The Mediterranean Diet is known for its benefits for heart health, but it is also good for brain health as well. The diet is based on the core principals of healthy eating – lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, plus healthy olive oil, nuts, and whole grains. Like all healthy eating plans, it also includes fish and a limit on unhealthy fats.
According to the Mayo Clinic, research shows that the Mediterranean diet reduces the “bad” cholesterol that’s more likely to build up deposits in your arteries. That means that healthy blood and oxygen can flow to your heart and your brain. The Mayo Clinic says that an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults following a Mediterranean diet demonstration an association with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and decreased overall mortality as well.
Here is a recipe from the Mediterranean Diet that is delicious and good for the health of your brain.
Yogurt with fresh pears and walnuts
- ½ cup walnut halves
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 4 peppercorns
- 2 pears, peeled, cored, and cut in chunks
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
1. In a 300 degree oven, toast the walnuts until slightly brown, about 5 minutes. Chop coarsely and set aside.
2. Place water, sugar, spices, and pear into a saucepan and boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for approximately 10 minutes, until the pear is tender.
3. Scoop ½ cup of yogurt into a bowl and top with pear and sprinkle with some of the cooking liquid. Top with crushed walnuts.
If you’re wondering about other brain health recipes for your aging loved one, here is a fun sweet potato and black bean chili recipe!