MIND Diet Meals

MIND Diet Meals is your resource for brain-healthy recipes and nutrition news about the foods that help or harm the brain.

The MIND diet is a combination of two heart-healthy diets that has been optimized for brain health. It was created by researchers at Rush University in Chicago, IL, where it was developed and tested over decades of follow-up research in large groups of older adults. The culmination of this research was two landmark studies published in 2015 in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia journal. The studies found that the MIND diet may cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in half (by up to 53%), and keep the brain 7.5 years younger. More positive findings for the MIND diet have been published in the years since.

The aptly named “MIND” diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.

It is based on 10 kinds of healthy foods to eat (e.g. vegetables, nuts, berries), and 5 kinds to limit (e.g. red meat). However, no food groups are outright eliminated, and there are no outlandish foods. The eating pattern can be used as a framework in a variety of global cuisines, so there’s something for everyone.

Maggie Moon

28815891312_9b7fbe02b4_oOur healthy and approachable recipes are developed by registered dietitian and culinary school trained author of The MIND Diet book (Simon & Schuster, 2016, 2021), Maggie Moon, MS, RD.

Ms. Moon is the author of multiple healthy eating books and numerous articles for popular health magazines. She has developed curricula for Brooklyn College, NYC after-school programs, and continuing education for dietitians and fitness professionals.

Ms. Moon has been profiled in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ book, Launching Your Dietetics Career (Eat Right Press, 2011, 2016). She completed her clinical training at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, and holds a master of science degree in Nutrition and Education from Columbia University Teachers College and a bachelor of arts degree in English from U.C. Berkeley. She lives in LA with her husband and a giant shelf of cookbooks.

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