We don’t really need another reason to eat berries this time of year -- but here’s another (big) win to add to the equation: recent studies have linked eating berries to better brain health and performance.
So we’ve partnered with our friends at Lumosity.com to gather up some of our favorite recipes for boosting brain power, one berry at a time. Or a lot of berries at a time. Get ready to do some mental push-ups.
Photo by James Ransom
Berries are undeniably delicious, but they’re also delicate and easy to let deteriorate in the back of the fridge. Letting this happen is a shame not only because it’s wasted food, but also because it’s wasted food that happens to be good for you -- and for your brain in particular.
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and the like help protect against memory loss; they’re filled with antioxidants that protect cells from damage, especially inflammation; and they can also improve cognition and motor control. Here are seven recipes that allow these diminutive fruits to stand front and center, to claim the attention they deserve.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to gazpacho -- we almost always fall back on tomatoes -- but strawberries work well, too (and they won’t mess with the pink hue).
Our go-to solution for berries threatening to spoil? Make popsicles.
This smoothie – which is fortified with oatmeal, nuts, and a handful of leafy greens -- puts the blueberry in the spotlight (but feel free to substitute any of its berry brethren).
This is a cheesecake that isn’t based around cheese, but the cashew-strawberry blend that forms the creamy base will have everyone fooled.
Sure, it takes a little forethought to have this for breakfast, but the creamy, cool frozen yogurt plays perfectly against the tart raspberries. In other words, it’s worth it.
If you’re looking to make your berries last, turn them into jam -- and then spread them in their slick new state on anything and everything for weeks to come.
This meatloaf hews closely to tradition to produce a thoughtfully balanced and light-textured loaf, but the standout here is the sauce, whose garlic, ginger, and cayenne make sparks fly around the blackberries.
Tell us: How do you like your berries?