The Muscle Relaxer

Pineapple Core = Bromelain

Bromelain = Natural Muscle Relaxer (highly recommended post-surgery)

As you know, the pineapple core is really fibrous and chewy. Not so great for a snack, but it blends up really well in a smoothie. Whenever I snack on a pineapple I always save my cores by just throwing them in a baggie to store in the freezer.

Other benefits of this smoothie include:

  1. Almonds deliver some much needed protein to balance out all that fruit sugar and give us the energy we need to kick this day in the behind.
  2. Hemp seeds supply us with a healthy dose of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which are essential for proper cardiovascular health. 90% of women have a risk factor for cardiovascular disease or stroke. Being proactive helps!!!
  3. Pomegranate juice is going to deliver a one two punch to cardiovascular issues, because it helps increase blood circulation. This is helpful for reducing the risk of heart attacks.
  4. Blueberries are really high in fiber, which is great for managing diabetes. High fiber foods naturally lower cholesterol, also making this even more of a heart friendly treat!
  5. Bananas are rich in potassium. Potassium helps lower blood pressure. That’s good news for your heart as well!

I might have to rename this smoothie something like the Bodyguard or the Heartguard. Seems like calling it the muscle relaxer doesn’t even tell half the story!

Bodyguard/Muscle Relaxer

yield: 1 pint

1/2 banana (just stick the other half in the freezer for tomorrow)

1 cup pomegranate juice

2 tbs slivered almonds

1/4 cup blueberries (frozen)

1/4 cup pineapple core (frozen)

1 tsp hemp seeds

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. I usually blend on high in my vitamix for no less than a minute.

 

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