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.
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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.
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.
I've been a baker, math tutor, webmaster, camp counselor, social media manager, research analyst, editor, and recipe tester -- not necessarily in that order. But if you find me without a book on food or cooking, then you've got the wrong gal.