What should you do if you want to eat healthier and have enough energy to go through your busy day? But you don’t have the time to cook and your lack of energy causes you to cave in to junk food. Now it’s known that our modern lifestyle plays a significant role in contributing to cognitive decline, which is why exposure to toxins, chemicals, poor diet, lack of sleep, stress and much more can actually hinder the functioning of your brain.
Our brain needs necessary and these 7 easy to prepare brain boosting smoothies are great brain food. The ingredients in these smoothies recipes all play a role in improving your mental clarity, memory, and overall brain function. Here’s a rundown of each ingredient and its respective brain boosting benefits.
The following smoothies are packed with ingredients that help boost not only blood flow, stabilize blood sugar and counterbalance free-radical damage—all important for optimal brain health.
1) Banana-Coconut Smoothie
Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides. Medium-chain triglycerides are converted into a stable source of fuel for your brain during periods of low blood sugar and can even help with memory loss.
1 cup milk (hemp almond or organic 1% cow’s milk)
2 frozen banana
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.
2) Dopamine Delight Smoothie
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it’s easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein—found here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!
1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.
3) Blueberry Beet Almond Smoothie
Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain.
1/4 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1 cup ice cubes
1 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
4) Mango-Avocado Smoothie
Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The spinach offers up brain-supporting omega-3s and helps replenish your iron supply.
1/2 fresh mango
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup chilled low-fat vanilla soy milk
5 tsp agave nectar
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth for 1 to 2 minutes.
5) Almond, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that protect brain cells from free-radical damage. Mineral-rich raw honey and iron-packed kale round out the brain-boosting power of this smoothie.
1½ cups plain unsweetened almond milk
3/4 of a medium frozen banana
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1 cup chopped kale
5 unsalted whole almonds
2 teaspoons raw honey
Combine all ingredients and set aside some crushed almonds and blueberries.
6) Almond Smoothie
Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus. While ground ginger support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.
1 small frozen banana, sliced
2/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
7) Green Goddess Smoothie
You’ll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
Smoothies are a great way to get the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Mixing several key ingredients together can boost brain power, improve concentration and even stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These are the 7 easy to prepare smoothies that are always good to go if you are a busy person. And the good nutrition it brings to your body and in helping your brain to function well and keep it healthy. Brain health is vitally important in this fast-paced world we live in where things are coming at us from every direction.