Scientists have isolated the top 10 types of brain foods to keep the brain young for older adults. These foods may form the key to brain health and the eating pattern called the Mind Diet.
I previously wrote on the fascinating research behind the MIND Diet that reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's by more than half. The MIND diet has 15 components comprised of 10 foods that protect the brain, and 5 types of foods that may accelerate aging and harm cognition.
The MIND Diet scores a point for each component, 10 for each brain-friendly food, and five for the foods you may want to avoid or limit, for a total of 15. However, studies show that any nourishing food you eat will have an effect on delaying brain aging. This means that the diet is not an all or nothing way of eating. I don't believe in good or bad foods, and the MIND Diet does not attach a judgment on each food. It only means these foods have been studied for brain health and you may choose to include these foods daily...
I'm a big fan of shortcuts, especially when it comes to including whole foods. So I'm calling this recipe my Ridiculously Easy Fruit Sauce. There are only two or three ingredients, depending on how many different varieties of fruits you use.
The recipe is FODMAP friendly, and suitable for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). If you're unfamiliar with the FODMAP diet, it is often used to alleviate IBS symptoms.
All you need are frozen fruit and maple syrup. You probably already have them in your pantry and freezer. But if you don't have these ingredients, please do yourself a favor and keep frozen fruit handy. They are a real time saver, can cost less than fresh fruit, and keep much longer than fresh fruit. Frozen fruit is great for whipping up smoothies, making pie fillings, and even summer fruit salads. They are just as nutritious as fresh fruit, and sometimes even more, as fresh fruit loses nutrients when transported long distances.