5 EASY Snacks for an Alzheimer’s Prevention Diet

Memory Care Community in San Diego, CA 

Welcome to this blog series on diets that may have an impact on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and neurodegeneration. We all know that health is extremely complicated and multi-faceted. Everything from genetics, stress levels, sleep, diet, exercise, and trauma can have an affect on our overall health and well-being. While there are many aspects of health we can’t control, taking steps towards improving what we eat will undoubtedly be positive for our health. 

At BayView Senior Assisted Living in San Diego, CA, we pride ourselves on preparing meals that are good for our residents’ bodies and minds. We frequently update our meal plans and can accommodate specific diet needs and preferences. 

How to Make Long-Lasting Impacts on your Health 

The greatest obstacle to making healthy changes to diet and lifestyle can be the feeling of being overwhelmed. Rather than trying to make massive changes all at once, research shows that small, incremental changes over time lead to long-lasting health impacts. After a quick review of the MIND Diet, we’ll list five easy to make, healthy snacks that will help you on your journey towards improved eating habits! 

MIND stands for the Mediterranean-DASH diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. Initial studies suggest promising results from the MIND Diet for preventing dementia and age-related cognitive decline. As a quick review, we’ve listed below the foods you want to try to incorporate most for this diet and the ones you want to try to avoid. 

AVOID

  • Butter or margarine
  • Cheese
  • Red Meat
  • Fried Foods
  • Pastries and Sweets

FOCUS ON

  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • All other vegetables
  • Berries
  • Nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Whole Grains
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Poultry
  • Wine

Five Quick, Easy, Healthy Snacks for Late Night Cravings

All of us have experienced the urge to snack between meals! Most nutritionists recommend eating hearty meals of a variety of vegetables and lean proteins so that you’re not tempted to eat between meals. That being said, sometimes those late night cravings need to be satisfied. Or sometimes we need a tasty snack to pull us out of an afternoon slump. Here are some great options for snacks that are both satisfying and nourishing to your body. 

  1. This delicious pumpkin quick bread is fantastic with salted butter, ice cream, or even makes great french toast! It’s loaded with pumpkin taste and the ingredients that pair well with it: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and walnuts. 
  2. Try these delicious buffalo chicken celery sticks for a filling savory snack! Depending on your nutrition goals and how much time you have, you can cut back on mayonnaise or use a rotisserie chicken. This is also perfect if you have cooked leftover chicken. 
  3. With only five ingredients and no frying involved, these baked cauliflower tots are a delicious and nutrition-packed alternative to traditional tater tots. 
  4. While it’s hard to beat the real thing, these four ingredient baked almond donuts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! These are so much better for you than your average donut and are incredibly easy to make. 
  5. There are so many recipes for healthy brownies out there. This one comes highly recommended and is also high in protein making this chocolaty treat even more filling. 

Best Senior Assisted Living Community in San Diego 

We are committed to evidence-based care at Harbor View Senior Assisted Living (as well as at our sister sites, Mesa View Senior Assisted Living in La Mesa and Bay View Assisted Living in Point Loma) and being familiar with relevant research is an important part of the care we provide. To find out what sets us apart, give us a call and schedule a COVID safe tour of our one-of-a-kind assisted living home in San Diego!

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