Wednesday, November 8, 2017

2 Smoothie Recipes That Are Healthy and Refreshing

"Honeydew-Kiwifruit Smoothie"

Save on calories & leave out the sugar in this recipe for a delicious all-fruit smoothie. You'll get a hefty dose of vitamin C and potassium, which is great for healthy bones & teeth.

2 cups cubed honeydew
1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut up
1 kiwifruit, peeled and cut up
2 -3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup ice cubes
Honeydew and/or kiwifruit slices

Directions - 1. In a blender container, combine honeydew, apple, kiwifruit, sugar, and lemon juice. Cover and blend until smooth.
2. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until cubes are crushed and mixture is slushy. Garnish with additional honeydew and/or kiwifruit slices, if desired.

"Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie"

On the go? Blend a banana, peanut butter, and milk for a healthy breakfast you can easily take with you.

10 ounces skim milk or plain soy milk
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 medium banana 

Directions - Make it: In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency.  

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Could Beer Help Lower Your Cholesterol??

Looking for an alternative to your a.m. bowl of oatmeal? Barley could be a strong contender. Research published this week in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found barley has cholesterol-lowering powers similar to those of oats—but with significantly fewer calories. A half-cup of barley has fewer than 100 calories (plus 3 grams of fiber and about 2 grams of protein, if you're keeping count at home) compared to oatmeal's 150 cals.

Researchers behind the review analyzed 14 studies & looked at how barley impacts "bad" cholesterol & lipids, including low-density lipoprotein, non-high-density lipoprotein & apolipoprotein B, which carries these bad types of cholesterol through the bloodstream. Their findings could have you running to the grain aisle: A daily diet filled with 6.5 to 6.9 grams of the fiber beta- glucan (which translates to about 3/4 cup of pearl barley) reduced both LDL & non-HDL levels by 7% after 4 weeks. And that leads to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease & stroke. Generally, these health issues are treated with medications, but this research indicates that a simple diet change could also help.