Super Foods & Natural Probiotics: Blackberry Banana Smoothie

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How do you maintain a healthy balance, both physically and emotionally, during the winter months? For me, it’s not an easy task. You see, I’m a warm weather girl. During the warmer months, I’m very active. We ride bikes, walk along the Seawall or on the beach, play at the pool, or just anything outdoors really. During the winter, I basically hibernate. I hate the cold THAT much. It’s been unusually cold on the island this winter. I eat less (if you can believe that) because I’m less active. It’s even more important during these months that I pay close attention to the types of foods I put into my body to help maintain my physical, emotional, and digestive system balance. Enter super foods, daily (indoor) exercise, and natural probiotics.

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When I complain about the cold and my need for hibernation, I’m sure I sound overly dramatic to my northern friends, but it’s been SERIOUSLY cold here this year. The island actually froze over one day! Ice, on palms. THIS is why I’m stuck inside. THIS is why my routine is so stagnant. THIS is why I have to remind myself daily to be active, at least in some capacity, in order to maintain a healthy balance. So how do I do it?

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Since I’m no spring chicken (shush…it’s not kind to make fun of your elders), I start each day with supplements to fill in the holes in my diet, and my health. There’s a whole host of doctor recommended supplements that I take but the most important one for me, and my life-long digestive system issue (that would be IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, for those of you following along), is a probiotic supplement. You see, our bodies need natural probiotics (good bacteria) to help support gastrointestinal health. Taking supplements and loading up on foods high in natural probiotics is increasingly more important during stressful situations and as you get older. AND although this isn’t a proven medical fact, I do notice that I feel less bloated and avoid flu and cold season as long as I take these daily! My brand of choice is Insync Natural Probiotic because it’s affordable, I can find it at my local Walgreens to avoid the big store crowds, AND IT WORKS!

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Of course I do exercise daily, indoors, and although it’s not rigorous, I do get in muscle toning exercises and cardio to help maintain a healthy me. I eat a healthy diet, low in sodium, and high in fruits and veggies (because that’s what vegetarians do). But I have a hard time getting natural probiotics in my diet. Why? Because I basically hate all of the foods that contain them as much as I hate Old Man Winter himself. I honestly Google it about once a week hoping that some genius will find a new food to put on that list, but it’s always the same old things and yogurt is always at the top of the list. Confession time: I hate yogurt *SHUDDER* and trying to force it on my children seems unnatural as I basically get gaggy opening a container. It’s not really the taste. It’s basically the fact that eating goo does not appeal to me AT.ALL!

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So as a treat (a healthy one at that), I turn to super foods to create delicious smoothies to boost our immune systems and help balance our health during the winter. This blackberry, banana, and strawberry yogurt combination is one of the kids’ favorites and to me, this is a super food smoothie!

Yogurt contains natural probiotics. We’ve already gone over their importance.

Bananas are recommended to help lower blood pressure, promote heart health, and regulate the digestive system.

Blackberries not only taste delicious, they are incredibly good for you. They are rich in Vitamin C, have a high level of antioxidants, help promote tightening of the skin (that’s right, natural anti-aging), help regulate the digestive system, and the Vitamin K levels can actually help alleviate menstrual cramping.

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Although it does take a little more work and creativity on your part to remain healthy during the winter months, its doable. Daily exercise, proper diet with super foods mixed in, and supplements keep me feeling great during my hibernation.

What do YOU do to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the winter months?

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