You don’t have to wait till you are old before boosting your brain power becomes important to you. Even if it is just a little effort you put into it daily. And doing mental exercises is not the only thing you’ll need to do to achieve this: your brain needs the right nutrients to stay active, and it doesn’t matter if you play brain tasking games like sudoku and the likes; your brain still need power packed nutrients, and this is where smoothies come into play.
Below are some healthy smoothies that you can include in your diet for great mental power, and besides that, they can also help to improve your mood and make you feel great. Keep reading to know more:
1. Blueberry Beet Almond Smoothies
Beets are one of the healthiest foods in the world today, as they are high in fiber, folate, phytonutrients, and some other nutrients that work to increase blood flow to the brain.
To make a blueberry beet almond smoothie, get 1/2 cup ice cubes, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/2 unsalted raw whole almonds, 1/2 unsweetened carrot juice, 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries, 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice, a dash of ground ginger, and 1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet. Combine all together and blend until smooth, then serve.
2. Banana Coconut Smoothie
Coconuts have a lot of nutritional benefits that can improve your mental power, like their high fiber content, manganese, and medium-chain triglycerides. They are also known to be low in natural sugars and can provide energy to the body. You will need a cup of milk, a frozen banana that is slightly thawed, a scoop of hemp powder, and some unsweetened coconut (add to taste). Combine all together and blend well.
3. Mango-Avocado Smoothie
The rich vitamin E content in avocados works effectively for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Avocados are known to contain mono-saturated fats for healthy blood flow, and oleic acid, which is good for the brain, as it helps to build the myelin that makes up the whiter part of the brain.
To do this, get 1/2 fresh mango, a cup of fresh spinach, a cup of chilled low-fat canilla soy milk, 5 tsp agave nectar, and 1/4 avocado. Combine your ingredients and blend.
4. Green Tea & Blueberry Smoothie
The nutritional benefits of green tea are so vast, and aside its weight loss benefits, which is quite common, it also has theanine, an amino acid that helps you to focus and relax at the same time. Blueberry is also a power packed fruit with many amazing benefits.
Get 3 tbsp water, a green tea bag, 2 tsp raw honey, 11/2 cups frozen blueberries, 1/2 medium banana,a nd 3/4 cup calcium-fortified light vanilla soy milk. Start by microwaving the water till it is hot, then add the green tea bag and allow it for about 3 minutes before removing it. Now, stir the honey into the tea, and blend all the ingredients together with the tea, until smooth.
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