This strawberry-raspberry smoothie is not only a delicious treat, but it’s good for your heart as well!
According to Harvard researchers, eating strawberries may help reduce inflammation linked to clogging and hardening of the arteries and may reduce your risk of heart attacks. Raspberries are among the Cleveland Clinic’s list of 40 best foods for heart health.
Almonds are nutritionally dense and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods around. They also help you lose weight and can lower cholesterol.
Both banana and maca both contain nutrients that may be good for your sex life. Maca root powder is often sold as a supplement to improve stamina and libido.
Strawberry-Raspberry Heart Healthy Smoothie Recipe
- 4 to 6 ounces almond milk
- 1 cup whole organic strawberries
- 1 banana, peeled (use frozen banana, thawed enough to cut for a chilled smoothie)
- 1/2 vanilla bean or to taste (alternate 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract)
- 1/2 cup organic raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 teaspoon maca powder (UK friends can buy maca powder here)
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Toss in a tablespoon of powdered cacao for a chocolate-covered cherry flavor that your honey will love!
(NOTE: Nutritional information is going to vary based on the almond milk you use and is not included in the information below.)
Calcium: 4% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 4% RDA
Vitamin C: 123% RDA
Serving Size: One.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.