5 Healthy Smoothies to Feed Your Brain
An excellent snack or a complement to your breakfast. These shakes give a lot of energy and you can also prepare them "with intention". In this article, you will discover delicious smoothie recipes for boosting your brain.
1. Rejuvenate your brain with mango and raspberry
In this healthy smoothie, the combination of these two fruits is not casual. We explain the benefits that they bring:
Mango contains vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which your brain needs to produce the GABA neurotransmitter.
Raspberry is an excellent food for its polyphenols (antioxidants).
Prepare by mixing in the blender a mango and 80 g of raspberries. You can add milk if you feel like it and give it an extra touch of fresh mint.
2. Create a more powerful mind with spinach and ginger
With this shake, your brain will be more protected from toxins and free radicals.
According to some studies, spinach helps protect the brain from damage by free radicals (which increase with age).
Ginger, on the other hand, protects it from toxins like monosodium glutamate, present in many processed foods.
Add a handful of spinach, four apples, 800 ml of water, a pinch of ginger and 1/4 of avocado.
3. Increase your memory with an orange smoothie
According to some researches, the orange is an ideal fruit so that your memory does not fail you.
Drinking orange juice in the morning – if there are no contraindications such as a predisposition to kidney stones – can increase the ability to remember by 8%.
Mix 3 oranges, 50 g of celery, 1 carrot and water.
Make different shakes by swapping the celery or carrot with mango or pineapple.
4. Improve blood circulation with beet
It was discovered in 2012, thanks to research from Wake Forest University, in North Carolina, United States, that beetroot (or beet, as it is called in some areas) increases the blood supply to the brain.
Thanks to its nitric oxide content, beet helps the blood flow better and, with it, oxygen, nutrients…
If you mix the beet with pear you can get a very interesting flavored shake. Combine 1 beet (100 g of pulp), 300 g of pears, 1/2 of sugar, 350 ml of water and sea salt. After cleaning and peeling the skin of the beet, crush it and mix with pears, avocado, water and a pinch of salt.
5. Keep your mind in balance with banana and kale
Finally, we present a creamy and refreshing smoothie that contains two basic nutrients to maintain the biochemical balance in the brain.
It combines a nutritious and energetic fruit such as banana with a light and depurative vegetable – the trendy kale – very rich in vitamin K and also in Omega 3 and 6.
You can prepare this smoothie with 2 bananas, 50 g of kale, 400 ml of water and 2 apples.
Nutrients That Stimulate Neurones
Getting better neuronal functioning, which translates into a better memory, a more agile reasoning… depends to a large extent on how and what you eat on a daily basis.
Smoothies are great, since they are made from fruits and vegetables, which already indicates that they do not have added fats or artificial sugars or preservatives, something that increases the level of toxins that your neurones receive.
Enrich Them to Your Liking
The good thing about this practical way of ingesting nutrients is that you can add everything you want. The only condition is that they are "pure" foods (vegetables and fruits) and don't use pre-packaged foods so as not to add more additives (dyes, preservatives…) to the feeding of your neurones.
Another good idea is to add berries (goji, açai), seeds, soy lecithin… Or a handful of nuts to make a great snack that, in addition to physical strength, will also give you mental energy.
Depending on how much liquid you add, you will have a creamier or more liquid result. Also note the following:
- Do not keep them in the fridge for hours because the food will spoil and the nutrients will lose part of their benefits.
- If you decide to save a little to drink it later, do it in an opaque container (so that it does not pierce the light) and that it can be closed in a totally hermetic way.