Smoothies

About these Recipes

We have researched and combined the best smoothie recipes for brain function.  Many are from the Amen Clinic in USA, a clinic that specialises in brain function & repair.

Dr. Amen carried out several studies on American Footballers who had suffered brain injuries.  By taking scans of their brains before and after treatment he proved that recovery is possibly by following a healthy diet.  On the brain scans, there is a significant difference in the shape & health of the brain before and after treatment.  We now share with you some of these recipes in gratitude to Dr Amen.

Blueberries, Almonds & Banana Smoothie

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that protect brain cells from free-radical damage. Mineral-rich raw honey and iron-packed kale round out the brain-boosting power of this smoothie.

SERVINGS: 1
1½ cups plain unsweetened almond milk
3/4 of a medium frozen banana
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1 cup chopped kale
5 unsalted whole almonds
2 teaspoons raw honey
Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 323 cal, 7 g pro, 60 g carb, 10 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.4 g sat fat, 300 mg sodium

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothies

Inflammation is just as bad for your brain as it is for your body. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which experts believe are necessary for transmitting signals between brain cells. Blueberries and raspberries are also known for encouraging healthy connections between the cells of the brain.

SERVINGS: 1
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 small banana, peeled and frozen
1/4 cup diced pineapple
2 Tbsp chia seeds
3 ice cubes
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

1. COMBINE all the ingredients except the protein powder in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth.
2. ADD the protein powder and lightly blend until incorporated.

Nutrition: (per serving) 380 cal, 24 g pro, 67 g carb, 14 g fibre, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium
Source: Dr Amen’s Brain Clinic.

Strawberry & Pomegranate Smoothie

Fibre helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain’s chief source of energy, it’s important to keep those levels steady. This low-cal smoothie is full of fibre, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

SERVINGS: 1
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
2 tsp raw honey
3/4 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
2 Tbsp fat-free plain yogurt
1 Tbsp flaxseed oil
4 ice cubes

1. WHISK pomegranate juice and honey in a small cup to dissolve the honey completely.
2. COMBINE the strawberries, yogurt, oil, ice cubes, and pomegranate mixture in a blender.
3. PROCESS for 1 to 2 minutes, or until thick and smooth. Pour into a glass.

Nutrition: (per serving) 262 cal, 3 g pro, 35 g carb, 3 g fiber, 14 g fat, 1.3 g sat fat, 31 mg sodium
Source: Dr Amen’s Brain Clinic.

Blueberries & Green Tea Smoothie

Besides containing antioxidants, green tea also has theanine, an amino acid that helps you focus and relax at the same time. The honey contains all 22 essential amino acids, which provide the building blocks of protein for brain cells.

SERVINGS: 2
3 Tbsp water
1 green tea bag
2 tsp raw honey
1½ cups frozen blueberries
1/2 medium banana
3/4 cup calcium-fortified light vanilla soy milk

1. MICROWAVE water on high until steaming hot.
2. ADD tea bag and let step for 3 minutes. Remove tea bag.
3. STIR honey into tea until dissolved.
4. BLEND all ingredients (including the tea) on the highest setting until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 125 cal, 1.8 g pro, 29 g carb, 4 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.2 g sat fat, 32 mg sodium

Source: Dr Amen’s Brain Clinic.