****This contest is now CLOSED. You may still comment, but the giveaway is over. Congratulations to Becca, winner of the cookbook!

If you don’t mind my interrupting our regular postings of recipes (and birthday gelato tastings), I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you about a random little cookbook I was a part of—you know, so I can send you a copy.

my blueberry smoothie in thinkfood

About the Book
Featuring fifty recipes from fifty food bloggers, Thinkfood is a new cookbook focusing on brain health, created by the people at PositScience. Every recipe features an ingredient known to be good for your mind, whether blueberries (like mine in the smoothie above!) or flaxseed or sardines or salmon.

It’s also beautifully designed and photographed. Want a sneak peak inside?

cookies inside thinkfood cookbook

more inside thinkfood

inside thinkfood

recipe from thinkfood

About the Bloggers
The full list of contributors is listed here, along with their blogs and Twitter handles. At that page, you can also subscribe to Posit Science’s weekly brain fitness newsletter (sign-up is on the left sidebar), which has a new one of the blogger recipes featured in each one.

About the Contest
I’m giving away a copy of the cookbook to a random commenter on this post!

Want to win? The contest is over! Congrats to Becca! Just comment here by this Friday, September 3, by 5 PM CST. (If you don’t know what to say, tell me your favorite smoothie! or your favorite way to eat blueberries! or, I don’t know, how much you love this blog!) I’ll choose a winner via Random Number Generator.

Oh, and PS: Nashville was great! But I’ve missed cooking. I’ll get back to blogging soon!

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 81 Comments

  1. kara

    That book sounds wonderful! Your blog is so great and… Granola and yogurt with blueberries!

  2. Rebecca

    My favorite smoothie is the avocade nutella smoothie my husband created for me. Only way I like avocado!

  3. heather @ chiknpastry

    sounds like a great book!

  4. Dawn

    Smoothies? Love ’em and make ’em for my daughters regularly. Favorite additions include a scoop of peanut butter, nutritional yeast, or finely ground oats.

  5. Branna

    Probably not the healthiest, but I adore blueberry pancakes!!! I love the look of this cookbook from what you’ve posted – and the concept is fabulous!!! Great giveaway!

  6. Angie C

    Oh, I LOVE YOUR BLOG :-) That is whay I featured it on my Beautiful Blogs Friday! Is the guilty blackmail working? đŸ˜‰

  7. Peggy

    Love your blog almost as much as I love blueberries. Which I enjoy in, cereal, yogurt, plain,dipped in chocolate, in a smoothie, in or on ice cream,in pancakes, on waffles, jelly, jam, as dye for Easter eggs, in muffins or scones,…I could go on forever.

  8. Nora

    my favorite way to eat blueberries is with ice cream!

  9. Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper

    oh wow, I’m loving the layout/design of that book, very minimalist/cool.
    I would love me a copy girl!
    So I love blueberries in my oatmeal (along with almond butter) and i love them in my Heritage flakes cereal…I just love them anyway!
    and love your blog, of course.

  10. Catherine the Carbaterian

    That book sounds amazing! My favorite way to eat blueberries has to be in lemon blueberry scones – nom!

  11. sara

    Oooh, favorite smoothie…I would have to say orange juice, frozen mangoes, and frozen bananas. Yum! The cookbook looks great. :)

  12. Emily

    I like blueberries all by themselves. Or on top of cereal.

  13. jen

    what a great idea for a book! the photos look beautiful..

  14. Kimberly

    I am thinking roasted garlic after seeing it pictured. Thanks for linking the blog to facebook, so easy to go to one place for family, friends and foodies!

  15. Alexis

    new favorite smoothie ingredient = oats. never woulda thunk. :)

  16. Katya

    we love every smoothie. but most of all we love the cute blender-barista down at the smoothie shop.

  17. Lisa

    my favorite smoothie is banana, mango, peach, ice and milk!

  18. anda

    the layout and pictures look fantastic – I’d love a copy!

  19. Jacqui

    What a pretty book and a great idea for a book! My favorite way to eat blueberries is fresh, right on top of a big bowl of oatmeal.

  20. Lan

    well. you know i love your blog even if my commenting is rather spotty. so i will tell you my first time trying blueberries. i was in 3rd grade and on a field trip, we were at a park eating lunch when a classmate’s (Leah, who had the prettiest long brown hair) mom took out a container of these deep blue, juicy berries and she divvied them out for everyone at the table. they were sweet and perfectly round, and so incredibly decadent for me because i’d never shared food with anyone before and just seemed so incredibly grown up and american to me. odd i know. but it’s a memory i remember.

    anyway, i’d love to win this cookbook. i need brainfood.

  21. heather

    on our recent holiday in Maine we ate blueberries every which way. made into wine, a spritzer made out of that wine + seltzer + floating berries, eaten raw, in muffins, in pie and even in a smoothie with ginger, lemon and yogurt. that was a fairly amazing blueberry trip!



  22. jacqui

    how awesome, shanna! well, i love your blog because it’s good for the belly, good for the mind, good for the soul, and so so good knowing you. :)

  23. Keiana

    Save yourself the time and pressure that comes with making pies and tarts, make blueberry cobbler! Serve with simple vanilla ice cream and feel the warmth of summer ooze from your heart :-).

  24. Susan Billie Taylor

    This cookbook looks awesome! Blueberry muffins are a favorite of mine. Hot, right out of the oven is the best!

  25. Irene

    The photography looks just wonderful!

  26. susan

    How great that this cookbook focuses on brain food! Of course, what’s good for the brain is good for the rest of you, too. I have been buying and freezing blueberries to have them in the winter and have found that a handful of frozen blueberries is the perfect answer to a craving for sweets.

  27. The Duo Dishes

    Congrats on the inclusion in the book! That’s a great honor.

  28. Paulette

    What a great book. I’m signing up for the newsletter ASAP. I love blueberry salsa. Sweet and savory with a kick!

  29. bruin

    ohhhh…this looks delicable!

  30. miyer

    looks great

  31. zarpandit

    great book :) my favorite smoothie ice,yogurt and blueberry!

  32. angie

    I love to start my day with lightly toasted museli, sprinkled on creamy thick (greek style) yoghurt, swirl in some organic honey, throw in some banana slices or any other fruit I have on hand – berries, kiwis, and then top with a handful of nuts. The texture of the oats and seeds in the museli, combined with sweet freshness of fruits and crunchy nuts – best way to start the day!

  33. AnnaLyon

    I’m eager to see more of this book!

  34. KT

    What a cool book!

  35. MaryAnn

    Your blog is always fun to read & many times very thought provoking. My favorite smoothie would have to have some kefir in it…and strawberries, raspberries, blackberries…but NO BANANA! :-)

  36. Beba Schlottmann

    Absolutely love smoothies. My favorite are banana & berries and my least favorite is the “surprise” smoothies my youngest son likes to make. There’s no telling what all is in it, but they are awful and I drink them because it makes him happy. I’ve shown him how to make smoothies that people can actually drink, but he is not one to play by the rules, there’s always that secret ingredient…

  37. Tammy

    Honestly, your blog is my absolute favorite one I read and I LOVE blueberry pancakes!

  38. Jan

    I always find something interesting on your blog. Banana strawberry with yogurt and a little orange juice.

  39. antonietta

    Congratulations on the publication. The book looks lovely!

  40. SnowgalUP

    The photos look so delicious…it makes me want to try them all! Congratulations. I enjoy your blog a lot.

  41. Aunt Lollie

    This book sounds fantastic! I can’t tell you how much more i appreciate a simple cookbook with a picture of each dish.

    PS… I love your blog!

  42. Avalee

    Congrats on the book!

    I’m a big fan of a bowl of blueberries topped with a wee bit of half & half (10%) cream. Yum :-)

  43. Jarrelle

    You and your blog has inspired me to start my own. . . even though it is not official and up yet, I do have a name for it. So stay tuned and watch out for it! I love cookbooks and always looking for another one to put on the shelf!

  44. Alyse

    Both of our boys were born in Nashville. I wish it had more places to sit by water though.

  45. Rebecca

    I like my blueberries just the way they are! My brother and I used to eat handfuls of them!

  46. Claire

    I’ve been following the PositScience email entries and they’re all so fascinating to me. I have a friend who studies psychology and some neuroscience and we’ve had some great conversations relating my love of food to her love of neuroscience and how they intermingle! Would love to have a copy of this cookbook!

  47. Cindy Waffles

    One of my fav smoothies… strawberry + banana + blueberries + soymilk. I like to freeze the berries beforehand.

  48. Liz

    No idea of people from Belgium can compete, but one can only try :) My favorite way to eat blueberries? On a summer morning, when everyone is still asleep, during my running trip in the woods.

  49. Megan Gordon

    Oh..this cookbook looks rad. In other news: I’m happy I found you on Facebook, eager to try those coconut flour cookies you just made, excited for Labor Day weekend. Hope you’re doing really well, my friend. xoxox

  50. Christine

    the cookbook looks so delicious i almost want to eat IT. must be time for lunch.

  51. Angharad

    It’s so fun looking at the list of bloggers and realizing I “know” them already…in the digital sense of the word.
    I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  52. Kelley

    Wouldn’t you know it? I always joke with my mom about her lists of superfoods and now it turns out there’s an entire cookbook dedicated to them! :)

  53. Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker

    the photography in this book looks amazing. that’s my favorite part of any cookbook — if it doesn’t have photos, i don’t usually get it. so — lovely! :)

  54. Kim

    I apparently eat so many blueberries (usually for breakfast, on top of cottage cheese) that they are slightly staining my teeth. My dentist thought I was drinking too much coffee, tea or soda…but nope. Turned out to be the berries. Whoops!

  55. Kristen

    Love the idea behind this cookbook! Fingers Crossed

  56. jordan

    this might be silly – but i love freezing a pint of blueberries and eating them by themselves, in my yogurt, w. ice cream…. they are great late night snacks.

  57. The Platypus

    Favorite smoothie: OJ, banana, frozen strawberries and a big spoonful of vanilla yogurt for a creamy texture. And thank you for the chance of winning this exciting new book.

  58. Joan

    I’d love to own a copy of this one. Congrats on being included in the book. My favorite smoothie is Mango Peach.

  59. Alicia

    Brain food sounds like something everyone could use! This sounds totally amazing. If I don’t win, I’ll probably purchase a copy. As far as blueberries go, I love them in everything… smoothies, oatmeal, cold cereal, yogurt parfaits, by themselves… my most recent smoothie of choice was a blueberry papaya smoothies because that’s just all sorts of anti-inflammatory goodness!

  60. Alicia

    Oh, and my most recent favorite way to eat blueberries… YOUR SOAKED SPELT BLUEBERRY MUFFIN RECIPE. Have made it twice and will probably make it again.

  61. Maddie

    Hey, cookbook contributor! You must be so proud. Thinkfood looks beautifully designed—so nice of you to let us all peer inside.

  62. Jennifer L

    I am not entering (athough I would LOVE to have the cookbook, believe me!) because I already had the exciting privilege of winning your giveaway in the spring. I just wanted to say thank you SO MUCH for sending me the immersion blender. (from that giveaway.) It works GREAT and is fun to use. I didn’t write back right away because it was a crazy busy time of the semester and I hadn’t had a chance to use it yet, but now I have been using it and really love it. Thank you so much for providing it. It was so much fun to win! Still can’t believe it!!

    Oh, and while I’m apologizing for my lateness, belated happy birthday! I thought of your birthday a few days early but then didn’t actually wish you a happy birthday when the day came. Hope it was wonderful in every way! :)

  63. IslandEAT

    Hi, Shannalee. I eat blueberries mainly with yogurt and my home-made “world’s best” granola (so says Ina Garten, in her recipe, which I’ve adapted) or with my favourite buttermilk pancakes. However, I like them in many other incarnations, and I do love your blog! Thanks, Dan

  64. Niki

    I heart the Mango-a-go-go smoothie from Jamba Juice. I try to re-create it at home and never come out with something that’s as deliciously wonderful as it!

  65. Becca

    Blueberry Kuchen! Amazing and beautiful fruit tart in springform pan:)

  66. Vicki

    Congrats on being included in this cook book!

  67. Peaches

    A malted smoothie reigns supreme! Mix with chocolate or peanut butter and you have a winner. Mmmm fatty goodness

  68. Rebecca

    I’m not a great cook, but I enjoy the adventure of cooking. And I’m getting better at it. I love good food, and it brings me so much to cook for others. My husband & I are starting The Breakfast Club at our home. Each Saturday morning between 9:00-12:00pm, people are welcome to stop in for breakfast at no charge. They should bring only a healthy appetite & a love for community. I would love to cook for others using this book! I love following your blog, and your recipes are some of my favorite!

  69. Barbara

    ohhhh I…. love your blog!! :-) And my favorite way to eat blueberries is with ice cream! Thanks for the chance!!

  70. Brittany

    I want a raspberry/mango/blueberry smooth right about now. Or maybe a piece of Key Lime pie. A great way to start the morning I say!

  71. Michelle L.

    My favorite smoothie involves strawberry, most of the time. Unless I’m jonesing for pineapple/mango/passionfruit. Mmmm smoothie goodness.

    My favorite way to eat blueberries is baked into a pie or a tasty muffin, though the way I actually eat them most of the time is sprinkled on top of my morning cereal and yogurt. It’s antioxidantlicious.

  72. UrMomCooks

    Brain food! Some over here please!!! (Blueberries usually go into my unsprouted whole grain cereal – that does NOT sound good but it is… But they are much better in buttermilk pancakes!!!)

  73. Stacey

    Hey Shanna! I have good news that I think you’ll appreciate… since coming back from Israel, I have been craving fresh foods. Trust me, this is a big deal! Granted, I still live in a kitchen-less dorm (which calls for a lot more motivation to actually cook and, at the same time, limits my options quite a bit), but I’ve been riding the wave of creative healthy dining for a month or so. Tonight’s menu: Israeli couscous with roasted veggies.

  74. Nikki

    This is so exciting that you are in a cookbook! Pick me! Pick me!

  75. Teslaca

    Looks like a great idea for a cookbook. Would love to see the recipes. I also want to try the coconut flour cookies on your site; there are very few recipes for coconut flour published and these sound good.

  76. Dana

    Being in a cookbook must be a very exciting experience!

    As someone who eats smoothies every day for breakfast, there are a wide range of smoothies that I enjoy. But my most favorite would have to be the one we call “Ozzy Apple” it’s got cranberry, honeydew, apple, OJ and yogurt. It’s the perfect zing to wake you up on the way to classes.

  77. Katie

    what a great idea for a cookbook, i’d love to win!

  78. Maggie

    I love your blog- the recipes and writing are both very inspirational and entertaining. I love blueberries plain, in banana bread, with yogurt and peanut butter, in a pie, or mixed in smoothies. Thank you for the chance to win!

  79. Melissa Clifford

    Hello! Count me in! Looks like a great book!

  80. sarah @ syrupandhoney

    Love the idea of this cookbook! My current smoothie obsession is gingersnap-inspired and contains yogurt, cinnamon, ginger, blackstrap molasses, peanut butter, and half a banana. I like to make it the night before and stick it in the freezer to thaw on my way to work, so the blender doesn’t wake my husband in the morning :)

  81. Heather Crowe

    I like peaches and blueberries in my smoothies!

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