We're finally here at the end of the alphabet having already run through A – X uncovering foods that start with each letter which promote brain health. From smooth avocados to sweet xocolatl (a Mexican cocoa bean-based beverage), the foods we've encouraged you to consume for their mind-boosting properties are not only delicious, but help you to stay sharp and focused throughout the workday and beyond.


Let's conclude this series with two final favorites, yams and zucchini, both readily available at nearly any grocery store, as tasty as can be, and beneficial to the brain. If you've been eating all the recommended foods thus far, you must be succeeding in ways you've only imagined! Try yams and zucchini to take your progress two steps even further.

Yams

Yams are not only sweet and delicious, but they are an excellent choice for boosting brainpower. As per DoveMed, "Several components of yams, such as potassium, folate, and various antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits. Folate has been known to reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. Potassium has been linked to increasing blood flow to the brain and heighten cognition, concentration, and neural activity."

Yams are filling, yet as healthy for the body as they are the mind. According to The Globe and Mail, a ½ cup serving (100 g) of yams is 116 calories, has no fat, 4 g fiber, and 670 mg potassium.

Bake a yam in the oven and top with low-fat sour cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Puree to make mashed yams in place of regular mashed potatoes. Slice into "fries" and bake on a cookie sheet to make a healthier version of the favorite side dish. Yams are versatile and pleasingly palatable!

Zucchini

Like many green veggies, eating zucchini will keep you on the ball and working to the max from morning 'till closing time. According to Mercola, zucchini can, "help regulate blood sugar levels." You won't suffer from that mid-day crash and slump.

Additionally, "It's also rich in flavonoid antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, carotenes, and lutein, which play a significant role in slowing down aging," as per Mercola. No more "senior moments" during meetings and important business calls.

Zucchini is high in potassium too. Like yams, according to DoveMed, "The potassium (in zucchini) has been linked to increasing blood flow to the brain."

Add steamed zucchini to pasta dishes, serve in salads, use in omelets, or dip raw into a low-fat dressing or hummus. You'll feel healthy and your brain will be at its peak.

That's a wrap! From A to Z we've explored a world of good foods that make our minds work at their highest potential. Hope you've enjoyed reading and eating!

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