Let’s discuss sugar. Yes, put down that cookie you’re dipping into your large cappuccino with 3 spoonfuls of sweetener and a whipped cream topper. Let’s talk about why that white, powdery substance you buy – 2 bags at a time – isn’t ideal for ideal health.
Sugar isn’t only addictive but eating lots of it can also slow your brain, sag your skin, make you diabetic, increase blood pressure, boost cancer cell growth, lower immunity, lead to depression, and the list goes on. The good news is that fruits and veggies contain natural sugars that give you energy and fill your body with nutritious vitamins.
In this article, we will explore a variety of immunity-boosting ingredients to include in your smoothies. We’ll also share some recommendations for blenders to create these refreshing drinks.
Since I’m a big believer in letting your feelings and taste buds guide you in the kitchen, my advice is to let this process flow. No measurements. Use recipes as guides rather than rules. Taste as you go. And include as many as you can of these following ingredients.
Acai’ berries are 1″ round, dark purple fruits that grow on acai palm trees in the rainforests of Central and South America. They are referred to as “superfruits” because of their high antioxidant content. Many restaurants sell acai’ bowls topped with nut butter, granola, berries, bananas, and coconut flakes. Now that you’re ready to make your own, check a local supermarket for frozen packets of acai’. (Trader Joe’s has them.)
In my home, we have a freezer section dedicated to creating smoothies. We keep acai’, bananas, mangos, kiwis, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in a bin with spinach and kale. These are all great items to keep in stock and use when making blended drinks.
One reason to incorporate spinach into brews of any kind is that it offers so much and has a neutral taste. This rich leaf is packed with vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, and iron. It also has manganese which helps your body utilize many vitamins and ensures proper liver function. Purchase spinach ready-washed, frozen, or in a bunch. Since you’ll be blending them beyond recognition, there’s no need to spend a lot of money. Oh, and use the stems!
Are you old enough to remember life without kale? Now there are kale chips, sauteed kale, and kale salad everywhere. You almost feel like you aren’t “with it” if you don’t enjoy this leafy green. Well, get with the program by adding a bit to your smoothies. Start with just a little handful and build up the quantity as you get used to the taste.
Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, and beet greens are others you can pop into the mix. I usually stick to 1-2 of these types of vegetables per smoothie.
I know someone who believes taking green tea pills helped him keep his cancer at bay. Along these lines, some say that matcha powder – made from grinding young tea leaves – has cancer-fighting effects. Studies have also linked green tea to promoting weight loss and helping to prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Ladle some matcha into your mixture and live by the adage: “Eat your food as medicine or your medicine will be your food.”
Spirulina powder is made from blue-green algae. The color is so bright, it almost looks radioactive. Because spirulina is so nutritious, it is dubbed “the miracle from the sea.” Put a spoonful of this plant-rich wonder powder into your drink and know that you are doing your utmost to live long.
Seeds to Sip
Rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, flax seeds can improve digestive health, lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of cancer, and may benefit those with diabetes. For smoothies, use ground flax.
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica. Years ago, the Aztecs and Mayans ate them to provide sustainable energy. Could these ancients have known of the chia’s high protein and fiber contents as well? When wet, chia seeds puff up slightly and maintain a slight crunch.
There are oh-so-many types of nuts in the world (and I speak here not of people.) Pick some of your favorites and toss them in. You can even put a 1/4 cup of some nut butter to thicken the brew or some almond milk for a more liquidy flow.
Blenders to Buy
Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender is a professional grade machine. It is $350 with 4 1/2 stars on Amazon. Good Housekeeping rates it as “the best overall blender.” It has 10 speeds, a pulse feature, and can hold 48 ounces of liquid. Vitamix makes a few different versions, so do some research to see which is best for you.
Blend tec is another great company to check out. This one is $250, has 6 pre-programmed cycles, and can hold 75 ounces of liquid.
The NutriBullet is $100. It has 3 speeds and a pulse function. The pitcher holds 64 ounces. Amazon gives it 4 1/2 stars and Good Housekeeping rates it as “the most versatile blender.”
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Once you’ve secured coverage, go gather your best ingredients, blend up a power-potion, and then slurp to your heart’s content!
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