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:
This Energy Boosting Trail Mix is a healthy mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth!
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw pistachios
- 1 cup cashews (roasted or lightly salted)
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup gogi berries or dried blueberries
- 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips
- Place coconut flakes in a small skillet on the stove. Toast over medium-low heat, until lightly golden and fragrant, gently stirring often. This should take only 2 or 3 minutes; watch the coconut carefully so it doesn’t burn. Let cool before mixing with other trail mix ingredients.
- Place toasted coconut and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl or storage container; stir to mix. Store trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature, or divide into individual portions in zip-top baggies. Enjoy!
Other Recipes To Try:
Check out our Pinterest Board to see other MIND Diet snacks!