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Food for thought

The heart-healthy Mediterranean diet also seems to be good for the brain.

Do you want to improve your mind tonight? We'd like you to consider what you eat for dinner. Our chef suggests the Brain Food Special—a tender fillet of wild caught salmon in curry sauce over a pilaf of brown rice and lentils, accompanied by a baby spinach salad lightly dressed in olive oil and topped with slivered almonds. For dessert, enjoy a melange of orange slices and blueberries. Complement your meal with a crisp glass of wine if you choose.

In addition to tickling your senses and satiating your hunger, our chef's creation will pump your body full of the nutrients researchers believe might be pivotal in maintaining brain health. The menu is built on the pillars of the Mediterranean diet—lean protein (especially fish), leafy green vegetables, whole grains and legumes, nuts, antioxidant-rich fruit, monounsaturated oils such as olive oil, and moderate alcohol consumption. This nutritional lineup has long been heralded as the gold standard for heart-healthy eating. Evidence is mounting that it's good for your brain as well.

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