If you are an Alzheimer’s caregiver and you’re looking for a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year… look no further.
At Alzheimers.net, we’ve consulted with the experts to put together a healthy brunch menu that will really “wow” your mother and guests.
Before we share our healthy brunch menu with you, here are some tips on celebrating Mother’s Day with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease:
Below are some healthy dishes, all of which comply with the Alzheimer’s diet. If you are cooking alone, you may want to select a main dish, a side and one dessert. Remember the goal is to keep everything in moderation this year.
Note that, while the ingredient amounts and instructions can be followed on the recipes in the links provided below, we have made some adjustments to the ingredients to make the dishes more brain healthy (for example, almond milk is substituted for cow’s milk).
You can’t really have a brain healthy meal without wild caught fresh salmon. Loaded with brain healthy vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is not only delicious, it’s one of the best foods you can eat for Alzheimer’s prevention.
See the complete recipe here: https://www.themediterraneandish.com/easy-baked-salmon-garlic-balsamic-glaze/
For Balsamic Sauce
This recipe comes from the Blue Zones diet website. Several areas of the world were designated as “Blue Zones,” because the inhabitants of these geographic regions live longer and are healthier than just about anyone on the planet. The food is non-processed; it includes plant-based proteins and local caught fish (similar to the Mediterranean diet).
See the complete recipe here: https://www.bluezones.com/recipe/blueberry-corn-cakes-recipe/
Combine 1 1/2 cups low-fat yogurt (any flavor, but no sugar added), 1 large egg, 1 cup whole-wheat or buckwheat pancake mix and 3/4 cup of unsweetened plant-based milk (almond or coconut milk). This recipe makes 4 to 5 servings. Serve with a small amount 100% real maple syrup, and 1 cup fresh strawberries, blueberries or raspberries (or all 3 for an optimal antioxidant kick).
It’s all about a Greek yogurt parfait to celebrate Mother’s Day in a healthy way! This parfait includes the delicious flavors of coffee, hazelnuts, pistachios and raisins (we eliminated the Kahlua [because of its sugar content] and the table sugar) for a brain-healthy indulgent dessert!
Substitute for Kahlua
You can substitute: 1 teaspoon coffee extract per 2 tablespoons of Kahlua called for in the recipe, or 1 substitute 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder per 2 tablespoons of Kahlua ( the coffee extract offers more of the Kahlua flavor).
See complete recipe here: https://www.themediterraneandish.com/greek-yogurt-parfait-with-kahlua-nuts/
What’s a Mother’s Day celebration without dessert? This healthy cheesecake is made with a base of cashews instead of cream cheese. The cashews create the creamy texture of the fat-laden cream cheese. You can use any type of berries (or combine several together) for the topping.
See complete recipe here: https://www.bluezones.com/recipe/blueberry-cheesecake/
This simple main dish (for brunch) is a baked frittata with arugula, pesto and roasted red peppers. It can be made in advance, then heated up on Mother’s Day (like a quiche). It’s easy to make, all natural, and full of great herbs and spices.
See the complete recipe here: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/baked-frittata-recipe-roasted-red-peppers-arugula-pesto/comment-page-1/#comment-1271340
Shakshuka is a very healthy Middle Eastern dish with healthy vegetables (like green peppers) and a tomato-based sauce. The eggs are poached in the sauce, which is made of green pepper stew, spiced tomatoes, garlic and onions. Large eggs are cracked, then poached over the tomato stew, then cooked over low heat. Use fresh tomatoes (not canned), the riper, the better, and fresh herbs and spices for optimal nutrients and brain health.
See the complete recipe here: https://www.themediterraneandish.com/shakshuka-recipe/
See the complete recipe here: https://www.bluezones.com/recipe/sweet-potato-cakes-recipe/
Do you have any other Mother’s Day brunch recipes that you’re planning to make for Mom? We’d like to hear about your plans and see your Mother’s Day brunch recipes in the comments below.
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