The Smart Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: 101 Brain-Healthy Recipes to Protect Your Mind and Boost Your Mood

The Smart Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: 101 Brain-Healthy Recipes to Protect Your Mind and Boost Your Mood

The Smart Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: 101 Brain-Healthy Recipes to Protect Your Mind and Boost Your Mood

The Smart Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: 101 Brain-Healthy Recipes to Protect Your Mind and Boost Your Mood



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Boost your brain power, protect your memory, and balance your mood with the sunny flavors and proven benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Following the bestselling success of The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook and The Sustainable Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly share more than 100 recipes specifically formulated with your brain and mood in mind.

With recipes that provide “food for thought,” from breakfast to dessert, as well as snacks, sides, and small plates, you’ll reach for this book again and again—whether you’re cooking a family dinner or a meal for a large gathering. Dishes include Mediterranean Sun Gold Granola, Berry Smart Seeded Dressing Over Greens, Green Falafel Fritters with Red Pepper Sauce, Sizzling Shrimp and Peppers with Cilantro, Moroccan Spiced Hot Chocolate, and more. 

You’ll also find tools to make yummy and nutritious meals easier than ever before, including
  • A reader-friendly quick guide to the principles of cognitive and mental-healthy eating 
  • Healthy Kitchen Hacks for every recipe, including substitutions, prep tips, and timesaving suggestions
  • Adaptable recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegetarian, and vegan lifestyles
  • Five-day meal plans

Eating a Mediterranean diet is one of the most effective ways to protect and enhance your brain health, halt inflammation, improve symptoms of depression, and help to reduce daily stress. Research shows results in less than two months—but good nutrition only works if you want to eat the food. 

That’s where The Smart Mediterranean Diet Cookbook comes in. Serena and Deanna’s smart recipes are layered with enticing Mediterranean flavors and the most potent brain-boosting ingredients.  This book solves the dilemma of “what’s for dinner” while enhancing your brain and mood with every dish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781637744512
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2024
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
File size: 69 MB
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About the Author

Serena Ball, MS, RD, and Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD, each have over 25 years of culinary nutrition experience and have dedicated their careers to helping people make delicious and nutritious meals. Together, they are the authors of The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, The Easy Everyday Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, and The Sustainable Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. Deanna lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter and Serena lives outside St. Louis with her husband and five children. You can find them online at and doing weekly live-stream recipe demonstrations on their Facebook page, Teaspoon of Spice.

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From the Publisher

The Smart Mediterranean Diet Cookbook gives you all the tools you need to make this way of eating quick, easy, and delicious! Each recipe uses ingredients that contain key nutrients necessary for optimizing cognition and mood, as well as important anti-inflammatory compounds that are vital for not only brain health, but overall health and disease prevention.”
—Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD, author of Meals that Heals and Meals that Heal One Pot, cohost of the Happy Eating podcast, and James Beard Journalism award winner
“As research continues to show that what’s good for heart health is also good for brain health, The Smart Mediterranean Diet Cookbook shares tasty tips, tools, and recipes to bring Mediterranean flavors and health benefits to your own table. Deanna and Serena have delivered, once again, on the delicious and nutritious ways we can enjoy our food with health in mind.”
—Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDCES, award-winning dietitian and diabetes educator, and Host of the Sound Bites® Podcast
“As a practicing neurologist, I understand and observe daily the benefits of a healthy diet on brain function, as well as the consequences of poor nutrition. The Mediterranean diet contains a good balance of the many nutrients that we know are important  . . . I encourage all my patients to maintain this type of good nutrition, and this book is a great place to start.”
—Daniel Mattson, MD, neurologist, SSM Health Medical Group, St. Louis

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