Brain-boosting meals – Did your mom ever tell you to eat your fish because it’s “brain food”? Turns out that once again, she was right. “Everyone with a brain should know how to feed it,” writes psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD, in his new book, Eat Complete ($27, amazon.com), which focuses on 21 nutrients essential to brain health (including of course, omega-3 fatty acids).
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“There’s one silver bullet in health, and it’s in the shape of a fork,” says Dr. Ramsey. “When people nourish themselves, it really does transform your health. I’ve seen that clinically.” Here, he shares three delicious recipes from the pages of his book. Each incorporates foods rich in brain-boosting nutrients.
1. Rocket Pie
Why it’s so good for you: “This pizza is the best way to get your vitamin B12 levels up,” says Dr. Ramsey. “It’s needed to create serotonin and dopamine, so it’s essential for mood, energy, and focus. If you’re deficient, you feel cloudy in your thinking, drained of energy, and you tend to be more pessimistic if not outright depressed.”
½ lb. clams, well rinsed under cold running water
6 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic
¼ tsp. salt
2 cups packed kale leaves
½ lb. frozen pizza dough, defrosted (whole wheat or gluten-free)
½ cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
1 cup baby arugula or microgreens
- Preheat oven to 450˚F.
- Fill a large stockpot with 3 inches water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add clams, cover, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until shells open and clams are cooked through inside. Drain and pull clam meat from shells. Chop clams and set aside.
- Place olive oil, garlic, and salt in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add kale and pulse again until a chunky mixture forms.
- Roll out dough and place it on a pizza pan or baking sheet. Top with kale mixture and, using back of a spoon, spread it almost to edges of dough. Sprinkle with clams and cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until edges are cooked and golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle with arugula. Serve immediately.
Per serving (2 thin slices): 408 Calories; 17g Protein; 30g Carbohydrates; 26g Fat (5g Saturated); 26mg Cholesterol; 1g Fiber; 759mg Sodium