A smoothie is a convenient snack option and a smart way to deliver concentrated nutrition in a delicious, convenient treat that you can take anywhere! Just blend, pour, and enjoy.
While smoothies won’t fix a poor diet, they are an easy way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables as well as specific brain-essential nutrients into your diet. Personally, I have learned to appreciate the therapeutic properties of whole-food smoothies made from fresh, organic fruit, vegetables, and nuts and seeds. I also mix in select natural supplements known to boost brain health and cognitive abilities, such as sage extract, ginkgo, and ginseng.
— Lisa Mosconi, PhD, INHC
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Recipe excerpted from Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power by Lisa Mosconi, PhD, INHC, published by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC © 2018 by Lisa Mosconi.
- 1 tablespoon raw unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon almond meal
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon goji berries
- 1 tablespoon organic aloe vera juice
- 1/4 cup chocolate (or vanilla) vegan or whey protein powder
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- (10 cc) Red Panax ginseng extract with royal jelly and bee pollen (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Mix for 1 minute on high. Enjoy.
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