Smoothies are a great on-the-go option. The combinations of ingredients are virtually endless! It’s always better to make your own smoothies unless you’re buying from a place you trust (like WholeFoods) or a place that posts all the ingredients/calories (like Smoothie King).
Since we’re not allowed to eat at work, I’ve been taking smoothies with me lately. At 350 calories, this sweet treat is enough to get me through the shift. I found this recipe in SELF magazine. I make this in my roommate’s Magic Bullet and it takes no time at all. The ingredient list is short: almonds (2 tbsp), almond milk (1/3 cup), yogurt (1 1/4 cup), frozen cherries (1 1/4 cup), and a dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract.
Tip: add the ingredients in such a way that the cherries and almonds are closest to the blender’s blade.
This smoothie is packed with health benefits! We all know that yogurt is a probiotic and cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, but did you know that vanilla extract can stimulate sexual desire and alleviate anxiety? Back to cinnamon – it can help manage diatbets, relieve arthritis pain (when combined with honey), and promote weight loss. Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory!
- Lower the rise of insulin and blood sugar after meals
- Are a source of healthy fat
- Reduce the risk of heart attack and lower bad cholesterol
- Help with brain function
- Alkalize the body
- Nourish the nervous system
Fun Fact: ancient Egyptians used almonds in potions.
- Are a great source of antioxidants
- Are rich in quercitrin
- Contain ellegic acid (possibly a cancer-preventer)
- Help relieve arthritis and gout pain
- Help prevent premature aging
- Cure migraines
- Help you sleep and regulate Circadian rhythm