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Frugal Recipes: Brain Power Smoothies

Submitted By Paisley Hansen

There are many different types of foods that a person can eat in order to ensure that his or her brain is functioning at as high a level as possible. When a person's brain is functioning well, he or she will be able to concentrate more easily, have a higher level of emotional health, have better reflexes, and generally enjoy life more. An easy way to get foods that will boost brain power is through smoothies. This article will discuss some of those foods, as well as smoothie recipes that make getting those foods into a diet easy.

Foods to Improve Brain Power

  • Blueberries Blueberries have fantastic antioxidant properties which will stop free radicals from damaging brain cells. They are also able to improve a person's ability to learn and recall information.
  • Bananas Bananas are a great source of antioxidants. They are also able to boost serotonin production, which makes it easier for people to remember things, as well as the level of dopamine in the brain. This will improve a person's attention span.
  • Hemp Seeds Hemp seeds are a great way to get fatty acids into a person's body that will allow the brain to heal itself more quickly, as well as improve a person's memory and how easily he or she is able to learn.
  • Apple Juice Apple juice is an excellent way to stop the brain from losing acetylcholine, which will improve a person's overall memory.
  • Cocoa Cocoa is one of the best ways to get antioxidants into a person's body because its level of antioxidants is so high. It is also able to allow blood to flow more readily to a person's brain.
  • Leafy Greens Putting in leafy greens, like kale or spinach, will ensure that a smoothie has a large quantity of B6 and B12 vitamins. Both of these vitamins will help prevent a person from developing Alzheimer's, as well as produce a burst of energy.
Dr. Oz’s Brain Boosting Smoothie:
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • handful of hemp nuts
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp rhodiola rosea
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie:
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
Antioxidant Wake Up Smoothie
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 tsp green tea powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • agave or honey to sweeten (optional)
Almond, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie
  • 1 1/2 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 tsp raw honey
Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

Green Tea and Blueberry Smoothie
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 3/4 cup calcium-fortified light vanilla soy milk
1. MICROWAVE water on high until steaming hot.
2. ADD tea bag and let step for 3 minutes. Remove tea bag.
3. STIR honey into tea until dissolved.
4. BLEND all ingredients (including the tea) on the highest setting until smooth.

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