Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer is a book about memory. (copyright 2011) On page 11 he interviews 67 year old Tony Buzan founder of the World Memory Championship. Mr Buzan tells him that he makes a point of eating lots of brain-healthy vegetables and fish. Junk food in: junk brain. Healthy food in: healthy brain.
For brain athletes, like all athletes, diet matters. The brain requires roughly 20% of the calories you consume. (For more specifics, you can read this information on the Livestrong website.) That's a lot of calories. The brain also takes them first. After all, the brain is body headquarters.
There are a lot of roads to a healthy diet. It's one of those topics that can result in a lively debate, especially if you say VEGAN. Is it healthy, I mean, do you get enough protein? What about restaurants? Can you eat out? You don't eat eggs either?
And so it goes.
Today, I'm cooking lentils, something I never ate as a child. Quick to cook, easy to digest. They have a slight nutty flavor. Good hot or cold.
Simple Lentil Salad
1 cup cooked lentils
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
1/2 cup chopped cucumber - skin and all
1/2 cup assorted bell pepper
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup oil and vinegar dressing - your choice
There's a smart vegan salad. Clearly.