When I first tried this smoothie, the first thing thought that came to me was, “this tastes like comfort food!” It has a delicious but simple flavor that reminded me of the apple pies my grandmother would make. This smoothie is full of nutrients including immune-boosting vitamin C, bone-building calcium, digestion-friendly fiber, and heart-healthy potassium. The chia seeds give this smoothie a big boost of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. I’ve also added flaxseed oil to this recipe for more “good fats” to promote healthy hair, skin and nails. Give this smoothie a try today!
Omega Apple Pie Smoothie
- 3 organic apples (I leave the skins on, but it’s up to you if you want to peel it off)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 C almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!
It’s important to include nutrient-rich foods in your diet for a variety of reason, a healthy heart being one of them. Each ingredient in this juice has properties that can help support healthy blood pressure and blood vessels. It is loaded with beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and calcium. Ginger has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be useful in a nutritional program for arthritis and fibromyalgia. The blueberries are an important source of resveratrol, a phytonutrient that has been linked to preventing heart disease and cancer. Blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber. They also promote urinary tract health. Give it a try today!
Heart Healthy Juice
- 3 sticks of celery
- 1 apple
- 1 handful of blackcurrants
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 1/2 inch ginger root
- 1 Tbsp chia seed oil or flaxseed oil
Juice celery, apple, blackcurrants and ginger root in your juicer machine. Pour into a tall glass and stir in the oil. Enjoy!
If you are trying to lower your cholesterol, be sure that you are eating foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that foods like salmon, tuna, cod, and sardines can reduce cholesterol as well as the amino acid taurin, which may decrease cholesterol absorption in the intestines. If you don’t want to eat fish, you can get your omega-3 fatty acids by eating flaxseeds, chia seeds, cauliflower, and nuts. When I make my morning smoothies, I add Barlean’s Lignan Flaxseed Oil for my daily dose of healthy fat. In addition to omega-3, be sure that you are eating nutritious organically grown vegetables that contain vitamin E, C, beta-carotene, and niacin. Such veggies could include carrots, sweet potatoes, and Swiss chard. Garlic and onions have been shown to contain phytonutrients that inhibit cholesterol synthesis and cranberries have been known to increase HDL cholesterol levels. Other great foods for lowering cholesterol include oats, barley, brown rice, cranberries, and legumes. Avoid foods that contain trans fat.