Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mango Kale Peach Smoothie

Frozen Mango Chunks (cut into smaller cubes)
Fresh Kale
4 oz Activia Peach Yogurt
Organic Milk

Today I didn't realize I had run out of my vanilla soy milk so the yogurt was a lucky add-in. It worked great! Mango and Peach always go together well. 

Mangos contain over 20 vitamins and minerals so they are considered a superfood. In particular, 1 cup of mango provides 100% of your daily recommendation for high-potency vitamin C, 35% of your daily need for Vitamin A, and 20% of your daily need for folate. See this mango website to read details of what each of these vitamins do :) There is also a video tutorial on how to cut a mango...something I still haven't mastered! 

Kale is an excellent source of vitamin K (necessary for your body's production of clotting factors), vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, along with countless minerals. Who knew so much could be packed into a simply leafy green? 

My peach component is present in the form of a yogurt so that is the category I will focus on. Yogurt is a great player in the health of the digestive system, providing active bacteria that help with digestion. 

If you are going to buy milk, buy organic. Not only will you be drinking chemical-free (i.e. pesticides on grain and hay) milk but you will be lessening your exposure to antibiotics fed to livestock. The addition of antibiotics into the diets of livestock is a huge contributor to antibiotic resistance in our society today. Lessen your exposure and if you get a bacterial infection you will be more likely to respond to "lower level" antibiotics.  


Love, Melanee

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