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Protein and Brain Health

I became very interested in brain health when a family member had some issues with brain functioning. Because I love food and cooking, I looked into how to help them heal with nutrition. Of course, a balanced diet that focuses on unprocessed foods is essential. Veggies, whole grains, protein, fats, and water, are the base of a healthy meal plan.  

In this article, I want to focus on protein. We need to eat a steady supply of proteins that the body can convert into essential amino acids, which help the body repair and growth. 

According to an article in Psychology Today, the best proteins for brain health are:

  • Yogurt, 1 cup =14g
  • Lentils, 1 cup =18g
  • Shrimp*, 4 ounces =30g
  • Salmon* (Wild, Sockeye), 4 ounces =30g
  • Tuna*, 4 ounces =34g
  • Chicken, 4 ounces =34g
  • Turkey, 4 ounces =33g
  • Walnuts*, 1/4 cup =4g
  • Cashews, 1/4 cup =5g
  • Sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup =8.5g
  • Almonds, 1/4 cup =7.5g
  • Avocado, 1 cup =3g

One of the reasons that we like this list is that half of this list are plant-based proteins, which add fiber, healthy fats, and a variety of micro-nutrients to your diet. And two of the items on this list (sunflower seeds and almonds) are in HEF’s specialty flours.

We have designed high-protein flour at Health Enhanced Foods to help our clients enjoy baked goods and still get a high-protein diet. Our flours made with high protein include our Ketogenic Almond Baking Mix, Ketogenic Seed Flour, Ketogenic Coconut Baking Mix, and our Chickpea Pancake and Muffin Mix. You can use these flours to replace all-purpose flour in any of your recipes. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about how to use our flour. We care about your health!

Caroline and the HEF Crew