I have always loved blueberries. When they are in season I gobble them up fresh, and during the cold months frozen blueberries are my go to. Even my kids love blueberries, and I take full credit for passing on my excellent healthy taste to my posterity.
For the past five years while recovering from a stroke that damaged my cerebellum, I have become fascinated with foods that heal and support the brain. I couldn’t have been happier to discover recently that blueberries are top on the list! A recent study showed that blueberries actually increase blood flow to the brain and improve cognitive function. Wow. I always knew blueberries were a superstar. So here’s a smoothie recipe to celebrate the ever amazing blueberry.
1 cup brazil nut milk (or fave nut milk)
1 cup frozen blueberries
handful of spinach (or fave greens)
1 Tbs almond butter
1 Tbs collagen powder
1 tsp psyllium husk
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
pinch of Himalayan (or other high quality salt)
1 scoop Brain On powder
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend (definitely with a tamper! Thank you Vitamix!) until fully combined. While blueberries are the superstar in this smoothie, here are some pretty cool benefits of a few of the other ingredients.
Brazil Nut Milk: brazil nuts are high in selenium – a powerhouse for healthy metabolism and cholesterol ratio. Also, brazil nut milk tastes a little like marzipan, so while any non-dairy milk would work, this one is my current favorite.
Collagen: Collagen is high in proline and glycine, which helps to heal the gut and reduce inflammation, and is not found in any other protein source.
Psyllium Husk: an extra dose of fiber here, please. Most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diet, and psyllium husk is a soluble form that helps keep you feeling satiated while lowering blood sugar levels.
Brain On: I love this for an extra brain boost. It has both phycocyanin, which is the blue pigment from spirulina (an excellent anti-inflammatory), and Phenylethylamine (PEA), which supports cognitive focus and mood.
P.S. The best part about this smoothie is the flavor! The almond extract + brazil nut flavors compliment each other nicely, the texture is excellent, and the color is beautiful.