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Boost Your Brain Power with Antioxidants, Omega 3’s, and Whole Grains

Enjoying delicious, colorful, and nutritious foods is essential to make sure our brains remain in tip top shape! What foods can help boost our brain power and support healthy brain development and function?

Antioxidants are powerful substances that protect brain cells from damage and reduce inflammation in the body. Some help improve communication between brain cells, improve memory, and help form new connections between brain cells.

  • Antioxidants can be found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods that are high in vitamins and minerals A, C, E, selenium, lycopene, beta carotene, and lutein. Include foods like berries, nuts, seeds, tomatoes, eggplants, pomegranates, and many other produce options to meals for an antioxidant boost. The more colors, the better!

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are found in certain fish, nuts, and seeds, this form of fat is essential for proper brain function and can improve memory and recall as they have a role in neurotransmitter function – transferring messages to and from the brain. Omega 3s are involved in the process of building new cells and are key to developing our central nervous system and a healthy heart.

  • Incorporate Omega 3 Fatty Acids to your day by adding a crunch to salads or Greek yogurt by sprinkling in some walnuts, chia, or flax seeds, enjoying a tuna sandwich for lunch, or having salmon as a protein source at dinner.

Whole Grains are a great source of vitamin E – a brain boosting antioxidant. Whole grains are considered “whole” because they are unprocessed and have outer layers – bran, germ, and endosperm. The layers contain the vitamins, minerals, and fiber that make whole grains so good for us.

  • There is a perfect grain for every meal! Try oats or quinoa in the morning for a warm and filling breakfast, whole grain pasta with your favorite sauce for lunch, and farro or barley for dinner with some protein and veggies.

The Best Study Foods are whole foods that help you feel energized, ready to focus, and don’t cause a crash a few hours later. Try these snack ideas the next time you have a study break:

  • Veggies and hummus
  • Avocado toast
  • Trail mix
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Fruit with nut/seed butters
  • Smoothie with fresh fruits, milk or yogurt


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“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

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