Brain food: Top Tips from Wasing’s Chef

We all know the importance of physical exercise, but it’s just as important to keep your brain healthy too following lockdown.

After weeks of being home watching endless box sets it’s easy to become lethargic and reach for convenience food; but if you are looking to boost your brain power to keep you motivated and focused our Executive Chef, Stuart Tyler, has come up with top tips to eat your way to improved productivity and concentration.

1 – Start your day with a breakfast smoothie providing a power packed start to the day. Smoothies are full of nutrients and will stop you craving junk food. Try blending kale, blueberries, mango yoghurt and chia seeds.

 

2 – Ensure you are getting you essential vitamins, nutrients and quality proteins by preparing a healthy meal of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, crushed avocado and sourdough. The smoked salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids that can help fight depression and anxiety. The eggs are packed with proteins, vitamins and minerals and avocado is a great source of vitamin C, E, K and B6 supporting your immune system, improving your mood and promoting brain health. Sourdough helps promote good gut health due to the long fermentation process.

 

3 – Stay alert by taking a break from working from home or schooling the children and enjoy a large black coffee. Not only will it keep you alert but it contains antioxidants.

 

During lockdown, Stu has been away from our kitchens working on new and exciting menus for future corporate and retreat guests to the estate. We thought you might like some inspiration to try some of these healthy dishes for yourselves.

Sample Retreat Menu

 

Breakfast

Ditch the sugar-filled crunchy nut cornflakes for one of these nutrient-rich breakfasts.

 

Local smoked trout with boiled eggs

Feta cheese, roasted peppers, watermelon, olives and vine tomatoes

Toasted sourdough, crushed avocado, poached eggs, tomato chilli and coriander salsa

 

Snacks

Swap your tea and biscuits for a healthy snack.

 

Vegan dark chocolate avocado cake with chocolate frosting

Chunky peanut butter on wedges of Granny Smith apples

Sriracha spiced popcorn

 

Salads

There is more to salad than lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

 

Puy lentils with baby artichokes and sun blushed tomatoes

Quinoa, pomegranate seeds, cucumber and mint

Hermitage tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil vinaigrette

 

Lunch

Exchange your cheese sandwich and a packet of crisp for something to energise your brain.

 

Stuff tacos with Teriyaki grilled salmon, kimchi, garlic mayonnaise and crispy shallots

Sauté king prawns with lemon, garlic, parsley and serve simply on a bed of cos lettuce, top with a Caesar dressing, croutons and bacon lardons

Oven backed enchiladas stuffed with smoky bean chilli served with a tomato and coriander salsa

 

Dinner

With time on our hands we have time to be more adventurous in the kitchen. Try these alternatives to your regular spaghetti bolognese.

 

Jerk marinated chicken thighs, Caribbean spiced BBQ sauce, black eyed beans, short-grain rice and crunched sour salad

Chilli, lime, ginger and soy sauce sautéed king prawns with Asian noodle salad and coriander salsa

Roasted aubergine, chickpea, butternut squash Thai Massaman curry with sticky jasmine rice and crushed toasted peanuts

 

Dessert

For those with a sweet tooth.

 

Black cherry, dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice-cream

Grilled pineapple with crushed roasted almonds and vegan vanilla ice-cream

Roasted pumpkin with maple syrup, tahini dressing, crushed macadamia nuts and pumpkin seeds

 

If you would like to hold a corporate or leisure retreat at Wasing contact venue@wasing.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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