Mindfull offers 100 delicious recipes to fire up your synapses!
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - With dementia rates expected to soar in
coming decades as Canada's population gets older, a nutrition and
cognitive scientist with the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest
Health Sciences has cooked up a strategy to help people maintain good
Dr. Carol Greenwood, a senior scientist and Canada's leading professor
of nutrition and brain health, has teamed up with Daphna Rabinovitch,
an award-winning recipe developer and food writer, and Joanna Gryfe, a
food and media expert, to create the world's first science-based
cookbook for the brain.
Available only as an e-book, Mindfull provides a 300-page feast of consumer-friendly information on the
science of nutrition and brain health, what this means in terms of
eating to promote a healthy brain, plus 100 delicious recipe ideas to
fire up your synapses! Celebrity Canadian chefs from coast to coast,
including Michael Smith, Mark McEwan and Dale Mackay, as well as
Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
contributed recipes for the book.
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 60% of Alzheimer's
diagnoses are attributed to lifestyle choices. Poor eating habits and a
lack of physical and intellectual stimulation are stronger drivers for dementia than genetics alone.
"We know that diet is an important predictor of how well our brain ages
and that people who have better quality diets have greater preservation
of their brain function with aging," says Dr. Greenwood. In the book,
she debunks myths about nutrition, tells us what to eat to promote
optimal brain health and healthy aging, and provides useful tips on how
to boost our cognitive function at times of the day when we are feeling
low - always ensuring that her advice can be easily adapted by the busy
"The recipes we developed for this book were of course inspired by very
particular food choices, but just as importantly by many global and
ethnic cuisines, making the recipes exciting and diverse," says
Rabinovitch. "Health eating, as the book brings to life, has never been
more delectable, gratifying and energizing."
The cookbook covers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks,
appetizers and desserts. From Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes
with Ricotta Topping for a lazy weekend breakfast, to great ideas for
on-the-go quick meals, healthy sandwiches, soups, meat, vegetarian,
pasta and fish dishes, there is a variety of brain healthy recipes to
choose from. Before the weekly grocery run, readers can skim the handy
reference chart of foods that are rich in brain-healthy nutrients such
as Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, fibre, folate and Vitamin B12,
polyphenols and mono-unsaturated fats. The book lists many spices and
herbs which are also thought to have brain-protective compounds and can
be used to enhance the flavor of what we eat.
For people-on-the-go who don't have time to eat nutritious meals, Dr.
Greenwood has this advice: "There are a number of recipes in the book
that you can make in less than 15 minutes. It really starts with your
selection of foods when you're in the grocery store. Look for fresh
fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains that can be easily incorporated
into salads, for example. These are quick and nutritious meals."
The e-cookbook is available as a $9.99 download from e-book retailers iTunes, Amazon, Kobo and coming soon on Google Play. Mindfull was conceived by Women of Baycrest volunteers, and supported by the
Baycrest Foundation and Cogniciti Inc. Proceeds from the sale of the
e-book will support Baycrest programs and services that promote
excellence and innovations in aging and brain health.
A sneak peek inside the e-cookbook Mindfull:
SOURCE: Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
For further information:
on this press release, to interview the authors, or have freelance culinary consultant Daphna Rabinovitch lead a brain-healthy cooking demo in studio, please contact:
Senior Media Officer
Baycrest Health Sciences