Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Battling "Senior Moments" with Berries by author @CleoCoyle

That Senior Moment

(A Play in One Act)

Cleo Coyle writes two
bestselling mystery
 series with her husband.
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Cleo walks into room. Stops. Stares.

Cleo: Why did I come in here?

Husband: (Glances up from his phone screen.) You're asking me?

Cleo: I can't remember.

Husband: Animal, vegetable, or mineral?

Cleo: I think I wanted to tell you something?

Husband: Are you asking me or telling me?

Cleo: I wanted to tell you something. I can't remember.

Husband: Time to eat some berries.

Cleo: That's it! My idea for today's post!

And here it is: 

The Annals of Neurology published the results of a major medical study that suggested blueberries and strawberries might protect brain function in woman, including memory.

The story was big health news when it came out. Investigators found that women who had the highest intake of blueberries (more than 1/2 cup a week) and strawberries (more than 1 cup a week), delayed mental aging by as much as 2.5 years.

To quote Dr. Robert Graham, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York: "I would advise all my patients, at any age, to eat more berries. Berries are an easy, nutritious, and delicious way to preserve brain function."

Because fresh berries are in season now, they're plentiful and less expensive than in the fall and winter months. But frozen berries can be eaten year round, and they carry the same benefits. You can also freeze fresh berries yourself when they're plentiful, and this is a great time to do it.


Wash them, dry them, place them on a baking sheet, and slide the pan into the freezer for three hours or so. Once the berries are frozen, take the pan out and pour the berries into a freezer-safe plastic bag. Then return them to the freezer.

Cleo: Marc, what was this post about again?

Husband: You're kidding, right? Look at the photo!

Cleo: Woops. Time to eat another bowl of...

A few more tips...


When shopping for strawberries, choose berries that are bright red in color. Look for firm berries with fresh, green tops. 
Pass by any containers that have berries that are molding or mottled with dark patches. If the berries are staining the container, they are past their prime.


Strawberries will not keep long, so try to purchase them a day or two before you intend to eat or cook with them. Because strawberries retain water, do not wash them until you are ready to use them. To keep the berries fresh for as long as possible, I store them in the refrigerator in a single layer on a paper towel within a moisture-proof container. They keep well for several days this way.

And so...

My post today is not so much a recipe as a simple reminder that a breakfast, dessert, or snack can be as easy and delicious as a beautiful bowl of...


Eat (and read) with joy!

New York Times bestselling author
of The Coffeehouse Mysteries and
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

Cleo (Alice) with her husband Marc

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