This post says it like it is. The heading is clear enough isn’t it. Do I need to explain it any further? Okay, so I was feeling a bit nasty back then. I haven’t had my regular smoothie just yet. And no, don’t worry folks; I’m not currently on a detox diet. I’m not currently in good physical and mental shape to do this anyhow. Maybe next year again. For now though, I’m scratching around looking for smoothies to lower cholesterol and help boost my own immune system for such days that I seem to be going through right now.
A list of herbs, supplements and vitamins that all help
I’m pushing in a list of herbs but no spices that all go some way towards helping to reduce cholesterol and boost the body’s immune system. All I’m doing is giving you a short summary of what these herbs do. That way you at least have a healthy introduction to motivate you on how high cholesterol levels can be curbed and that old bugbear of the annual flu can be kept at bay.
You know what, this was an exceptional year for me. I went through several aches and pains and grunts and groans and caught the flu bug no less than twice this year. But before that, I was one of the few dudes in my neighborhood that never caught the flu. This, by the way, doesn’t have much to do with my smoothie discoveries, except to say that I’ve been lucky. I generally don’t catch the flu that easily and my cholesterol’s pretty good, in spite of my previously poor eating habits. But the thing is I still need to take care, don’t I.
These following herbs all boost the immune system. They help to lower blood cholesterol and high blood pressure as well:
Basil, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, lavender. To this list you could also include fish oil, but I don’t believe that it will be a viable additive to your smoothie drink.
Hearty and green smoothie recipes and ingredients
I found one smoothie recipe which I’m going to share with you right away. This contribution towards the green smoothie diet really warmed my heart, I must say. Here it is.
- One cup of almond milk.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of greens. This can include spinach, kale and collards.
- 1 quarter cup chopped beet root,
- Half a cup of berries.
- Honey for taste.
- And then one quarter cup of fresh basil.
All you need do is blend all ingredients together for the consistency that you prefer. Should you be using fresh fruit like me, add some ice to the blender. It may also be necessary to blend your fresh beetroot first because it generally takes longer to blend this vegetable in its natural form.
A smoothie refresher
I’m going back in time and highlighting my summer classic. In a different form, I’ve mentioned this one to you before. What is also necessary to do is to give you guys – and me – a refresher on the correct basics of preparing a potent smoothie.
- 60/40 – Experts are adamant about using 60% of fruits and 40% of vegetables to produce the perfect smoothie blend.
- Blend in stages – In order to achieve a smooth consistency, it is necessary to blend some of your green vegetables in stages. Fruits blend quicker, and they’ll be added in afterwards.
- Using frozen fruits – This is to ensure that your smoothie drinks are extra cold. It also ensures that nothing goes to waste in the sense that ripe fruits and vegetables can be frozen before smoothie blending time. Leafy greens are placed in a freezer friendly bag.
- Use natural sweeteners only – This is a good formula for looking after your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Instead of using artificial sweeteners and processed white sugar to sweeten things up, you’re using natural sweeteners that are all good for the heart anyway.
- Prepare and blend smoothies ahead of time – Best practice allows you to prepare your smoothies no more than two days ahead of time. You could prepare a batch of several smoothies ahead of time. The only reason for doing this is simply to help you manage your busy lifestyle schedules better.
So, when the smoothie thirst strikes, you can just nip open the fridge and, there you go. Smoothie ready to go.
Refreshing a summer classic
Both these old repeats suit me just fine. Its blazing saddles hot out there these days. Maybe where you are its freezing h o cold, but go back to that heart warmer, try it out and see if it works for you. It’s good for heart and liver anyhow. It’s also a great way to keep the flu bugs away. This next smoothie is ideal for summer and perfect for beginners. Spinach is mild and mellow and there are over twenty different nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants packed into this concoction.
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup mango
- 1 cup pineapple
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups of water
All you have to do is pack your spinach tightly together and toss it into the blender. Thereafter, you blend it until smooth. You use the water for this. And then afterwards, you add your fruits and blend until your smoothie drink is smooth. That’s it. Ready to go.
The low cholesterol champion
I’m lucky to have the king avocado as one of my favorite fruits. Previously I had always believed it to be a green vegetable. But this is a king well worth repeating. It is a potent fruit that also needs to be included among smoothies that burn fat and drastically reduces high cholesterol levels. Finally, go through an extensive list on herbs and see how they match up to your body’s unique characteristics. You can learn this by running some tests with your doctor.