What’s your favorite smoothie recipe? We like our smoothie made with tons of berries and citruses. Smoothies are a great way to eat the nutrients your body needs in a single serving. Kids love smoothies, too!
In this article we will give you the best brain-boosting smoothie recipe. You will need blueberries, avocado, wheat germ and almonds. These ingredients are known for their ability to optimize the function of the brain.
Steven Pratt, MD, author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, says blueberries should called “brainberries.” Pratt works at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., and he says that blueberries have an ability to protect the brain from oxidative stress.
These berries also treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other age-related conditions. According to WebMD, blueberries increase learning capacity and motor skills in aging rats, bringing them to the same level with younger rats.
Avocado is rich in healthy fats which makes it a good choice for health-conscious individuals. Monounsaturated fat stimulate the flow of blood to the brain.
Oleic acid helps your brain process information better and faster. Oleic acid builds the coating of myelin in the white matter of the brain. Myelin keeps the information travel at a rapid rate (200 miles per hour). Without myelin, neurons process information at a slow rate.
Your body can produce oleic acid with the help of other healthy fats from your diet, but avocados make everything easy. About a third of your myelin is oleic acid.
It’s the most nutritious part of the wheat. Choline is a neurotransmitter that improves memory. What germ is also rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.
Wheat germ causes changes in the memory center (hippocampus) in the brain.
Almonds are the best food for your brain. Vitamin E protects your cognitive skills, helps you stay alert and maintains your memory.
Use pomegranate juice to boost the power of these ingredients and increase its antioxidant effect.
Blueberry Brainy Blizzard Recipe
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 2 tbsp wheat germ
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
Blend everything until smooth and serve your smoothie in a highball glass. These ingredients will give you about 12 ounces which is enough for an adult or two kids.