This hydrating smoothie is good for your brain and your body — plus, the protein and healthy fats will keep you focused all morning.
Your brain is nearly 75 percent water, and hydrating first thing in the morning is one of the best things you can do for it. This smoothie, unlike commercial sugar bombs loaded with fruit juice, is packed with micronutrients, healthy fat, and protein to increase your focus and energy. It’s like a morning jump-start for your brain.
Makes two servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 to 2 tbs. fresh mint
- 2 cups spinach or kale, thick stems removed
- 2 tbs. hemp seeds
- 2 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder (plant-based, sugar-free)
- 3 cups cold water, or more or less for desired consistency
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth.
- Divide evenly between two glasses. Serve cold.
Tip: To add a little superfood to the mix, include 1 tablespoon of pomegranate powder.
Tip: If you prefer, chia seeds or flaxseed meal can be substituted for hemp seeds.
From The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes to Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose by Daniel G. Amen, MD, and Tana Amen, published on November 22, 2016, by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2016 by Tana Amen and Daniel G. Amen, MD.
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