We all need a healthy heart, a happy heart. One way we can do that is by nourishing our bodies with healthy fats. There are different sources for getting these essential fatty acids and one of the best is Cod liver oil. But that's just not sustainable. If everyone started to drink Cod liver oil, we'd be all out of our precious fish..so flax it is! Flax is also one the best sources for unsaturated, heart healthy fats, so get yourselves a bottle of Barleum's and drink up! Here's my favorite recipe for drinking some good ol' flax oil. I try to endulge in flax and or hemp hearts every day, that's why I love my smoothies and drinks. This drink is truly delicious and no one would even now there's flax oil in it, it's well disguised with yogurt and sweetner. So here it is folks, enjoy and let your heart smile.
1/2 C frozen organic blueberries1/3 C plain unsweetened yogurt
1/3 C organic cashews (roasted or raw)
1/3 C water (add more water for a milk consistency instead of a smoothy one)
3 tbs hemp hearts
1 tbs flax oil (Barleum's)
Stevia- sweeten to taste. I use 4 drops. It will also depend on the sweetness of your berries.
*optional- add 1/2 a banana with 1/2 tbs flax seeds or ground flax seeds (to slow down the digestion of sugars in the banana. Berries are low on the glycemic level, so they don't need added fiber.)
Add water after blending all other ingredients.
Any drink loaded with Essential Fatty Acids is a happy heart kind of drink. According to Dr. Budwig, flax oil is best absorbed mixing it with yogurt. For further information about this go here. I've decided to add the yogurt for this purpose, and even if it ends up being bogus, the yogurt still makes it taste good, and good healthy gut bacteria is a must-consume for anyone who cares about their digestive health. Which is also SO important. A happy gut makes for a happy heart. It may be the most important organ. Who knows. Anyway, load up and drink flax oil, and like I mentioned in the recipe, use Barleum's since it's in a black container and the procedure the company uses to keep the oil pure is The Best.
Sweeten with stevia because that is the healthiest sweetener found in nature, if you can't handle sweatleaf stevia (no aftertaste) than use xylitol (love it) or whatever other sweetner you fancy (for now, stay away from refined sugar- I'll keep the sugar talk for another post).
Hemp hearts are amazing for their health benefits. They are a super source of protein and essential fats. One of the best things you can consume along with Chia seeds.
Blueberries are very low in the glycemic index compared to other fruit, so it is a wonderful fruit to eat without affecting your sugar levels. Cashews are just simply awesome. And they're a good source for unsaturated fats as well. Eat 'em! Hope you'll enjoy this little drink in taste as much as in health benefits.