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Boost Heart & Brain Health with Blueberry Hemp Smoothie

Nadine Watters
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While making a meal with lots of ingredients is enjoyable and tasty, it can also be very time consuming. That’s fine and dandy for lazy days with not much going on, but the notion of having free time is practically unheard of these days. I don’t know about you, but between errands, work, involvement in family outings, going to the gym, and (sigh) paying bills, the role of chef isn’t quite on my mind.

Sure, I want to whip up something delicious that’s great for my health. I just don’t want to spend a long time doing it…and I know I’m not the only one. That’s why this blueberry hemp smoothie is perfecto!

It’s filling, sweet and bursting with heart and brain-boosting ingredients. What’s better than that?

Blueberry Hemp Smoothie Recipe

Yield: Serves one | Prep: | Process/Cook: | Ready In:

This blueberry hemp smoothie is filling, sweet and bursting with heart and brain-boosting ingredients.

Kitchen Tools / Equipment Needed:

Ingredients / Grocery List:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 dates
  • 1-2 tablespoons raw hemp seeds (I also used them as a topping once the smoothie was blended)
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups almond milk or water as needed
  • drop or two of stevia (optional)

Instructions / Directions / Method:

  1. Blend on high.
  2. Drink away.

Nothing time consuming here! It’s that simple. And to think that something that’s so fast to make also has so many health benefits is wonderful! Check them out:

Health Benefits of this Smoothie

Who doesn’t want to keep their heart strong? One factor in doing so involves keeping an eye on cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation, which plays a role in heart disease.(1) Hemp seeds have been found to lower all three of these heart disease factors while also helping boost brain health; they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids which have been discovered in the brain and are linked to enhanced cognition and memory.(1) Eat up!

Blueberries are also a heart and brain-friendly food. Studies have shown that these sweet antioxidant and fiber-rich berries not only help strengthen heart muscles, acting as a protective food, but that they also have the ability to heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues so the brain remains as healthy as possible.(2) So effective are blueberries that many experts say eating them may help stave off memory-robbing diseases such as Alzheimer’s.(2)

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.livestrong.com
(2) www.womenfitness.net

Inspired by: www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com

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