As much as we worry about eating the right foods for our hearts, skin and waistlines, we often forget that we should also be feeding our brain the stuff it needs to stay happy – and I’m not talking about TMZ and Project Runway (although, for the record, I’m not ruling those out).
No, I’m referring to brain boosters like anthocyanin, quercetin and luteolin. Catchy names, huh? What’s great about these marvelous, but unfortunately labeled, phytochemicals is that they are anti-oxidants, which means they help take care of your grey matter. Think of them as your own personal “phone-a-friend” option. Only you eat them.
Okay, too much science and not enough food info? Here’s all you need to remember: Anthocyanin and quercetin are found in darker colored fruits and vegetables like apples, blueberries, onions, spinach, broccoli and red beets, and they help prevent memory loss.
Luteolin is an antioxidant (specifically a flavonoid, for those of you keeping track) that can prevent inflammation in your noggin and protect you and your family from age-related illnesses such as MS or Alzheimers. Parsley, green peppers and celery all have plenty of brain-protecting luteolin.
And to make things even easier, here’s a luteolin rich recipe even your kids will like – Bugs On A Muddy Branch (It’s my daughter’s favorite celery recipe. Yes, we have so many celery recipes that she has a favorite one.) Slice a celery stick lengthwise, fill each side with peanut butter and top it with raisins. It’s delish, packed with protein and fiber and super fun to eat.
Try it now. Before you forget.