As mentioned in previous blogs, beets are considered the number one brain food item. They are high in folate, a vitamin that may help prevent heart disease, and they contain nitrates that can increase blood flow to the brain, consequently improving mental performance.
Try this brain-boosting sidedish, which gives 1/3 of your daily folate requirement.
- 4 medium red or golden beets stems and root ends removed
- 1/3 cup walnuts chopped
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp sunflower seed oil
- 2 ounces low fat goat cheese
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- Wrap each beet in foil. Roast until soft, about 1 hour.
- Cool slightly; remove foil. Rub off skins; cut into wedges.
- Toss with nuts and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Add oil; toss.
- Divide among 4 plates; crumble cheese on top.
Looking for more brain friendly recipes? Check out our brain health recipes, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Diane® for personal help customizing your diet for your symptoms!