In the Mayo Clinic HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence and Thinking © program, we typically recommend a balanced, Mediterranean style eating plan for brain health. One of the recommended food groups in that plan is BERRIES! This is my favorite food group on the plan, so I wanted to share a couple of refreshing summer recipes with you.
These treats come from the Mayo Clinic Dan Abrahams Healthy Living Center. The strawberry sorbet is so cool and refreshing in this summertime heat! The summer salad is light but full of flavor. I also include my favorite berry—the blueberry! I enjoy the milder and crunchy daikon radish rather then the red radish (which I find a little spicy!) Also, if you go for a leafy green like spinach as the base, you’re also getting in a second recommended food group on a Mediterranean style eating approach—GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES.
-3⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
-2 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
-4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved,
-plus 5 berries, coarsely chopped
-1 tablespoon dark honey
-12 oz baby greens
-2 oz goat cheese
-2 cups assorted fresh berries
-1/2 cup julienne red onion
-1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
-1/2 cup julienne red or daikon radish
I hope you try these and enjoy! Also feel free to post your favorite healthy berry recipe to share with the readers!