The MIND Diet
Recent studies have shown that the brain-healthy MIND diet can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by up to 53%. Developed by Dr. Martha Clare Morris at Rush University Medical Center, MIND stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”. The MIND diet takes the Mediterranean diet as well as the DASH diet and creates an eating plan that has a significant impact in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. It emphasizes eating from 10 brain-healthy food groups, and avoiding eating from 5 unhealthy food groups.
Our Discovering Connections group (an early-stage engagement program at the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Chapter) created a cookbook consisting of easy to follow recipes that they enjoyed in their personal lives. This activity provided individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s who experience early memory loss with a greater sense of independence with meal preparation. One of our early stage members, Martha, shared stories of how her husband makes the best banana bread she has ever had. The following recipe is inspired by Martha’s food memories from the cookbook:
A Banana Bread recipe you will fall in love with!
- 2 1/2 cups blanches almond flour
- 1 1/2 apple pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 plain greek yogurt
- 3 bananas, ripe, mashed
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cashews chopped
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Grease a large bread pan with coconut oil.
In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients: almond flour, apple pie spice, salt, and baking soda.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the eggs. Add in the honey, yogurt, mashed bananas, and vanilla. Whisk together until combined.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Fold in the chopped cashews.
Pour the batter into a large bread pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until the center is firm.
Allow to cool. Remove from pan.
Slice and enjoy!
Other Recipes to Try
- Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread
- Whole Wheat Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread
- Banana Nut Bread
- Healthy Pumpkin Bread
- Coffee Cake Banana Bread
Check out our Pinterest to find other MIND Diet Breakfast ideas!