Fri, Aug 10, 2012
Whether you are studying for a test or just want to maintain optimal brain function, this smoothie is the one for you.
It has brain-boosting foods like spinach, blueberries, and nuts all blended together in one delicious breakfast drink.
Makes 1 smoothie
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1 C Frozen Blueberries
- 2 Handfuls Spinach
- 3/4 C Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1/2 C Light ‘N Fit Vanilla Yogurt (or yogurt substitute)
- 1 T Almond Butter (or other nut butter)
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
250 calories, 11g fat, 266mg sodium, 29g carbs, 8g fiber, 17g sugar, 10g protein
WebMD says in Eat Smart For a Healthier Brain that some foods are known for their brain benefits. Blueberries are also called “brainberries” and help to prevent diseases like Alzheimers. The nut oils in the almond butter has Vitamin E, which corresponds with less cognitive decline was we get older. CNN has a different list of brain foods, one including spinach, which also helps to prevent dementia.
The only way I’ll eat spinach for breakfast is in a smoothie. I was skeptical of “green smoothies” at first, but I honestly can’t taste the spinach at all. The sweetness of the blueberries and yogurt masks any spinach flavor you might taste, and the texture is so smooth that it is easy to slurp up for a quick breakfast. I have a Ninja blender which works great, but it doesn’t get as even of a green color as a Vitamix would. It doesn’t affect the taste at all, just the prettiness. I think some Zombies might really like the color of mine Just make sure to drink your smoothie right away, or it will separate in the fridge and lose the smooth texture. Let me know what you think, and enjoy!
Have you ever had a “Green Smoothie”? If so, what do you think?
Kasey Shuler, founder of Well of Health, is a fitness coordinator, Certified Health Education Specialist, and group fitness instructor. Kasey believes that good health is a gift but also takes hard work. She takes joy in sharing the practical ways of how to consume a healthy, balanced diet and incorporate physical activity into one’s lifestyle.