Today we talked a lot about brain health. Foods, games, genetics and how they all impact your brain.
Professional home economist Getty Stewart talked about how processed foods and additives like salt can impact our brains and health. The Alzheimer’s society indicates that perhaps as much as 50% of Alzheimer’s may be the result of modifiable risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. So bottom line? The better you eat, the better your brain thrives!
Getty left us with a delicious recipe that’s good for our health and good for our brain.
Nutty Cranberry Oat Muffins
An everyday muffin you can enjoy for breakfast or snack. We love the tartness of cranberries in this recipe but you could use just about any fruit.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 18 minutes
- Yield: 12 muffins
- 1 cup large flaked oats
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup sliced frozen cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a muffin pan or line with papers.
- In large bowl, mix oats and buttermilk*; let stand for 15 minutes.
- In separate large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- Mix honey, oil, vanilla and egg with oats.
- Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Add cranberries and walnuts.
- Spoon into muffin pan.
- Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle on muffins.
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until tops are firm to touch.
NOTE: To make a substitute for buttermilk place 1 Tbsp of lemon juice in a measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup and let sit for 5 minutes.
We also had a chance to talk to Tammy Ivanco, associate professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba. She spoke about the importance of keeping our brains active as we age. It’s not just about doing crossword puzzles as we have so often heard. Learning a new language or picking up an instrument can do wonders.