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Healthy Smoothies For Today’s Toxic World

While modern society has witnessed amazing progress and development as it has never been seen before, it has also become the stage for many diseases that claim an astounding number of lives. This is ironic in a world that sometimes believes it can overcome all health challenges. Because these are indeed toxic times, many health conscious people try to come up with nutritional strategies that can help prevent cancer, hypertension and stress. For people who want to use food as a means to avoid or even cure disease, healthy smoothies are a tasty bonus that show how people do not need to tolerate tasteless or offensive mixtures for the sake of nutrition.

Smoothies to Fight Stress

Studies today show that for good mental health, a person needs daily doses of vitamin B, vitamin D, potassium as well as omega-3. Berries, nuts and some readily available fruits are good sources of these vitamins and they can actually be the main ingredients of simply delicious, healthy smoothies.

The Green Giant

The banana in this smoothie provides potassium. At the same time, because of the avocado and the kiwi, this smoothie is actually laden with, protein, folate, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, it is rich in tryptophan, an essential amino acid needed by the body to process proteins. Tryptophan promotes relaxation and calmness. It has been documented to help induce sleep.

• 1 1/2 kiwi
• 1/2 cup banana slices
• 1/2 cup avocado
• 1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
• 1 cup almond milk
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1/2 cup crushed ice

Smoothies to Prevent Cancer

Studies show that some phytochemicals seem to block the development of cancer. Because of this, healthy smoothies designed to fight cancer should have berries as their main ingredient. Berries are rich in both phytochemicals and in addition, they have a high concentration of antioxidants which act against the free radical molecules that harm cells and lead to the development of cancer.

Berry Charmer

Here is a basic recipe using berries for a smoothie that helps the body stand up to the dreaded disease. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and acai berries can all be used in this recipe individually or in different combinations.

• 1 1/2 cups berries (raspberries, blueberries and other berries can be substituted)
• 1 cup banana slices
• 1/2 cup blanched broccoli or cauliflower
• 1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1/2 cup crushed ice

Soursop Banana Jumble

Some scientific studies conducted on animals have shown that the humble soursop seems to inhibit the growth of cancer cells but more studies still have to be conducted before the mainstream medical community gives its endorsement. Wellness advocates and alternative health care practitioners will swear by its efficacy in fighting cancer. Apart from its truly delicious taste, the fruit itself is rich in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B and B12.

• 1 1/2 cups soursop pulp
• 1 cup banana slices
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1/2 cup crushed ice

Smoothies to Fight the Common Cold

Everyone, at one time or another, suffers from the common cold. The secret to fighting this innocuous but inconvenient disease is to take a lot of vitamin C. Smoothies, in this case, can help the vitamin go down.

• 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice and grapefruit juice (any proportion will do)
• 1 cup banana slices
• 1 tablespoon honey

Mix and put in the freezer until partly frozen then blend and serve.

The recipes here provide support for maintaining a healthy body but most of all, they endeavor to do this while offering an enjoyable option for those who believe that food for fitness need not be unpleasant.

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