Need to focus? Put down the coffee and go green. Yes, you could load up on fighter-pilot-strength attention pills, but the right combination of fruit and veg will give you improved focus, concentration and mental clarity – without the unpleasant comedown. Use nutritionist Scott Baptie’s smoothie (foodforfitness.co.uk), which contains this ideal combo, to turn over a new leaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 apple, sliced and core remove 
  • 10g flaxseeds 
  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • Water to taste

 

Spinach is rich in iron, which plays a key role in learning, memory and attention.

Apples contain antioxidants that help protect against brain disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Blueberries contain antioxidants which boost your powers of recall.

Pink grapefruit is high in antioxidants, which studies have found to improve language skills.

Flaxseeds contain folate, which helps to protect against cognitive decline in later years. 

Water improves mental clarity by keeping the brain hydrated.