Is it just a coincidence that the brain-healthy walnut actually looks like a brain?
(Yes, almost certainly.)
Regardless, these little powerhouses are packed full of protein, healthy fats — and may even improve memory, according to a 2015 UCLA study. The alpha-linolenic acid in walnuts, which is linked to lower blood pressure and cleaner arteries, is one of their secret ingredients.
Pairing walnuts with another brain-friendly food — spinach, which is full of brain-supporting vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta carotene?
It’s a tasty no-brainer.
Walnut and spinach pesto
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup basil
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
Place ingredients in blender and whirl until it reaches desired consistency — slightly chunky to smooth — adding more olive oil as needed.
Want an even bigger brain boost? Serve over oven-roasted salmon, which also has brain-supporting omega-3 fatty acids.
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