Quick: Do you know where your keys are? What are the top three items on your grocery list? Do you have plans scheduled for next Friday? If you had difficulty answering any of those questions, you’re not alone. If the many stresses of life have you feeling a little foggy, turn to one of these 8 delicious, nutritious smoothies for a pick-me-up. They all contain ingredients that will increase blood flow to the brain and help with memory loss.
1. Banana-Coconut Smoothie
(Recipe from Prevention.com)
Coconuts are nature’s best source of medium-chain triglycerides, which can be used as fuel when your body struggles with low blood sugar. In addition, they have a high fiber and manganese content and a low natural sugar content. Some experts think these medium-chain triglycerides are so important, coconut oil could play a role in Alzheimer’s prevention. This tasty recipe requires only four ingredients and no sweeteners.
2. Blueberry Brain Boost Smoothie
(Recipe from Oprah.com)
The key to a great smoothie is simple, natural ingredients. This one calls for only five, and three of them are fruits. Research suggests the antioxidants and phytochemicals found in blueberries may help with cognitive function. Essential fatty acids from walnuts may work to support brain cell and neurostransmitter development, so this is one healthy smoothie for the brain.
3. Dopamine Delight Smoothie
(Recipe from TheAlternativeDaily.com)
Motivation, emotions, and pleasure: dopamine is involved with all of these. The chia seeds in this smoothie offer dopamine via protein and steady blood sugar via fiber. The minimal amount of espresso is enough to provide antioxidants and help you feel focused. If you have a big project coming up and need an especially clear head, give this recipe a try.
4. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
(Recipe from Alzheimers.net)
Spinach and other leafy greens contain lots of B6 and B12 vitamins, which could aid in the prevention of memory loss. Cocoa is packed with antioxidants and increases blood flow to the brain. Pair the two – and several other yummy, natural ingredients – and you have yourself a powerful smoothie. Look out, world.
5. Memory-Boosting Berry Smoothie
(Recipe from JoyBauer.com)
Have you ever wondered how berries achieve their deep color? You can thank a type of antioxidant known as anthocyanins, which help protect brain cells from the aging process. This smoothie also calls for flaxseeds, which are a great source of omega-3 fats and will help increase blood flow to the brain.
6. Brain Power Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
(Recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com)
Blueberries, avocado, banana, chia seeds, pomegranate juice and ice come together for a smoothie that will really help you get your day off on the right foot. Antioxidants, omega-3s, protein and more will give you the cognitive edge you need.
7. Sweet Peach Smoothie
(Recipe from APlaceForMom.com)
Here’s another smoothie with a high antioxidant level thanks to the peach and banana. Flaxseed oil and vanilla yogurt add protein while honey acts as a natural sweetener. This smoothie proves that something that’s good for you can taste even better.
8. Blackberry Mango Breakfast Shake
(Recipe from PopSugar.com)
Five simple, natural ingredients: orange juice, mango, tofu, honey, and blackberries. Make this one for your kids (trust me, they won’t taste the tofu) when it’s time to go back to school. The brain-boosting ingredients will make them unstoppable.