It is Valentine’s Day on Saturday. Love, passion and all things red are in the air! I have a big place in my heart for smoothies. I know many of you do too – so I figured I would whip up something special! This Berry Kickin’ Smoothie is not only delicious, but the ingredients were selected for their heart health benefits. Heart health for Valentine’s Day! I figured this line of thinking was appropriate for The Bikini Exeriment. 🙂 One of the ways we can love ourselves is by fueling with quality choices. My Berry Kickin’ Smoothie will certainly not have you thinking you sacrificed taste for health.
Berry Kickin’ Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to recharge after a workout or to grab a quick and healthy meal on the go. You could double or triple this recipe and store it in mason jars in your fridge to have on hand during the week. A little prep can go a long way to making weekly meals a little easier.
This smoothie has a sweet and fruity flavor that is very refreshing. I used raw honey as a sweetener, but you could easily substitute Stevia if you want to reduce the sugar content. Almond milk is my preferred alternative milk, but coconut would be lovely as well.
- 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 Scoop of Protein Powder (I used Hemp Pro 70)
- 1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
- ½ Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
- 1 Shake of Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon of MCT Oil
- ½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- ½ Cup Organic Frozen Strawberries
- ½ Cup Organic Frozen Raspberries
- Pinch of Himalayan Salt
- Add each ingredient to a blender.
- Mix until smooth.
- Grab a straw (optional) and enjoy!
Heart Health Benefits:
Chia Seeds – Chia seeds may improve certain blood markers which should lower the risk of Heart Disease and Type II Diabetes.
Organic Frozen Berries – These bright and colorful fruits are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fight chronic disease and cancer. Some studies support that just a few a day can help reduce heart attack risk.
Cayenne Pepper & MCT Oil – Scott recently forwarded me a new study that indicated that the combination of MCT oil and Cayenne Pepper has been shown to induce diet induced thermogenesis. This will increase satiety (feeling full) and decrease energy intake.
The weather was so beautiful in Austin yesterday I decided to take myself on a little date outside to enjoy my smoothie.
Remember, red-der is better. A Berry Kickin’ Smoothie is a great way to kick off a celebration for Valentine’s Day. Cheers!
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