Between homework marathons, classroom sessions, snap chat showdowns and everything in between, it’s no wonder that at this time of the year your brain is feeling a bit bogged down.
With all that learning, retaining and planning, we think it’s rude not to reward your thinker, wouldn’t you agree? Exam time is here, you have done the work, now let’s bombard your brain with plenty of goodness to carry you through.
When you eat for your brain, you will think more clearly and efficiently, says Daniel Amen, MD, author of Unleash The Power Of The Female Brain.
The following smoothies are packed with foods that help boost blood flow, stabilize blood sugar, and neutralize free-radical damage—all important for optimal brain health.
Check out 4 of our favourite easy to make, brain-busting smoothie recipes now.
Better yet, schedule these into your exam prep, for the ultimate in knowledge retention.
You’ve got this!
Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The spinach offers up brain-supporting omega-3s and also help replenish your iron supply
1/2 fresh mango
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup chilled low-fat vanilla soymilk
5 tsp agave nectar
Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
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.
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)
- COMBINE all the ingredients except for the protein powder in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth.
- ADD the protein powder and lightly blend until incorporated.
Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides, says Dr. Amen. Medium-chain triglycerides are converted into a stable source of fuel for your brain during periods of low blood sugar, and can even help with memory loss.
1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow’s milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.
Green Tea and Blueberry Smoothie
Besides containing antioxidants, green tea also has theanine, an amino acid that helps you focus and relax at the same time, says Dr. Amen. The honey contains all 22 essential amino acids, which provide the building blocks of protein for brain cells.
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
- MICROWAVEwater on high until steaming hot.
- ADD tea bag and let step for 3 minutes. Remove tea bag.
- STIR honey into tea until dissolved.
- BLEND all ingredients (including the tea) on the highest setting until smooth.
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