As many of you have voiced in your comments to me, you are struggling to add more whole foods into your diets! This is such a common problem that I have even struggled with, so I am going to find us some good looking, great tasting, and awesomely healthy recipes. This will allow us to get healthy together!
Today I found an Amazing looking and tasting berry smoothie! As fall approaches and with it less local fruit berries, you do not have to say good bye to the taste and appeal of this fruit! Even though fresh fruit is always best, frozen fruit is picked at its peak and frozen right away to maintain the majority of its nutrients.
Some of the fresh fruit you get at the grocery store has traveled thousands of miles, was picked before its peak, and allowed to ripen upon travel. This can great reduce the amount of total nutrients your body is getting. At this time of year, frozen berries are a great option! When you do buy frozen, spend a little extra to buy the organic if you can because the conventionally grown fruit can have a higher concentration of pesticides when frozen.
Health Benefits of this Smoothie:
Soy milk (again try to go with organic if possible) is great with people with lactose intolerance or a milk allergy. Unlike cow’s milk, s oy milk has isoflavones (antioxidants) which may help lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes and some cancers, and help menopausal symptoms. It also does not contain hormones. Soy milk is a better source of calcium because it is a vegetable protein which prevents the body from getting rid of too much calcium. (you can substitute regular milk if you just are set on the dairy kick)
Berries are awesome for your health! They are very rich in antioxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc, iron. Berries help boost up your immune system and prevent infections. They are great for heart health, vision, preventing cancer, neutralizing free radicals, bladder health, digestion, and brain health. Grab me a bowl of berries right now! Better yet, let’s make this smoothie! I think we can all use a little healthy pick-me-up!
Kale. What is Kale? It is a green leafy vegetable and the good news is it is available even in the winter! (Yes! Told you this was a year-round smoothie!) It has awesome health benefits such as may help protect your body against cancer, help your body get rid of toxins, protects your vision (it has beta-carotene like carrots!), protects your lungs and immune system (who knows! This could be great for the winter with improving your immune system to protect against colds and the flu!), rich source of calcium (like the soy milk it is a vegetable protein which doesn’t lead to calcium loss like cow’s milk protein), and heart and brain health. Whoa! I think we can use a little of that for our health!
Putting it all together sounds awesome! It is going to taste amazing and look at all the health benefits! all you need is a blender to mix it all together! Okay, enough talk…let’s get making some of that berry stuff!
1 cup frozen mixed berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1-2 drops of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vegetable greens powder (available at Whole Foods & some grocery stores, optional but healthier)
1/2 cup Kale
ground up some flaxseed for a healthier boost! (optional)
Mix all together in a blender and enjoy!
YOUR TURN! What do you think of this recipe and all the health benefits? Pretty awesome huh? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think! Don’t forget to share the love by sharing this post with your friends. They may need a healthy pick-me-up! Be their health hero!