This wholesome and delicious grapes and apple smoothie helps you to start your day on a healthy track and keeps your cravings in check throughout the day. Hearty amount of dietary fiber and protein present in this smoothie helps to keep you satiated till the next meal and prevents unhealthy snacking which in turn aids weight loss. Addition of flaxseed to this smoothie provides a significant amount of healthy fats and fiber that also helps to lose weight and support complete detox. Yogurt provides some much needed protein to the smoothie while cinnamon adds a refreshing and appetizing aroma.
Grapes are a low calorie fruit that contains considerable amount of antioxidants, protein and dietary fiber. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and resveratrol found in grapes neutralize free radical damage and protect the heart by lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. It also prevents the formation of blood clots inside the arteries. Vitamin C also boosts immune system function by increasing the number of T-cells which prevents infections. Grapes are a good source of minerals potassium and iron that helps to lower high blood pressure and support the production of red blood cells transportation of oxygen all over the body.
Apples are considered a superfood that contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with dietary fiber. It is low in calories and does not contain any fat. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber that aids weight loss by enhancing satiety and preventing overeating, supports healthy digestion, lowers cholesterol level in the blood and improves heart health. Apples also contain certain amount of vitamin C that boosts the immune system function and helps to prevent infections. Calcium present in apples helps to maintain strong bones and teeth. Apple also contains trace amount of nutrients folate, potassium and magnesium.
Flax seeds added to this smoothie not only provide some thickness, but also make it all the more satiating. High level of soluble and insoluble fiber in flax seeds helps to improve satiety and slow down digestion, which leads to slow and steady release of glucose in the blood stream and controls blood sugar levels. It also helps to lower cholesterol level in the blood. Omega-3 fatty acids present in flax seeds support healthy blood and nerve cell function and reduce inflammation. Abundance of vitamin B1 in flax seeds support metabolism and promote the production of new DNA.
Yogurt not only adds a creamy and smooth texture to the smoothie, but also provide wholesome amount of protein and calcium that helps to build and repair muscles and tissues and strengthen the bones and teeth. Calcium and vitamin D present in yogurt also reduces the risk of osteoporosis and brittle bones. Probiotics found in yogurt support digestive health and help to treat digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea.
Cinnamon is a flavourful spice that is well known for its numerous health benefits. Cinnamon has the capacity to improve the symptoms of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Antioxidants present in cinnamon neutralize free radical damage and improve cardiovascular health. The antioxidants also help to reduce the harmful effects of inflammation in case of type 2 diabetes.
Here is the recipe…
- Grapes – 2 cups
- Apple – 2
- Flax seeds – 1 teaspoon
- Cinnamon – ½ teaspoon
- Honey – 2 tablespoon
- Yogurt – ½ cup
- Cut 2 apples into pieces and toss them in the blender.
- Then add grapes, flaxseeds, and yogurt to the blender.
- Finally, add cinnamon and honey to blend it on high speed until smooth.
- Transfer this smoothie into your serving glass and enjoy this green grape – apple smoothie to cut down your excess weight.
This healthy and nutritious smoothie contains all fresh and whole ingredients that make it suitable for even kids and toddlers. The recipe of this smoothie can be modified to suit a vegan diet by replacing yogurt with almond milk and leaving out the honey.