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6 Quick And Healthy Drink Recipes For Busy People

6 Quick And Healthy Drink Recipes For Busy People

Quick and healthy drink recipes can be great tools to help you consume more nutrients in less time—and who doesn’t want that? Smoothies, juices, and even blended oatmeal drinks can be a great way to work in some protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into your day without having to stop, pull out a pan, cook, or worse—run through the drive-thru out of desperation.

But not all quick and healthy drinks are healthy, especially those that are sold in stores and high in added sugars or mainly based off fruit juice to sweeten them. When preparing a healthy drink for yourself to serve as something to tide you over in between meals or serve as a meal, it’s highly important to keep your blood sugar levels in mind. Remember, if the drink you’re making is going to leave you shaky and hungry in an hour, there’s really not much point. You’ll want to make a drink with plenty of easily digested protein, some fiber from greens and low-glycemic fruits, and/or whole grains like oatmeal or even quinoa if you don’t have time to make a hot breakfast. You can also toss in some superfoods if you enjoy them, but they’re not necessary.

Give these 7 quick and healthy drink recipes a try if you have a busy schedule or just want something quick and healthy for your next meal.  You can try one each day this week, and all you need is a blender and some basic ingredients to get started. Enjoy!

1. Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

    Vitamin Sunshine

    This might look like dessert, but it’s actually packed with nutrition! Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie by Vitamin Sunshine packs iron, protein, probiotics, and minerals into one meal. You’ll love this one so much, you might even want to enjoy it for dessert.

    2. Strawberry Coconut Protein Smoothie

      Jennifer Meyering

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      Fruit, protein, healthy fats, and fiber make up this Strawberry Coconut Protein Smoothie. This is the perfect combo for both taste and satisfaction, and it would be a great option to serve as a breakfast or lunch replacement in a rush.

      3. Pear Ginger Smoothie

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        Recipe Runner

        If your tummy is feeling out of sorts, this Pear Ginger Smoothie is for you! Pears are a great source of fiber that are gentle on the system, and ginger is a well-known tummy tamer when it comes to nausea, indigestion, gas, and bloating. This smoothie even goes a step further by including some mineral-rich greens and probiotic-rich yogurt so your system gets everything it needs to stay balanced throughout the morning and afternoon. Best of all? It tastes like dessert!

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        4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Protein Shake

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          Jennifer Meyering

          Chocolate and peanut butter are a favorite combination among many, but peanut butter can be a bit high in fat and may lead to indigestion for some. Thankfully, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Protein Shake uses peanut powder in place of high-fat peanut butter, and it has apples and cocoa which are both great sources of fiber and antioxidants. Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack since it’s naturally high in protein and will help tide you over no matter when you make it!

          5. Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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            Well Plated 

            Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie is a great meal replacement smoothie since it includes low sugar fruits, protein, whole grains from oats, and plenty of other sources of fiber from fresh produce. Strawberries and kiwis are also both high in Vitamin C to help protect your immunity and enhance your mood since the vitamin reduces stress on all levels within the body. This smoothie is also perfect for summer as the days start heating up soon!

            6. Caramel Apple Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie

              Running With Spoons

              If you’re a fan of the convenience and flavor of overnight oats, you’ll love this healthy drink recipe by Running With Spoons. You just make the overnight oats as normal, give it a blend in the morning with the other ingredients, and off you go to start your day on a satisfied and nourished foot!

              For more quick and healthy recipe ideas, see these 15 smoothie recipes that are great for weight loss.

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              Last Updated on August 12, 2019

              12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

              12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

              Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

              But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

              I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

              Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

              1. Nuts

              The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

              Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

              Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

              Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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              2. Blueberries

              Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

              When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

              3. Tomatoes

              Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

              4. Broccoli

              While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

              Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

              Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

              5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

              Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

              The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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              Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

              6. Soy

              Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

              Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

              Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

              7. Dark Chocolate

              When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

              Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

              8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

              Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

              B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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              Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

              Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

              To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

              9. Foods Rich in Zinc

              Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

              Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

              Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

              10. Gingko Biloba

              This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

              It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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              However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

              11. Green and Black Tea

              Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

              Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

              Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

              12. Sage and Rosemary

              Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

              Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

              When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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