Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Posted by Ashley on 12:39 PM 1 comment
I recently got a Nutribullet and I absolutely LOVE it. It makes smoothie prepping super easy, and it doesn’t leave chunks, pulp or seeds in the smoothies either.



For more information about the Nutribullet as well as featured recipes, I have attached a link below to the manual that comes with the purchase


Here is the recipe for the MORNING GOOD smoothie J It’s packed with great minerals and nutrients, and will boost your metabolism to ensure a great energy-packed day.

INGREDIENTS:
Handful of Kale or Spinach
1 Banana
1 Apple (skin on, core out)
6-10 Pieces of Pineapple
5-10 Strawberries
Tablespoon of Flax Seed
Tablespoon of Pumpkin Seed
Juice (optional) or Water
Ice Cubes



The first step in creating this is adding a handful of either spinach or kale
*I like to add this first so then the rest of the ingredients can push down the leaves, so you have more room to work with

Add all of your prepped fruit and seeds in, and fill up about 2 cups of juice or water
Blend this for at least 30 seconds, then add ice and blend for another 30 seconds…until the consistency you want is reached

ENJOY J


Alright, now to break it down and explain how all of these ingredients BENEFIT you:

Kale/Spinach

First of all, it’s important to note that kale delivers more than twice the calcium than spinach. But both of these leafy greens contain powerful antioxidants and help protect against many cancers and diseases. They are also great for detox cleanses and boosting your immune system. They also have anti-inflammatory properties!

Bananas

Provide energy through the high content of healthy carbs and potassium, promotes cardiovascular health, natural antacid effects which protects against stomach ulcers, digestive/colon health, balanaced mood & brain health, improved nutrient and mineral absorption, improves kidney health and supports your immune system.

Pineapples

Pineapples are an excellent source of manganese as well as vitamins C, B1 and B6. Pineapples are also good sources of copper and dietary fiber. Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties and they help with digestion. They contain an enzyme, bromelain, which helps break down protein.

Apples (with skin)

Apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Studies suggest that apples may protect against osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Apples may help prevent lung, breast, colon and liver cancer. Apples are shown to lower cholesterol, help manage diabetes and help with weight loss. Apples are a heart-healthy food and support lung function. Some studies have shown that pregnant women who include apples in their diet have a lower risk of giving birth to children who develop asthma. Also, studies suggest that children with asthma who drink apple juice regularly show reduced symptoms.

Strawberries

Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving -- about eight strawberries -- provides more vitamin C than an orange.

Flax Seed

First, flax is a great source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start slow (say, with a half-teaspoon) and build up. Otherwise, you may experience bloating.
Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. Once again, most Americans are short on their omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids ("essential" meaning they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Flax contains the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Thus, it is not a replacement for fish or fish oil supplements that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (ecosapentaenoic acid.)
Third, flax contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.
As if this wasn’t enough, flax  has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons. And flax can normalize the menstrual cycle by supporting the second phase (the luteal phase).

Pumpkin Seed


Raw pumpkin seeds provide a rich source of fiber, a type of carbohydrate that prevents constipation and benefits digestive health. The seeds also boost your intake of protein -- each ounce of seeds provides almost 9 grams of the nutrient. You also increase your mineral intake when you eat pepitas. The seeds contain iron, a mineral important to red blood cell function, as well as potassium, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium. Because fiber, protein and minerals are not destroyed by roasting, these nutrients are found in roughly equal amounts in both raw and roasted pumpkin seeds.

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