Looking for a Superfood Snack?

Looking for a Superfood Snack?

In our My Body, My Mind, My Say series, we have already looked at how vitamins and supplements can affect your multiple sclerosis – and now it’s time to bring this to the next level with some actual practical tips. We know that according to the experts we’re all supposed to be eating a rainbow of fruit and veg a day. Easier said than done, right? After all, life is hectic enough without having to whip up a mung bean salad when you feel a bit peckish. Which is why ”superfood” smoothies are such a cunning health hack – brimming with nutrients to nourish your body and mind, they can help you hit your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of important vitamins and minerals. Here are five super smoothies to kick-start your day and boost your body and mind.

1. THE BRANIAC

1/2 can coconut milk

1/2 small mango

1/2 banana

1 tbsp oats

1 tbsp whey powder

3-4 ice cubes

Your brain needs fuel to perform and deal with all the stresses it handles. This smoothie provides the fuel in delicious gulps, thanks to the energy boosting medium-chain triglycerides fats in the coconut milk , and the slow-acting carbohydrates in the oats . The banana provides potassium, which helps nerve cells to function properly and required for higher brain function like memory and learning ; while the amino acids in the whey are vital for the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and acetylcholine .

2. THE ANTI-INFLAMAPARTY

1 handful of kale

1 banana

3-4 strawberries

1 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp flaxseed

1 tbsp cacao

1 cup water

1/2 cup ice cubes.

Based on the reported qualities of the ingredients included in this bad boy, this smoothie could help fight some of your aches and pains. Tahini (sesame seed paste), bananas and cacao are all good sources of magnesium, a natural anti-inflammatory ; while flaxseeds are rich in the omega-3 alphalinolenic acid or ALA, which has also been shown to ease inflammation in the body . Strawberries and kale contain powerful antioxidants , including vitamin C, which may have anti-inflammatory properties too . Pain relief and a chocolate fix – double thumbs up!

3. SLEEP TIGHT

1/2 cup milk

1/2 banana

A handful of cherries (stones removed)

1/4tsp nutmeg

1tsp honey

1tbsp ground flax

A handful of almonds

Blend up these sleep-inducing superfoods for the ultimate night cap. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan which the body requires to produce the sleep-regulating brain chemical serotonin ; bananas are a great source of – as we are sure you know by now – magnesium which also has a calming effect on the nervous system . And, if that wasn’t enough, the juice from cherries has been shown to reduce insomnia thanks to its melatonin content (a hormone that helps regulate sleep) . Not sure this is enough to knock you out? Add some flax for an extra dose of omega 3s which also help to calm body and mind to aid sleep . Sweet dreams!

4. THE WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO

1/2 avocado

4 leaves kale, stems removed

1/2 apple

1 handful loose spinach

1 cup coconut water

4-5 fresh mint leaves

The spinach and kale are packed with iron, an important mineral for maintaining energy levels as it’s a key component of red blood cells, which deliver oxygen around the body . The avocado is a wonderful source of monounsaturated fats, which provides you with energy and can help stabilise blood sugar levels . A truly tasty way to keep your batteries charged all day.

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