I wanted a smoothie drink fit for fall, brain boosting and delicious. Here are the results, Brain Boosting Pumpkin Smoothie. Taste like pumpkin pie!
I’m nuts over it and had to share it with you, friends!
If you’ve read my other blogs on fighting depression naturally or tried some of my Brain Boosting recipes already, you know I add recipes, like these, to my everyday lifestyle to beat depression naturally (especially fighting spices in almost every meal). So, when sharing recipes with you I don’t only list ingredients but why the ingredients are healthy for your brain and body.
In this approx. 255 calorie smoothie, ingredients are Non-GMO and natural.
|1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Puree||If you are on the Brain Boosting Lifestyle change, its easy to skip the can and go fresh. You can cook the pumpkin in the oven or pressure cooker. If you buy can, reach for organic and Non GMO. Pumpkin reduces risk of chronic disease such as heart and cancer, boost immunity, good for your skin, weight loss, asthma, regulate blood pressure, diabetes and more.|
|2 Cups of (NON GMO) Almond Milk||You can substitute but I choose Almond as part of reducing my daily dairy intake. Almond Milk contains vitamin E, protein, calcium, (often added) vitamin D and may reduce heart disease.|
|1 tsp organic/natural|
|Honey is show to have benefits such as fighting depression, anxiety along with some other neurological effects. It’s rich in antioxidants, upper respiratory track infections, fights cancer, heart disease and diabetes.|
|1 tsp organic/natural Maple Syrup||Pure maple syrup is loaded with antioxidants, fights inflammatory, cancer fighting, skin health, and protect against Alzheimer’s and Dementia|
|1/2 tsp real vanilla or 1/4 vanilla bean||(If you don’t use pure vanilla and use an extract, it does not have these benefits) Antioxidants, reduces depression and anxiety, inflammatory, lesser risk of cancer and diabetes|
|1/4 tsp Cinnamon||Fights depression, anxiety, lowers blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory, lower heart disease risk, & fight Alzheimer & Parkinson’s , protect against cancer etc.|
|pinch of Nutmeg||Fights depression, anxiety, anti-inflammatory, indigestion, skin, reduce heart disease, cognitive function, prevent leukemia, etc|
|1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice||(usually includes cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger) Cloves: depression, anxiety, regulate blood sugar, liver health, protect against cancer, reduce stomach ulcers etc. And Ginger: cognitive health, enhance brain function directly, eases arthritis, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol etc. (Nutmeg and Cinnamon listed above)|
|1/2 tsp Flaxseed||Lots of Omega-3 (brain food), reduce cancer, improve cholesterol and blood pressure, heart healthy (inflammation reducing) etc.|
|1/2 tsp chia seed||Antioxidants, Omega- 3’s (Brain food), fight heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, regulate immune system and inflammation|
|1 banana||Antioxidants, heart healthy, improve digestion, lower blood sugar levels, kidney health|
If you’d like, you can add a 1/4 avocado to boost the Omega-3’s and gain other benefits from avocado.
On a side note, I’d love for you to notice the good ingredient pattern that fights Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer and Diabetes. (Omega 3’s haven’t proven to delay the fight in these things but the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals inside foods have). Make sure to wash all nonorganic fruits and veggies with a natural wash such as Fit.
Okay, so now, blend your smoothie, shake – shake – shake and hit the blender one more time.
Pour and you are ready to drink!
Cheers, friends! Enjoy the yummy!