Heart Healthy Smoothie

Smoothies can be a great way to incorporate heart-healthy foods into your diet. Try the following smoothie recipe to help add the following cardiac powerhouses into your diet. This smoothie can be used as a meal replacement or snack, depending on your nutritional goals.

INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving):

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  • 2 Tablespoons protein powder

Protein helps to regulate blood sugar, supports brain satiety signals and should be incorporated into most meals. We recommend a whey, or plant based protein powder.  Orgain and Tera’s Whey are organic brands we like.

  • 1 cup green tea

Green tea is full of antioxidants and has been shown to help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Fresh or frozen, these are a low glycemic index fruit which will add a natural sweetness to your smoothie. They help to stabilize blood sugar and support blood vessel health. They are high in antioxidants as well.

  • 2-4 Tbs pure pomegranate juice

While we don’t often recommend juice for patients, pomegranate juice has been shown to have cardioprotective benefits. A small amount daily can help to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.

  • 1-2 kale leaves

Substitute dark leafy green of choice, such as collard greens or spinach. These vegetables are extremely beneficial for a variety of reasons. In relation to cardiac disease, they are a natural source of nitrates, which can help to relax blood vessels.

  • 1-2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed

Ground flaxseed is a rich plant source of Omega 3 fats. They also contain antioxidants and fiber which can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in blender. Add more water and ice to desired consistency.

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Enjoy!

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