A Mediterranean diet high in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds with moderate amounts of fish, dairy products and poultry is recommended. This diet is not only good for your heart and digestive system, there is increasing evidence that it is good for your brain as well.
CRANBERRY BEET SAUCE
Both cranberries and beets are high in fiber and antioxidants which can help the digestive system of people Parkinson’s disease. This sauce is good by itself and even better if spread on whole wheat crackers.
8 ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup of raw shredded beets (about 1 medium beet)
1/2 cup of sugar (optional)
In a medium sauce pan, combine cranberries and orange juice. Stir continuously until most of the cranberries have popped. Add the beets and sugar (if using) and stir into a paste. Serve warm or cold.
POLAR BEAR PIÑA COLADA SMOOTHIE
Some people with Parkinson’s disease need low-protein and high calorie snacks. This smoothie has healthy fruit, high calorie coconut milk and probiotics for your digestive system.
Combine the following ingredients in a blender:
1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup almonds (optional) soaked overnight
¼ tsp Probiotic powder (or sprinkle contents of a capsule into the mix)
Recipes courtesy of Alice Merchant