Want greater mental clarity? Add these superfoods to your green smoothie. This post from mindbodygreen lists six of the several nutrient-packed additions that would go best with your morning smoothies to fight brain fog.
So many superfoods, so little time. How do we make a decision? When considering what nutrient-packed additions would go best with our morning smoothie, the list of possibilities seems endless. But if you’re looking to feel more clear and energized, you may enjoy some help from some of these powerful superfoods. Mix and match from these six add-ons that are packed with phytonutrients to boost your brainpower:
1. MCT oil
When choosing MCT oil, look for brands that contain a higher concentration of short-chain fats: more “C8” than “C10” (the numbers refer to how long the carbon chain is). The shorter the fat, the quicker the body can turn it into fast and usable energy. MCT can be a great substitute for those seeking to limit their caffeine intake or increase afternoon energy levels. Start with 1 teaspoon per day and gradually increase—but do this slowly as too much MCT can upset your stomach.
3. Bee pollen
Bee pollen has a subtle and sweet flavor and can serve as a beautiful garnish. You can blend it straight into your normal smoothie, but if you’re itching for something new, try this delicious turmeric smoothie.
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb and antioxidant that stimulates cognitive function, reduces mental fatigue, and increases exercise performance. But what makes this root especially intriguing is its antidepressant qualities. The phytonutrients found in rhodiola affect mood and energy by regulating neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. A quick warning: It’s easy to get hooked. If you’re a creature of habit, it’s considered best to take a break every two weeks to maximize its efficacy.
Maca is a South American vegetable root originally found in Peru and Bolivia. It’s traditionally used to improve memory and regulate cortisol release. Enjoy the ground root powder for its distinct caramel and malt-like flavor—a delicious addition to any shake.
6. Chia (omega-3s):
These magical little seeds are not only fun to eat, but they’re a phenomenal source of omega-3 fats, which are essential for brain development, neuron function, and mental clarity. Omega-3 fats are normally found in seafood, which makes chia seeds a great alternative for vegans and vegetarians who want to get their omega-3s from whole food sources. Chia will act as a thickener, so start with 1 teaspoon and increase the amount based on your texture preference.