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, Chet, shared stories of living in California where his family grew lots of berries in the back yard. Since they had so many strawberries, his mother would make strawberry shortcake all the time which he never complained about. The following recipe is inspired by Chet’s food memories from the cookbook:
This delicious, healthy Strawberry Shortcake will soon be your favorite treat!
- 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2/3 cup Splenda baking blend or preferred bakery sweetener substitute
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 2 teaspoon grain free baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups of strawberries, sliced
*Optional* Coconut cream for frosting
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line two 8″ or 9″ round cake pans with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix coconut oil, sweetener, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract until well combined.
- In a medium bowl, mix whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the flour mix to the egg mixture and mix until completely combined.
- Divide the batter between the cake pans. The batter is a little on the thick side, so spread it out evenly with a spatula.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Set cakes out on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Set cooled cake on a cake platter *Optional: Use coconut cream as frosting to top the cake*. Top with sliced strawberries and enjoy!
Other Recipes to Try
- The Ultimate Carrot Cake
- Lemon Blueberry Cake
- Easy & Delicious Strawberry Peach Crumble
- Healthy Berry Cake
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Check out our Pinterest for other delicious MIND Diet Desserts!