How to stay sharp with beans that bust through brain fog

Lack of focus, difficulty making decisions, poor memory, brain fatigue … we've all been there! Brain fog is not only frustrating, it can negatively affect our professional and personal life depending on the frequency and severity. The good news is that brain fog is a curable condition for the majority of individuals who experience it.

What causes brain fog?

Brain fog can occur from reasons such as stress, anxiety, dehydration, hunger, lack of sleep, nutritional deficiencies or medication side effects. The following healthy lifestyle habits can help improve and reduce brain fog, according to Megan Roosevelt, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian nutritionist and the founder of HealthyGroceryGirl.com.

Natural remedies for brain fog

Sleep: Aim to get at least eight hours of quality sleep per night. Unplug from television and other electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime and transition into a relaxing activity. Also avoid spicy, high-fat meals and too much liquid during this time period.

Stress management: While it may not be realistic to live a completely stress-free life, yoga, fresh air, listening to music, journaling, talking to a friend and even eating a well-balanced diet can help reduce or manage stress and the impact it has on our mental, physical and emotional health.

Hydrate: Proper hydration is crucial for cognitive health. Stay hydrated with filtered water, freshly made juices or smoothies, herbal teas and water-dense fruits and vegetables. Keep a water bottle with you in the car, at work and at the gym.

Nourish: Proper nutrition is one of the best habits you can adapt for better brain health. In particular, a diet rich in whole plant-based foods is a smart way to avoid brain fog. Plants are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and a variety of energizing carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats that help our body function optimally. "One terrific plant-based food for brain health is legumes, also known as beans," says Roosevelt. "Beans are versatile, packed with nutrients and are delicious." Among Roosevelt's favorite beans for brain health are chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans.

Garbanzo beans for brain health

Iron-rich: A common symptom of iron-deficiency anemia is fatigue and brain fog. Eating iron-rich foods such as beans can help. Consider that S&W Organic Garbanzo Beans contain 10 percent of your recommended daily intake of iron in one 1/2 cup serving, Roosevelt explains.

Energizing: Beans provide carbohydrates — the body's quickest source of energy — and fiber, which can help manage and sustain energy levels.

Nutrient dense: Beans contain a variety of nutrients that help our body thrive. One 1/2 cup serving of S&W Garbanzo Beans contains 7 grams of protein, 20 grams of energizing carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber as well as calcium, folate and potassium.

Try Roosevelt's Garbanzo Bean Lettuce Wraps recipe for the perfect lunch or dinner to feel satisfied and energized!

Garbanzo Bean Lettuce Wraps

Makes 10 Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

1 (15.5-ounce) can of S&W Organic Garbanzo Beans

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 head of butter lettuce

1 tablespoon hot sauce (or more to taste)

Creamy Coconut Sauce Ingredients:

1/4 cup of canned coconut milk refrigerated overnight (use the cream portion)

1/2 lime, juiced

1 tablespoon of diced cilantro

1 teaspoon of maple syrup

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Toppings:

2 tablespoons cilantro

1 avocado, seeded, peeled & sliced

A few slices of radishes or carrots, for color

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse and drain garbanzo beans and place on a baking sheet. Evenly cover with coconut oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and roast in the oven for 25–35 minutes until crispy. Meanwhile, separate butter lettuce leaves, rinse and pat dry. Add all sauce ingredients into a small blender. Blend for 30–60 seconds until creamy. When garbanzo beans are toasted, let cool for 5 minutes and then lightly toss in hot sauce. Place garbanzo beans on top of lettuce wraps, add slices of avocado, a drizzle of creamy coconut sauce, and a sprinkle of cilantro to each.

For more bean recipes, visit www.SWBeans.com/recipes.

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