5 Ingredient Brain-Boosting Smoothie

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It’s safe to say that I am on board the smoothie train. When I was working full-time, I would start every morning with a smoothie. Now that I am in school and at home more often, I have the luxury of listening to my body and responding to it as soon as it speaks to me!

I want to share with you my go-to smoothie that re-energizes my body and brain, allowing me to slay my day!

I love this smoothie because it’s super simple, easy and agrees with my stomach. For the longest time, I thought that I needed to have a banana and some type of milk base in my smoothie. A combination and/or either of these things left me feeling heavy instead of energized. So, I had to get creative to come up with other smoothie options that did not contain bananas or some type of plant-based milk (and there’s not a lot of that out there).
Here it is!

  • ¾ cup of frozen blueberries (preferably wild)
  • 1-2 Tbsp of protein powder (I used the brand Tropeaka, the vanilla flavour which is a pea protein brand – that doesn’t have the grainy taste)
  • *if you don’t have protein powder, you can substitute almond butter instead
    • ½ cup filtered water (add more if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds (or 1 Tbsp chia seeds depending on what I feel my body needs more)
  • Ice

I know what you’re thinking – that’s it?

It’s seriously that simple!


This smoothie only takes 5 minutes to make and provides you with plant-based protein, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, as well as blueberries (high in anthocyanins aka antioxidant protection to the brain & nervous system) to help fuel your brain to finish those readings on your to-do list!

Try it out – your tummy and brain will thank me!



To switch things up or if you want something more substantive, try putting your smoothie in a bowl and keep the consistency a little thicker by adding more ice or not blending it as long. Then top it with granola, nuts, seeds, coconut, fruit or other toppings – get creative. When I am really hungry I’ll do this instead of a smoothie in a cup.




What’s in your go-to smoothie?

Would love to hear some more yummy ideas!

Until next time,

 Christine xo

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2 thoughts on “5 Ingredient Brain-Boosting Smoothie

  1. Well, that smoothie sounds really good. I wonder when technology will be able to let us send smoothies through email!? LOL! I have fixed smoothies for myself that I take to school with me. When I get to mid morning of my day I enjoy to drink my smoothie and it definitely gives me a surge of energy. I put a banana, protein powder, strawberries, almond milk, ice, and sometimes some plain yogurt in my smoothie. I think treating myself to good healthy nutrition helps me maintain my health and wellness. Now that I am starting my PhD program soon I want to make sure that I make it a priority to eat healthy.
    Eating healthy will help me to stay focused and energized for my work day and then for my PhD study when I get home from work. I try to on a daily basis eat well. I eat lots of fruits, some vegetables, quality grains, cheese, yogurt, and lean meats. One day a week I do treat myself to a frozen pizza, yummy! Coffee and water are my main go to drinks. My quality eating plus my 3-4 days in the weight room keep me feeling good and ready to get my tasks completed.
    Thanks for hosting this blog. Appreciate it. Attack The Day!


    1. Haha smoothies through e-mail, I love it. Way to go for making health and wellness a priority as you enter into your PhD. This will be important and not always easy. But I also agree with you, treat yourself to those items like a frozen pizza every once and a while. This is just as important. And keep up the exercise! Way to go!

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