6 Foods to Fuel Your Brain

Food Network suggests these fresh foods to help keep your brain in top shape.
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Spinach and Other Leafy Greens

Turn back time with leafy greens. A recent study showed that people who ate three servings a day had the brain function of someone five years younger. Salads and sandwiches are easy options, or try Ellie Krieger's lighter creamed spinach.

Eggs

Don't forget the eggs. They have memory-boosting choline, protein for your muscles, and lutein for your eyesight — important if you spend time in front of a computer screen.

Salmon

The omega fats found in salmon have been shown to boost brain development, improve function and decrease inflammation. Salmon Kebobs are a light weeknight meal that will please the brains and the bellies around your table.

Get the Recipe: Salmon Kebobs with Quinoa and Grapefruit Salad

Berries

Skip the chips and grab some berries during exam time. The antioxidants found in raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and cherries are linked to improved short-term memory. Try Giada's Raspberry-Vanilla Smoothie instead of your usual midnight snack.

Get the Recipe: Raspberry-Vanilla Smoothie

Oatmeal

Don't like regular oatmeal? Wake up your brain with Ingrid Hoffmann's Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie. Mix up a batch before you go to bed, for a quick breakfast on your way out the door. It really is the most important meal of the day.

Get the Recipe: Old-fashioned Avena Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothies

Broccoli

Broccoli is full of fiber and immunity-boosting vitamins C and E. People who eat more cruciferous vegetables show slower mental decline. Raw broccoli is great, but we love the nutty taste of roasted broccoli.