Best Energy-Boosting Brain Foods

Photo by  Brooke Lark  on  Unsplash

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

As part of my investigation into healthy habits that will boost our productivity, I’ve rounded up my favourite energy-boosting brain foods. They’ve not just been scientifically proven to improve your productivity, these food are all delicious, will bring you happiness and, of ultimate importance to me, will help bring some more self-love into your life.

Enough with feeling sluggish, de-motivated, and fed up with uninspiring diets. There are ways we can balance out our eating regimes with little foods that will give us an extra boost.

I must stress that the below foods need to a part of a well-balanced diet and can’t be relied upon alone. So don’t neglect a nutritious diet - simply try adding these into your day-to-day snacks or meals and be kind to both your body and mind.

Dark chocolate

  • Amazing news for Chocolate lovers (that’s me..!) dark chocolate is the perfect snack, in moderation, for an energy boost. Why? Dark chocolate contains caffeine which will help stimulate energy levels, help alertness, and improve your concentration. 

  • Dark chocolate is also a great source of magnesium, which is a mineral shown in scientific studies to enhance learning and memory functions.

Photo by  Alison Marras  on  Unsplash

Sweet Potatoes 

  • Sweet potatoes are full of complex carbohydrates that are digested slowly - perfect for providing satiety, stabilising blood sugar, and keeping your energy levels steady without the need for reaching out for any extra snacks.  

  • Sweet potatoes also have high levels of Vitamin A & C which are both good energy-boosting sources for efficient brain functioning.


  • Eggs are a strong source of protein, which help you stay fuller for longer and therefore promote your productivity all day long.

  • Eggs also contain the essential nutrient choline which will improve your brain cognition.

    The best ways to eat them? Try an omelette with veggies, scrambled, or poach them! 

Photo by  Brooke Lark  on  Unsplash

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash


  • Beets are great for brain productivity, so why not try a shot of beetroot juice with or in between meals, add them to your smoothies, or make yourself a beetroot salad for lunch?

  • Beets contain nitrates which are naturally occurring compounds that act as vasodilators to increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure.

Photo by  Hessam Hojati  on  Unsplash


  • Broccoli is another great source for boosting brain power and will help you to perform at your best. It is rich in the essential nutrient choline that benefits cognition and cognitive performance, brain development, and memory function, all of which will help you perform at your very best.


  • Salmon contains high levels of omega 3 fatty acids that help improve focus, mental energy, brain performance, and enhance memory.

  • It’s super quick and easy to cook and can be transformed into lots of different dishes.   

Photo by  rawpixel  on  Unsplash

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash


  • Almonds contain high levels of Vitamin E that help protect the brain from ageing. As a study in Pakistan discovered, eating almonds regularly can also increase levels of acetylcholine; a type of neurotransmitter that improves learning and memory. 

  • Almonds are also perfect for snacking! Small and bitesize, it’s easy to carry around a little bag of almonds with you. If this isn’t so appealing, you can alternatively switch to almond milk in your lattes for a quick and easy boost.

Green Tea

These are just a few brain foods I’ve enjoyed bringing into my daily life. Stay tuned for further foodie guidance and thoughts. From energy-boosting tips, to scientific discoveries, to foods that will nourish your body and soul. Hayya Health aims to bring you a higher understanding and appreciation for nutrition that binds happiness and food together.