Keeping your brain happy and productive – Food

Everyone has things that they binge on (I love strawberry laces) but eating healthily is important for healthy brain function, better moods and productivity.

I’m an advocate of everything in moderation for example I love butter and very much enjoy a Chinese takeaway, but day to day I try to make healthy choices with lots of vegetables, fruits and ‘sensible’ carbs. This ensures that my energy is at a good level all day long and I’m a happy and productive person.

So this is going to be foods that are good to eat to keep you energized and keep your brain moving.

Brown rice 

rice satay
Beef Satay with brown rice

Brown rice is a simple switch that you can make to your diet.

Brown rice contains magnesium, selenium and manganese. These help with stress relief and help to increase productivity.

This is a carbohydrate-rich food, which helps fuel your brain and also contains fiber which ensures that you don’t crash later on.

Brown rice takes forever to cook (30mins!) when I don’t have time for this I use the precooked rice packets because I think that this is better than defaulting back to white rice.


Most types of nuts e.g. almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews are an excellent choice when you want to boost you output. I always take a pack of nuts to work although I try not to take cashews because I will eat the entire pack in one sitting.

Nuts are an excellent source of protein and natural fats that your body needs to be healthy, they are also rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and amino acids.



I cannot get enough of berries they are such a good snack, not only are they pretty I love the purples and reds but they are also high in vitamins and minerals. Eating berries will not spike your blood sugar, meaning you have a stable energy profile throughout your day.


Bananas are a versatile snack you can eat them as they are, chop them up and add to smoothies, cereals or yogurts. I use them as a great post breakfast snack they help keep me full and away from biscuits up to lunch. Bananas are filled with B-vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also a great source of energy.

I noticed a difference when a while ago I made the change to being more aware about what I was eating, after ensuring that I was drinking enough water and adding the above and more into my diet I noticed that I was feeling better in myself and getting more done.

Note point: Avocado deserves a mention however I personally cant stand avocado despite its health benefits and I’m sure you can look it up elsewhere.

If you have any favourite foods that are delicious and that help to keep you productive then let me know below.


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