BRAIN POWER SMOOTHIE (BLUEBERRY AVOCADO SMOOTHIE):- Today, as part of Healthy Eating Month, Gimme Some Oven shares a drink that I can’t get enough of. I like to call it my brain power smoothie because it’s mostly a blueberry avocado smoothie recipe. It’s full of tasty things that are good for your brain.
Getting back to being nerdy, I don’t know why this came to mind, but have I ever told you about how I won the spelling bee in fourth grade? Yes, I did great at grade school with the word “autumn.”
Because of this, I was sent to the regional spelling bee to represent my school, but I failed in the first round. What the heck? Now picture a packed theatre full of parents and kids, with an awkward old man reading the words in a very dry way.
BRAIN POWER SMOOTHIE (BLUEBERRY AVOCADO SMOOTHIE)
Here are the six things you need for “brain health”
- Berries, Avocado, Banana, Blueberries.
- Seeds of Chia.
- Ice With Grape Juice.
- You could use Greek yoghurt or coconut milk yoghurt (for paleo/vegan) instead of avocado if you don’t want to.
- That’s about 75 grammes, or 1/3 cup. I think frozen avocado would taste great here!
- I haven’t tried it with blueberries yet, but I think strawberries or raspberries would work.
- You might need to add a little sugar if you use raspberries.
- People always ask me if smoothy recipes can be made without the banana. This recipe is very dense because of the banana, which also makes it very sweet.
- If you leave it out, the smoothie will be much thinner, and you’ll need to add more sugar.
- It looks like a big banana has about 14 grammes of sugar, which means you’ll need to add about a tablespoon of sugar or maple syrup.
- You can use any kind you want! It’s okay to use canned coconut milk too, as long as you don’t mind the extra coconut taste.
- Vanilla is nice, but you don’t have to add it.
Blueberries are good for you
- Blueberries are small but very healthy. They are full of vitamins and nutrients that will help you stay healthy.
- Strengthen and improve bone health, and help the body make more collagen for healthy skin and joints.
- Help keep your skin from getting lines, age spots, and damage from smoke, dust, and UV rays.
- One cup of blueberries gives you 24% of your daily vitamin C needs.
- One cup gives you 34% of the daily required amount of vitamin K.
- It has been shown to help keep you from having heart attacks, strokes, and cancer, and it also makes your brain work better.
- Have anti-inflammatory properties to help protect against long-term inflammation diseases like Alzheimer’s and arthritis.
- Help get rid of LDL cholesterol and help you lose weight.
Fresh vs. frozen blueberries
- Blueberries are full of vitamins whether they are frozen or eaten right away.
- Anthocyanins are a group of antioxidants that add colour to blueberries. The skin is where most of the colour comes from.
- According to some research, freezing blueberries makes the vitamins in them more available.
- The tests were still the same after three months, and the anthocyanins in the frozen blueberries had not lost any of their value.
- In other examples, we can see that a cup of fresh berries has 3.6 grammes of fibre, while a cup of frozen blueberries has 6.2 grammes of fibre.
- Fresh blueberries, on the other hand, have 1.10 grammes of protein per cup, while frozen blueberries don’t have any protein at all.
- As a general rule, blueberries have more pesticides left on them than other fruits or veggies. This is especially true for fresh blueberries. On the other hand, frozen blueberries have less than half as much chemical on them.
- That being said, you might want to spend a little more on organic blueberries if you are getting fresh blueberries.
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