Ready to try memory boost smoothies? Here’s a recipe to help you increase clarity and improve learning.
How to Make Memory Boost Smoothies
The Linden Botanicals team developed a simple and healthy memory boost smoothie recipe to support nootropic brain health — particularly improved memory. Memory boost smoothies are blended drinks of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and a selection of our extracts that will help you improve your memory while also energizing you and transforming your body from the inside out. Best of all — they taste great!
Tips for Making Memory Boost Smoothies
Before I show you how to make memory boost smoothies, I’d like to share 3 important tips.
1. Incorporate Healthy Foods
Sounds like a no brainer, right? And yet it’s common enough to fill memory boost smoothies with too much fruit and no leafy greens. It’s also common to fill them with artificial sweeteners, Stevia extract, and processed sugars.
Leafy greens are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and high-quality amino acids, making them critically important. Don’t leave them out! Leafy greens include spinach, kale, microgreens, romaine, Swiss chard, collard greens, cabbage, watercress, romaine lettuce, bok choy, and endive.
Dark fruits are important too. For one thing, they’re antioxidants. For another, the purple pigment in dark fruits contains flavonoids, including resveratrol, which can help decrease blood pressure. Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries, and promotes better circulation. Dark fruits also contain polyphenols, which can reduce the inflammatory response in the body.
2. Freeze Your Fruits
Want your memory boost smoothies to be thicker and less liquid-like? Freeze your favorite dark fruits like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and elderberries. And if you choose to include banana, you can freeze it too!
Tip: You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just be sure to put your frozen greens into the blender (don’t defrost them before use).
3. Incorporate Supplements and Extracts
Supplements and extracts are herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other healthy substances you can add to a smoothie. Memory boost smoothies incorporate the following supplements, all of which specifically support nootropic brain health and memory:
Bacopa monnieri (Waterhyssop, Brahmi)
The plant of universal consciousness, Bacopa is a powerful nootropic, an adaptogen, and an antioxidant. Like Vaccinium, Bacopa extract is commonly used to rejuvenate the mind, support meditation, and increase clarity of thought. It’s often used to help treat cognitive deficits, improve learning, and sharpen memory. It also acts as a tonic for the nerves.
Vaccinium uliginosum (Bilberry, Bog Blueberry)
Vaccinium extract is a powerful nootropic, an adaptogen, and an antioxidant. It’s commonly used to rejuvenate the mind, support meditation, and increase clarity of thought. It’s believed to help with age-related cognitive issues and may reverse the cognitive decline some of us experience with aging. Read the Vaccinium FAQ here.
Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra)
Sourced in the Amazon region of Peru, Phyllanthus has 100+ bioactive compounds. It’s a powerful antioxidant, it’s a nootropic, and it’s the world’s best synergistic adaptogen. No plant in the world offers more health benefits, and its neuroprotective qualities support memory and focus. Read the Phyllanthus FAQ here.
Research suggests omega-3 fatty acids may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and may have a positive effect on gradual memory loss linked to aging.
Phosphatidylserine is an important chemical that improves mental function. It’s also what the brain uses to incorporate omega-3s.
Flaxseed is believed to fight heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer. It contains Omega-3s (which support memory), lignans (antioxidants), and fiber.
Protein powder is an easy and convenient source of complete, high-quality protein.
Recipe for Memory Boost Smoothies
Here’s our favorite memory boost smoothie recipe. (Makes 2 servings)
- 3 cups of leafy greens
- 2 cups of frozen dark fruits
- 1/2 banana (optional)
- 2 cups of liquid [flaxseed milk or unsweetened (vanilla) almond milk]
- 1/2 t Vaccinium uliginosum (Bilberry, Bog Blueberry)
- 1/2 t Bacopa monnieri (Waterhyssop, Brahmi)
- 1/2 t Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra) (optional)
- 1 T flax seed
- 1 T omega oil
- 100 mg phosphatidylserine
- 1/4 cup of walnuts (optional)
- 1/4 cup (1 scoop) of high-quality protein powder (optional)
- Tightly pack 2 cups of leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
- Add liquid (flaxseed milk, almond milk, or water) and blend well.
- Add fruit and supplements. Blend again until smooth.
- Adjust the consistency to your liking — add more protein powder to thicken or add more flaxseed milk, almond milk, or water to thin it out.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy your memory boost smoothies!