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10 Brain-Boosting Seafood Recipes

These tasty recipes combine your favourite seafood with nature’s best brain-boosting ingredients.

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Thai-Style Mussels with Chili and BasilPhoto: Reader's Digest Brainpower Cookbook

Thai-Style Mussels with Chili and Basil

A great example of sustainable seafood, mussels are one of the best-known food sources of zinc, which helps maintain your immune system. They are also high in manganese, which aids in optimal brain functioning.

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brown-rice-paella-mussels-bell-peppersPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Brown Rice Paella with Mussels and Bell Peppers

Paella is usually made with polished white rice that lacks the fibre and nutrients found in brown rice. This brown rice paella still has the traditional flavours of paella, but is far healthier!

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Fish Fillets with Oat Crumble ToppingPhoto: Reader's Digest Brainpower Cookbook

Fish Fillets with Oat Crumble Topping


Lemony fish fillets are given a crunchy baked crumble topping that helps lock in the moisture. Accompany the fish with a salad or some steamed seasonal vegetables. The oats contain a fibre that works to reduce cholesterol levels, clearing the way to better circulation to the brain!

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Roasted trout on rainbow vegetablesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Roasted Trout on Rainbow Vegetables


This recipe features fennel, which is a good source of manganese and provides high amounts of immune-boosting zinc. If whole trout aren’t available, you can use boned or butterflied trout.

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Pan-Fried SwordfishPhoto: Reader's Digest Brainpower Cookbook

Pan-Fried Swordfish with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa


It may be quick and easy to make, but this dish will impress your guests with its colourful, refreshing and healthy salsa! Citrus fruits such as grapefruit are high in brain-protective anti-oxidants as well.

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Rainbow Trout Baked in Vine LeavesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Rainbow Trout Baked in Vine Leaves


Red wine, like red grapes, contain the anti-oxidant resveratrol, which is thought to protect the brain and heart from aging. Grape vine leaves are another good source, which combine this brain-protective substance with the benefits of green leafy vegetables.

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Salmon with Preserved Lemon and Green OlivesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brainpower Cookbook

Salmon with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives


This simple dish showcases the versatility of preserved lemons, and is a lovely way to increase the fish in your diet. The lemon and olives also cut through the richness of the salmon.

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Tuna with parsley and pomegranate saladPhoto: Reader's Digest Brainpower Cookbook

Tuna with Parsley and Pomegranate Salad


Fresh tuna steaks are pan-fried and served with a crisp salad of parsley, arugula, pear, pomegranate seeds and toasted pine nuts-a perfect accompaniment to the fish.

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Salmon, broad bean and asparagus fusilliPhoto: Reader's Digest Brainpower Cookbook

Salmon, Broad Bean and Asparagus Fusilli


Broad beans are high in protein and heart-protective fibre. They are combined here with the omega-3 fats in the salmon for a dish that promotes a good blood supply for the brain.

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Chargrilled Salmon is one of the simplest mind-improving seafood recipesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brainpower Cookbook

Chargrilled Salmon with Sautéed Greens


A simple bed of greens with a hint of lemon and garlic makes a perfect compliment to the salmon in this quick and easy dish. Just add a grain food or some bread to make a complete meal.

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