“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – there is much truth in this old Welsh proverb because researchers have found that it is one of the healthiest foods on the planet that is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber.
The combination of apple, yogurt, and almonds in this smoothie creates a powerhouse of nutrients that not only helps in weight loss but also helps to boost the immune system function.
The phytonutrients and antioxidants present in apples help to reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Antioxidant quercetin found in apples help to improve neurological health. The flavonoids found in apples reduce the risk of all types of cancer.
Pectin, a kind of soluble fiber present in apples helps to reduce cholesterol levels and slows down the buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in the arteries. Dietary fiber also fills you up and aids in weight management.
Milk acts as a thinning agent in this recipe that helps you to achieve the consistency of your preference. It also supplies a wholesome amount of protein to the body that helps to build and repair muscles and tissues. Calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D present in milk helps to build and maintain strong and healthy bones. Vitamin A helps to maintain the immune system and healthy vision while vitamin B12 maintain healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue.
Yogurt is yet another rich source of protein along with calcium and magnesium that helps to build strong bones and muscles. Yogurt is a potent natural source of probiotics that helps to maintain the balance of microorganisms in the stomach and support healthy digestion.
Almonds are one of the healthiest of tree nuts that contain high levels of vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese along with protein, healthy fats and fiber. The antioxidants such as vitamin E present in almonds protect the cells from oxidative damage. Mineral magnesium present in almonds aids blood sugar control and metabolic syndrome. High level of protein and fiber in almonds increases satiety and help people feel fuller so that they consume fewer calories.
Honey not only adds a light sweet taste to the smoothie but also supplies a powerful punch of healthy enzymes, B-complex vitamins, and antioxidants that help to improve overall health.
- Apple – 1
- Milk – 1/2 cup
- Almonds – 5
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Yogurt – 1/3 cup
- Cut an apple into pieces and toss them into the blender.
- Then add milk, yogurt, almonds and honey into the blender.
- Blend it on high speed until smooth and pour it into a glass.
- Drink this healthy and tasty smooth immediately to reduce your excess weight.
Apple smoothie contains healthy soluble and insoluble fiber that makes it the perfect breakfast smoothie for promoting weight loss. Pectin is especially affecting in burning fat from the midsection so that you can get a flat tummy. High level of dietary fiber also helps to support digestion and treat your upset stomach. This low GI index smoothie can be modified to suit diabetics by cutting out the honey or replacing it with Stevia.