Let food by thy medicine, and medicine be thy foodHippocrates
Smoothies and protein shakes are energizing, especially at the start of your morning! They’re likely one of the easiest things you can make which immediately impacts your health and nutrition.
Just pulling everything together already feels like you are doing something good for yourself. Inhale the fragrance of the ripened fruits and vegetables. Gently hold the freshly cultivated ingredients. Listen to the whirrrrr of the blender as it fuses your elixir. Feast your eyes on all the goodness smoothly pouring into your glass. Taste the bright, invigorating flavor as the first sip touches your tongue. It’s not hard to feel the immediate benefits of the delicious nutrients coursing through your system. Ahhhhh!
Blending has never been so easy. It’s faster than drive-thru take out. And I don’t have to tell you the benefits of the blend over the burger! Today, with so many terrific portable and personal blenders on the market, it’s never been more convenient to blend. Before COVID-19, I used this blender at work; it was so lightweight and practical that I could whip up my concoction in the office kitchen without any sideway glances from co-workers. Now that I’m working from home, it’s still a great tool because I can easily drink from the blending jar as I move from the kitchen to my home office.
Today’s feature is a Raspberry Peach Smoothie—and it just screams summer! The beauty of this delicious smoothie is that you can use fresh or frozen fruit, depending upon what’s most accessible.
One of the ingredients in this smoothie is Chia Seeds, which are a superfood synonymous with healthy fats, high fiber content, and antioxidants. Believe it or not, ounce-for-ounce, they contain five times more calcium than milk, eight times more omega-3s than salmon, three times more iron than spinach, and three times more antioxidants than blueberries. Chia seeds make great additives to your drinks and foods for weight loss and increased energy.
The second ingredient you might not think of a lot is a medjool date. If you want another source of potassium, look no further than Mr. Medjool. They also contain some fiber to aid in digestion and heart health, among other benefits. These dates do contain natural sugar, so just beware if you’re diabetic and substitute as needed with your dietary restrictions.
Try it. You’ll LOVE it! And you’ll feel good about it!
RASPBERRY PEACH SMOOTHIE
1½ cups fresh peaches, pitted and chopped
1½ cups frozen raspberries
¼ cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 3-4 large fruits)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups of ice
(Simple Syrup to taste, if fruit is not sweet enough to your liking)
Blend all ingredients together, except ice, until smooth. Add the ice and blend again until frosty.