This DIY blend, much like Mind Food, is packed with ingredients containing nootropic and adaptogenic super properties. And yes, we LOVE nootropics -- specifically what we like to call Culinary Nootropics [aka. food with nootropic powers] which are known to enhance brain function, including focus, memory and mental clarity ---- which for us, is very useful, er, essential for living in the modern world!
So, cheers to a better brain, finding energy, balance, and remembering all the important stuff in life. ;-)
(in a 64 ounce Vitamix or other blender)
- 4 cups of filtered water [or coconut H2o for extra hydration]
- 1 tsp Bacopa [uber brain-boosting adaptogenic herb]
- 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup Mint leaves
- 1/2 cup Cilantro
- 2 cups organic Kale
- 2 cups organic Baby Spinach
- 1 cucumber
- 2 thumbs ginger
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (Optional)
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp chia seeds
Blend to perfection and ENJOY.
Superfood Benefits > >
Bacopa: (Also known as Brahmi) perhaps the brain THE adaptogen-- Aside from being used to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress (all brain-drainers of course) it is used for neuroprotection, boosting memory, concentration, and cognitive response time. Win-Win!
Cucumber: Anyone who has ever been on a "diet" will already be well aware that cucumbers contain almost zero calories and are also a great source of fiber which reduces constipation and in turn is cancer-fighting (particularly colon cancer) by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut. What you may not know is that they also contain unique antioxidants, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6, along with many minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorous. Cucumbers also work as a mild diuretic and are rich in vitamin K for healthy bones and brain function. The B vitamins and natural sugars found in cucumbers also boost energy levels. Cool as a cucumber!
Mint: We've always found that we feel totally focused after enjoying one (or two) of our blends. One of the many reasons why is mint! This cooling herb naturally increases concentration and has been used for its medicinal benefits for ages. Not only will it help you get down to business, focus, and meet that deadline, but it will also help keep you awake during that snoozer of an afternoon staff meeting-- mint is a natural stimulant! And, if that wasn't reason enough to start chowing down on mint by the blender-full, let's also consider its ability to treat gastrointestinal issues, promote circulation, dissolve gallstones, treat inflammation, help with depression and fatigue, and eliminate bloating. Jackpot!
Chia Seeds: Kitschy 80s nostalgia aside, chia seed is a truly amazing and versatile superfood. A superb source of plant-based omega-3 oils, fiber, and protein, they also provide sustained hydration and energy-- great for all you athletes! Touted as a weight-loss ally (in part because they expand in your stomach, keeping you satiated), they are said to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and regulate blood sugar.
Cilantro: Hate it or love it, cilantro has a pretty impressive track record. For centuries, the Chinese believed it to impart immortality to those who consumed it and, during the middle ages, it was often used in love potions as an aphrodisiac. Nowadays, we believe it to help regulate energy and offer serious detoxifying qualities like supporting perspiration and safely removing toxins like heavy metals from our bodies. This earthy, fragrant herb is also high in vitamin C, aids in digestion, and is a natural diuretic. We're in love! We're in love! And we don't care who knows it!
Avocado: Besides being insanely delicious, avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol. Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure and are rich in other essential nutrients, including fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, C, K, folate, riboflavin, and niacin, and magnesium. They are also touted as a beauty food, beneficial both in weight loss and in getting the glow back. Bonus avocado fact: Avocado actually helps the absorption of many nutrients in greens when taken together.
Kale: High in fiber (great for digestion and elimination) and is loaded with nutrients including folate, calcium, magnesium, and iron (kale has more iron than beef!!). Kale is also high in vitamin K (touted for cancer-fighting and bone health properties, as well as prevention of blood clots), antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. If that were not enough, it's also known to promote cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol levels, boost immunity, promote metabolic function, and aid in liver detoxification...this is a no brainer!
Spinach: Popeye was onto something and we're not talking about his chic, nautical-themed wardrobe. We're talking spinach-- lots of green, leafy spinach. It's one of the most nutritious of all the greens out there. Packed with calcium, iron, vitamins C and K, folic acid, lutein, and copious amounts of insoluble fiber, no wonder Popeye's muscles were so big (Yes, we're well aware he was a cartoon, but just humor us for a second here, OK?).
Lemons: Containing unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, as well as high levels of vitamin C, lemons also stimulate the digestive system, relieve constipation, aid urinary disorders, promote healthy skin, boost the immune system, and boast anti-inflammatory properties. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade (or grab yourself a CLEANSE!).
Ginger: Besides its warming, yummy bite in our blends, ginger root has many healing properties and uses. For instance, ginger is a known remedy for motion sickness, nausea, and indigestion. It's also a known tonic for colic, IBS, chills, poor circulation, and menstrual cramps. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is believed to be a helpful remedy for arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, and coughs and colds. It is also thought to help lower cholesterol and blood-pressure, as well as aid in preventing blood clots. Quite the jack of all trades!
Coconut Oil: We always knew good fats were great for us, especially the ones in coconut oil, but medium chain triglycerides, the primary fat found in coconut oil (which we've mentioned is great for all sorts of things), have been found to increase brain function in merely one dose