Nutritionist teaches how to improve brain health by eating strawberry

Food is one of the simplest ways to get the nutrients you need for healthy aging. The typical age-related cognitive decline is caused by a mix of factors, but it can be slowed by a few actions, including choosing what to put on your plate — and strawberries are one of the fruits that can help with this process.

Nutritionist Renata Guirau, from Oba Hortifruti, explains that the fruit has antioxidants that act to prevent cognitive decline. A study carried out in the United States and published in the scientific journal Neurology Journals shows that regular consumption of strawberries has an effect on brain aging.

“The fruit provides a good amount of vitamin C, which plays a significant role in brain function. It also has a low glycemic index and contains few calories, which is ideal for people who need to control their body weight”, comments the nutritionist.

She explains that there is no recommended dose of strawberries per day to obtain the benefits, but the general recommendation is to consume three to five servings of fruit per day — one serving is equivalent to four medium strawberries.

Here are four healthy recipes to put strawberries in your diet:

Strawberry Coconut Cream

Ingredients:

1 packet of unflavored gelatin;

½ cup of grated coconut tea;

½ cup of coconut milk tea;

4 tablespoons of honey;

½ cup of water;

1 cup of chopped strawberries.

Method of preparation:

Prepare the gelatin according to the package instructions and blend in a blender along with the coconut milk, honey, water and strawberries.

Pour into glasses and refrigerate until it forms a firm cream.

Remove from the fridge, finish with the grated coconut on top and put it back in to freeze for another 2 hours before serving.

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Spring salad

Ingredients:

½ box of washed and sliced ​​strawberries;

½ head of lettuce;

1 cup of mushroom tea;

2 tablespoons of sliced ​​almonds;

1 tablespoon of chopped parsley;

1 tablespoon of honey;

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar;

3 tablespoons of water;

1 pinch of salt;

1 teaspoon of chili pepper.

Method of preparation:

Assemble the salad by accommodating the lettuce, mushrooms, strawberries and almonds.

Prepare the sauce by mixing the honey, vinegar, water, salt and pepper.

Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

Strawberry jam

Ingredients:

500g of washed and chopped strawberries;

1 lemon juice;

1 tablespoon of culinary sweetener.

Method of preparation:

Mix all the ingredients and bring to a low heat, stirring constantly.

The strawberry will release a broth that needs to be cooked along with the pulp.

Turn off the heat when it reaches the consistency of jam.

Store in glass jars and keep in the fridge.

Strawberry smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup of frozen strawberries;

100 ml of coconut water;

5 mint leaves;

Sweetener or sugar to taste (optional).

Method of preparation:

Blend everything in a blender and consume right away.

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