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    Easy Healthy Recipes for Busy Weekdays

    Did you know that the average person gets more work done in the fall than any other season? Our brains even work better in the fall! When the summer months wind down, people tend to focus more. And supporting your brain health with the right nutrition can make it even easier to concentrate. Busy schedules can make it difficult to eat right, but with the right recipes, meal prep doesn’t have to be tedious or stressful! Fuel your focus with these easy healthy recipes for busy weekdays.

    Spaghetti Squash Boats

    Who needs a bowl when you’ve got spaghetti squash boats? Try this easy recipe made with a vegetable bolognese in spaghetti squash boats. Spaghetti squash comes rich in B vitamins that support memory and brain cell communication.

    Step 1: Cut spaghetti squash in half. Place cut side down on baking sheet and roast in the oven at 400 degrees until tender

    Step 2: Sauté zucchini, yellow squash, and mushrooms in olive oil

    Step 3: Add tomato sauce, lentils, spinach, and spices to taste

    Step 4: Add sauté mixture to spaghetti squash boats


    Lentil Roasted Vegetable Salad

    So, you want to protect your brain health, but don’t know what to eat? Cook up this lentil roasted vegetable salad! The healthy recipe contains ingredients like nuts, leafy greens, and olive oil—foods that support memory and brain health.

    Step 1: Chop and lightly coat mixed vegetables with olive oil, such as brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, and eggplant. Pan roast until tender at 375 F

    Step 2: Prepare a base of mixed greens

    Step 3: Top with roasted veggies

    Step 4: Top with cooked lentils

    Step 5: Sprinkle with raw mixed nuts

    Step 6: Top with dressing

    For dressing: Combine ¼ cup tahini, 2 tbsp lemon juice, salt, and pepper


    Yogurt and Berry Bowl

    A growing body of evidence shows an important link between our gut microbiome and our mental state. To make this yogurt and berries recipe even better, go for cultured yogurt! It contains beneficial bacteria that are good for your gut and brain health.

    Step 1: ¾ cup plain unsweetened cultured yogurt

    Step 2: ½ cup raspberries and blueberries

    Step 3: ¼ cup raw mixed nuts

    Step 4: 1 tbsp of hemp seeds

    Step 5: Sprinkle of dried coconut


    Sardine Avocado Salad

    Need an easy brain-boosting recipe? You can throw this sardine and avocado salad together in just three steps! Fish is a great source of omega-3s, which can help reduce inflammation. Make sure to avoid those that tend to have high mercury levels. Instead, refer to the acronym SMASH (salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring) for the safest fish to eat.

    Step 1: Open a tin of sardines and drain

    Step 2: Add ¼ chopped avocado and 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

    Step 3: Add a squeeze of lemon, salt, and pepper to taste


    Tofu Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice

    This tofu kimchi cauliflower fried rice recipe includes a healthy fat (olive oil), cauliflower rice, veggies, fermented foods (kimchi), and an egg—all brain boosting ingredients that protect memory and cognition. For easy prep, look for firm tofu in the plant-based section of your grocery store. Press excess water out between paper towels. Then chop tofu into bite sized cubes.

    Step 1: Sauté frozen mixed vegetables in olive oil until warm

    Step 2: Add the tofu and cauliflower rice

    Step 3: Add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, and 1 tbsp rice vinegar

    Step 4: Add 1/4 cup kimchi

    Step 5: Add 1 chopped green onion

    Step 6: Fry an egg and place on top


    What kinds of foods support brain health?

    The kind of foods we eat, and when we eat them, can make a big difference to our brain health. Neurologist Dr. Dale Bredesen recommends a plant-rich, mildly ketogenic diet combined with a daily 12-hour fast, including at least three hours between the last meal of the day and when you go to bed.

    What should you eat?

    • Indulge in non-starchy vegetables, like cruciferous and leafy greens.
    • Prioritize animal proteins rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in low mercury seafood including salmon, mussels, oysters, and snow crab.
    • Choose healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds.
    • Support memory with choline-rich foods, like eggs, and liver, and grass-fed beef.
    • Promote gut health with probiotic foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, sour pickles, miso soup, and low-sugar kombucha.
    • Avoid sugars, grains, and processed foods.
    • Supplement your diet with brain-healthy nutrients and herbs like Ginkgo biloba, phosphatidylserine, gotu kola, turmeric, and coffee fruit extract.

    Want to learn more about foods that support brain health? Read about the Bredesen Diet and get nutritional guidelines to support cognition from leading neurologist, Dr. Dale Bredesen.

    Remember, even when you have a lot on your plate, make sure nutritious food is on there too! Nutrition plays a big part in memory and cognition. Look for easy, healthy recipes that don’t take too much time to prepare. That way you can enjoy well-balanced meals throughout a busy week.

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