Give Your Brain Some Love With Seafood: 15 Brain-Boosting Recipes

Give Your Brain Some Love With Seafood: 15 Brain-Boosting Recipes

Hello, seafood!

Throughout June, it brings with it Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, a significant reminder of the importance of brain health and the crucial role nutrition plays in supporting brain function. We can't talk about brain health without mentioning the importance of seafood as part of a balanced diet.

Alzheimer's disease is a real concern, affecting a new person every 67 seconds. While there is still much to learn about preventing the disease, there is also some promising news. Research shows that eating a heart-healthy diet can have a big impact when it comes to preventing Alzheimer's.

You may be wondering why a heart-healthy diet can be helpful in supporting brain health and potentially reducing the risk of Alzheimer's? Well, it turns out that 80% of individuals with Alzheimer's also have some form of cardiovascular disease. And seafood-focused diets like DASH, MIND, and the Mediterranean diet, known for their heart health benefits, help protect our brains, too! One study found that people who followed the Mediterranean diet saw a whopping 54% reduction in Alzheimer's risk!! And the MIND diet, which stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, actually includes the foods that support the brain the most, specifically from the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet. One observational study found that people who closely followed the MIND diet had a 53 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

It's a no-brainer that seafood is the ultimate brain fuel, all wrapped up in one delicious package. The main dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids (particularly DHA, which is the building block our brain is made of), seafood is key to keeping our brains sharp and focused. And let's not forget about selenium, which is like armor against oxidative stress and inflammation in our brain cells. Or vitamin B12, necessary to boost our brain's neurotransmitters, those little messengers that help our brain cells communicate.

But that is not all. Seafood is rich in other essential nutrients such as vitamins D, B2 (riboflavin), calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium and… the list goes on!

To help you support both your heart and your head, we've put together this roundup of brain-boosting seafood recipes in honor of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Whether it's a grilled cod taco dinner with the family or a quick seared scallop salad with blueberries for lunch, your brain will thank you for it.

Join us in raising awareness and taking care of our brains, all while enjoying great seafood along the way.

Smoked salmon seafood sauce

Smoked salmon sauce

If, by some miracle, you happen to have some leftovers of this salmon dip, it will make a fantastic brain-boosting addition to your morning bagel, omelet, or avocado toast.

Avocado boats stuffed with salmon

These salmon-stuffed avocado boats are fun to make, taste great, and contain two superfood ingredients that provide a good dose of heart-healthy fats and other beneficial nutrients.

Grilled cod and avocado tacos

This recipe is incredibly adaptable! While we've been loving cod for our tacos lately, don't hesitate to try it with mahi-mahi or other white fish – they all work wonders!

Grilled Halibut with Walnut Pesto

Arugula gives this dish a tangy kick (and a bit of beta-carotene), while walnuts provide vitamin B6 and magnesium. Pair this with the omega-3 fatty acids from halibut and you have a great brain-boosting meal.

Breakfast burritos with shrimp and eggs

While these protein-packed burritos make a delicious start to the day, we think they're just as great as a light lunch or dinner. Try them and you will be fascinated!

Salmon sushi bowl

Assembling this brain boosting bowl is a breeze. While the salmon and rice cook, simply slice the mango, chop the veggies, and whisk together the sriracha mayo. Then, layer the ingredients, season with the seasoning and enjoy your meal!

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Seared Scallop Salad with Blueberries

Seared Scallop Salad with Blueberries

In this vibrant salad you'll find a delicious dose of potassium and magnesium thanks to the scallops! Plus, don't overlook the vitamin C and fiber contributions of blueberries, another delicious superfood.

Spicy tuna on crispy rice rolls

Crispy rice rolls with spicy tuna recipe

In addition to the fabulous crunch and ease of preparation, we love that these sandwiches keep our energy high and those midday cravings in check. Plus, tuna provides high-quality protein and brain-supporting omega-3s.

Tuna ranch salad with avocado

If your family loves a good guacamole, they're in for a delicious surprise with this omega-3-filled tuna and avocado salad!

Salmon glazed with orange and pomegranate

Check out this beautiful dish! With salmon, tangy pomegranate, and roasted Brussels sprouts, it's a triple threat of brain-boosting goodness, all in one dish!

Garlic, Parmesan, Salmon and Asparagus

Salmon boasts an abundance of omega-3s! Combine it with a nutritious vegetable like asparagus, known for its brain-boosting properties, such as vitamin C, vitamin A and folic acid, for a smart and delicious meal.

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