The Creativity Diet – What to Eat to Be More Creative (Recipes + Infographic)

Creativity food: Blueberries

Creativity is a thought process that leads to new and useful ideas and what we eat can affect our thought process a lot.

Being on the seafood diet where you see food and eat it might not be the best diet if you want to have a sharp and creative mind ;)

All jokes aside we are all unique and we can find out what diet suits us best by  paying attention to how we feel before and after meals, practice mindfulness, keep food journals and learn what has worked for others and test if that works for us as well.

Taking small steps towards eating what suits us can be beneficial and instead of focusing on what you should not eat, focus on adding healthy food to your diet that supports your creativity and productivity.

I recently saw an interesting infographic from EBOC and HubSpot where they talk about food types that can help you maintain high energy levels and be more productive and creative.

Fruits and vegetables can help you create

What I find interesting is how good fruits and vegetables can be for our creativity. In the infographic below the authors talk about a study that indicates the more fruits and vegetables people consume (up to 7 portions) the more creative they tend to be as well as more engaged. 

Fruits and vegetables play a key role in the experience of curiosity which is very important for creativity and they also play a key role in enhancing motivation and engagement which is very important for the implementation of creative ideas.

That’s not all, according to this infographic, fruits and vegetables can enhance our mood and the consumption of it seems to increase our happiness which can be very beneficial for our creativity.

In this infographic the authors also talk about how beneficial nuts, dark leafy greens, healthy fats, eggs and more can be for your productivity so I wanted to share three simple recipes I like that contain ingredients which are suggested in the infographic.

Recipes

Green Productivity Pasta
Ingredients
  • One serving size pasta (gluten free, whole wheat or whatever suits you)
  • 1/4 zucchini
  • Handful of arugula/rucola salad
  • 1 tbsp. ghee or coconut oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp. green pesto

Boil the pasta by following the instructions on the package. While the pasta boils, cut the zucchini in thin slices. Add ghee or coconut oil to a pan and add the zucchini, salt and pepper. Cook on a low heat for a few minutes. Combine the pasta, the zucchini, the green pesto and the arugula/rucola salad and enjoy :)

Idea Generating Egg Pizza
Ingredients
Pizza base
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. ghee or another oil you prefer
Pizza sauce
  • 1 large tomato
  • Thyme, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. tomato purée
Pizza topping
  • Handful of spinach
  • 4 mini tomatoes
  • 1/4 zucchini
  • Garlic oil to taste

Mix the eggs in a bowl, add ghee (or your oil of choice) to a pan and add the egg mix and cook until you can turn it over, cook the other side until it is a firm pizza base.

Mix all the ingredients of the pizza sauce in a blender and spice according to taste. Spread the sauce on top of the pizza base, slice the vegetables and then add them as toppings. If you have a pan that is suitable for ovens, bake the pizza for a few minutes or you can cook the zucchini before you add it as a topping. Add salt, pepper and garlic oil on top and enjoy :)

Creativity Chocolate Pudding
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt and cinnamon
  • Handful of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 banana

Mix all the ingredients except the blueberries and the banana in a bowl in the evening. Stir the mix again 10 minutes later and put it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning top the pudding with fresh blueberries and sliced banana and enjoy :)

Follow these recipes or create your own with ingredients from the infographic below :)

The productivity diet (infographic)

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About Birna Birgisdóttir

Birna Birgisdóttir is a Ph.D candidate, researching creativity and servant leadership. She enjoys learning new things and has a M.Sc. in International Business, B.Sc. in Business Administration, diploma in Human Resource Management and she is an Executive Coach as well as NLP Practitioner.

Birna loves new adventures; has travelled the world, scuba dived in Mexico, skydived in Las Vegas, surfed in Australia, meditated in India and climbed the highest peak in Iceland.

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