This one is a winner. The cinnamon really adds a wonderful touch to this smoothie, and the combination of blueberries and cinnamon creates a super health bomb for your body.
Cinnamon Health Benefits:
Helps Control Blood Sugars: When paired with high-carb foods such as fruits it can actually counter-balance any spikes in blood sugar. As a result, your energy levels will remain stable and you won’t experience that post-meal crash.
Boost Brain Power: Studies show that just the smell of cinnamon can actually help boost brain function.
Anti-Microbial: Cinnamon’s antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives.
Lower Cholesterol: 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of fiber and calcium.
Blueberries Health Benefits:
Big source of antioxidants: Blueberries are among the highest antioxidant value fruits.
Preserve vision: Blueberry extract, high in compounds called anthocyanosides, has been found in clinical studies to slow down visual loss.
Bone health: Blueberries are high in manganese, which plays an important role in bone development.
Brain food: A study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine suggests that blueberries reverse age-related memory loss, thanks to its abundance of antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been found to activate the parts of the brain that control memory and learning.
The spinach is sneaky because you can’t taste it at all but it adds even more health goodies to your smoothie.
Now just blend all the ingredients and give your body an immune system boost!
Immune Boost Blueberry Cinnamon Smoothie With Sneaky Spinach
Makes 1 large smoothie
1 cup spinach
3/4 cup blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
1 tsp flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4-1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
3/4 cup almond milk (or your choice of milk)
Blend everything together until smooth and serve with a straw.
Notes: I added two slices of apple that I had leftover. Taste after blending and add honey if needed.