Be sure to use full fat yogurt, not the fat free kind that is full of sugar. And finally, the egg. It is full of choline which helps to improve memory and all around cognitive performance.
With this knowledge at hand I whipped up some to die for blueberry muffins. To make these muffins I combined whole wheat flour, flax meal, almond meal, oatmeal, baking powder, brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl. I added in eggs, milk, almond extract, and yogurt and mixed until combined. The batter was very thick. To finish I folded in sliced almonds and blueberries. Pretty easy recipe, huh!
These baked up really deliciously. The almond flavor was a great compliment to the sweet blueberries. Eating these almond blueberry muffins may not make me smarter, but I think realizing there is a problem is the first step to recovery! Hopefully they’ll at least keep me focused through the crazy holiday season.
Almond Blueberry Muffin Recipe | Brain Food
1 ½ Cups whole wheat flour
½ Cup whole oatmeal
¾ Cup almond meal
¾ Cup flax meal
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ Cup yogurt
1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
2/3 Cup of skim milk
¾ Cup fresh blueberries, rinsed (about 6 ounces)
2/3 Cup sliced almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pan with paper liners. In a large bowl mix together flour, oatmeal, almond meal, flax meal, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. Add in yogurt, eggs, milk, and almond extract. Stir until well combined. Mixture should be very thick. Fold in blueberries and almonds. Fill prepared muffin tins ¾ full with mixture. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon if desired. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and serve warm or let cool. Dig in!
Makes about 18 muffins.