Fitness Fusion – Berry Booster
1 Cup of (Mixed) Berries
1/2 Cup of Vanilla Yogurt
1/2 Cup Oats
1 Tablespoon of Chai Seeds
Blend all the ingredients together with ice for a cold shake or with water for a smoothie.
To add a different taste, it may also be recommended to blend the solids with Orange Juice. You can get benefits in several ways from the Fitness Fusion Berry Booster.
Berries (mixed) – We all have a favorite berry fruit, and what makes it even better is the amount of power packed benefits of berries. These fruits have very high levels of phytochemical and this is what makes them so special. The best bit is that they all occur naturally to help protect cell damage.
5 Quick Benefits of the Berries Include:
Mental Sharpness – Women who eat about two servings of strawberries or one serving of blueberries a week experienced less mental decline over time than peers who went without these nutrition powerhouses, research published in the Annals of Neurology found. [everydayhealth.com]
Sugar Levels & Diabetes – The spikes in sugar levels are even out, as there are quite a few studies which show that using strawberries or even other similar berries can help lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This is correlated to the low glycemic index of the fruit.
Boosting a Healthy Heart – Raspberries for example – are high in fiber. In fact half of a cup punches in about 4 grams of fiber. They are also low in fat and high in polyphenols. These all help reduce our risk of heart disease.
Controlling Weight – It is because of this same fiber, that we feel fuller and for longer.
Lowering Blood pressure – Red berries are often good for blood pressure. The pigments which give foods their red colors contain those substances ( antioxidants/flavonoids) which help lower blood pressure.
Yogurt – “Consuming fat-free and low-fat yogurt may help lower your risk of developing high blood pressure,” says Alvaro Alonso, MD, PhD, associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Furthermore yogurt aids in supporting digestion and the absorption of nutrients throughout the digestive tract. It is a great essential in healthy blood sugar regulation.
Oats – We all know the fiber rich content of oats as well as the contribution in reducing our cholesterol, but oats also contribute to those who are looking to bulk up. The oats are phenomenal carbohydrates which burn slow enough for our bodies as we do a work-out session. This means a little bit longer endurance as well.
Chai Seeds – These are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chai seeds are rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium as well. The benefit of the omega-3 fatty acids are the they all help to raise the level of HDL cholesterol. This is the “good” cholesterol that help us in our fights against Stroke & Heart Attack. They are also rich in anti-oxidants, and should you be considering a low carb diet, then these seeds play a significant role in helping, since they are really only 1 gram of carb per ounce of chai seeds, and that is definitely low carb.
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