Smoothies are a great way to get a variety of nutrients in one meal, and this smoothie recipe is specifically designed to promote brain health. Here is a recipe for a brain-boosting smoothie that includes some of the best foods for brain health:
½ cup of blueberries: Blueberries are high in antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve memory and cognitive function. A study published in the journal “Annals of Neurology” found that older adults who consumed blueberries had better cognitive function than those who did not.
1/4 cup of walnuts: Walnuts are a good source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that can help to protect the brain from damage. They also contain healthy fats, which can improve brain function and mood.
1 cup of spinach: Spinach is a good source of folate, which is important for brain development and function. It also contains antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help to protect the brain from damage.
1 cup of unsweetened nut milk: Nut milk is a good source of healthy fats, which support brain function and mood. Look for a nut milk with minimal ingredients and without vegetable oils – or make your own! It also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to protect the brain from damage.
1 serving of protein powder: Add in a good quality protein powder with at least 15 grams of protein per serving – and no more than 4 grams of sugar. We recommend pea protein and for those who tolerate dairy, whey protein. Check out Vega Pea Protein,Garden of Life, or Designs for Health.
(Optional) 1 tbsp of olive oil: Olive oil is another excellent source of healthy fats and polyphenols which both support brain health. Research has suggested that olive oil consumption may slow brain aging and improve brain function.
- Add the blueberries, walnuts, spinach, nut milk, protein powder, and olive oil (optional) to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Enjoy your brain-boosting smoothie!
This smoothie recipe is a delicious way to get a variety of brain-boosting nutrients in one meal!
Blueberries, walnuts, spinach, nut milk, high-quality protein powders and olive oil all contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that have been shown to improve brain function, cognitive function, and mood.