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. The following recipe is inspired by their food memories from the cookbook:
A healthy Coconut Fruit Dip you will want to gobble up!
- 1 cup of canned coconut cream, cold with water removed (Coconut cream is the cream on top of cold coconut milk)
- 1 tbsp raw honey or almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Refrigerate the coconut milk overnight before making the dip. The next morning, take out the coconut milk, and you will see that the coconut cream is on top of the cold coconut milk. The coconut water will pour out easily leaving the cream on top.
- Scoop cold coconut cream into a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Whip up the cream using an electric mixer.
- Add raw honey/almond extract and vanilla.
- Refrigerate dip until ready to serve.
- Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy!
Other Recipes to Try
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