Submitted by: Natalie Murray
Many health icons have been lauding the goodness of smoothies, and somehow this got translated into “if it’s blended, it’s good for you”. As a result, I’m hearing of all sorts of sugar bombs being blended up under the misconception of being a healthy smoothie.
That said, with the right ingredients and more than just the sweetness of fruit, oats and yogurt, smoothies are a convenient go-to breakfast that can start your day right and help to heal your body. The right ingredients can ensure that your smoothies pack a powerful, supportive, nutritional punch.
Here are four areas of health that can be improved just by upgrading your smoothies:
1. Cardiovascular Health
Smoothies can help with your heart health, by helping to lower your blood pressure. This smoothie can be taken daily to lower blood pressure and boost your energy. You also get a shot of iron with this smoothie that can benefit expectant mothers who may have blood pressure issues.
Simple Green Smoothie
You will need -1 banana, 1 cup of pak choy, 1 slice of avocado, 1 cup of water and ice. Throw in a few frozen blueberries if you can. Blend and enjoy.
2. Diabetes Prevention or Management
You can also make yourself a healthy smoothie that helps reduce your risk of getting diabetes, or helps to balance out blood sugars if you have been diagnosed.
This is the ultimate smoothie for people who are trying to eat a superfood-based diet. If superfoods are part of your routine, then you possibly have most of these foods already. You will need - 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, ½ banana, 1 cup spinach, 1 tablespoon chia seeds.
3. Healthy Gut
Your gut health is key to your overall health. Good gut health and digestion will boost your energy, your immunity, your neurotransmitters and reduce bloating.
Good Gut Health Smoothie
Gut health related smoothies need to feed good gut bacteria while making the environment unfriendly for the bad gut bugs. So try this - ¼ cup coconut milk, 1 cup of kale, ½ cup paw paw (papaya), 1 tablespoon Coconut oil, ½ teaspoon grated ginger, 1 tablespoon hemp hearts, ½ cup water.
4. Heavy metal chelation
Toxic heavy metals are ever present in our life. This smoothie contains ingredients that work together to pull (chelate) heavy metals from your system. We are talking mercury, lead, copper, aluminum, cadmium, and nickle. So - blend up 1 teaspoon spirulina, 1 cup parsley or cilantro, 1 banana, 1 orange (peeled and pegged) with 1 cup of water.
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