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Spinach and berries (especially blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries) have both antioxidant and anti inflammatory benefits. These tiny super-foods have been shown to fight against age-related changes, such as memory loss and motor control. Both spinach and berries boost brain power by preventing inflammation in the brain that can damage how our neurons communicate. Spinach is also a natural pain reliever! With its muscle-relaxing magnesium, spinach can help relieve pain from migraines, exercise, and fibromyalgia. How’s that for brain healthy?

This week, give your brain a boost with this spinach, berry, and avocado salad!

Spinach, Berry, and Avocado Salad

Course: Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish



  • 1/3 cup fresh or frozen and thawed, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups strawberries rinsed, hulled, and sliced
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados pitted, peeled, and diced


  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor, process until smooth.
  • Place onion slices in medium bowl and cover with ice water. Let soak 10 to 20 minutes; drain and dry.
  • Toast almonds in small, unoiled skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until light golden and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. (Alternatively, toast in 300 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes.) Set aside and let cool.
  • Just before serving, combine spinach, strawberries, avocados, and onion in large salad bowl. Drizzle dressing over top and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle salad with toasted almonds.
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!

Dr. Diane® Roberts Stoler, Ed.D.
7 Hodges Street
N. Andover, MA 01845
Phone: (800) 500-9971
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