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Maggie's recipes for a better brain

National Treasure Maggie Beer has compiled a cookbook designed to improve the health of our brains. It’s called Maggie’s Recipe for Life and it’s worth checking out.

Of course, Maggie has a flair for beautiful food, but I love this collaboration with neurobiology professor Ralph Martins because it works on so many levels: it combines good health with good flavour, it illustrates the principles of the Mediterranean diet, and it provides plenty of great vegie-based recipes (for anyone who struggles with that).

But it’s not all vegies. It covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as dessert and chocolate cake. There are sections on foods to avoid and foods to embrace, and even reference to nutritious native foods like finger limes, Kakadu plums and Warrigal greens.

As much as it’s promoted around Alzheimer’s prevention, the same dietary approach helps to prevent all chronic disease. And as the book says, to have a healthy old age we need to start now, whether we’re 30 or 50. (Or um, older.)

If you’re hunting for Christmas presents, take a look.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017 | Rhonda Anderson