Berry Brainy Blizzard Recipe – A Smoothie For Kids

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It’s smoothie week at Super Healthy Kids!  Smoothies are a great way to make sure your kids are getting enough of the nutrients they need each day to thrive.  We think of our smoothies like a daily vitamin, with a whole lot of extra benefits. We are careful to make sure not only do our smoothies taste great (so the kids will drink them), but also serve a purpose.  Today’s smoothie was created to support brain health!

Berry Brainy Blizzard Recipe - A Smoothie For Kids. Drink your way to smarter kids!

The ingredients in our brain smoothie include blueberries, avocado, wheat germ and almonds. Each one has been shown to have mental benefits.

Berry Brainy Blizzard Recipe - A Smoothie For Kids. Drink your way to smarter kids!

Blueberries

I first learned about the mental benefits of blueberries a few months ago at a seminar for brain health.  After the seminar, I went straight to Costco and bought a HUGE bag of blueberries as I was determined to eat some blueberries every single day!  From WebMD:

“Brainberries” is what Steven Pratt, MD, author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, calls these tasty fruits. Pratt, who is also on staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., says that in animal studies researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Studies have also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats.

Avocado

The healthy fats in avocado make them a great brain food. The monounsaturated fat improves blood flow to the brain.  Also, oleic acid in avocados help our brains process information FASTER!  From Healthy Brain for Life:

They are rich in a fatty acid called oleic acid, which helps to build the coating of insulation, known as myelin (found in white matter of the brain.) Myelin helps information travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Neurons without myelin (gray matter) process information at slower speeds. We can make some oleic acid on our own if we have other good fats in our diet, but avocados are a tasty way to include it in our diet. Oleic acid makes up over a third of the fat in myelin. Thus, avocados are helpful for speedy messaging within your brain.

Wheat Germ

This one might surprise you.  We use wheat germ a lot in our meal plans, as it is the most nutrient rich part of wheat. Wheat germ a vegetarian source of choline, a neurotransmitter that boosts memory (source), and it also contains vitamin E and some omega 3s.

When rat pups received choline supplements, their brain function is changed, resulting in lifelong memory enhancement. This change in memory function appears to be due to changes in the development of the memory center (hippocampus) in brain. These changes are so important that investigators can pick out the groups of animals whose mothers had extra choline even when these animals are elderly. (source)

Almonds

And of course, no surprise for brain development, we have almonds!

Almonds can be considered “brain food.” Healthy levels of vitamin E have been shown to prevent cognitive decline, boost alertness and preserve memory longer. (source)

So, with our 4 super foods chosen, we put them altogether in a blender and made one powerhouse of a smoothie!   Adding some pomegranate juice for flavor, as well as it’s antioxidant benefits, my kids agreed that this smoothie was the best!

Berry Brainy Blizzard Recipe - A Smoothie For Kids. Drink your way to smarter kids!
Berry Brainy Blizzard Recipe - A Smoothie For Kids. Drink your way to smarter kids!

(full recipe below).

Berry Brainy Blizzard Recipe

 

Berry Brainy Blizzard Recipe – A Smoothie For Kids

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled

Instructions

  • Blend in a high powered blender and serve.   Makes about 12 ounces, which could serve two little ones, or one adult.
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My daughter is allergic to peanuts; which means other nuts are out since they are processed on equipment that also processes peanuts. Do you add the almonds for texto or taste? Could I wash them to remove the risk of peanut contamination? Thanks!

My daughter is allergic to peanuts; which means other nuts are out since they are processed on equipment that also processes peanuts. Do you add the almonds for texto or taste? Could I wash them to remove the risk of peanut contamination? Thanks!

I am interested in adding kefir to smoothies for my children. Do you think you could add milk kefir or yogurt to this ?

My son is also allergic to peanuts – I have never heard of washing something to remove the risk of peanut contamination, and would not risk it. I use a brand of almonds called Blue Diamond which says that is peanut free on the package. I have also found that Costco (kirkland) brand almonds do not have a risk of cross contamination with peanuts. (But do always check the package first!)

@April- we haven’t evaluated this smoothie. You can do this on nutritiondata.com
@Terra- we love both the blendtec AND vitamix. Really, both are quality blenders, and you’d be happy with either. Many people also love the nutribullet!
@genet- that’s a great addition!! It would make it so creamy and yummy!

@Abir- You can definitely give them smoothies every day, but it isn’t necessary.
@Melissa- we do that.. Just make sure to give it a nice shake because the ingredients will separate.
@mandi- I would just leave it out or replace it with a brain healthy seed like flax seeds.

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Vitamix. I love it. You can make frozen treats (kinda like ice cream), soups, anything really. YouTube it, it’s amazing!

First Ive heard of an avocado used as a sweet particularly in a smoothie. Im only familiar using it in salads or with salt, oil & vinegar.
Im curious… This should be interesting.

I buy the 12 oz mason jars and freeze anything I make/juice for up to a week, put in the fridge the night before and drink in the morning.

frozen banana will give the smoothie the smooth texture similar to the avocado and flax seeds or coconut oil for some added fat.

for two servings this recipe provides;
334 Kcal
19.4g Fat (2.3 Sat’d)
19.1mg Na
39.2g carbohydrate
9.7g Fiber
Source: eatracker.ca (Dietitians of Canada)

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Could you still freeze it if you’re adding protein powder too? I know extreme temps change the consitency of the protein when mixing but what about AFTER it’s diluted?

Wow! This smoothie tastes amazing! I love how creamy it is with the avocado! Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe! We are totally hooked on it! YUM! If I run out of Pom, I think I’ll substitute grape juice & just watch the sugar content.