Who doesn’t love smoothies?? They are tasty, versatile, can be super healthy and they are even pretty to look at!
There are probably a bazillion recipes out there for smoothies (and I intend to try each and everyone, darn it!) but in my personal opinion, the best smoothies are the ones that are easy to make, have a variety of fruit, is super healthy, and of course, YUMMY! I firmly believe that making a smoothie is a great opportunity to include as many food groups as possible, which means you can totally have one as a meal! I was able to include 4 major food groups into my smoothie. When I come home late from work, I do not want to have a heavy meal for dinner, being so close to bed time, so my smoothie is my go to meal (aw, shucks!)
Shell’s Super Smoothie
Yields 2 servings
1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (plain)
3/4 cup Frozen Berries Medley
2 TBSP Flaxseed Oil
10g psyllium husk (fiber)
1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
See how easy it is?!
Now, I know I have an ingredient or two in there that are making some of you scratch your heads and wonder what/when/who/where/ and why would anyone want to have that?!
Answer: Because its healthy for you!
“Flaxseed and its derivative flaxseed oil/linseed oil are rich sources of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, which is a biologic precursor to omega-3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid.”
- aids in lowering cholesterol, hence reducing the risk of heart disease
- increases integrity of the cell membrane
- aids in alleviating symptoms of inflammation in certain diseases
- improves skin integrity and aids in alleviating symptoms of skin disorders such as eczema
- Milled flaxseed aids in bowel regularity
“Flaxseed oil contains only the alpha-linolenic acid component of flaxseed, and not the fiber or lignan components. Therefore, flaxseed oil may share the purported lipid-lowering properties of flaxseed, but not the proposed laxative or anti-cancer abilities.”
So make sure that you include both flaxseed oil and milled flaxseed into your diet to reap ALL of its benefits.
Psyllium husk is a great source of fiber. Fiber is integral in maintaining a healthy weight (by providing a genuine feeling of satiety), reducing LDL cholesterol, thus improving overall cholesterol which means reducing the risk of heart disease, and aids in achieving optimal bowel regularity.
Folks, this is just the tip of the iceberg of the many ways you can make a smoothie super healthy and delicious.
What’s your super healthy smoothie?