Smoothie Saturdays

by Melissa West on April 13, 2013

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Welcome to our first installment of Smoothie Saturdays!

We noticed our smoothie videos were getting a lot of views so we’ve decided to make them a regular event.
Each week we’ll talk about some tips, benefits, and green smoothie recipes.

The main benefit of smoothies is that they fill you up because you get the whole food and the fiber. You can add a lot of nutritionally dense super foods to your smoothies. Today I’m going to be focusing on something I talked about in my last green smoothie video, Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder. This is a Non-GMO hypo-allergenic protein powder that is bio-fermented raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein.

Why do I love it? Because the ingredient list is super short. Brown rice protein, natural vanilla flavour, pectin, stevia and xanthan. That’s it.

Today’s smoothie is super simple.

Smoothie-How-ToStrawberry Vanilla Green Smoothie

1 Scoop Strawberries
Almond Milk
1 scoop Sun Warrior Protein Powder = 16 g protein
1 handful kale

Benefits of Kale: One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. Kale has, folate and magnesium, iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium.

Strawberries: Are high in vitamin c, prevent cataracts, are high in antioxidants which help to prevent cancer, help to lower bad cholesterol, their antioxidants and phytochemicals reduce inflammation, and are high in fiber which helps to aid in digestion and slow the absorption of sugar in your system.

Almonds are known to help lower bad cholesterol and reduce heart disease.

Magnesium, another nutrient for which brown rice is a good source, has been shown in studies to be helpful for reducing the severity of asthma, lowering high blood pressure, reducing the frequency of migraine headaches, and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. How does magnesium accomplish all this? Magnesium helps regulate nerve and muscle tone by balancing the action of calcium. In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as Nature’s own calcium channel blocker, preventing calcium from rushing into the nerve cell and activating the nerve. By blocking calcium’s entry, magnesium keeps our nerves (and the blood vessels and muscles they enervate  relaxed. If our diet provides us with too little magnesium, however, calcium can gain free entry, and nerve cells can become over-activated  sending too many messages and causing excessive contraction. Insufficient magnesium can thus contribute to high blood pressure, muscle spasms (including spasms of the heart muscle or the spasms of the airways symptomatic of asthma), and migraine headaches, as well as muscle cramps, tension, soreness and fatigue.
But that’s far from all magnesium does for you. Magnesium, as well as calcium, is necessary for healthy bones. About two-thirds of the magnesium in the human body is found in our bones. Some helps give bones their physical structure, while the rest is found on the surface of the bone where it is stored for the body to draw upon as needed. Brown rice can help you keep those storage sites replenished and ready to meet your body’s needs. A cup of brown rice will give you 21.0% of the daily value for magnesium.



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