What does big Mel have to do with a healthy smoothie? Isn't he infamous for liking stiffer drinks?
You make good points but Braveheart won our internal pop culture challenge for the best title with 'heart' in it. Total Eclipse of the Heart is a little wordy and Pat Benatar's Heartbreaker is the opposite effect we're going for. This smoothie protects and nourishes your heart.
So even though it's got nothing to do with Scottish Mel, it's a powerful name and we got to mimic the facepaint in the artwork. Cheers Mel.
So How Do These Ingredients Help The Heart?
Well, firstly, fruits and vegetables have long been correlated with decreased risks of cardiovascular disease. So eat more.
Berries are one of the best foods you can eat. They are rich in polyphenols which are recognised for improving cardiovascular risk profiles. They reduce oxidative stress and inflammatory gene expression.
Unsurprisingly, kale is heart healthy too. Thanks to the potassium, vitamin C, B6 and fibre content. For example, an increase in potassium can lower the risk of death from ischemic heart disease by as much as 49%. It makes sense that hydrating potassium instead of sodium (salt heavy foods) leads to a less congested ticker.
Like kale and berries, flaxseeds are one of the most healthiest and versatile foods on the planet. They prevent and repair all sorts of issues. The good fats that flaxseeds are renowned for are not only important for brain fuel, but they also support heart health. Flaxseeds lower your cholesterol and prevent plaque build up in your vessels. Rolled oats perform a similar function.
You might think that we just added the cocoa in for a delicious chocolate finish. And you'd partly be right. But cocoa is also brilliant for the heart with research showing that it benefits blood pressure, insulin resistance, and vascular and platelet function.
So there you have it. A heart healthy recipe that your blood will transport all over your body. Mel might need this one on Sunday morning.
- Makes 1 smoothie
- Take 5 minutes
- Kale - 2 cups
- Mixed frozen berries - 1 cup
- Rolled oats - 1/2 cup
- Flaxseeds - 2 tablespoons
- Cocoa - 1 tablespoon
- Maple syrup - 1 tablespoon
- Ice - 1/2 cup
- Almond milk - 1 cup
- Blend until creamy