Recipes to Sup­port a Lighter, Brighter You!

Foreword Reviews - - Foresight Health & Fitness -

Delia Mc­cabe, Ex­isle Pub­lish­ing (NOVEM­BER) Soft­cover $24.99 (240pp), 978-1-925335-61-3

You may not know it, but your brain is hun­gry—and it’s the most nu­tri­ent-de­mand­ing or­gan in your body. Though it weighs only about 2.8 pounds, the brain con­tains an amaz­ing 99,419 miles of blood ves­sels and uses a fifth of the heart’s blood out­put and a quar­ter of all the oxy­gen we breathe. And if you don’t feed it well, be­ing healthy will be a strug­gle.

Delia Mc­cabe has stud­ied what it takes to have a well-nour­ished brain (nu­tri­tional neu­ro­science) for over twenty years, and in this fol­low-up to her first book, Feed Your Brain: 7 Steps to a Lighter, Brighter You!, she re­caps her ap­proach to eat­ing for brain health and of­fers en­tic­ing recipes that stim­u­late and sup­port the brain with a va­ri­ety of fla­vors, aro­mas, tex­tures, and col­ors while mak­ing food prepa­ra­tion easy and plea­sur­able.

Try the Spicy Warm Lentil, Apri­cot, and Pine Nut Salad; Creamy Sweet Po­tato and Gin­ger Soup; Co­rian­der and Pine Nut May­on­naise; or the Green, Le­mony Veg­etable Pasta for a taste treat. While most of the recipes are plant-based, Mc­cabe sug­gests ways to make them more nu­tri­ent-dense for those ac­cus­tomed to eat­ing meat.

Both new and ex­pe­ri­enced cooks will ap­pre­ci­ate Mc­cabe’s list of ba­sic kitchen tools to make food prep eas­ier and more ef­fi­cient, as well as her tips for mix­ing and match­ing foods to dif­fer­ent taste pref­er­ences and sea­sonal avail­abil­ity of ingredients, for us­ing the freezer to save both nu­tri­ents and time, and for plan-ahead meth­ods. And, un­like the drugs be­ing widely pre­scribed to al­le­vi­ate the ef­fects of the Western diet and life­style, the only side ef­fects of Mc­cabe’s plan are good ones: weight loss and main­te­nance; in­creased en­ergy; deeper, more re­fresh­ing sleep; and a brighter out­look on life.

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