Monday, July 12, 2010

Drink to Your Health

Salads are refreshing, sandwiches are filling, pies are sweet but SMOOTHIES are fun! Every now and then a smoothie is an enjoyable experience that everyone should have. Depending on what you throw in them, smoothies offer a wide range of immediate health results. Breakfast, Lunch or just because, The Summertime Market has the best produce and natural foods to get you liquefied. These three smoothies feature a menu of fat fighting, brain firing, muscle building and heart helping ingredients to add a little mix to your daily pallet.

Never made a smoothie before? Pull out your blender, throw in all the ingredients and let it blend to a creamy consistency. If it is too thick just add more water, ice or juice to get the thickness you desire.

Morning Power Smoothie: All berry in this antioxidant powerhouse to keep your brain in tip top shape and ready for the day ahead.

1/2 cup fresh Krupka’s blueberries
1/2 cup fresh Visser raspberries
1 cup of Hilhof milk
1/2 cup of Greek style vanilla yogurt
Handful of flax seed

Body Karma Smoothie: Mix all these ingredients together to make your body simply feel good.

1/2 can of pineapple
3 leaves of kale or spinach
1 ripe banana
4 fresh mint leaves, for taste
1/4 inch of ginger root
1 cup of ice
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup Greek style vanilla yogurt
Handful Good Life Granola
For a nice boost try adding, beets, parsley, cabbage

*Recipe and greens from CJ Veggies

Protein Punch Smoothie: Build your muscles back stronger and charge your metabolism with this ultimate power drink.

1/2 Tbsp peanut butter of the Cream-Nut or Sweet Ella’s organic variety
1 banana
1/2 cup Hilhof milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup Greek style yogurt
1 Tbsp protein powder
1 Tbsp flax seed
3-4 ice cubes

What’s it good for?

Blueberries The huge amounts of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, in blueberries have been shown to slow brain decline and reverse memory loss.

Raspberries An antioxidant powerhouse bursting with fiber, manganese, and vitamin C, these berries will keep your heart and brain in top shape.

Bananas Heavy on potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6, bananas do wonders for your heart and provide good carbs to keep you full and energized.

OJ & Pineapple OJ has vitamin C, and pineapples contain bromelain, a cancer-inhibiting, inflammation-reducing enzyme.

Low-fat milk All the calcium and protein, none of the fat.

Greek style yogurt Apposed to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is low in all things bad and high in all things good like; protein, carbs, sodium and it offers a thicker and creamer taste.

Peanut Butter Packed with protein, manganese, and niacin, peanuts can help stave off heart disease and, when eaten in moderation, promote weight loss.

Flax seed A tiny seed that has been around for centuries, known for its Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These good fats have shown evidence to help reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

Ginger root Aside from being known as a super herb packed full of useful nutrients, ginger reduces inflammation and also helps lower cholesterol.

Spinach, Kale and other leafy greens Are usually at the top of many super food list for being loaded with calcium, folic acid, iron, fiber, vitamins K & C and carotenoids.

Beets One more root vegetable that has positive effects for the whole body including; digestion, blood circulation, kidney disorders, skin care, gall bladder, cancer, and heart diseases.

Water & Ice A little more H2O is always a good idea.

*information gathered from various Men’ Health publications and WebMD

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