So here we are in the first month of a brand new year (Happy 2014!) and usually this is a time of possibilities... We have the possibility to start from the scratch, make new choices, new behaviours, new habits! Following this spirit and trying to accomplish three of my new years resolutions:
1- Post more on the blog,
2- Stop procrastinating and accomplishing my academic goals,
3- Eat a brain-healthy diet,
This idea appeared on my head, why not share the delicious healthy smoothie recipe that I did today during a study break? It's very easy to do and the main ingredients used give a brain boost, ideal after a long afternoon of intense study.
Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats that increase oxygen and blood flow to the brain. They also contribute to lower blood pressure levels, due to potassium, that is linked to an increase in cognitive abilities and I.Q. And they have folate that is essential for brain health and the maintenance of cognitive function, including memory. (Brain Food Alert!)
Kale is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A, folate and omega-3s fat all essential for brain health. (Brain Food Alert!)
Bananas are good for the brain because they are rich in potassium, folate and vitamin B6. (Brain Food Alert!)
And finally carrots, that are not only very good for your eyes (who doesn't want beautiful eyes, right?), but also for the brain due to the high levels of luteolin that reduces age-related memory deficits and inflammation in the brain. (Brain Food Alert!)
Here’s what you’ll need:
After you have all the ingredients you just need to blend the 4 ingredients in a blender until smooth (if needed add some water to liquefy).
And voilà you have your own Super BrainFood Smoothie!