On a hot summer day, it’s tempting to reach for sugary ice cream treats to keep you cool. But in the world of Functional Nutrition, that’s a big no-no. That pint of Cherry Garcia that you love so much will set you back more than 500 calories of unhealthy saturated fat.
Instead opt for a refreshing smoothie (like this Berry Basil Peach Smoothie) that will only set you back less than 100 calories, provide nutritional benefits, and satisfy that cool sweet tooth craving! Speaking of cravings, if you’re often finding your sweet tooth out of control, your body is sending you a message that it’s missing other essential nutrients. My 30-Day Detox program helps people get control of sugar and junk food cravings, beat the bloat, and have the energy to do all the fun summer activities you look forward too!
Peaches for the Win!
Peach season hits its peak in July and August, and should be easily available at your local farmer’s market, making this peach berry basil smoothie a perfect way to use them. They are a juicy and versatile summer fruit with fuzzy, velvety skin and a variety of benefits for your health. They help in maintaining healthy vision, skincare, nervous system, healthy bones, and teeth. It has anti-aging properties and also helps in detoxification, as well as improving digestion and cellular health. Peaches also offer a rich treasure of vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C (ascorbic acid). They are also a good source of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), vitamin K (phylloquinone), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B-6, folate, and pantothenic acid; and pack minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. Peaches are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber.
An Abundance of Basil
If you’ve planted basil this year, then right now you should have more than enough and are probably looking for creative ways to use it. While it’s typically a savory herb, it also pairs extremely well with berries, most often strawberries. Plus, it offers great health benefits like disease-fighting antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and stress support. A half-cup of fresh chopped basil will also give you 98% of your daily value of Vitamin K. Go basil!
A Better Protein Powder
This smoothie can be turned into a protein powerhouse if you add a couple scoops of your favorite protein powder! I love PurePea™ Protein powder by Designs for Health*, which is a natural pea protein isolate, offering a high level of functionality and nutritional benefits.
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*Our patients can currently purchase this product from my account on Fullscript, with 10% off and free shipping above $50. You can sign up as a patient by clicking here (You’ll be redirected to my Fullscript account). After signing up type in Purepea in the search box.
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