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Banana Almond Smoothie: Bone Strengthening - Therapeutic Thursday Recipe

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This Banana Almond Smoothie is a powerhouse of nutrition, perfect for those with a busy lifestyle. Not only does it provide a great balance of protein, dietary fiber, and health-promoting fats from almonds, but it also meets 50% of the daily calcium (628 mg) and 15% of iron and potassium for an adult on a 2000-calorie diet. It's a delicious and convenient choice for a bone-strengthening healthy breakfast on the go.

This Banana Almond Smoothie is not just a tasty treat; It's a nutritional powerhouse of many health-promoting vitamins and minerals. It's an excellent source of Vitamin E ( 7 mg; 49% daily value) and Manganese (0.55 mg; 24% daily value). Vitamin E, with its antioxidant properties, can help reduce inflammation in the body, boost immunity, and improve vision. Manganese, on the other hand, plays a crucial role in the formation and maintenance of healthy bones.

All our featured recipes are health-rated. This recipe is rated as Red Dot in our food rating system (Food Coach) because it is a little higher in fat than we would ideally like. However, all the fat comes naturally from almonds, a healthy mono-unsaturated fat beneficial to heart disease due to its lowering cholesterol properties if substituted for saturated fat. However, you must keep your total fat calories less than 30% for optimum health, so enjoy this delicious and nutritious smoothie, but watch your fat intake with the rest of the meals in the day to keep a balance.

Ayurvedic perspective: Per Ayurveda (an ancient practice of medicine), Almonds are energizing and balancing for the mind. Ayurveda recommends almonds soaking for a couple of hours and then peeling them before consumption for easy digestion and absorption to get the full benefits.

Recipe health profile and therapeutic benefits:

  • Whole food Plant Based (Vegetarian / Vegan)
  • Bone health (Excellent source of calcium and Manganese)
  • Heart healthy (No saturated fat or trans-fat, no added sugar and salt)
  • Immune boosting (High in antioxidants and flavonoids)
  • Improved vision (Excellent source of Vitamin E)
  • Diabetic friendly (Low in carb, high in fiber)

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Disclaimer! Please note that this page is not medical advice. It offers only general guidance for a healthy and balanced diet. This food does not guarantee an adequate or safe intake level for any individual. Please consult your healthcare provider and explore our Medical Nutrition Therapy services for a meal plan tailored to your needs.