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Brain-Boosting Foods Help You Stay Sharp

8 recipes use ingredients full of omega-3s

Hearty Barley Fruit Bread. This hearty quickbread is full of fiber from dried fruit and barley flour, in addition to brain-healthy walnuts! It’s gluten-free, vegan and wonderful for breakfast or a tasty and nutritious snack.

High in omega-3s, fruit nut bread is a great snack to help increase brain power. — Istock

This week we're eating for brain health, with a focus on foods that are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s belong to a group of fats known as polyunsaturated fats, and studies suggest that they can help ward off a range of diseases, including Alzheimer's and depression. Flaxseeds, walnuts, sardines, salmon and tofu are all excellent sources of omega-3s. You'll find them all in the delicious recipes we've included here.

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1. Flax and Pecan Granola

by Olivia Dupin

This nutrient-packed homemade granola is perfect for serving with Greek yogurt or almond milk and fresh fruit. It's full of fiber and protein, with nutritional-powerhouse ingredients such as pecans, pumpkin seeds, oats and omega 3-laden flaxseed meal.

Per serving: 297 calories, 3g saturated fat, 30g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 6g fiber, 18mg sodium

2. Hearty Barley Fruit Bread

by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes

This satisfying quick bread is high in fiber, thanks to the dried fruit and barley flour, and includes walnuts, a top source of omega-3. It's also gluten-free, vegan and wonderful for breakfast or a nutritious snack.

Per serving: 380 calories, 1g saturated fat, 68g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 6g fiber, 274mg sodium

3. Scrambled Tofu

by Crescent Dragonwagon

Saute crumbled tofu with onions, bell peppers and button mushrooms to create this versatile breakfast scramble. You can substitute the suggested veggies with your own favorites, and serve the dish with toast or tortillas and fresh fruit.

Per serving: 143 calories, 1g saturated fat, 8g carbohydrates, 14g protein, 3g fiber, 14mg sodium

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