We know there are so many factors in our health that we can’t control. At the same time, we know diet plays a huge role in the health of our bodies and brains. There are many healthy, brain-enhancing foods to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Research also points to certain foods that might increase the risk of inflammation in the body and brain. A significant body of research suggests that a healthy diet, physical activity, and social engagement are vital in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
For more information on how diet impacts brain health, check out our blogs. Read Brain-Boosting Foods to learn what foods to prioritize for brain health! The Mind Diet blog highlights a comprehensive diet that may cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 53%. You can also learn how the ketogenic diet impacts brain health.
Blood Sugar Disorders and Cognitive Decline
A pool of research indicates a link between blood sugar disorders and various stages of neurodegeneration and memory loss. The connection between insulin resistance and cognitive decline is so strong that Alzheimer’s disease has sometimes been dubbed “Type 3 Diabetes.” Eating adequate protein goes a long way toward regulating blood sugar.
Eating Healthy During Summer
Summer can be a challenging time to stay on track with healthy eating because of travel and festivities that take place during this time of year. To help you stay on the right track and eat healthy this summer, here are a few simple snack recipes:
Refreshing, Easy High-Protein Summer Snacks
Peanut Butter Yogurt Mousse
- Combine 3 tbsp of powdered peanut butter (this one is my favorite!) with ⅓ cup of Greek yogurt. Whip for 2-3 minutes until smooth and airy.
- Top with add-ons of your choice. My go-to combo is a handful of Lily’s white chocolate chips (naturally sugar-free), ¼ cup of Nature Valley’s protein granola, and a few sliced strawberries. About 200 calories and 22 grams of protein.
2. Turkey Roll-Ups
- Spread 2 tbsp of Hummus on two slices of turkey.
- Top with baby spinach and a pickle for some crunch and flavor. About 130 calories and 12 grams of protein.
3. No Bake Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls
- This snack is a favorite in our household. Popular with kids and adults alike!
- Combine the ingredients below. Roll the mixture into balls approximately 1 inch in diameter. To make bars, press the mixture into a baking pan, chill for at least 30 minutes, and cut into rectangles. Store in a covered container in the fridge, and you’ll have refreshing, on-the-go snacks for a week. These protein balls can also be frozen and enjoyed later.
- 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
- 4 scoops of protein powder of your choice. We like this one and this one!
- 2 tbsp egg white powder
- Pinch salt
- ¾ cup chocolate chips (again, Lily’s milk chocolate chips are my go-to)
- ½ cup nut butter
- ⅓ cup liquid sweetener of your choice (can be sugar-free syrup like this one, or honey, maple syrup, etc.)
- 1 tsp vanilla
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