Brain Power Smoothie

*Yields 1 portion

This smoothie is high in EPA & DHA, vitamin B12, L-theanine and acetylcholine. These substances all play important roles in biochemical chain reactions in the brain.

I like to offer you a little more information about the special substances this smoothie has. Hope it interestes you. If not, then just scroll down and you’ll find the recipe soon.

L-theanine: is speculated to increase levels of GABA, serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are important for our mental well-being – concentration, memory, focus and feeling of happiness.
L-theanine is found in: green tea, black tea and Matcha-powder.

Acetylcholine: is a protein that carries signals among brain cells and is important for learning and memory formation, sensation of pain, the regulation of the endocrine system and rapid eye movement.
Acetylcholine-rich foods: whole grains (like oat groats) and dried nettle.

DHA & EPA: these substances are the so-called omega-3 fatty acids. They are ‘essential’ which means our bodies cannot create them themselves and we should get them from foods/supplements. They are used as a raw material for our cell membranes, to attract oxygen into the cells, to serve as energy and to transport all kinds of substances in and out of our cells.
Omega-3 fatty acid-foods for this smoothie: butter, avocado, flex seed oil and hempseeds

Vit. B12: Vitamin B12 is important for keeping your blood and nerve cells healthy and it helps to create and regulate DNA. It is also an indispensable player for preventing a type of anaemia called “megaloblastic anaemia” that makes people tired and weak.

Many people suffer, to a greater or lesser extent, from a B12 deficiency.

According to the guidelines of the RDI, the amounts of B12 that our plasma must contain are many times lower than recommended by nature doctors (and their opinions differ on many more fronts).

This is one of the reasons why people are not always diagnosed with a B12 deficiency, but actually show the symptoms. It can happen that causes are searched for in all sorts of possible angles, but no clear problem emerges.

For this reason I like to have myself measured by, for example, an orthomolecular therapist (I myself have studied orthomolecular therapy in the past).

Getting measured nowadays does not have to cost a lot of money and is done quite easily.

B12-foods for this smoothie: nutritional yeast.

Ingredients:
• 1/3 avocado
• ½ banana (frozen for a thicker substance)
• 2 tbsp. oat groats (cooked for at least 10 min.)
• ½ cup coconut milk (full-fat)
• 1/3 zucchini
• 1 tbsp. cacao powder (RAW)
• 1 tbsp. hempseeds
• 1 tbsp. flaxseed oil
• 1 tsp. Matcha powder
• 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast

TIP: you can add sweeteners like monk-fruit, vanilla bourbon, erythritol and/or carob powder – they will make it even better.

Instructions:
1. Put all the ingredients together in your blender.

2. Add some extra water if the substance is too thick.

3. Blend until smooth.

4. Pour it into a glass and sprinkle with the noble yeast flakes. Do not stir the noble yeast through, because it absorbs a lot of moisture.
It is best to eat the noble yeast flakes first.

ENJOY!

Note: this recipe is quite high in calories. Eat this only on days when you exercise a lot (do a HIIT workout for example).

Macros:
Calories: 756,8
Carbs: 39,3 g.
Net carbs: 33,2 g.
Fat: 60,0 g.
Protein: 14,9 g.