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Cinco De MayoCinco De Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla through vibrant fiestas packed with dancing, music and of course, authentic Mexican fare.

 

On this day, you’ll find Senior Living Residences’ chefs busy behind the scenes preparing authentic dishes from south of the border for our residents. What you won’t find on the menu are the traditional gut-busting burritos and sugary celebratory ritas’. That’s because SLR’s chefs are constantly coming up with new ways to cut some of the guilt out of traditionally served dishes by incorporating healthful ingredients. This is all part of our Brain Healthy Cooking Program that offers residents daily menu options rich in ingredients from the well-researched Mediterranean Diet which has been linked to boosting brain health as well as whole body health.

 

If you are looking for a more healthful approach to your Cinco De Mayo menu, here are a few helpful hints and recipes from the kitchen of Senior Living Residences:

 

Incorporate more veggiesLeafy Greens
Load your quesadillas and burritos with more veggies! Leafy greens like spinach and swiss chard pack high levels of key antioxidants, marine Omega-3s & other nutrients important to brain health like Vitamin B2 & folate. Peppers, onions, mushrooms and broccoli all go great with traditional Mexican spices and herbs.

 

Load up on the legumes

Beans are an extremely healthful protein source, rich in vitamins which have been directly linked to reducing the risk of certain diseases including diabetes, obesity and CHD, which have all been linked to an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Serve up multi-bean sides including our recipe for a great chili rice pot!

 

Eat Your Fruit

berriesSalsa is a Cinco De Mayo must-have that already incorporates Mediterranean diet staples like tomatoes, peppers, and fresh herbs.

 

Up the ante by creating new salsas that pack an extra brain-healthy punch. Throw in your favorite fruits like strawberries or raspberries which offer berry compounds that counteract inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s & heart disease. Use fruit salsas as a great way to incorporate healthy sweets into your fiesta. Try this recipe for a Fresh Watermelon Salsa or check out this video on how to prepare our favorite Strawberry Basil Salsa.

Cut back on those sugary margaritas by offering naturally sweetened drinks like this Guayabera cocktail. Check out this video on how to prepare our Pineapple Coconut Cocktail.

 

Cut the Fat!

High levels of cholesterol can put you at a greater risk for Alzheimer’s Disease so try to limit the amount of bad fats in your dishes. Cook your fiesta favorites with healthy fats like olive oil and avocado and cut back on fatty cheeses. Try swapping beef tacos for fish tacos or incorporating chicken instead of pork like in this festive breakfast recipe for Chicken Sausage Migas.


For more on how to follow a brain healthy nutrition program at home, check out BrainHealthyCooking.com for resources like shopping lists, nutrition guidelines and more recipes!

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