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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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Walnut and spinach pesto recipe.
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As you age, a diet of plant-based foods — like kale, spinach and broccoli — could help keep your brain sharper longer.
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