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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