Here is my tried-and-true recipe for a smooth, healthy shake that’s delicious and nutritious without being too heavy:
6 oz blueberries (I use fresh packaged.)
½ cup yogurt (I like plain organic low fat.)
1cup vanilla soymilk
1 ripe banana
2 Tbs almond butter (creamy, I have not tried crunchy.)
I start by breaking the banana in half and placing it in the blender, then spoon in the yogurt. Pour the soymilk and then toss in the blueberries. Add almond butter and blend. Easy!
Serves two, generously.
Pineapple, strawberries & cinnamon can be alternatives or additions, and you can sprinkle in your favorite protein or vitamin powder ~
I personally love the flavor of blueberries, plus they are filled with nutrients. In fact, blueberries are the most antioxident-rich of all the berries, and their brilliant purple-blue color gives them extra potent phytonutrient strength. Berries are also high in fiber, vitamin C, K and manganese.
Bananas are, of course, one of the most nutritious foods we can eat. They contain loads of vitamins, minerals and fiber that fight against asthma, heart disease and cancer while lowering blood pressure and promoting memory, mood and regularity.
Everybody knows that yogurt aids digestion, and luckily, yogurt agrees with most people who are lactose intolerant. That’s because of the friendly bacterial environment of yogurt. Plus, another added benefit, yogurt is high in calcium.
And almonds add even more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your smoothie - in addition to protein and fiber ~ and flavor! Almonds contain a highbred of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, which the body needs for optimum health.
Finally, soymilk contains all of the above, as far as nutrients go: vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, fiber and unsaturated fatty acids. But the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in soy milk work exclusively to promote blood vessel health by protecting the linings from lesions and hemorrhage. And soymilk is also exalted for its weight loss benefits, prevention of prostrate cancer, postmenopausal syndromes and osteoporosis.
So, enjoy your healthy smoothie, and Happy travels ~ :)
B R E A T H E
As you may know, I love teas and I love trying every kind of tea under the sun, including green teas of all varieties, as well as herbal teas like red Rooibos, organic peppermint and camomile teas, and most recently, herbal Tulsi teas from India. Best of all, I love the traditional black teas popular in the UK, such as Earl Grey, Yorkshire, English Breakfast, and P.G. Tips.
Well, my tea-of-the-moment happens to be black Darjeeling, which is also made into green and white teas. The Darjeeling region lies in West Bengal, Northern India at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains. So, this very spiritual, beautiful and fertile region would naturally produce exotically powerful and delicious teas!