THRIVE Life: Dr. Daniel Amen’s Brain Healthy Shopping List THRIVE-A-LIZED

BRAIN HEALTHY SHOPPING LIST ~ THRIVE Life has more then half of the top 100 items!

If you’re worried that trying to follow a brain healthy nutrition plan will restrict you to only a few foods, then I have good news for you! There are literally thousands of brain healthy foods that taste great.

To make it easier for you to start or stay on track with your brain healthy eating program, I have created a printable shopping list with nearly 200 of my favorite brain healthy foods. The items on this list are included because they meet one or more of the following brain healthy criteria:

  • Lean protein
  • Low glycemic
  • High in fiber
  • Low sodium
  • Healthy fats
  • High-quality calories
  • Brain healthy spices
  • Healthy liquids

Every time you go to the grocery store, print out this list and simply check off your favorites so you can stock up on delicious brain healthy foods. Whenever possible, I would highly recommend that you choose foods that are organic, hormone free, and antibiotic free.

*Foods with an asterisk are one of the 50 Best Brain Foods.



Meats & Seafood

Refrigerated Products


  • Almond milk, unsweetened*
  • Coffee (decaf)
  • Rice milk
  • Soy milk
  • Tea, black (decaf)
  • Tea, green* (decaf)
  • Tea, herbal (decaf)
  • Water*


Breads, Cereals & Grains

Nuts & Oils

  • Almonds, raw*
  • Canola oil
  • Canola oil spray
  • Cashews
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Hazelnuts
  • Olive oil*
  • Olive oil spray
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts*

Spices, Seasonings & Dressings

Snacks & Health Foods

  • Applesauce, unsweetened
  • Dark chocolate, low-sugar
  • Dried fruit, unsweetened
  • Dried veggies, no added oil
  • Stevia (natural sweetener)
  • Trail mix (nuts & dried fruits)
  • Turkey jerky
  • Whey protein
  • Xylitol (natural sweetener)

Frozen Foods

  • Fruits
  • Chicken breasts
  • Seafood
  • Turkey burger patties
  • Veggie burger patties
  • Veggies

Get more information from Dr. Daniel Amen at one of the Amen Clinics

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