Pomegranate Juice

Organic pomegranate extract (aka pomegranate juice) is almost as rich in antioxidants as your average red wine. Grape juice, prune juice and green tea are also valid alternatives to fend off aging and fight disease.

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Coffee

Being Italian I am partial to a good espresso, which is in itself the healthier and most powerful type of coffee you’ll ever find. Especially “doppio”. Studies have shown that doppio espresso contains the highest amount of antioxidants (anti-aging, free radical-fighting nutrients) than any other beverage on the planet.

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Peanut Butter Power Bites

This is a healthy take on the traditional no bake cookies. So good – and so good for you! I am always asked for this recipe every time I make them. They are a hit with the kids and the adults, and always go quick.

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Rose Infused Raw Cacao Ganache

Opposites really do attract—at least in this three-ingredient recipe that pairs delicate rose petals with powerful raw cacao. The ganache is remarkably smooth and luscious, and the rose topping adds just enough romance. It makes for a scrumptious dessert that comes together in just 5 minutes. Besides, a serving of cocoa has higher concentrations of anti-aging flavonoids than either red wine or green tea. 

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My Brain-Healthy Chicken Soup

Winter is coming. While cooking to support our long-term brain health, let’s also protect ourselves against common winter-related ailments, from the cold to the flu. This recipe combines a neuroscientist’s eye with Ayurvedic principles with a good old-fashioned chicken soup. It has plenty of vitamins and minerals, and lots of water to keep you hydrated during the harsh winter months. but what’s notable about this recipe from a brain health perspective is the combination of ingredients that boost the immune system with healthy proteins that protect the nervous system. 

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Rainbow Buddha Bowl

This recipe is very filling. The dressing is the star of the dish and is a re-adaptation of an incredible sauce I ate at Life Alive, an “urban oasis and organic café” located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My husband used to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and whenever I spent a weekend there, we’d go to Life Alive and enjoy their signature dish, The Goddess, which inspired this Rainbow Buddha Bowl recipe.

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Alaskan Salmon

This recipe is another household favorite. My husband says this super simple dish is one of the best I’ve ever prepared. And I cook often. What could be surprising is the simplicity of the recipe, as there is hardly any cooking involved. It’s mostly a matter of using fresh, high quality ingredients that combine well together, taste delicious, and are good for you.

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Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken

My Dad’s Lemon Roasted Chicken is a discovery definitely worth trying out. In a tangy twist on a classic chicken recipe, a whole (organic, free range!) chicken is rubbed inside and out with aromatic herbs, then baked with freshly squeezed lemon juice and EVOO for a light and flavorful Italian dish. Paired with roast potatoes, it makes for a perfect meal.

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Bircher Muesli (aka Overnight Oats)

Bircher Muesli was developed towards the end of the 19th century by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner for his patients. It is still a very popular breakfast throughout Switzerland and Germany. Muesli (pronounced muse-lee) is an uncooked mixture of nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits and spices. Although the ingredients may remind you of granola, the main difference is that muesli doesn’t contain any added oils or sugars, and is eaten raw.

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Avocado Toast

If Avocado Toast isn't in your weekly routine, this recipe will convince you otherwise. Nothing beats this classic toast. Start with a silky avocado, chock-full of heart- and brain-healthy fats, and dress it with EVOO (another heart/brain favorite like flaxseed oil) and a pinch of pink salt and chili peppers flakes to taste.

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Rose Tea

These delicate flowers make a fragrant brew that is light-tasting, fruity and low in calories. The many benefits of rose tea are a result of the high concentrations of antioxidant vitamin C, vitamin A, polyphenols, as well as a bounty of other antioxidants. One teaspoon of rose hips has the equivalent amount of vitamin C in 6 oranges!

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Cacao Tea

Cacao tea is by far my favorite coffee substitute. Cacao is an effective mood enhancer, an excellent antioxidant source, energy booster and comfort food all wrapped up in one. The cacao will give you a nice hit of energy without the jitters and crash that can sometimes affect coffee-lovers -- and it tastes delicious. I take my cacao tea black and unsweetened, but you can add a little bit of stevia or raw honey if you prefer. You can also make it creamy by replacing the water with almond milk.

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Fruit Infused Water

Fruit-infused water is a beautiful way to add flavor, as well as nutrients, to your days (and help you ditch the soda can on the way). Also called detox water or fruit flavored water, these beverages can be any combination of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices immersed in water. Infused water is full of flavor and has no calories, making it a powerful tool in your efforts to gain better health. Here is one of my favorite recipes: Raspberry Orange Water.

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Almond Milk

Almond milk looks similar to cow's milk, but it tastes so much better. Plus, almonds have long been associated with a plethora of health benefits. Almond milk is rich in calcium and vitamin D (crucial for strong, healthy bones) and anti-aging vitamin E. Beware, commercial flavored varieties contain an ungodly amount of hidden sugar. Home-made almond milk is the way to go.

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Nourishing Green Smoothie

A smoothie is a convenient snack option and a smart way to deliver concentrated nutrition in a delicious, convenient treat that you can take anywhere. I have learned to appreciate the therapeutic properties of whole-food smoothies made from fresh organic fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I also mix in natural supplements known to boost brain health , such as gingko and ginseng.

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