Featured Recipe: Jonny’s Brainy Breakfast Scramble

The following recipe is just for readers of this newsletter, “In Step With Jonny”—it’s an advance preview of our forthcoming book, “The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer Cookbook” by myself and my co-author, chef extraordinaire Jeannette Bessinger. Enjoy!

I admit I’m not the greatest cook in the world, which is why I co-author these books with Chef Jeannette. But I have one special recipe I make really well, and I call it my “Brainy Breakfast Scramble.” The unique blend of ingredients, which I admit I originally chose for taste and ease of preparation, turn out to be a compendium of nutrients for brain health. And while most people don’t immediately think of eggs as “brain food”, the truth is that they are just that, and here’s why.

Eggs (especially the yolks) are one of the best sources in the world of choline, a nutrient in the B-vitamin family that the body uses to make an important brain chemical called acetyl-choline. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that’s vitally important in thinking, memory, and cognition- by giving the body exactly what it needs to produce more acetylcholine, eggs deserve a place on the short list of “brain foods”.

The apples are very high in an anti-inflammatory flavonoid called quercetin, which can calm the inflammatory fires in the brain (and body) which rob us of vital energy and life. This omelet tastes great and comes together so easily even a bachelor like me can whip it up in no time. Bonus points if you can get free-range, omega-3 eggs!

—Dr. Jonny

Jonny’s Brainy Breakfast Scramble

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 teaspoons butter

2 apples, unpeeled, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces

4 cups baby spinach

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper, or to taste

¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste

Melt the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apple and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples brown lightly or turn translucent, about 4–6 minutes. Add spinach and cook for 1–2 minutes until it begins to wilt. Pour egg over all and stir to mix well. Sprinkle in turmeric, pepper, and salt, mix well, and continue to cook until eggs reach desired doneness.

Yield: 2 large or 4 small servings




  1. Helen

    Never thought to add an apple to my eggs before so I will have to try it soon!

  2. Cat Fraser

    Hi Jonny,
    Is this a totally new cookbook from your other cookbook Healthiest Meals on Earth or a kind of re-release?
    many thanks

  3. Dr. Jonny

    We are coming out with three brand new original cookbooks in the next year and a half– they are not re-releases

    Two are currently on amazon for pre- order. The third is being written now!


  4. Cat Fraser

    excellent, very excited, can’t wait!

  5. paula

    Looking forward to trying your Brainy Breakfast Scramble tomorrow morning – sounds tasty. Its just amazing what I’m eating now for breakfast (and overall) in comparison to just a year ago – and its in large part to reading the valuable info you share by email and on your website and reading your books. On a scale of 1 to 10, in about a year my health has improved from about level 4 to about level 8!

    Looking forward to buying your new book – I have all your previous ones (except for the one for eating while pregnant). Enjoyed your previous recipe book “The Healthiest Meals on Earth” – really, really excellent recipes that are actually fairly simply to make and provide a way to eat all the good things that on their own may not be as tasty as when they are combined with other things. Keep up your great work!

  6. Dr. Jonny

    Thank you so much for the kind words!

    keep it up!


  7. Marc

    Why baby spinach? (never heard of baby spinach before).
    Can I use regular, standard, easy to find grown up spinach and chop it?

  8. Dr. Jonny

    sure you can. But you’d be surprised how easy it is to find bagged baby spinach in better grocery stores. However feel free to use the other kind!


  9. Christia Sale

    It would have never dawned on me to cook apples for my eggs. And this is a great way to get tumeric into your diet. Great idea! I’m trying it this morning!
    I am a big fan of your book “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.” Brilliant! All that info packed in one beautifully illustrated book. Love it! It’s my nutritional Bible. I reference and recommend it often.
    Happy Living!


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