Smoothies

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

Diabetes and high blood pressure are very common health issues in our society.  Diabetes and high blood pressure can be managed properly and sometimes healed with proper nutrition. In regards to diabetes, type 2 can often be healed with good nutrition, and type 1 can be better managed with good nutrition.

The following article is written by Kate B. Forsyth of Be Healthy Today.

Diabetes and high blood pressure usually go hand in hand. If one is present, the other is bound to be there as well. In fact, around 25 percent of people with type 1 diabetes and 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes also have high blood pressure. Nowadays, many Americans suffer from these two conditions.  

Here are some healthy and yummy smoothie recipes that can help you fight diabetes as well as high blood pressure. Drinking one of these smoothies a day will most definitely have positive results.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Healthy portions of fiber, protein, and healthy fat should be present. In addition, smoothies for diabetes should also have ingredients with a low glycemic index.

For smoothies for high blood pressure, make sure you get ingredients with carotenoids. Potassium is also very effective in lowering high blood pressure.

Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Oatmeal is fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free, which makes it perfect for diabetics and those with high blood pressure. Along with flaxseed, they both have a high level of dietary fiber.

Ingredients:

2 small bananas, frozen

2 tablespoons flaxseed, ground

1 cup uncooked oats, ground

3 seed milks

Procedure:

Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached.

Good Morning Smoothie

This recipe has ingredients that stabilizes blood pressure. Also, beets and spinach have a good amount of iron, nitrates, magnesium, and vitamins A and C that open up the blood vessels and lowers the pressure of the blood flow.

Ingredients:

1 cup beets, chopped

1 cup strawberries, chopped

3 cups baby spinach

1 orange, peeled and deseeded

1 banana

8 ounces almond milk

Procedure:

First, pour the milk in a blender. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Berry Delicious Nutty Smoothie

Almonds reduce the rise in glucose and insulin levels. Plus, the berries in this recipe are great for diabetics since they are jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

Ingredients:

½ medium banana

1 tablespoon almonds

4-5 medium strawberries

½ cup unsweetened raspberries, frozen

½ cup kale leaves

seed milks

1 tablespoon natural peanut, walnut, or almond butter

½ cup ice cubes

Procedure:

Place all ingredients in a blender, except the ice. Blend thoroughly. Add the ice last for the thickness you want.  

Leafy Green Carrot Smoothie

The antioxidants in the ingredients reduce diabetic complications and protect pancreatic beta-cells from glucose toxicity. Also, the antioxidants help in the overall management of diabetes.

Ingredients:

½ cup unsweetened peach slices, frozen

½ cup red or green grapes

½ cup fresh spinach

1 medium carrot, chopped

½ cup green cabbage, chopped

1 tablespoon flaxseed

½ cup nut milk

½ cup ice cubes

Procedure:

First, place peach slices, grapes, spinach, carrot, cabbage, and flaxseed in a blender. Blend. Next, add the milk. Continue blending until completely smooth. Finally, add the ice cubes until desired thickness is achieved.

Peachy Keen Smoothie

Peaches are a great source of potassium. They also have a low sodium content, which lowers high blood pressure. In addition, carrots normalize your blood pressure as well.

Ingredients:

2 medium carrots, chopped

2 peaches

2 apricots, pitted

1 head butter lettuce

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

ice cubes

Procedure:

Blend all solid ingredients completely. Next, add in the vanilla extract. Blend again. Finally, gradually add in the ice cubes for desired consistency.  

Green Berry Smoothie

This smoothie for diabetes has some superfood ingredients. It also has no added sugar.

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach or kale (or both)

½ cup berries of your choice, frozen

1 small orange, peeled but leave most of the pith

½ cup Greek yogurt

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients in a blender until desired consistency is achieved.

Pineapple-Beet Blast

Dietary nitrate found in the beets aids blood flow. In addition, celery has properties that regulate the blood pressure.

Ingredients:

1½ pineapple chunks, frozen

½ cup cooked beets, sliced

¼ cup celery leaves

½ cup fresh orange juice

1 cup vanilla almond milk

Procedure:

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Purée until smooth. Serve and enjoy.

Pomegranate-Apple Green Smoothie

Pomegranate juice has a positive effect on cholesterol and blood pressure.

Ingredients:

2 cups baby spinach

1 banana

1 apple, cored

8 ounces pomegranate juice

Procedure:

Add all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend everything completely.

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Green tea lowers the hemoglobin A1c level in people with borderline diabetes.

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder

3 tablespoons hot water

1 banana

1 cup nut milks

1 cup crushed ice

Procedure:

Mix the green tea powder with hot water until it forms a paste. Next, add the rest of the ingredients (except the crushed ice) into a blender. Blend until fully incorporated. Lastly, add in the ice for desired consistency.

Guava Green Smoothie

Guava fruit reduces cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Ingredients:

8 ounces unsweetened coconut milk

1 banana

2 large guavas, deseeded

1 small orange, peeled and deseeded

2 cups baby spinach

Procedure:

Place the guava, banana, and orange in the blender. Mix until they are broken down into little chunks. Next add the coconut milk. Continue blending until a little smooth. Then add the spinach. Finally, blend everything together until completely smooth.

Lean and Green Smoothie

Kale is a non starchy vegetable. It adds fiber and other nutritional benefits.

Ingredients:

2½ cups kale leaves

1 cup pineapple, cubed

¾ cup apple juice, chilled

½ cup seedless grapes, frozen

½ cup Granny Smith apple, chopped

Procedure:

First, place all ingredients in a blender. Mix everything until smooth.

Blueberry-Banana Smoothie

Blueberries contain antioxidants that restrict the production of nitric oxide, reducing the inflammation of the blood arteries. This smoothie is great at stabilizing blood pressure levels.

Ingredients:

1 cup blueberries, frozen

1 banana

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup baby spinach

Procedure:

Dump all the ingredients into a blender. Mix thoroughly. For last, you can add ice to have a thicker consistency.

Author Bio:

Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for Be Healthy Today, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Super Foods for Super Health and Vitality

Super Foods seem to be the big rage these days. It seems that many nutritionists and other natural health practitioners are talking about super foods. The issue I see is that all these super foods being promoted are vegan. Some vegan foods are super healthy, but from the research I have done, the best diet for most people includes animal proteins and animal fats. 

These vegan super foods are healthy, but one can not live on them and they are lacking or are deficient in several vitamins and minerals found only in animal foods such as Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Iron and Zinc. 

The vegan super foods most talked about are spirulina, chlorella, turmeric, raw cocoa, wheat grass, beets, lemons, apple cider vinegar, moringa leaf, matcha green tea and maca. As I stated above, these foods are wonderful and healthy, but for most of us, we need a mixture of super foods from plants and animals. 

Chlorella is a top notch super food. Follow this link to read a wonderful article about Chlorella, written by Kate Forsyth. Super Chlorella! 

Some of my favorite super foods that will give your body and mind the key nutrients to be full of energy and vitality include the following: grass fed red meat, pastured eggs, wild fish, oysters, raw honey, avocados, cod liver oil, fresh vegetable juice, raw butter, raw olive oil, bone broth, and berries. All these foods need to be organic, hormone free, GMO free and pastured raised to ensure that you are obtaining the best and most nutritious foods available. 

Start off with eating more pastured eggs and making fresh vegetable juice. Later, incorporate some wild fish and grass fed red meat. Eat one tablespoon of local raw honey every day. Make some bone broth and find a source of raw butter. Make my favorite power smoothie/pudding: one avocado, a cup of berries and 2-3 raw eggs, all blended together in a blender. This smoothie/pudding is a power house of nutrition!

 

RAW EGG POWER!

 

Once deemed healthy and then not, the egg is back, even with approval from modern medicine, not that modern medicine ever influences me when it comes to nutrition.

Fried in coconut oil, scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, omelet style, with avocado, on your head (a great moisturizer and conditioner), raw in fresh squeezed orange juice, raw in a fruit smoothie, raw in raw milk, raw on top of a cooked bowl of rice, millet or quinoa, raw in a glass (a la Rocky style), on your skin for sun burn, bug bites and rashes, in a casserole, deviled, or even green eggs and ham, eggs are back and eggs are a wonderful and healthy food.

The biggest myth is the cholesterol contained in eggs. Yes, eggs contain cholesterol, but cholesterol from raw or properly cooked food does not raise cholesterol levels and it does not cause heart disease. Your liver produces cholesterol every day and cholesterol is needed for cellular health, especially cellular membrane function, hormone production, brain function, vitamin D conversion and a strong and effective immune system. Most of us need some cholesterol food, found in eggs and other animal products, to aid the liver in effectively doing its task; plus, the best sources of Vitamins A, D, K, and B12 and the minerals zinc and iron are found in eggs and other animal fats.

Eggs are best raw if you want every ounce of nutrition it offers, but anyway you want them, they are a healthy part of a good diet. Packed with 60% fat and 40% protein, lecithin, iron, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, selenium, magnesium and many other nutrients; eggs are a powerhouse.

If eaten raw, eggs aid in cellular structure and permeability, hormone production and balance, toxin removal, energy production, increased immunity, increased brainpower and focus and increased libido. From my experience and observation, raw eggs are most effective in removing toxins from the body and improving brain function. The reason eggs are so powerful for brain health is choline, a key component of the neuro-transmitter acetylcholine that helps with memory and intuition. It also helps with skeletal muscle movements. The reason eggs are so effective in removing toxins is cholesterol, protein and sulfur. These three components are very important and needed by the liver to perform its detoxifying actions.

Of course, eggs that are from healthy farms that allow the chickens to have access to the great outdoors to eat grass and insects are far superior to the factory-farmed eggs. If you buy local eggs, take notice of how the yolk changes from a yellow color to an orange color as the summer approaches and the chickens can feast on grass and insects. Factory farm yolks are very pale yellow in comparison and do not change color as the chickens stay indoors year round and eat industrial chicken feed. Yay to the local egg and here in Denver we have lots of local farmers with healthy eggs from healthy chickens. Go local and support your local egg farmer at the various farmers markets and the many community-supported agriculture partnerships.