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Smart Smoothie

Lucy Schaeffer
Prep Time:
10 mins

Chef notes

Start smart! Boost brainpower and energy in the morning with this delicious mocha-berry smoothie featuring three foods shown to help improve cognition and lift brain fog: blueberries, cocoa powder and coffee. (For kids, use decaf coffee or swap the coffee with milk.) This splendid smoothie is loaded with fiber and antioxidants, and it also offers healthy fats thanks to the chia seeds and flaxseeds.

For a tasty spin, make a smart smoothie bowl. Place leftover smoothie contents (or the entire double portion) in the fridge, covered, for a few hours or overnight. The gelling effect of the chia seeds or flaxseeds will transform your smoothie into a pudding-like consistency that’s perfect for a brainy bowl of goodness. Top with extra berries and/or yogurt and enjoy!


  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 ripe banana, fresh or frozen
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, room temp or chilled
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds or ground flaxseeds (aka flaxseed meal)
  • 3-5 ice cubes


Add all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Serve right away.