Many of us dream of living to a ripe old age, but we can all probably agree that more important than the number of years we live is the quality.
One of the best ways to ensure a long, flourishing life is to eat whole foods full of the kinds of vitamins and minerals that help create a healthy brain, bones , muscles and skin.
The Blue Zones was founded by research Dan Buettner, who rigorously interviewed healthy, elderly people around the globe to discover their secrets. Based on the data collected, they found a fruity smoothie that could boost your life expectancy.
Fruits are a brilliant source of minerals, vitamins and enzymes – all that good stuff to nourish the body inside and out. Fruits are packed with natural phytochemicals that have been shown to help prevent a wide range of health conditions.
Namely, a diet high in fruit intake can help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
One way to easily incorporate fruit into your diet is to enjoy a daily smoothie. Smoothies are incredibly easy to make. The method is to place all the ingredients into the blender, blitz, serve and enjoy.
As per the data we have designed a fruity smoothie you can try at home today. To make this you’ll need the following ingredients:
• 1 cup spinach
• 1 cup of almond/soy milk
• 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
• 1 cup pineapple chunks
• 1 tablespoon whole flaxseeds
• 1 banana
• In a blender add the spinach and milk and blend until smooth.
• Add the remaining ingredients and blend until well combined.
• Pour and serve immediately!
Health benefits of bananas
An excellent source of potassium, “potassium is one of the most important electrolytes in the body”. It’s key in regulating heart function and blood pressure. In fact, the effectiveness of potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, on lowering blood pressure has been proven. Also bananas are rich in vitamin B6, fibre and carbohydrate.
Health benefits of spinach
Spinach is a superfood. It is loaded with tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. They are also rich in vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, iron and manganese. Eating this leafy green veggie may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress and reduce blood pressure levels among other health functions.
Health benefits of pineapple
This tropical fruit is high in fibre, and can “help improve digestion”. Pineapples contain numerous vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, manganese, vitamins A and C, as well as folic acid. A fascinating phytonutrient found in pineapples is called bromelain, which has been recognised for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects.
All fruits have a positive impact on your health, so it’s encouraged to get creative.
The NHS promotes a “rainbow” mixture of fruits to snack on, so try to vary the colours you consume.
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By Priyanshi Bhatnagar