Smoothies are all the rage and have become known for simplifying breakfast routines and post-workout nutrition. With the right ingredients, these meal replacements can also be the ultimate brain food. Here are our top 5 smoothie superfoods to kickstart your brain health:
With 22 amino acids, 25 minerals, 18 vitamins, 59 trace elements and 14 fatty acids, be pollen is considered one of nature’s complete superfoods. Due to the high dose of neuro-nutrients, your neurotransmitters will function optimally, helping you to stay focused, motivated and happy! Toss in a tablespoon into your next smoothie creation. *If you have a bee allergy, please avoid bee products as they can elicit a severe allergic reaction.
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) is great brain fuel! They are unique fatty acids that are easily converted into ketones, providing instant energy to the brain. As a bonus, MCT oil can help boost your metabolism and help you burn fate more effectively. Starr by adding ½ tsp to your smoothie. You can gradually increase to 1 or 2 tablespoon over time.
Besides the stimulating caffeine component, green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid shown to relax your mind without the drowsiness! The synergistic combination of caffeine and L-theanine provides a sustainable boost of energy without the jitters. Get your daily dose by adding 1 cup of chilled steeped green tea to your smoothie. Matcha green tea powder also works!
Raw cacao comes from cold-pressed unroasted cacao beans. This process leaves the enzymes and antioxidants intact. The unique flavanols in raw cacao have the ability to improve blood flow to the brain and improve cognitive function. Add a 1tsp of raw cacao to your next smoothie to reap these benefits!
Maca is known to increase energy, stamina and libido. Maca is a starchy root vegetable that has been found to improve brain health by reducing the breakdown of neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers necessary for us to learn, move and help memory. Toss in a tablespoon into your next blender creations.