Raspberry Mint Smoothie
Jump start your morning with this metabolism-boosting, brain-fueling, refreshing smoothie. From phytonutrients to omega 3s, protein and MCTs, this recipe packs in nothing but amazing nutrients that help optimize brain health. All of the ingredients are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, pegan, and added sugar-free.
Hot weather can be the perfect motivation to stay cool and eat clean—hence why summer is the ultimate smoothie season! The ingredients in this smoothie are important for a healthy, sharp brain. Crank up your blender and enjoy this brain-healthy smoothie. I highly recommend a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix for an amazing blender at a discounted price!
Chia: the Nutritional Powerhouse
Let’s start with the first all star ingredient–chia seeds. These seeds come in white or black and they pack in Omega 3 fatty acids which have been shown to keep the brain clear of plaque. You will get some protein from the chia seeds and the rest from the collagen protein powder. Collagen is a great source of flavorless protein that does not alter the texture of smoothies too drastically. The brain requires healthy protein for optimal function because it helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Newer research has shown that high blood sugar levels can increase the risk of early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Coconut: Another Superfat Allstar
Coconut is another brain-healthy ingredient since it is made up of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). The recipe calls for coconut milk (which is similar to almond milk) in addition to full-fat canned coconut milk. I like the SO Delicious brand because it is creamy and not as watery as other canned versions. And if those weren’t enough brain benefits, the phytonutrients found in raspberries may also play a role in reducing brain cell aging, which is why berries are one of the top foods recommended in the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) Diet.
- 2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
- 1 cup raspberries, frozen
- 2 Tbsp cashew butter
- 2 T chia seeds
- 1 scoop collagen
- 4 mint leaves
- 1 tsp cacao
- 2 Tbsp canned coconut milk (full-fat)
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- Measure all ingredients and add to the blender, with the exception of the pomegranate seeds.
- Blend for 30-45 seconds.
- Top off your smoothie with pomegranate seeds and allow them to mix throughout the smoothie for a burst of extra flavor!
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12 g||18.5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 22 g||7.3%|
|Dietary Fiber 7 g||28%|
|Sugars 9 g (Added Sugar: 0 g)|
|Protein 9 g|
|Vitamin A||Vitamin C|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.