To make this nutrient rich smoothie, add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
Greek yogurt is a delicious and far healthier alternative to cream in recipes like this smoothie and if you use low or 0% fat varieties, it is fabulous for your waistline as well. Being an excellent source of calcium, Greek yogurt can help to support strong bones and teeth, which in turn means it can help to prevent osteoporosis and other bone deficiency-related conditions in later life.
Bananas help to significantly increase the levels of potassium in your blood stream, a mineral that has been shown to be important for maintaining optimum bone health, as well as supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. Bananas will also help to boost your mood and improve the quality of your sleep, thanks to the tryptophan they contain.
In combination with the other berries in this smoothie, blueberries inject a huge dose of antioxidants that can help to prevent cancer, remove toxins and protect against damage caused by free radicals. Blueberries have also been shown to have very positive effects on slowing symptoms associated with cognitive decline.
A single cup of blackberries contains as much as 50% of your daily requirement of vitamin C, 36% of your daily vitamin K needs and around 31% of your daily requirement of dietary fibre, meaning these berries help support healthy skin, proper wound healing and a healthy cardiovascular system. Blackberries are also linked to reducing inflammation and protecting against neurocognitive decline.
Strawberries have many benefits to health that include protection against heart disease, thanks to the high levels of antioxidants they contain, a reduced risk of stroke, thanks to their antioxidants helping to prevent blood clots from forming and relief from symptoms of allergies.
Raspberries contain reliable amounts of most vitamins and minerals, including a good dose of vitamin C and magnesium. Some of the benefits to health linked with raspberry consumption include providing protection against damage caused by free radicals and helping to keep blood sugar levels in balance.
Cranberries are well known for being able to help improve the symptoms of urinary tract infections. They also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help prevent cancer. It is also thought that the same polyphenols that help clear up urinary tract infections can have a positive effect on oral health.
Red cabbage is rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals like potassium and manganese and is also very low in calories. It is extremely effective at protecting against cancer. Red cabbage is able to protect against free radicals that cause premature aging and helps to reduce inflammation of ulcers in the gut.
Adding chia seeds to your smoothie will give you a good dose of omega fatty acids, that are important for good heart and brain health, calcium & phosphorus, essential for strong teeth & bones and the prevention of osteoporosis and dietary fibre, which helps you maintain a healthy digestive system.
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