Health

Blueberry brain-boost smoothie

Recent studies show that the powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals in blueberries may improve cognitive function.

Chronicle Books

Recent studies show that the powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals in blueberries may improve cognitive function. Paired with walnuts, they make a blueberry smoothie that tops the antioxidant chart. The rich nuttiness of the walnuts complements the berries, and they may work a little magic on your memory. Word has it that walnuts contain essential fatty acids that support the development of brain cells and neurotransmitters, so sip this unforgettable smoothie and you may just forget less!

Ingredients:
1 cup/240 ml fresh-pressed apple juice
1 fresh ripe banana
1 1/2 cups/170 g frozen blueberries
1/2 cup/55 g frozen raspberries
1/4 cup/30 g raw walnuts, preferably soaked and drained

Directions:
Combine the apple juice and banana in a blender. Add the blueberries, raspberries, and walnuts. Blend until smooth.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups/600 ML; serves two

Excerpted from Super-Charged Smoothies published by Chronicle Books. Copyright © 2010 by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford.  All rights reserved.  Reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books.