Age-Defying, Immunity Boosting Blueberry Basil Smoothie
COLLAGEN: Collagen is a protein that provides structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones and ligaments in our body. It also acts as the glue and elasticity in joints. In fact, it makes up about 80% of proteins present in bones and joints. As we age, our body slowly loses its ability to produce collagen, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles, loss of hair shine, joint pain and bone loss. Supplementing with collagen can help with some of those aging ailments, but especially with joint pain.
BLUEBERRIES: When it comes to blueberries, it pays to buy organic. Blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all foods, and organic blueberries contain significantly higher amounts. Its a wonder fruit that provides antioxidant defenses on virtually every body system, particularly the cardio-vascular system, nervous system and digestive tract. New areas of study show blueberries to help protect against neuro-degeneration and memory loss.
AVOCADOS: Although high in fat, the fat avocados contain is unusual and provides significant health benefits. Avocados are one of the most anti-inflammatory foods, aiding in protection against many ailments from cancer and to arthritis. Avocados support heart health and help to regulate blood sugar levels. Eating avocados actually helps absorb important nutrients in other foods, specifically two key antioxidants in the fight against cancer, beta-carotene and lycopene.
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup spinach
½ lemon, juiced
3-4 large basil leaves
1 tsp chia seeds
1 scoop collagen powder
1 tbsp coconut shreds
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
½ tbsp honey (optional)
1 cup coconut milk (or other milk alternative)
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.