The cold weather might have you in hibernation mode, but before you take up permanent residence under the covers, give yourself a vitality boost with energizing foods! My new book, Secrets of Longevity Cookbook, provides dozens of easy-to-follow recipes to help boost your metabolism and embrace your longevity through healthy eating. To help jump start your energy, enrich your immune system, and lose weight the healthy way, I recommend adding the following Energy Smoothie recipe a few times a week to a well-balanced diet, as a breakfast substitute or as an afternoon snack.
The high-protein, low-calorie smoothie recipe below is packed with antioxidants and other health-giving foods that will boost your energy level. Here are a few of the many benefits of these powerful foods.
1. Blueberries bring antioxidant benefits
Among fruits, fresh blueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidant activity, helping to reduce the risk of certain cancers while adding various anti-aging benefits. Blueberries have neuroprotective properties that can delay the onset of age-related memory loss, and they have also been shown to help lower blood cholesterol and lipid levels. They are high in manganese and vitamin K, and have a very low glycemic load, making them an ideal fruit for diabetics.
2. Almond milk adds essential fatty acids
Almond milk not only adds delicious flavor, but also provides essential fatty acids and calcium. Essential fatty acids support healthy skin and hair while also improving your body’s ability to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, thyroid, and adrenal activity. Almond milk contains no cholesterol and only 5 mg of sodium per serving. Consuming foods low in sodium and cholesterol helps lead to better heart health and normal blood pressure. Almond milk contains 30% of our recommended daily value of calcium and 25% of Vitamin D. Vitamin D also helps improve immunity and cell function.
3. Bananas help maintain energy levels
Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse fruit. They are very high in potassium and very low in sodium, which helps normalize the heartbeat and regulate the body’s water balance while providing your body with energy throughout the day. Instead of drinking coffee or having a sugary snack, grab a banana! They provide a level of energy that lasts longer without the dramatic crash caused by caffeine. Bananas are also high in B vitamins, which have been shown to improve overall nerve function. They are also relatively high in iron, which improves the body’s hemoglobin functions so your blood can clot faster in case of a cut or serious injury.
You can put it all together in the recipe that follows! If fresh fruit isn’t available, I recommend using frozen organic varieties instead. You can also substitute another milk choice depending on your preferences and dietary needs – rice milk, light soy milk, and other choices will all work. The recipe calls for High Performance Powder and Five Elements Greens Powder, which are two very potent health-boosting blends that can be purchased on Askdrmao.com. While these blends will take your smoothie to the next energy-boosting level, you can make the recipe without them and still reap plenty of health rewards.
Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.
You can find more healthy, tasty, and creative recipes for long and healthy living in Secrets of Longevity Cookbook, available now, which is a great companion book to my Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100, which is also on Kindle.
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This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.
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