Rich in antioxidants, blueberries have earned a reputation as a superfood for the brain so add them to your diet now to help keep your wits about you

Healthy diet, healthy brain

According to Alzheimer’s Australia blueberries may have a role to play in reducing the risk of dementia through the action of antioxidant chemicals in the berries that slow ageing in the brain tissue. Blueberries are rated third richest in antioxidants behind prunes and raisins.

Other foods that are rich in antioxidants include citrus fruits including oranges, other berries, spinach, brussel sprouts, plums, broccoli, beetroot, avocados, red grapes, red capsicums, cherries, kiwi fruit, onions, corn and eggplant. Antioxidant rich drinks include tea, green tea and red wine (in moderation). While no guarantee to prevent dementia, these and other healthy eating strategies may play a part in reducing risk.

Ingredients:

Serves 4-6

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ½ cups diced apple and/or pear (with or without peel, but remove core)

Topping

  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup brown or raw sugar
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup margarine (polyunsaturated canola or olive oil)
  • ½1 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

Place prepared fruit in oven-proof dish or individual dishes. Put all other ingredients except oats in a food processor and process until they resemble fine bread crumbs, transfer to bowl and add oats. Sprinkle this topping over fruit.

Bake at 180C for about 30 minutes or until top is golden and apple is cooked. Serve hot, warm or cold. You can also serve with fruit coulis, yoghurt, or low-fat custard or ice-cream.

For variations, add lemon juice and zest from half a lemon to fruit, or you can substitute other berries or rhubarb, quince or stoned fruit depending on the season.