As you begin to try out more and more smoothie recipes, you will begin to notice that both chia seeds and flax seeds are used quite a bit. If you’re anything like me, you hadn’t heard of these before living the smoothie lifestyle and probably pictured yourself throwing some kind of bird feed into your blender. I can promise you that these seeds pack a ton of nutrition and benefits, without making you feel like you’re eating something from the pet store.
To make this smoothie, add all the ingredients to a blender and process till smooth.
I love strawberries and blueberries because of their high levels of antioxidants. These fruits can help to improve your immune system and also help your body rid itself of high levels of free radicals and repair any damage that they might have done. Raspberries are great for keeping your skin looking youthful.
Adding oats to this smoothie helps to create a rich and thick consitency whilst providing a good dose of protein and fiber, helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Oats can also help your immune system; they contain beta glucans, which support the development of white blood cells. These cells can then help your immune system fight off viruses and bacterial infections.
It’s not a coincidence. Chia seeds are the same seeds that were sold with novelty clay figurines that grew into “fur” or “hair”. The Chia Pet is long gone but the seeds are here to stay. These seeds come from a desert plant that is grown in Mexico. The name of the seed means “strength” and they were used by the Mayan and Aztec cultures as a natural energy source. Now you can too! The seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium and plenty of antioxidants.
Just like chia seeds, flax seeds have been around for quite some time. Flax seed was used as early as 3000 BC in Babylon. Some early studies show that this food might be able to fight heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes. Demand has grown over the past few years for flax seed, especially as more is learned about its benefits. It’s full of lignans, which have excellent antioxidant qualities. It’s also full of both insoluble and soluble fiber. Flax seed also has a positive effect on your heart, thanks to the healthy fats it contains.
It’s no secret that milk contains calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. But when you are using cow’s milk, you are supplied with vitamin D, which helps your bones even more. Several studies have also shown that milk might play an important role in preventing cardiovascular disease.
The banana is one of the main stars in this smoothie due to the sweetness it provides, but bananas are great for more than just their taste. They can help prevent muscle cramps and can even improve your mood. They contain high levels of tryptophan which the body converts into serotonin, which is known to instantly improve your mood.
Using regular almonds instead of almond milk in a smoothie will add a much more intense nutty flavor. Almonds are a little high in fat but it’s easy to forgive them once you become aware of the healthy impact they have on your body. Almonds are full of fiber, protein, vitamin E and magnesium. They also help to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.
Mango, strawberries, whey protein powder, almond milk, oats, spinach, blueberries and raspberries smoothie
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Spirulina, banana, coconut (shredded), hemp seeds, mango, cantaloupe, watermelon juice, avocado, goji berries and spinach smoothie