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Did you know the foods you eat can boost your brainpower and mood? Here are 10 brain food recipes featuring seafood, greens, nuts and beans.

10 Brain Food Recipes to Boost Your Mood | Truffled egg with smoked salmon and greens

Did you know the foods we eat can affect not only our physical bodies but our state of mind? We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Drew Ramsey on our latest podcast, author behind 50 Shades of Kale (yes, that’s right!) and a psychiatrist focused on how food can do good for our brains and boost our moods. Recipes that are good for our brain are called “brain food” and spoiler alert: brainfood recipes are delicious too!

Dr. Ramsey’s latest cookbook, Eat Complete, has some amazing stories of people who saw significant improvement in their anxiety or depression by simply changing what they ate. What foods are brain food? Dr. Ramsey has a little motto that we love: seafood, greens, nuts, and beans. It’s an easy way to remember how to incorporate brain food in your diet! Here we’ve compiled a list of our favorite brainfood recipes with seafood, greens, nuts and beans below — and check out our A Couple Cooks podcast Brain Food episode to hear more from Dr. Ramsey’s inspiring interview.

And now…our top brain food recipes!

Related: Stress-Reducing Avocado and Quinoa Bowl | How to Reduce Stress with Food

Finally, below is an excerpt of a brain food recipe from Dr. Drew Ramsey’s book, Eat Complete: his Brain Food Salmon and Eggs! And as always, we’d love to hear what you think of these brain food recipes: let us know in the comments below!

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Brain Food Salmon & Eggs

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Did you know the foods you eat can boost your brainpower and mood? Here are 10 brain food recipes featuring seafood, greens, nuts and beans.


  • 1 shallot or 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 pasture-raised eggs
  • 2 teaspoons truffle oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 8 ounces watercress
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic or cider vinegar
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon


  1. Thinly slice the shallot or red onion.
  2. Coat a large skillet with half of the olive oil and warm it over medium-high heat. Crack the eggs into the skillet, drizzle with the truffle oil, and sprinkle with paprika. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until the whites are cooked through but the yolks are still soft.
  3. While the eggs are cooking, prepare the watercress. Coat a separate large skillet with the remaining olive oil. Add the shallot or onion and cook to 2 to 3 minutes until the shallot starts to soften. Add the watercress and cook for 1 minutes until wilted. Sprinkle with the vinegar.
  4. Divide the mixture among four plates and top each with an egg and 2 ounces of the smoked salmon. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Smoked Salmon, Brain Food, Brainfood, Watercress, Greens, Eggs, Truffle Oil, Gluten Free, Healthy

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Hey guys! I really loved that you featured Dr. Ramsey. Great podcast by the way. I’ll be buying his newest book when I’m back in the US this summer. In the meantime, can you provide a link to his eggs and smoked salmon recipe he mentioned on the podcast?! I couldn’t find it with a quick search online.

  2. Definitely have to try the kale pesto dip. The motto is certainly easy enough to remember. I’ll have to check out the book. Thanks!

  3. I love that there are a few shrimp recipes on here! And that sweet potato soup sounds so tasty!