5 Times Brain Health was in the Spotlight at the Year’s Biggest Nutrition Meeting (Plus Recipe!)

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The largest global gathering of who’s who in nutrition just wrapped a successful four days of updates on the latest nutrition science and trends, and brain health was in the spotlight like never before. The conference is hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is dubbed the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). Here are five ways brain health stole the show.

  1. The top mind of the MIND diet research was at FNCE. That’s right: Martha Clare Morris, PhD, Rush University Medical Center, and MIND diet research lead presented on the closing day of sessions. 
  2. For the first time ever, the President’s Lecture was devoted to nutrition and how foods can help or harm the brain. 
  3. Awesome RDs who contributed recipes to The MIND Diet book were taking the meeting by storm. Here are just a few: Sharon Palmer, Amy Gorin, and Christy Wilson.
  4. The MIND Diet book visited with booths featuring MIND diet approved brain-healthy foods: Oldways Whole Grain Council, Dole Chopped SaladsNut Health, PulsesWild Blueberries, Blueberry Council, CA Strawberries, Red Raspberries, and Olive Oil.
  5. The MIND Diet book itself appeared in cameos with some superstars we’re pretty lucky to be friends with, like fellow authors of healthy eating books, and a group of Columbia University nutrition alumni.

This year’s FNCE meeting was in Boston, and between the waterfront convention center, daily seafood dinners (and some lunches), and the brain nutrition lectures, you won’t be surprised that I was inspired to share a delicious seafood recipe along with this post (bonus MIND foods: berries, leafy greens, and olive oil).

Salmon and Blueberry Salad with Red Onion Vinaigretteblueberry-council-salmon-and-blueberry-salad

Warm salmon, red onions, and blueberries make a sweet and savory pairing in this salad. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner.

MIND foods: Olive oil, fish, leafy greens, berries

Yield: 4 servings

Time: 35 minutes to prep; 25 minutes to cook

Difficulty: Easy

 

Salmon-Blueberry Salad Ingredients

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced in half rings

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets, cut crosswise in 4 portions

6 cups lettuce leaves, torn into bite-size pieces

1 cup fresh blueberries

 

Directions

1. In a microwaveable cup, combine onion, red wine vinegar, half the salt, and half the pepper; cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 1 minute. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until onions turn pink, about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, preheat grill or broiler. Brush 1 tablespoon of the olive oil on both sides of the salmon fillets; sprinkle with remaining . teaspoon of salt and ⅛ teaspoon of pepper. Grill or broil salmon, skin side down, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes. Divide lettuce leaves among four dinner plates and place salmon in the center. With a slotted spoon, remove onions from vinegar; scatter onions, along with the blueberries, over and around the fish. Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons of the olive oil into the vinegar mixture. Drizzle vinaigrette over salmon.

Nutrition: 290 calories, 16 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 30 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber

Recipe and image courtesy of U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

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