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Eat These Foods For a Healthy Brain

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While we might not realize it while were young and healthy, the decisions we make throughout our entire life can greatly affect the health of our brain later in life. I wrote this post a few weeks ago about how we can protect our memory, and in today’s post I’d like to cover some of the best foods we can eat to help keep a healthy brain throughout our entire lives. With a family history of dementia myself, brain health is something I take very seriously, and you should too, especially if cognitive decline and impairment is something that has affected someone in your family.

One of the best things we can do for our overall health, disease prevention, to keep our memory sharp and help us feel our very best, is eliminate inflammatory foods which include: gluten, sugar, dairy, meats, fast and processed foods, fried foods, pastries, alcohol, food additives, and preservatives. Instead turn the focus of your diet onto eating more fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and especially greens, lots of healthy, whole foods, plant-based fats and foods low on the glycemic index.

There are many plant-based foods that have proven especially beneficial for dementia prevention and treatment.

Grapes for brain health

Foods for a Healthy Brain Include:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Beets
  • Coconut
  • Grapes
  • Herbs – especially Sage and Rosemary
  • Leafy greens (Kale, Turnip Greens, Swiss Chard and Broccoli are the best)
  • Mushrooms – most notably Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Oranges
  • Spices – especially Ginger, Saffron and Turmeric
  • Strawberries
  • Omega-3 rich foods including; Walnuts, Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds and Hemp Seeds

You can prepare many easy dishes to sneak the above foods, minus those that trigger inflammation, into your daily meal plan.

Herbs for brain health
Photo by Joanna-Kosinska

Meals for a Healthy Brain Include:

  • Chia Seed Pudding made with Coconut Milk, Turmeric and topped with Berries
  • Avocado Toast (on Gluten Free Bread)
  • Baked Sweet Potato topped with Almond Butter, Blueberries, Bananas and Ground Flax Seed or Granola
  • Energy Balls
  • Spiced Nuts
  • Dried Fruit
  • Chopped Veggies with Hummus or another plant based dip
  • Green Leafy Salads loaded with veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds
  • Beet Salad
  • Fruit Salad
  • Buddha Bowls
  • Cauliflower Steaks topped with Herbs and Spices
  • Zoodles or Spaghetti Sauce topped with Herb Pesto
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Roasted Carrots with Rosemary
  • Soups loaded with beans, veggies, herbs and spices
  • Golden Milk
  • Ginger or other Herbal Teas
  • Water Infused with Fruits, Sage and Rosemary
  • Indian and Thai Food are excellent choices when dining out. Did you know that India has one of the lowest rates of dementia? It is thought that is largely attributed to the abundance of herbs and spices that they eat each day.
  • Any recipe that includes mushrooms are great for your brain but especially the delicious gluten free and vegan stuffed mushrooms below which are a huge hit with everyone!

Great For Your Brain Stuffed Mushrooms

Good for Your Brain Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1
    cup
    walnuts
  • 16
    ounces
    baby bella mushrooms
    stems removed and chopped
  • 1
    tablespoon
    olive oil
  • 1
    shallot
    small dice
  • 2
    cloves
    garlic
    small dice
  • 1
    handful of spinach or other leafy green
  • 1
    teaspoon
    chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1
    teaspoon
    chopped fresh sage
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    nutmeg
  • 1
    teaspoon
    miso
  • Salt & Pepper
    if desired

Instructions

  1. Clean mushrooms and remove stems. Set the caps aside. Chop the stems and then sauté along with the shallots, garlic, rosemary and sage in the olive oil on medium heat until the shallots are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach, walnuts and nutmeg and cook another minute. Let the mixture cool and then transfer to a food processor, add the miso and process until thoroughly combined and the mixture is the consistency of bread crumbs. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste, place the caps upside down in a casserole dish and spoon the mixture into the caps. Cook at 350⁰ for 30 minutes. Serve with any desired herbs, chopped veggies or seeds as a garnish.

Good for Your Brain Stuffed Mushrooms are loaded with ingredients for a healthy brain. They're vegan and gluten-free

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Loaded Baked Potato Wedges with Creamy Cheese Sauce and Tofu Bacony Bits

Loaded Vegan Baked Potato Wedges – These crispy baked potato wedges are perfection! Baked until crispy and topped with vegan cashew cheese sauce, tofu bacon, and scallions. These just might be potato perfection!

loaded potato wedges drizzled with vegan cheese sauce

This easy recipe for Baked Loaded Potato Wedges will blow you away with the delicious combo of crispy baked potatoes,  tofu bacon bits, and a creamy vegan cashew cheese sauce.

While you could eat these loaded potato wedges as a meal or side dish, I love serving these as a shared appetizer or a Game Day snack. Having a few is delicious, but having a whole sheet pan on your own is quite gluttonous so you might want to share. If you’re hosting a party, a movie night or a game day get-together, make sure to put these delicious loaded potato wedges on the menu and you will be everyone’s favorite!

These Vegan Cheesy Potato Wedges are perfect for when you’re craving something cheesy and comforting. The potatoes are baked not fried.  They are baked on the same sheet pan as the tofu bacon which makes for easy clean-up. While the potato wedges are baking, we whip up my favorite vegan cashew cheese sauce. It only takes minutes and you’ll love the creamy rich texture. I like to make some extra and serve pasta with vegan cheese sauce and bacon the next day. You can also slice the potatoes into halves to make loaded baked potatoes!

loaded baked potato wedges on a a platter topped with vegan cheese sauce and tofu bacon

More Vegan Game Day Foods & Snacks

  • Firecracker crispy tofu wings
  • Spinach artichoke dip 
  • Thai Layered Dip -because Peanut sauce.
  • Spicy Pepper Crisp Cauliflower bites with celery ranch
  • Zucchini chickpea Fritters
  • Cajun Chickpea Fries

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