How to Boost The Nutrition in Your Smoothie for Optimal Alzheimer’s Prevention
Posted by Sherry C. on Saturday, October 8th, 2016
If you are looking for ways to include many of the recommended power foods and supplements into your daily diet, for an optimal Alzheimer’s prevention plan, consider drinking smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to combine several power foods and supplements all in one snack or meal. Read on to discover how smoothies can help with the Alzheimer’s prevention diet.
When making smoothies, you can switch the ingredients often, adding a variety of fresh, bright colored fruits and vegetables, along with various supplements to boost your health while helping with the Alzheimer’s prevention diet.
Remember to use fresh ingredients, and choose organic selections when possible to avoid pesticides and other chemical additives. Studies show that organic ingredients offer a higher level of nutrient value than many non-organic foods.
To add sweetness to your smoothie, avoid table sugar and any type of artificial sweeteners. Remember that honey and maple syrup, although natural sweeteners, do add calories, so use natural sweeteners in very limited amounts. Better yet, add zero calorie stevia, a natural sweetener that comes from a plant. Using fruits as the base for your smoothie will also increase the sweetness level.
For the base of your smoothie, consider adding Kefir, yogurt, coconut water or even coconut milk. Unsweetened almond milk is another popular choice for the liquid portion of a healthy smoothie. Use high quality water (filtered or spring water), almond, cashew or coconut milk. Kefir and yogurt can add probiotics, improving digestion and nutrient absorption. Juice adds a lot of sugar and unneeded calories, so it’s best to stick with healthier alternatives-such as those mentioned above.
If you like ice in your smoothies, consider freezing a banana or other fruit or try using frozen coconut water ice cubes to increase the flavor while adding magnesium, potassium, and other electrolytes to your smoothie. Omitting the water portion of ice cubes keeps your smoothie from getting watered down as it warms up-while adding flavor.
To add a little punch to your smoothie, consider spices such as ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon or even cayenne pepper.
If you are wanting to increase the protein level in your diet, or to make your smoothie more of a complete meal, a good protein powder supplement can be used. Be sure to read the label to select a brand low in sugar and saturated fat and high in quality ingredients.
Healthy fats are all the rage today when it comes to a nutritious diet-including the Alzheimer’s prevention diet. You can add hemp oil, avocado, or flax oil, but keep fat portions relatively small. Even though these types of fats are considered good for Alzheimer’s prevention, they do pack on the calories, so don’t overdo it when it comes to adding fats.
Supplements for a Healthy Alzheimer’s Prevention Smoothie
Flax and Other Seeds
Add chia, flax or hemp seeds. Soaking chia seeds in water before blending will result in a smoothie with a better texture. Remember that flax seeds must be ground in order for the body to absorb the healthy flax oil in the middle of the seeds. You can buy flax seeds ground, grind them yourself, or purchase flax seed oil to boost your omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid (which may help boost immunity), and vitamin E. Chia is a great source of trace minerals and proteins as well as offering high levels of essential fatty acids.
With 18 amino acids, Golgi berries offer a high level of antioxidants-great for the Alzheimer’s prevention diet. Add Golgi berries to chocolate flavored smoothies (with cacao powder) or include them with coconut water, fresh lime and organic cherries. The cherries will cover up the slightly bitter taste of the Glogi berries.
Kale is a superfood, highly recommended for it’s dark green leafy vegetable properties. It tastes great with apples, bananas and even pineapple.
A natural immune booster, loaded with flavonoid antioxidants, cacao powder is highly recommended as a part of a healthy Alzheimer’s prevention diet. High in calcium, magnesium, sulfur zinc and iron; this great tasting additive goes great with many foods (such as raspberries, banana and almond butter). Try a mocha smoothie by adding cacao powder and cold coffee.
Rich in vitamin E and healthy fats, avocados are considered a superfood that can help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. Try mixing with cucumbers or any type of greens Avocados are rich in potassium, lutein and beta-carotene. Not only do avocados provide a healthy fat source, they also contain 20 different vitamins including, vitamin E, folate, B5, B6, Vitamin K and more.
This is a winning supplement for AD prevention. Resveratrol (commonly found in the skin and seeds of grapes as well as in red wine) has been the topic of many scientific studies for its antioxidant content. Resveratrol is recommended as a supplement for the Alzheimer’s diet in Dr. Isaacson’s book, the Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention Diet. CLICK HERE to purchase the book.
Matcha Green Tea Powder
This healthy bright green powdered tea offers very high levels of antioxidants and amino acids, vitamins and minerals to any smoothie. Matcha has been known to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels while claiming to offer an awakened state of relaxation. Add it to smoothies with pears, honeydew melon or other types of fruit, some ginger, or a fresh or frozen banana, vanilla yogurt and almond milk.
For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit theadplan.com to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.