MIND Diet Blueberry Tart with a Pie Crust to Help Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

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, Joyce, shared how she loves to make blueberry pies. She laughed about the time she made a beautiful pie but the pan was not strong enough causing it all to fall on the floor. The following recipe is inspired by Joyce’s food memories from the cookbook:

Recipe

This Blueberry Tart with a Pie Crust will satisfy all of your sweet tooth cravings!

Ingredients

Walnut Almond Crust

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 6 tbsp almond meal
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 egg white
  • Vanilla extract, 2-3 drops

Filling

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup honey

Directions

Walnut Almond Crust

  1. Pour all the ingredient onto a food processor and mix until it forms a ball.
  2. Roll between plastic wraps.
  3. Transfer the dough onto greased pie mold.

Filling

  1. Mix the frozen blueberries and chia seeds.
  2. Add the frozen blueberries mixture into the mold.
  3. Design a cross on the top of the pie using the left over of dough.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes at 180 C or until the border of the crust is brownish and the blueberries are forming a jam-like texture.

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