This lightly sweet pudding, reminiscent of tapioca, makes a delicious breakfast or snack.
Superfood pudding is easy to prepare, though it does need to rest for several hours or overnight. Chia and blueberries are both considered “superfoods” for their health benefits. Blueberries are, high in vitamins and have anti-inflammatory properties. There is promising new evidence that blueberries can improve memory and slow down or postpone the onset of cognitive problems. Blueberries are rich in antioxidant nutrients. By reducing the risk of oxidative stress in our nerve cells, it has been reported that blueberries support us in maintaining smoothly functioning nerve cells and healthy cognitive function. Chia has an abundance of Omega-3 fats as well as being high in calcium and manganese.
Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, remove from heat and allow to cool.
Mix the coconut milk, Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, chia, vanilla and Himalayan salt. Cover and refrigerate 8–12 hours, stirring occasionally.
Mix the blueberries with the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Stir in almonds.
Serve in dishes with alternating layers of chia mixture and berries.
Preparation: 15 minutes plus 12 hours to set up
This is a delicious, creamy soup that benefits the whole body.
Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, and has many benefits for all the body’s systems. In this cookbook I am focusing on anti-inflammatories, and other ingredients that have a direct benefit for cognitive support, but it is worth noting that broccoli also enhances detoxification and has antioxidant benefits. It also supports digestion, cancer prevention, and cardiovascular systems. Almonds reduce risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, set aside. Chop onions, celery and parsley. Peel and press or finely chop garlic. Chop broccoli, peel and chop stems as well.
In a Dutch oven or soup pot, sauté onion, garlic, tamari, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper in olive oil over medium heat until onions are soft. Add broccoli and celery and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 5 – 7 more minutes.
Add stock and almond butter, increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, simmer until broccoli is nearly done, careful to not overcook. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly.
Using an immersion or countertop blender, puree soup, and stir in coconut milk.
Serve soup garnished with parsley.
Preparation: 1 hour
This lovely, bright salad is a great introduction to the peppery and lovely watercress.
Watercress is a humble, cruciferous, aquatic green leafy vegetable eaten since ancient times. Long considered food for the lower classes, it has only recently regained popularity due to its high nutritional value. Watercress provides numerous health benefits, including cancer prevention, blood pressure regulation and healthy bone support. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron, calcium and folate. Among other benefits, an increase in folate consumption has been shown to improve cognition and verbal fluency – good news for prevention of cognitive decline!