Berry Cobbler Shake: Feed Your Brain
Start your day with a breakfast shake. It’s one of those small daily habits that can add up to major health transformation over time. My Berry Cobbler Shake is packed with delicious goodness.
Both chia seeds and flaxseeds are a great source of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs). Whole food fat leaves you feeling satiated instead of triggering a response to keep eating, unlike sugar.
Vividly colored vegetables and fruits such as berries are rich in carotenoids. This class of antioxidants helps your body remove toxins and protect against future exposures. Eating a rainbow mix of fruits and veggies ensures you are adding in dietary components that promote neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the ongoing growth and development of new nerve cells (neurons), which contribute to functions like learning, emotional regulation, and memory. In other words, it protects your brain. My book, Brain Body Diet is packed with information on how to take care of your brain as you get older. Don’t age without it!
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
2 scoops vanilla or berry protein powder or medical food (look for one
containing at least 20 grams of vegan protein)
2 tablespoons freshly ground flaxseeds
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds, measured dry
½ to 1 cup berries, fresh or frozen
6 to 8 ice cubes
Measure the chia seeds and add them to the milk. Allow them to soak for 10 to 30 minutes. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and whip to desired consistency.