A Smooth Way To A Healthier Life



It seems as if there is a pill for everything these days.  Hair growth, weight loss, bad moods etc…

I am on a personal journey of finding my nutrients in the food I eat every day.  I am really enjoying becoming more aware of the things I put in my body and the affects they have on my health.  I have made it a family adventure and fun for my kids as well.  We started our “book of healthy foods” recently and it sure has been a hit!  My daughter says “I really don’t like the taste of this asparagus but I know how good it is for my body so it just became delicious!”

Keep on reading to learn about the ingredients of my daily beauty smoothie and the beauty benefits it’s naturally packed with!  Since you get most of the nutrients from vegetables and fruit when they are raw I find it easiest and most delicious to blend them all up into one fabulous smoothie. 

Start out with dark green raw vegetables.  Spinach, broccoli, bustle sprouts and kale are my basics.  Don’t get scared already, this really is a yummy treat once all the ingredients are together!

Let me tell you about all the hair and beauty nutrients packed into these dark green veggies.  They carry an abundant amount of vitamins A, C and E.  Our bodies need these vitamins to produce sebum which is the oily substance secreted by our hair follicles.  It’s our body’s natural hair conditioner.  Vitamin E will help increase the circulation of blood in the scalp, which can promote better and healthier hair growth.  Dark green vegetables also provide iron.  Some research shows that people with low iron in their blood often have hair loss.  However it is not safe to take iron supplements if it is not recommended by your doctor after having blood tests done.  Too much iron can lead to serious health problems.  Don’t forget about the calcium dark greens have.  Calcium is something all women should be getting for our bones but our hair also greatly benefits

Second most important beauty ingredient in my smoothie is two tablespoons of ground flaxseed.  Flaxseed is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid.  This little wonder plant has SO many benefits it’s simply amazing!  For starters flaxseed supports a healthy scalp which is where healthy hair starts.  Because it has a combination of healthy fat, low carbohydrates and a high fiber content it makes a great food for weight loss and maintenance.  This is a key ingredient in keeping me feel full and satisfied throughout my nonstop go, go go day.   When I feel refreshed I do look refreshed!

Nuts are great for adding substance to your smoothie while providing many health benefits.  I personally add almonds.  Almonds are good for the heart, help with weight loss, help prevent constipation and add a boost of energy!  One more big benefit that I personally take serious due to the fact that Alzheimer’s disease runs in my family… research shows that by making almonds a part of your diet one can actually reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Now for the sweets and what turns this veggie filled drink into a treat…

Bananas help make the taste delicious and cancel out any bitterness!  They are great for the digestive system along with many other health benefits.  Then add a generous amount of berries.   I keep a wide variety of frozen berries in the freezer.  Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are high in antioxidants which help to prevent premature aging!

To liquefy my smoothie I usually add almond milk.  One cup contains only 60 calories and amazing flavor!  You can also just use water or skim milk.

For extra protein you can add the recommended amount of protein powder of your choice to your smoothie.  I personally add all natural no sugar added peanut butter to get my protein.  I love peanut butter in any way, shape or form.

Make extra for those days when you’re running late by freezing your smoothie in muffin pans.  Once they are frozen let them sit for a couple of minutes and then pop them out with a butter knife into a plastic zip lock bag.  Keep them on hand in the freezer for quick easy access to blend later.

 

Lastly… if you can splurge on a high quality blender, it makes all the difference!  I have the Ninja® Professional Blender and LOVE it! Power (Watts) is so very important in a good blender. This one has 1,000 watts of power which is fantastic for the price. I found mine on sale for only $89.00. We love this blender mainly for two reasons: 1) The generous 72-ounce pitcher is big enough to make smoothies for the entire family to have one or two glasses. 2) This blender can make just about anything turn into mush in seconds.

I hope that you are able to reap the health and beauty benefits of mine and my family’s healthy smoothie! Enjoy!

Carolann

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