Spend only 5 minutes in your busy day to refuel your body with fiber, antioxidants, and protein. This delicious Spinach & Blueberry Smoothie is perfect for a snack, meal replacement, or even enjoyed as a dessert!
Allow me to break down the nutritional value for you. Raw blueberries ranked in the U.S. diet as having the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits and veggies. Antioxidants help fight free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. These tiny powerhouses can even improve memory. On that note, I think I’ll add a few more blueberries to my smoothie.
A cup of raw spinach contains only seven calories. Vitamin K and magnesium are key components to healthy bones. The National Osteoporosis Foundation suggests eating a cup of spinach a day to get a healthy amount of vitamin K and magnesium. Your body uses vitamin K for building bones. A study done in 2000 saw a reduction of hip fractures in both elderly men and women who consumed more vitamin K. Eating spinach regularly gives you higher bone density, healthier looking skin and hair with the high amounts of vitamins A and C, and many more advantages!
Almond milk is dairy-free. Almond milk is a fantastic substitute for cow’s milk if your lactose intolerant. Almond milk is cholesterol free and is good for your heart. Substitute nuts for saturated fats like found in cow’s milk, and you will have reduced the risk of heart disease. Almond milk is an excellent choice for dieter’s for it’s low in calories with just 30-60 calories per cup.
Almond butter is just almonds blended in a food processor. Among all other nuts, get the most nutrition from almonds. A single tablespoon of almond butter contains the same amount of protein as a tablespoon of meat. Move over peanut butter because almond butter gives you more omega-3 fatty acids, essential for maintaining metabolic and heart health.
Flaxseed is another high antioxidant-rich food. Although almonds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed ranks the number one source for omega-3s.
Honey is the new white sugar. Try substituting white sugar with honey in any food and drink. It’s so much better for you. Though honey has more calories than sugar, when honey is consumed with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Like warm honey water, warm lemon water is beneficial to weight-loss.