Boost Your Veggie Intake To Help Stave Off Memory Loss

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 19, 2012

Memory loss can be a big worry for many seniors as they age, but they may not realize there are simple steps one can take to ward off cognitive issues. Eating healthier and incorporating more brain-boosting nutrients into one's diet can make a significant difference. Don't fret - this doesn't mean that your taste buds will have to suffer.

Web MD reports that consuming between five and seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day can help stave off memory loss. According to the news provider, some key produce to pick up includes blueberries, tomatoes, leafy greens and sweet potatoes.

Sunrise of East Meadow, New York, began serving this bruschetta recipe after a group of Italians in the Reminiscence neighborhood wanted to put together a dish that would represent their culture. Loaded with nutritious tomatoes and tasty mozzarella, you might forget this dish is actually good for you.

Sunrise of East Meadow, New York
Serves 6-8

1 loaf French bread
6 fresh tomatoes, diced
3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
1/2 medium red onion, diced
10 basil leaves, finely chopped
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
3 oz. Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. olive oil
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 c. butter or margarine
2 T. balsamic vinegar
Seasoning to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the crostini
Slice bread at an angle. Melt butter and half of crushed garlic with half of basil. Brush the bread with garlic butter/basil mixture. Sprinkle each with a bit of Parmesan cheese and bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.

For the topping
Combine tomato, onion, remaining garlic, remaining basil, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar; mix well. Place 1 heaping T. of combined mixture onto each crostini. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella; and bake in oven 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm.