Healthy LIVING while aging!

This edition covers brain health and changes that occur while we age, and a delicious kidney bean and chickpea salad that would be great for a fresh summertime lunch or dinner entrée!

How Can We Improve Brain Health?

By Sarah Lenz Lock, Juris Doctor

Brain Health Changes

Beans are a great choice.

Beans contain alpha-linolenic acid, considered essential because it is the only one of the three omega-3 fatty acids that your body cannot synthesize. Beans offer a great way to avoid the undesired fats, cholesterol and potential toxins frequently linked to other high-omega 3 foods — plus, they are loaded with fiber.

Kidney Bean and Chickpea Salad
The bold flavors of the lemon-cumin dressing in this healthy bean salad recipe make it a wonderful side dish to grilled beef or salmon. It’s also a star-spangled meatless main dish when served with rice, pasta or whole-wheat couscous. Couscous is a form of pasta available in your grocery store’s pasta aisle.

Five Foods Linked to Better Brain Power

Lenz Lock, S. 2022, Healthy LIVING while aging! (2022-06), Extension, University of Nevada Reno, Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 6

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Associated Programs

Two adults hike along a walking trail

Healthy Aging

The Healthy Aging strategy offers physical activity and nutrition education, and health promotion to seniors throughout Nevada. With funding from the Nevada Division of Health and Human Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), Healthy Aging programming provides skills that support making healthy eating choices and encourage an active lifestyle.