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9 Brain Food Recipes to Help Your Kids Excel at School

9 Brain Food Recipes to Help Your Kids Excel at School


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Growing up, children are influenced by everything from the lessons they learn in school to the food they consume. Teaching your children the difference between nutrient-dense foods and processed foods with added sugars will help them make healthy choices for the rest of their life.

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We spoke with Angela Onsgard, registered dietitian and the resident nutritionist at Miraval Resort and Spa, about the importance of encouraging children to eat healthy. “Children are growing and they need a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to develop great bone density, healthy brains, and a strong immune system,” Onsgard said. “Eating foods that are processed and refined or laden with sugar will cause spikes in blood sugar levels that will elicit an insulin response.”

That insulin response causes a drop in blood sugar levels shortly after that meal. When the blood sugar drops, your child’s energy soon follows. “It’s imperative for our children to consume a nutrient-dense meal mid-day that will normalize blood sugar levels so that they are able to focus in school and maximize leaning potential,” Onsgard said.

By educating your child on what is healthy and what is unhealthy, they will be successful in their choices in and out of school. “Showing an older child how to read food labels might also stir their interest in choosing healthier foods,” Onsgard said. “Then, allow them to help you pick out the recipes and assemble the meal. This will increase your child’s exposure to different foods and increase the likelihood that they will actually eat it.”

We compiled a list of healthy meals and snacks that will help your children focus in school and make healthy choices along the way. There is no need to worry if your child is a picky eater. There are always healthy alternatives for pizza, chicken nuggets, and tacos that will please your child’s taste buds.

Banana Almond Stacks


This is a protein-packed snack that is the perfect combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Slice the bananas and spread the almond butter in between two slices to form a mini sandwich. Onsgard recommends choosing an almond butter without added oils, sugars, or sodium.

Bento Box


“Instead of giving the kids a store bought Lunchables meal, prepare your child a healthy bento box filled with fresh chopped vegetables and fruit, hummus, antibiotic and growth hormone-free cheeses, high fiber crackers, and a healthy home-made snack bar,” Onsgard says.


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium


11 Brain-Boosting Smoothies

You can do crosswords and Sudoku puzzles until your hand hurts, but all that brain-busting work will go to waste if you don&rsquot fuel your thinker with the right nutrients. 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&mdashall important for optimal brain health. Check out all 11 recipes now!

Coconut is low in natural sugars, and high in fiber, manganese, and nature&rsquos 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 (read more on that, here).

1 cup milk (hemp almond, rice, or organic 1% cow&rsquos milk)
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.

NUTRITION (per serving) 365 cal, 30 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.8 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 137 mg sodium

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)

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 fiber, 4.4 g fat, 1.1 g sat fat, 59 mg sodium

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, emotion, and pleasure, and it&rsquos easily boosted by a healthy serving of protein&mdashfound here in the form of protein powder and soy milk. Chia seeds keep your blood sugar steady, says Dr. Amen, while a moderate amount of caffeine will keep you focused. Mix up this smoothie when you really need to get things done!

1/2 cup small banana, peeled and frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup soy milk (vanilla or plain)
1 double shot (approximately 1/2 cup) organic espresso
1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

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

NUTRITION (per serving) 383 cal, 24 g pro, 31 g carb, 3 g fiber, 18.6 g fat, 2.8 g sat fat, 143 mg sodium

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar. And since glucose is your brain&rsquos chief source of energy, it&rsquos important to keep those levels steady, says Dr. Amen. This low-cal smoothie is full of fiber, along with other brain-friendly antioxidants.

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

Beets are high in fiber, phytonutrients, folate, beta carotene, and natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain. (Try this beet smoothie for high blood pressure.)

1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
dash of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION (per serving) 325 cal, 10 g pro, 35 g carb, 8 g fiber, 18.9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 65 mg sodium

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer&rsquos 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
1/4 avocado
5 tsp agave nectar

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

NUTRITION (per serving) 304 cal, 8 g pro, 57 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium

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.

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

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

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

Almonds are full of dopamine and protein, giving you a boost of motivation and focus, Dr. Amen says. The ground ginger helps support a robust metabolism, while the cinnamon works to keep your blood sugar steady.

1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, slightly packed, stems removed
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 5.4 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 185 mg sodium

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women found that those who ate the most cruciferous veggies (like the spinach, kale, and broccoli in this smoothie) lowered their brain age by 1 to 2 years.

1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 258 cal, 5 g pro, 63 g carb, 8 g fiber, 1.3 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 76.3 mg sodium

You&rsquoll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and iron from the baby spinach, vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber from the kiwi.

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup cucumber chunks
1/2 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
1/4 cup mint leaves

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

NUTRITION (per serving) 188 cal, 5 g pro, 29 g carb, 6 g fiber, 7.7 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium



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