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Best Salads to Boost Brain Health

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

Scientist know that eating certain foods helps to boost brainpower. This is good news for recipients of Alzheimer’s or Palm Desert, CA, dementia care. A great way for seniors to get their fill of these foods is by putting them in salads, as they are quick and easy to prepare. 

Start by dicing 1/2 red onion, one cucumber, one zucchini, one large tomato and 1/4 head red cabbage. Slice and add two stalks of celery to the mixture. Then, add one one-half cups of thawed frozen corn. Finally, squeeze the juice of one small lime onto the mixture and give it a final stir. While it can be eaten immediately, it will taste better if you let it marinate it for two hours.

Another great salad choice to feed your loved one’s brain can be made with a mixture of baby spinach and lettuce. Add two diced large tomatoes. Peel and chop an avocado and add it to the mixture. Then, add one-half cup of chopped walnuts along with one cup of chopped cooked beets. Finally, add one-half cup of Garbanzo beans and one cup of blueberries. Toss it all together and enjoy with a simple oil and vinegar dressing.

This salad is simple for Palm Desert live-in home caregivers to make. Start by chopping eight ounces of cooked smoked salmon. Then, add a peeled, pitted and diced avocado along with four cups of mixed greens. Toss in one-half cup of blueberries and one-half chopped red onion. Cover the top with one-fourth cup of light feta cheese. A great dressing to go with this salad can be made by combining one-third cup olive oil, two tablespoons apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon Chia seeds, one tablespoon honey and a dash of salt.

A wonderful beet salad tastes great anytime of year, but a roasted beet salad tastes especially delicious around the holidays. Start by taking 3/4 pound of beets and wrapping them in foil. Roast them in a preheated oven for about 90 minutes. Meanwhile, add one-fourth cup of almonds to three tablespoons of oil and roast them in a skillet until they turn a pale yellow. Place the almonds in a bowl and add the juice from one lemon, 1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar, 1/4-teaspoon sugar and 1/2-teaspoon salt. Stir until combined well. After the beets have cooled, slip the skin off them and add them to the mixture. Julienne one large Asian pear and add it. Finally, add three ounces of baby arugula. 

Salads are a wonderful brain food that contains essential vitamins and nutrients that benefit seniors with neurological conditions. You can serve them as a side dish or use them as a main dish on a busy day. Call Home Care Assistance of Palm Desert at (760) 345-0001 today to learn more about brain foods that benefit seniors with dementia-related illnesses. Our Palm Desert, CA, elderly care enables seniors to age in place with dignity while promoting overall wellbeing. Let a trusted Care Manager schedule a free in-home consultation for your loved one today.