Blog / Shakes

Blackberry Thyme Smoothie

As we age, blood flow to the brain decreases and the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory, begins to deteriorate. The brain has a great capacity to build new brain cells, which is why it’s imperative to continue to learn and challenge ourselves mentally and physically at any age. In addition to staying mentally and physically active, it’s important to eat nutrient-dense foods that boost your brain power. And our Blackberry Thyme Smoothie delivers brain-boosting nutrients in a creamy, fruity superfood concoction you’ll love.

Blackberries are an excellent source of anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve memory function. Healthy fats such as coconut milk and hemp seeds feed your brain power. Coconut milk is rich in medium-chain triglycerides that can be used by the brain and body for energy. Hemp seeds are rich in brain-supporting omega-3, omega-6, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA helps reduce inflammation and prevent disease. Get them all with every gulp of this supercharged blackberry smoothie.

Blackberry Thyme Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • ​​​​1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 medium lime, juiced
  • 2 cups blackberries, frozen
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, full fat
  • Top with 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)

Health Benefits

  • Bananas: never fail when you need energy, and are well-balanced with fiber so the sugary effect doesn’t spike your glucose levels.

  • Baby spinach: is an excellent source of iron (containing 2.7 milligrams per 100 grams) plus 13 different flavonoid phytonutrients that function as antioxidants and help to protect against cellular damage. One cup of cooked spinach is just 40 calories, making it a low-fat and low-calorie addition to a healthy diet.

  • Thyme: this powerful antimicrobial can help destroy infectious bacteria. A study found that thymol in thyme can reduce bacterial resistance to common drugs such as penicillin.

  • Lime: is a terrific source of vitamin C to help prevent free radical damage.

  • Hemp seeds: are full of omega-3, omega-6, stearidonic acid (SDA), and the rare omega-6 gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which helps reduce disease-promoting inflammation in the body. Rich in protein, hemp seeds increase satiety and balance blood sugar levels.

  • Blackberries: 1 cup delivers 62 calories, 13.8 grams of carbohydrate, and 7.6 grams of fiber. Blackberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin K, manganese, and anthocyanins. Recent research suggests anthocyanins have the ability to boost memory.

  • Coconut milk: is made of a healthy fat called lauric acid that is used by the body for energy. Coconut milk can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and is an ideal milk substitute for those with dairy allergies.

Instructions

  1. Add coconut milk to the blender.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to the blender.
  3. Add ice (2-4 cubes) if you prefer chilled.
  4. Blend the ingredients until the contents are smooth.
  5. Pour into a glass and enjoy the delicious flavor of blackberries.

Comments (0)