RECIPE 

-1 cup frozen blueberries

-1 cup greek style bio yoghurt

-2 teaspoons honey

You can optionally add 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil

Add ice cubes for texture (less for thicker, creamier smoothie)

Directions

Place the blueberries, yoghurt and honey into a blender. Process until smooth. Add the desired amount of ice cubes. Pour into a glass, and enjoy this delicious refreshing drink.

Health benefits blueberries

While blueberries are small in size they are big on nutritional value and an important superfood to include in your diet. Blueberries are renowned for blueberriestheir incredibly high content of antioxidants, which work to protect the body against free radical damage. By choosing a diet high in antioxidants you work towards protecting the body from more serious diseases and many forms of cancer.

In fact blueberries contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants known out of all foods. Vitamin C and K and minerals manganese, copper and fibre are all present in blueberries. Fibre is essential to assist in the overall detoxification of the body and elimination of waste products.

It has been found that blueberries support a healthy cardiovascular system by reducing cholesterol and lowering triglycerides. Combined with the powerful antioxidant properties, blueberries work to purify the blood and also support  healthy blood pressure. By freezing blueberries you will increase shelf life without losing any of the vitamin and mineral content.

Studies suggest blueberries are beneficial at improving brain function and memory, therefore blueberries can act towards delaying the natural ageing process.

Health benefits smoothie ingredients

-Choosing a bio yoghurt is greatly beneficial due to the probiotic content of the yoghurt. Probiotics are responsible for balancing out the good and bad bacteria that are contained in the gut. Regular consumption of probiotics can reduce inflammation in the body and prevent many common colds and flus.

-Adding honey into your smoothie will also ensure you receive sufficient levels of good bacteria as honey naturally contains probiotics. Honey uniquely boasts anti-bacterial and anti-honeyfungal properties which will inhibit bacterial growth within the body. For centuries honey has been respected for its powerful health benefits and healing properties.

-Flaxseed oil has a strong fishy taste when consumed alone but you won’t notice a difference in taste when blended into the smoothie in such small quantities (1 teaspoon). Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Each of these fatty acids help protect cell membranes and are anti-inflammatory. Obtaining plant-based omegas are great for vegetarians or vegans who are unable to obtain the same fatty acids from animal sources. Much like blueberries, flaxseed has also been found to support a healthy heart and prevent cardiovascular diseases.

SHOPPING LIST 

-1x pack of frozen blueberries

-1x pot of greek bio yoghurt

-1x pot of honey (organic if possible)

-1x bottle of flaxseed oil (optional)

Resources: Blueberries www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=8

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By | 2017-05-05T09:34:53+00:00 October 3rd, 2015|Health, Life Style, Natural Health Recipes, Nutrition|0 Comments

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I am an ex-community pharmacist turned 'renegade' after recovering from a chronic illness without medication, when conventional medicine had given up hope. This site will share what has worked for me and the latest research in holistic healthcare.

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