“Like I said before, I never repeat myself.” We’ve all been there: trying to answer those daily questions that bombard us—“Where did I put my keys?” “What was their name again?” Coming up with quicker answers to those questions could be as simple as eating more berries. That’s right: Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries have a naturally occurring plant compound called ellagic acid that sharpens memory and improves brain function. Ellagic acid may also help inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors. Blueberries are the ultimate brain food, loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. So forget stressing out trying to remember your next appointment, and add some berries to your breakfast!
Very Berry Parfait
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup Light & Fit strawberry yogurt
1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1 tablespoon all-natural granola
In a large container mix the frozen berries, yogurt and cottage cheese. Sprinkle the top with granola. Let the berries thaw 10 minutes. Stir and eat.
Makes one parfait: calories, 156; fat, 0 grams; carbs, 27 grams; protein, 17 grams
Editor’s note: Taylor Matheny is an Oklahoma-based fitness trainer and chef. She studied sports nutrition while learning culinary techniques and is certified in personal training and sports nutrition. Finding herself in the bodybuilding industry—she’s also an IFBB pro bikini competitor—she honed her cooking skills on contest diets. Currently, she works as a personal chef and is a spokesmodel for Myogenix.