Guys, I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is just two days away! 😱 I already covered dinner and dessert but why not also start the day of love with a healthy yet sweet breakfast?
Smoothies are really convenient when you don’t have a lot of time in the morning. You just need to throw all the ingredients in a blender, pour into a to-go cup and you are ready to go. They are also amazing if you are not entirely hungry yet but need something to recover from your morning sweat sesh.
I love to take traditional recipes and flip them into healthy ones. This Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Smoothie tastes just like a Vanilla Raspberry Milkshake I loved to drink when I was younger. But now instead of unneccessary calories, fat, and sugar you get lots of protein, potassium, and fiber.
Rasperries are one of my all time favorite fruits. And they are also real powerhouses! According to Medical News Today, raspberries contain the antioxidants alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and choline. They are also an excellent source of polyphenols like anthocyanin, flavonols, and ellagitannins which are great in fighting damage from free radicals. Studies suggest that they may also prevent or reduce the risk of chronic dieseases such as cancer and heart disease.
The high amount of Vitamin C found in raspberries may have a positive effect on your eye health as they provide protection against UV light. The antioxidant zeaxanthin filters out harmful blue light rays and therefore plays an important part in protecting your eyes.
I recently switched from using almond milk to coconut milk. It all started when I heard from multiple sources (including the podcast by Jillian Michaels) that consuming too many nuts can be bad for you for numerous reasons. Almonds naturally contain Omega-6 fatty acids. While these are beneficial for your body, an overload can actually lead to chronic inflammatory dieseases such as cardiovascular disease and inflammatory bowl disease as a study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism suggests.
Almonds are also high in phytic acids. The consumption of phytic acids causes your body to decrease the absorption of minerals such as iron which are very beneficial for your health. Our bodies have difficulties digesting phytic acids leading to unabsorbed zinc and other minerals that it binds to.
Coconut milk on the other side is high in saturated fatty acids, which may improve heart health, and medium-chain tryglycerides, which your body can easily burn for fuel. The general assumption that consuming fat makes you fat has been proved wrong in recent years. Consuming a higher amount of healthy fats does rather contribute to weight loss. Coconut milk also contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids, and capric acids. These are antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. Digesting coconut does also contribute to healthy skin and shiny hair. Sign me up for that!
So give your body some love with this delicious superfood Vanilla Raspberry Smoothie this Valentine’s Day! 💗
And as always watch a step-by-step instruction here:
Are you trying this delicious smoothie recipe? What is your favorite breakfast?