Convenient Food (Not Fast Food)

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Bet you’ve never considered that eating convenient food would help you make better food choices and stick to the MIND Diet. That’s because convenient food and fast food are two totally different things.

When it comes to cognitive health, diet and eating on the go, there are 2 important things to keep in mind. First, fast food is linked with cognitive decline. Second, fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of cognitive decline. But everyone needs to eat convenient foods now and then, so what’s a brain conscious person to do?

Have you ever stopped to think about how convenient fruits and veggies are?

Often, foods that require the most preparation can be the least healthy. From cooking a hamburger patty to throwing together a buttery, creamy casserole, all the steps you take to prepare a dish can add heaps of fat and sodium.

Eating fresh fruits and veggies and reducing intake of dairy and meat are associated with reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Eating healthy doesn’t have the reputation of being convenient, but it can be with a little preparation. The answer to making fresh produce convenient for you is to keep your fridge stocked. That way, the next time you’re feeling pressed for time, instead of picking up fast food, you can throw some spinach, nuts and berries in a bowl, top it with olive oil and lemon and have a delicious, fresh, brain boosting salad. Feeling hungry mid-afternoon? Munch on an apple and a handful of cashews—totally convenient, no prep required!

References

  • Bahadoran, Z., Mirmiran, P., & Azizi, F. (2015). Fast Food Pattern and Cardiometabolic Disorders: A Review of Current Studies. Health Promotion Perspectives, 5(4), 231–240. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2015.028
  • Morris, M. C., Evans, D. A., Tangney, C. C., Bienias, J. L., & Wilson, R. S. (2006). Associations of vegetable and fruit consumption with age-related cognitive change. Neurology, 67(8), 1370. doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000240224.38978.d8