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Learn Brain-Healthy Recipes for the Holidays with The Kensington Redondo Beach at Free Event

We welcome you to join us for a unique virtual event hosted by The Kensington Redondo Beach, where culinary art meets cognitive wellness!

This festive season, we’re bringing the expertise of Chef Annie Fenn, MD, directly to you through a live-streamed cooking demonstration from her acclaimed Brain Health Kitchen.

Chef Fenn’s culinary mastery is uniquely intertwined with her medical knowledge, offering an extraordinary approach to brain-healthy recipes.

As we gather to celebrate, this event is a timely reminder of the importance of nurturing our cognitive health, especially during the holiday season—a period of joy that also offers an opportunity to focus on our overall well-being.

RSVP to join us for an exclusive online culinary experience with Chef Annie Fenn on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 3:00 p.m. PST.

Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.

“Home for the Holidays: Healthy Recipes for Happy Gatherings”

At the “Home for the Holidays” event, chef Annie Fenn will present a cooking demonstration focused on brain-healthy holiday recipes from her Brain Health Kitchen.

Learn from Chef Fenn as she combines her medical insights with culinary expertise, offering tips on how to enhance both flavor and health benefits in your festive meals.

Chef Annie Fenn’s featured menu

Immerse yourself in the joy of cooking while nurturing your brain health with these festive, healthy recipes!

Chef Annie Fenn will help you prepare a four-part inspired menu that’s as nutritious as it is delicious, including:

  1. Fig & Almond Snack Bars: A perfect harmony of sweetness and crunch, ideal for holiday snacking.
  2. Cranberry Bean & Sausage Stew: A hearty and warming dish that brings comfort and nutrition to your holiday table.
  3. Double Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti: Indulgent yet brain-healthy, these biscotti are a delightful treat.
  4. Chewy Chai-Spiced Cookies: Infused with festive spices, these cookies are a perfect end to your holiday feast.

Chef Annie Fenn’s culinary journey

Chef Annie Fenn’s path from a seasoned physician to a culinary innovator is as inspiring as it is unique.

Driven by her personal encounter with dementia in her family, Chef Fenn turned her focus to the interplay between diet and brain health.

Her culinary pursuit, deeply rooted in medical expertise, emphasizes brain-nourishing foods and simple cooking techniques.

The culmination of her journey is her insightful cookbook, “The Brain Health Kitchen: Preventing Alzheimer’s Through Food,” which is not just a recipe collection but a testament to the powerful role of diet in cognitive wellness.

Chef Annie Fenn stands out as a visionary, blending health science with the culinary arts to champion brain health.

The MIND diet: Designed for brain health

The MIND Diet, standing for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay,” offers a strategic approach to eating that combines Mediterranean and DASH diets, focusing on brain health.

Chef Fenn is a big proponent of the MIND Diet, often incorporating it into her recipes.

The MIND diet essentials

  • Leafy greens: Spinach, kale, and other greens are crucial for their brain-protective nutrients.
  • Nuts and berries: Especially almonds, walnuts, blueberries, and strawberries for their antioxidant properties.
  • Whole grains and olive oil: Staples like whole wheat, brown rice, and healthy fats from olive oil.
  • Poultry and fish: Emphasize lean proteins, particularly omega-3-rich fish like salmon.

Thanksgiving-themed MIND diet recipes

  • Herb-roasted turkey: A lean protein source, perfect for a festive main course.
  • Quinoa-stuffed bell peppers: A whole grain delight filled with vegetables.
  • Blueberry and walnut crumble: A dessert that’s both delicious and brain-healthy.
  • Kale and pomegranate salad: A nutrient-packed side dish that adds color to the holiday table.
  • Brussels sprouts with almonds: Sautéed Brussels sprouts tossed with slivered almonds and a splash of lemon juice.
  • Berry and pecan salad: Mixed greens with fresh blueberries, strawberries, pecans, and a vinaigrette dressing.

Christmas-themed MIND diet recipes

  • Grilled lemon-herb chicken: A light and healthy protein option, marinated in lemon juice and herbs.
  • Sweet potato casserole with walnut topping: Mashed sweet potatoes topped with a crunchy mixture of walnuts and a hint of cinnamon.
  • Whole grain Christmas pilaf: A festive mix of whole grains like farro or barley with cranberries and chopped nuts.
  • Green bean almondine: Fresh green beans sautéed with garlic and topped with toasted almonds.
  • Pomegranate and spinach salad: A colorful salad with fresh spinach, pomegranate seeds, and a light dressing.

Benefits of the MIND diet and Alzheimer’s prevention

The MIND Diet is highly regarded for its effectiveness in reducing Alzheimer’s risk, backed by scientific evidence:

The Kensington Redondo Beach’s approach to brain health and memory care

At The Kensington Redondo Beach, brain health, education, and delicious food are at the forefront of our care philosophy are at the forefront of our care philosophy.

Recognizing the importance of cognitive wellness, we actively host educational events, such as the informative and engaging cooking webinar with Chef Annie Fenn. These events reflect our commitment to offering residents and their families valuable insights into maintaining and enhancing senior brain health.

Our approach to memory care is compassionate and comprehensive, designed to nurture both the mind and the heart. Our dedicated team at The Kensington Redondo Beach ensures a warm, supportive environment.

The Redondo Beach community is thoughtfully divided into two specialized neighborhoods: Haven and Connections.

  • Haven provides care for those in the middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Connections is tailored for residents in the early to middle stages of the disease

These dedicated programs offer a full spectrum of memory care support.

Key features and amenities at The Kensington Redondo Beach

  • Educational webinars: Regular events like Chef Annie Fenn’s cooking class for brain health education.
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services: On-site senior rehabilitation programs to promote independence and cognitive health.
  • Clinical services: Access to medical care with an on-site physician’s office and a dedicated team of nurses.
  • Personalized care plans: Tailored support emphasizing independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Family-centric approach: Encouraging family involvement and providing support to relatives.
  • Engaging community life: A variety of activities and programs designed to enrich residents’ lives.
  • Luxury living options: Multiple suite floor plans for individual preferences, including pet-friendly options.

Join us at The Kensington Redondo Beach!

Discover unparalleled care and support at The Kensington Redondo Beach, an esteemed assisted living and memory care community in beautiful California.

Our commitment to excellence extends across Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, and holistic memory care. Experience our promise of loving and comprehensive care in a serene setting, complemented by an exceptional dining experience.

Embrace a lifestyle of health, community, and continuous learning at The Kensington Redondo Beach.

Reach out to us for more information about assisted living availability.

Don’t forget to RSVP for our free, online event on Dec. 6 with Chef Annie Fenn — ”Home for the Holidays: Healthy Recipes for Happy Gatherings.”

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