heart healthy smoothieAnti-oxidant rich blueberries are very healthy for your heart. Studies have shown that they can reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Blueberries can also increase blood levels of nitric oxide, which means that blood vessels widen and increase blood flow throughout the body. Blueberries may also slightly reduce inflammation in the body. Aim to eat 1 cup of blueberries a day to improve your health. The smoothie on the following page is a great way to get those blueberries in!

I really enjoy using frozen bananas because they give smoothies a creamier texture. Freeze ripe bananas, without the peel, so they’re ready to use when you need them.

Blueberry-Banana Bliss
In addition to antioxidants, this blend is loaded with blood-pressure lowering potassium, probiotics, and dietary nitrate. Sip half at breakfast and save the rest for an afternoon snack.

1 c frozen blueberries
1 ripe banana
1 c plain nonfat yogurt
1 c packed baby spinach

COMBINE all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 153 cal, 7 g pro, 32 g carb, 4 g fiber, 22 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 110 mg sodium

Source: Prevention

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