If your digestive system balks at the thought of eating anything solid at the break of day, then this breakfast smoothie might just be for you. Instead of skipping breakfast, try packing all the nutrients you’re missing out on into one healthy, filling – but easier on the digestion – smoothie. Berries, green tea, flaxseed, wheatgerm and yogurt, mean you’re getting a generous dose of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber and protein in a quick, easy and rather delicious breakfast.
This smoothie sure does pack in the nutrients. Green tea and berries are rich in antioxidants, which help to protect your cells from free radicals.
As for wheat germ, that also is a nutritional powerhouse. Apart from providing a good helping of fiber, wheatgerm is also great source of a menagerie of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin E, heart healthy phytosterols, as well as a boat load of minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and manganese, and also inflammation fighting omega-3 fats – a fat in which most of us are lacking. Phew!
Flaxseed is a treasure trove of omega-3 fatty acids, just 2 tablespoons boasts more than 100% of your recommended daily intake for those heart-healthy fats. Research suggests that flaxseeds can help lower total cholesterol, as well as “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Flaxseeds also make this smoothie filling as it’s rich in fiber .
TIPS! Because this smoothie calls for brewing green tea, to save time in the morning, you might want to do brew the tea the night before and let the tea cool overnight, saving time in the morning.
Go for ground flaxseeds. If you have whole flaxseeds grind them yourself with a coffee or spice grinder. Whole flaxseeds will pass right through your body without being digested.
Green Tea Berry Antioxidant Smoothie
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Chock full of nutrients this smoothie is great for quick, easy and rather delicious breakfast, or simply a healthy snack.
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What to Do:
- Bring water to a boil and pour over tea bags, steep for 3 – 4 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and chill tea – to save time you can do this overnight.
- Combine berries, tea, yogurt, wheatgerm and flaxseed in blender.
- Process until smooth.