Health & Lifestyle => Diet & Recipes => Topic started by: Bancopuma on January 19, 2011, 08:40:48 AM

Title: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Bancopuma on January 19, 2011, 08:40:48 AM
Well this isn’t a smoothie recipe of brain, but rather for your brain...

“You are what you eat.”

There is a lot of wisdom in that little saying. I’m not a raw food vegan or anything like that by a long stretch…I still enjoy the odd roast/steak/burger as much as the next roast/steak/burger/ enjoying guy/gal. But if you eat rubbish all the time, don’t be surprised if you feel (and look) rubbish to. I've been interested in nutrition for a while, and I don’t think people should underestimate the impact diet can have on personal well being. But an important part of my motivation for eating healthily is that I must enjoy the taste of the food also. I think this smoothie recipe ticks both these boxes.

This recipe has been gradually tweaked over the years. If anyone out there is interested, feel free to tweak and experiment the recipe to how you see fit to suit your personal tastes. Some people may want to try adding spirulina or bee pollen. This is great in the mornings when time is short, but you want something nourishing and filling...and breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. The phenylalanine content assists in making you feel ‘full’ so it will keep you going for a while.

I know some people may be weirded out over the inclusion of a raw egg. Despite unfounded rumours, the risk of contracting Salmonella from raw eggs is extremely low. Egg shells are designed well to keep pathogens out. Also one can’t taste any essence of egg in the smoothie. Interestingly, Albert Hoffmann was quoted as saying he attributed his long life (102) from eating one raw egg a day. However, if you deem this a risk not worth taking, then the egg can be left out. I have used the recipe hundreds of times and never once gotten ill.

I think this recipe would be great for breakfast, when time is at a premium, as an accompaniment for an exercise regime, when one is stressed, run down or ill, or for MDMA users and others who wish to replenish depleted neurotransmitters.

Smoothie recipe:

1 banana
1 raw egg
tea spoon honey
tea spoon olive oil (extra virgin)
table spoon raw cocoa powder
table spoon shelled raw hemp seed
table spoon x 2 frozen berries and forest fruits

The ingredients are rich sources of both tryptophan and phenylalanine. Tryptophan is the biochemical precursor to serotonin. Phenylalanine is the biochemical precursor to tyrosine, which is in turn converted to dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA). This can then be converted into dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and epinephrine (adrenaline). This recipe is also a source of vitamin B6 which catalyses both the reactions of tryptophan to serotonin and L-DOPA to dopamine. Please bear in mind that some of the ingredients that are rich in phenylalanine listed here will be contraindicated for those with phenylketonuria.

Source of tryptophan, phenylalanine, calcium, vitamin C, biotin, pantothenic acid, iodine, potassium, magnesium, selenium, thiamine, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin B12, riboflavin, vitamin D, vitamin K.

1 banana
Source of tryptophan, carbohydrate, fibre, vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium.

1 raw egg
Source of tryptophan, phenylalanine, tyrosine, all essential amino acids, choline, vitamin A, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium.

1 table spoon raw cocoa powder
Source of tryptophan, pheneylethlamine (PEA), epicatechin, antioxidant flavonoids, magnesium, arginine, tetrahydro-beta-carbolines, anandamide, theobromine, caffeine.

1 table spoon shelled hemp seeds
Contains all essential fatty acids, omega oils in a ratio similar to that required by the human organism, complete amino acid source, vitamin E, lecithin, choline, inositol, edestin, minerals; calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, copper, sulphur, phosphorus, copper, zinc.

1 tea spoon raw honey
Source of trace amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and bioflavid antioxidants including chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase and pinocembrin.

Dash of extra virgin olive oil
Source of polyphenol antioxidants, essential fatty acids, enzymes, vitamin E, oleuropein and carotenoids.

Frozen summer fruits
Vitamin C, bioflavid antioxidants


1 tea spoon organic spirulina
Source of tryptophan, phenylalanine, all essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamins; vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinamide, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D. Minerals; iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chromium, copper, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc.

1 table spoon raw bee pollen
Complete essential fatty acid source, essential amino acid source, a diverse range of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants.

Some vanilla ice cream (with real vanilla extract) or greek yoghurt can be added if you want a deluxe, dessert version...
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: harveyplex on January 19, 2011, 10:20:48 AM
Thanks Bancopuma ,
i printed this one out and added to my folder !!!
You are right about being what you eat .
much love -
Harvey Plex
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: fallout330 on January 19, 2011, 10:53:58 AM
Sounds like a good one, thanks!
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: GratefulDad on January 19, 2011, 11:17:27 AM
Any good substitutes for milk?  I am lactose inolerant..
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Bancopuma on January 19, 2011, 11:23:02 AM
No worries all! Hmm not sure what to suggest GratafulDad...fruit juice can be substituted for milk though, I find if I had more of the frozen forest fruits to this it makes a very tasty and refreshing smoothie indeed (like a party in your mouth!) I'm not sure how you feel about soya milk, but I have a friend who owns a health food company here in the UK, and she uses some kind of rice based milk in her smoothies (and she really, really knows her smoothies!)  ;)
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: GratefulDad on January 19, 2011, 11:24:54 AM
I do like soy milk and rice milk, so perhaps one of those would do..
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Bancopuma on January 19, 2011, 11:34:33 AM
I think either those would be great. And of course feel free to dabble and experiment with ingredients and proportions of stuff to find out what suits your individual tastes.
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: mushroom on January 19, 2011, 11:39:36 AM
GD- Have you ever tried fresh unpasteurized milk? I know several people who are lactose intolerant and they can drink raw milk. 
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Bancopuma on January 19, 2011, 11:52:37 AM
^^I've wanted to try this for a while now. Not only better for you with all the vitamins and enzymes undamaged from being heated when pasteurized, but the taste is meant to be in a different league as well.
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: GratefulDad on January 19, 2011, 05:39:49 PM
Licking a stick of butter will give me gas.  The lactose cannot be digested because of a lack of lactase enzyme in my intestines.  If I eat anything with lactose or drink milk, I don't think it matters how much other living bacteria is in it, I am pretty sure it still won't digest.  It's also painful, the gas pain, and diarrhea is no fun.  I have had the suggestions of taking acidophilus, as well as eating yogurt, but I don't feel like gambling with it all, when I can just avoid dairy..  I never found cow tits all that attractive anyways..  :P
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Mindlusion on January 19, 2011, 06:18:51 PM
Hey, This did make me feel better. Feeling kinda rough this morning after a night on the slopes with MDMA, I decided to stick this in the blender.

I didn't use all the recommended ingredients, I left out the raw egg, and I didn't have any hemp seeds, I added omega 3 supplements, ground flax seeds, and added some crushed hemp granola cereal.

Tasted great actually, with the vanilla, Definitely gave me my energy back, Ill do my best to have something like this every morning!
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Bancopuma on January 19, 2011, 08:43:28 PM
Glad you liked it dude! I always use to have one of these shakes after a rave when I was feeling a bit worse for wear with one of my good friends, it was very much part of our winding down routine. I started off with flax seed, like hemp seed is a very rich source of omega oils among other things. Some people think I'm a bit of a nutter adding a raw egg to the shake, but you can't taste it, and its full of good stuff...while I think the protein in eggs is more digestible following cooking, over essential trace elements will be destroyed. The granola cereal idea is a very good one, bulks it out and makes it a bit more substantial, I think I might have to try this with mine.  :)
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: skinny on January 20, 2011, 03:28:55 AM
Almond milk is a great substitute.  I make a dark cocoa, turbinado, milk drink...so good.

Coconut oil is great, lots of healthy components in oil.
Berries - I found the frozen berries are great to use.  Blueberry, black berry, strawberry (organic is best), raspberry.  I love acai berry juice - Vitamin Shoppe brand has a bottle for $20, otherwise I get Sambozan.  check out the benefits of the berries: http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2010/jun2010_The-Science-Behind-Acai_01.htm

I used to make a berry mix with non-from concentrate orange juice.  Great combo, very refreshing.  Whey protein didn't seem to go well with it, rather take it alone with water. (Designer Whey is a good brand).  Trader Joes was a favorite place to get cheap frozen berries.

Juicing:  A good juicer is a great tool.  I do parsley, lemon, collard greens, carrot, spinach, ginger.   Very concentrated drink!   I slam it down.  Recently I tried ginger/apple or carrot for a zing of the spice.

Been frying plaintains, making salsa (roma tomatoes, red onion, garlic, serrano chiles, cilantro, canola oil, salt, cayenne pepper), black bean soup (easy to make in a crock pot).  Walmart has been good to get fresh produce.

Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: roy d on January 20, 2011, 02:20:57 PM

Howdy Fellas,

I used to put a raw egg in the blender with vanilla extract and a few other things and it was a quick mini meal that was healthy.  When I was in a hurry it would be a raw egg in a glass of milk.  Now unfortunately  your not suppose to do that  because of Salmonella.  It is a shame too for it really would hit the spot.


Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Bancopuma on January 20, 2011, 03:11:03 PM
I think dude that the risk of contracting salmonella from fresh eggs is very much overhyped and actually incredibly low. While this has and does happen, such cases are very rare, the egg being equipped incredibly well to keep pathogens out. I have a raw egg banana smoothie pretty much every day, and I have for the last few years, and will continue to do so. So I have ingested raw eggs many hundreds of times in my life, and not once has this ever made me ill. A study a while back by the US Department of Agriculture in 2002 (Risk Analysis April 2002, 22, (2):203-18) found that of 69 billion eggs, 2.3 million were infected, or 1 in 30,000, just 0.003%. Other studies have found similar figures. Contamination rates may be higher in battery hens but I don't agree with how they are kept and don't buy battery hen eggs (we have our own hens!)
Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: skinny on January 20, 2011, 07:51:06 PM
Yeah eggs are good for the choline.  If you want to take supplements phosphatidylserine and alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine (GPC) feed your brain (http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/jan2011_Feed-Your-Brain_01.htm).

Blueberries are good brain food (http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/feb2008_Maintaining-Youthful-Cognitive-Function-With-Blueberries_01.htm) too.  They reversed brain aging in rats which probably do the same for humans. ;)

Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Emma on March 14, 2011, 09:18:41 PM
quality of ingredients is of utmost importance. Eggs from happy hens that get a varied diet and can run around, milk should also be raw, organic  and  not homogenized. I think adrenal support might be very important after doing ibogaine. Licorice, red clover and borage tea are great for adrenals.

Title: Re: Brain smoothie recipe
Post by: Bancopuma on March 14, 2011, 11:19:07 PM
True. I guess people should do the best with what they have available. I'm lucky and when I'm home from university have access to fresh eggs laid by happy, healthy hens that get a varied diet. When you see the bright orange yolks and taste these eggs, you realise how much they differ to store bought free range eggs. After that store bought egg yolks seem to be dull yellow in comparison. I would really like to get hold of some raw milk, but its tricky stuff to source in these here parts! Not only better for you but much tastier apparently, hope to try it one day.