Brain booster

Healthy oatmeal and berry breakfast in a coffee mug

Boosting memory function could help create more successful studying and testing capabilities. Anthocyanins are flavonoids found in plant foods and are most abundant in darker colored berries. Research suggests that eating foods high in anthocyanins can boost cognitive functions like memory. So remember to pick some up ... see what we did there?

Check out the list below of fruits with highest anthocyanin levels:

  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Red and Black Currants
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries

ASU Changemaker Central hosts Produce Rescue on the Tempe, Downtown and Polytechnic campuses where you can get fresh farm to market produce at a great price. Get 70 lbs. of fresh produce for $12 or 35 lbs. for $6 with your student ID. Check out their calendar and stock up on all of your anthocyanin needs. And check out this super easy overnight oat recipe aimed at giving your brain a delicious kick-start in the morning. 

Berry Overnight Oats

A heart healthy diet should include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, lean protein and legumes, and should limit fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. 


1/2 cup Quaker® Oats

1/2 cup non-fat milk

1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

1 cup fresh mixed berries and fruit

Cooking Instructions 

Add Quaker® Oats to your container of choice and pour in milk. Layer Greek yogurt, chia seeds and mixed fruit and berries. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning!

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and-recipe/berry-overnight-oats
Post contributor: Heather Yearack


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