At Weight Watcher meetings I often say, only partly in jest, that I follow the Weight Watchers program so that I can remember where my car is parked in 20 years. I figure that while I’m eating all this healthy food and keeping my weight in check, I might as well feed my brain at the same time.
Some of the foods that help boost brain function are salmon, blueberries (called “brain berries” by scientists), avocado and walnuts. Yesterday I read this list and got to thinking: in 20 years I’ll be 86 years old. Wowza! If I want to be able to drive to Nordstrom for lunch (and afterwards find my car in the parking lot) I’d better get serious about adding some of these foods to my daily eating routine. Last night’s impromptu dinner was the result: a salad tossed with 5 so-called superfoods and dressed in a light homemade vinaigrette made with a small amount of olive oil.
I wanted dinner to be hassle free, so I high-tailed it to McGonigle’s Market on Ward Parkway in Kansas City for their freshly smoked salmon. The famous, locally owned meat market has a big smoker outside the store where they smoke all kinds of meats for sale. Their salmon is spectacular, not too smoky and not at all fishy tasting. Feel free to roast or grill your own salmon instead, but if you’re lucky enough to be near McGonigle’s, try their smoked salmon. It’ll knock your socks off.
Legal Disclaimer: since I can’t fully vouch for the curative powers of salmon, if you see me driving to Nordstrom in 20 years, for your own safety please change lanes.
6 oz. cooked salmon, chopped
1/2 avocado, pitted and cubed
4 cups spring greens, spinach or thinly sliced lacinato kale
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 light feta cheese, crumbled
2 Tbsp. walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
Your own favorite light salad dressing
Gently toss all ingredients together and serve.
WW SmartPoints per serving: 7 (without vinaigrette)