Recipes for your brain

25 Oct

Avacados, blueberries and wild salmon have often been dubbed “brain foods” because they contain certain vitamins and ingredients that help foster a healthy brain, and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

But, Dr. Carol Greenwood,  a cognitive scientist with the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences in Canada has teamed up with food and recipe experts Daphna Rabinovitch and Joanna Gryfe to create the first-ever science-based cookbook that provides recipes full of ingredients to help stimulate the brain and boost memory.

Mindfull,” available only as an ebook, contains 300 pages of easy-to-understand information about the importance of brain health and how a healthy diet can help improve it. The rest of the book contains 100 recipes such as roasted squash soup with roasted pumpkin seeds and curried lentil & wheatberry salad with mango.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease today, and it is also the sixth leading cause of death. A bad diet is one of the main contributors to dementia.

“We know that diet is an important predictor of how well our brain ages and that people who have better quality diets have greater preservation of their brain function with aging,” Dr. Greenwood said in a press release.

Rabinovitch said that the recipes represent many cultures, so it is a glabal guide to healthy eating, in that sense.

“The recipes we developed for this book were of course inspired by very particular food choices, but just as importantly by many global and ethnic cuisines, making the recipes exciting and diverse,” Rabinovitch said in a press release. “Health eating, as the book brings to life, has never been more delectable, gratifying and energizing.”

The book contains recipes for any time of day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. And, for the commuter who is constantly on the go: meals in 15 minutes or less.

The book is available for $9.99 on Amazon and other e-book retailers and the proceeds go towards research on brain health.

A sneak peek inside the book:http://www.baycrest.org/mindfull/

 

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