MIND Diet Energy Boosting Trail Mix 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. 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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!

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Check out our Pinterest Board to see other MIND Diet snacks!

AlzTex Admin

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter (www.alz.org/texas) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.