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The 3 Cookbooks You Need for Better Brain Health

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Foods to help memory

When it comes to your brain health, not all foods are created equally.

As Dr. Daniel Amen said in his book, Memory Rescue, “if you eat a fast-food diet, you will have a fast-food mind that is less capable of quick thinking and reliable decision making.”

Choosing memory helping foods to support clear thinking and defend yourself against neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, is one of the most important strategies for overcoming and preventing memory loss.

To help you get started on your journey toward foods to help memory, I’m sharing a few of my all-time favorite cookbooks.

Meat or no meat, that is the question

If you’ve traveled down this road before, researching “foods to help memory” you may have stumbled upon the meat or no meat debate.

I won’t be diving into that specifically today, but I do want to say that this list includes books to support brain healthy eating from either side of the argument.

Regardless of where you stand, research on either side of this debate suggests that a diet rich in whole, plant foods (aka fruits and vegetables) is essential to your gut health, brain health and longevity.

Cookbooks to Help You Eat More Memory Improving Foods

Here are three of my favorite cookbooks to boost your brain power now and protect it as you age.

  1. The Fiber Fueled Cookbook: Inspiring Plant-Based Recipes to Turbocharge Your Health Written By: Will Bulsiewicz

Have you heard of the gut-brain connection?

Dr. B, or the Gut Health MD (as he refers to himself) is a leading gastroenterologist revealing the importance of eating a fiber rich diet. His NY Times Bestseller Fiber Fueled is one of my all-time favorite nutrition reads.

In his books, he guides you through understanding the role of your gut microbiome and its impact on your overall health and well-being. His conversational approach makes the information easy to digest (no pun intended) and easy to apply to your everyday life.

I can’t tell you how excited I was when he announced the release of The Fiber Fueled Cookbook! I instantly went to purchase it and dove right into the recipes, which did not disappoint!

It’s hard to pick a favorite from this book but here are my top 3:

  • The Roasted Eggplant Dip
  • The Sweet Potato Shawarma Bowl
  • Warm Apple Pie Oatmeal – yum!


  1. Genius Kitchen: Over 100 Healthy and Delicious Recipes to Make Your Brain Sharp, Body Strong and Tastebuds Happy By: Max Lugavere

I first stumbled upon Max Lugavere in some of my research on memory health and nutrition. His story was quick to grab my attention because it started with a very raw and real experience navigating an early onset dementia diagnosis with his mom.

Max put his successful career on hold to learn everything he could about brain health. His research continued for almost a decade and he compiled the best of what he learned to create this book. His book, Genius Foods, reveals how to use sharpen your mind, clear brain fog and prevent dementia.

Needless to say, I was quick to add Genius Kitchen to my cart when it was released. It features over 100 delicious recipes to keep your brain sharp and body strong and it’s totally worth the hype.

So far, my favorite recipes in this book have been:

  • Garlic and curry snacking almonds
  • Herb and Avocado Scrambled Eggs
  • Vegan Carrot Noodle Mac and “Cheese” – you gotta try this one!


  1. The 30-Day Alzheimer’s Solution: The Definitive Food and Lifestyle Guide to Preventing Cognitive Decline By: Dean Sherzai, MD, PHD and Ayesha Sherzai, MD, MAS

This one is a must have, especially if you’re fearful of your family history, genetics or you’ve been diagnosed with an early impairment in memory, mild cognitive impairment or dementia.

In their book, Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai highlight the impact of lifestyle and nutrition on brain health, cognition, and dementia risk. They present the information in a way that is easy to understand, and they give you a step-by-step approach to incorporating their “Neuro 9” foods into your diet.

This book is chock-full of delicious real food, plant-based recipes to fuel clear thinking and their passion for your brain health basically radiates from each page.

My favorite recipes in this book so far:

  • Golden Waffles with Strawberry Sauce
  • Memory Boosting Granola
  • Taco Quinoa
  • Butternut Squash Chickpea Curry – so cozy!

Foods to Help Memory

I’ve been loving on these brain healthy cookbooks for the last few months! Here’s a quick look at the list once more before you go:

  1.  The Fiber Fueled Cookbook: Inspiring Plant-Based Recipes to Turbocharge Your Health
  2.  Genius Kitchen: Over 100 Healthy and Delicious Recipes to Make Your Brain Sharp, Body Strong and Tastebuds Happy
  3.  The 30-Day Alzheimer’s Solution: The Definitive Food and Lifestyle Guide to Preventing Cognitive Decline

Which one are you most excited to try?

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The 3 Cookbooks You Need for Better Brain Health

Sep 13, 2022

Meet your memory health coach

Francine Waskavitz, owner and lead coach at Longevity Coaching, LLC. is a memory health expert dedicated to helping you get your memory back, strengthen it and keep it healthy for a lifetime.

Her mission is to empower you to take early action to support your brain health so you can thrive in the life you’ve worked so hard to create, without memory loss interrupting your plans.

Francine has her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) from the University of South Florida. She also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where she became an Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach.

Leveraging her expertise in memory from her 10 years as an SLP with her passion for health and wellness, Francine is dismantling the myth that memory loss is inevitable with age. 

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