What is a good “brain food” alternative to a burger and fries?

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Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

A healthy alternative to a burger and fries would be a salmon burger with a side of sweet potato, zucchini spears or your favorite vegetable.  You can also try a tuna salad (light on the mayo) in a whole wheat pita with spinach on the side. A great vegetarian option is a broccoli stir fry with fresh ginger.  Enjoy fresh or frozen blueberries for dessert.

 

Cindy Gay
Nutrition & Dietetics

Make your own burger with 92% lean ground beef, portion 1/3 cup raw meat onto a George Forman type grill. Serve on a whole wheat pita.

In place of fries, try potato planks. Slice fresh unpeeled (clean) potatoes very thin using an old fashion cole slaw grater (the sides have a slicing option) or a mandolin. Sprinkle with Mrs. Dash. Bake in a hot (425 degree) oven until brown and puffy (check often to avoid burning). These almost are like Chips!

Choose lean pork loin crusted in peanuts and broccoli over fries and a burger. The pork and peanuts are high in thiamin, a nutrient that reduces inflammation that damages brain cells. The folate in broccoli is good for keeping synapses firing correctly.

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