Almond Berry-Mix Smoothie with Greens

Almond Berry-Mix Smoothie with Greens

Yesterday, during my bus ride back home from the city I sat next to a lady who happened to be coughing and blowing her nose. She was overweight and obviously a bit under the weather. At first, I didn’t worry much about her cough because I take very good care of my health eating fruits and veggies on a daily basis.  After a few minutes sitting beside her, I begin to worry because she continues to cough non-stop.  I offered her a napkin so that she would cover her mouth instead of turning her head and continue to cough with her mouth open.  She seemed very insulted replying with an attitude and not taking my napkin.  I wish I could have approached her a different way and have had an opportunity to give her some advice to help boost her immune system.  The only thing I could do at that moment was close my eyes and think “Antioxidants, Antioxidants, Antioxidants!” to keep me from catching a cold.  But then again I felt certain that based on my health I did not need to worry. Anyhow, this morning I woke up to these words yelling in my head “Berries, Antioxidants, Berries, Immune Booster”. I could have gone with my day ignoring these words in my head but I chose to run to the market and grab me some berries. Luckily, berries were each on sale for $2.39 except for the red raspberries which were sold out, so I had to get a case of organic raspberries for $4.99.

I must also share that  I am in a stage where I need the most healthy fats to help me keep good fat in my body because I don’t want to look or feel anorexic. I usually make my own Almond Milk from scratch with my new Vita-Mix. Almonds have an incredible amount of healthy fat (monounsaturated fats) known to lower cholesterol, decrease chances of heart disease, and protects against Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease. Don’t let those myths of fat in almonds stop you from consuming them because you think they will make you fat. It is the trans-fat from fried foods and drive-thru restaurants you must be concerned about. Here, I demonstrate how easy it is to make your own Almond Milk:

 

Then of course my berry mix had to consist of bananas, bee pollen and Chia Seeds because we have so much of it at home. Like in my previous blogs about berries, I find them to be very high in anti-oxidants (substance that protect your cells against the effects of free radicals). What are free radicals? I remember learning this in 6th grade but it is always good to remind ourselves of the importance. Free radical are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, environmental exposures like tobacco smoke, radiation and pollution. Free radicals damage cells and play a role in the development of heart disease, cancer and other diseases. I definitely found the urge to load up on anti-oxidants especially after a long afternoon in the city. Every time I visit Manhattan I feel it to be high in pollution from all the exhaust, from people smoking in every corner, and dirty filthy streets. Bee Pollen is a complete food and an ancient, holistic remedy used throughout the world. It is more rich in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal measures. Some benefits of bee pollen consist of increase in energy levels, improves many skin conditions, treats allergies and improves respiratory system, aids in digestion, improves immunity and infertility problems, decreases inflammation and supports the Cardiovascular System. Chia is also a super-food, species of the desert plant (Salvia hispanica) in the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids and provides you with fiber as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin and zinc. After the Spanish conquest during the 16th century, AD, authorities banned Chia seeds because of its close association with Aztec religion (Indians used the seeds as offerings in rituals). Until recently, chia was produced by only a few small growers, but commercial production has resumed in Latin America and you can now buy the seeds online and in health food stores. No need to take supplement pills when you have this in your hands!

Let’s begin to make this powerful and delicious Almond Berry-Mix Smoothie with Greens sure to boost our Immune System and hydrate us in this warm-humid day.

What you will need:

1 cup strawberries
1 cup blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 red raspberries

1 cup Almond Milk (Freshly made) if possible
1 cup Spring Water or Filtered
1 banana
1-2 cups green mixture (I used Earthbound Farm Organic Herb Blend)
1 tbsp. bee pollen
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 tsp. green tea extract (optional) “boost’s metabolism”
8 ice cubes or 2-3 cups crushed ice

Makes about 5 servings.  Prep time 8 minutes.  Processing time: 35-45 seconds

Add all ingredients into your Vita-Mix starting with your 1 cup of Almond Milk and 1 cup of water.  Then begin to toss in all your berries and 1 banana. Add the greens, bee pollen and Chia Seeds.  Finally, add ice cubes or 2-3 cups of crushed ice and stir it up.  Sit and enjoy.

 

 

This smoothie is easier than it seems especially when you have fun with it. I used it today to boost my immune system but also to maintain a healthy life style so that in situations like my bus ride I can remain 100% confident of not catching any colds.

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