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Brain-Boosting Purple Smoothie Recipe
Serves 2 (Makes about 3 cups)
- 1 very ripe banana (with plenty of brown speckles)
- 2 cups frozen fruit (such as berries, mangoes, strawberries, banana, orange, and pineapple)
- 1 cup nondairy milk (almond milk or soy milk)
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Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Start your blender on the lowest setting and slowly crank it up as the smoothie starts to puree. If you start with your blender at high, you’ll end up with smoothie splattered all over the top of your blender and probably will have to stop your blender several times to get the smoothie ingredients to rest back on the blades. Once you’re up to optimal speed, blend for about 2 minutes to get everything smooth.
Per smoothie or 1 1/2 cup serving: 190 calories, 2 g protein, 46 g carbohydrate, 35 g sugar, 2 g total fat, 9% calories from fat, 5 g fiber, 79 mg sodium
Recipe by Jason Wyrick; Power Foods for the Brain by Neal Barnard, M.D.
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