Master Ram Favorite: Paleo-Friendly Apple and Cinnamon Roll Smoothie!

by Brian P. Ramos

Smoothies are a great way to get in nutrition and healthy energy quickly and with minimal effort on the part of your body to digest it. Of course, smoothies (and juices!) help you to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables that you otherwise would not get in.

This Paleo-Friendly Apple and Cinnamon Roll Smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies to have in the morning as a powerful breakfast that is super easy to digest and sustains you well beyond lunch time, especially with the ingredients shown in the video below. I use a special vacuum blender that limits oxidation and keeps foods fresh and less oxidized for minimal free-radical generation associated with disease.

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Evidence-Based Benefits:

Apples are very nutritious and contain polyphenols, which are most concentrated on its peel. This includes epicatechin, known to lower blood pressure and risk for stroke. The famous axiom, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” holds true for type-2 diabetes as an apple a day lowers your risk of this disease state. With its many anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory substances, apples may have anti-cancer effects as well. Lastly, phytochemicals in apples reduce oxidative damage and help to preserve brain function and bone density as we age.

Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits and not just because of its delicious sweet flavor. These ancient manmade fruit contains many valuable vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Despite the sweetness, bananas help moderate sugar levels with fiber types, such as pectin and resistant starch. Therefore, bananas do not induce a sugar spike like other fruits. However, the more ripe the banana, the less of these two fibers you find. The key is then to eat the banana at the right level of ripeness. In addition, bananas contain potassium and magnesium, which help regulate blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease, respectively. Finally, with high mineral content, electrolytes, and easy to digest carbs, bananas are a great option for athletes looking for a healthy source of energy that helps with cramps and soreness seen in endurance training.

Cinnamon possesses powerful medicinal properties mainly due to cinnamaldehyde. Additionally, cinnamon contains large amounts of potent polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory effects. This super spice also has anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, and anti-microbial effects. The latter effects aids in prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.

Hemp hearts are the seeds from Cannabis sativa, which is an ancient superfood with many health benefits. Do not worry about psychoactive, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as this has only insignificant trace amounts. What they do have, however, is a mild, nutty flavor and loads of omega fatty acids, protein (provides all essential amino acids), vitamin E, and many important minerals. Hemp seeds and oil help boost the immune system, reduce the risk of heart disease, and aid digestion.

Oats are incredibly nutritious, containing more protein and fat than any other grain, along with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant phytochemicals. The antioxidants in oats is called avenanthramides, which also have anti-inflammatory effects. Ferulic acid is another important antioxidants in oats. As if this were not enough, oatmeal is rich in beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber with prebiotic effects (stimulates healthy gut bacterial growth). The ability of this smoothie to sustain you for longer periods is due, at least in part, to this fiber as it helps to regulate your blood sugar and increase your sense of fullness, which also helps with weight loss. Finally, oats have been shown to help protect against cardiovascular disease by reducing bad cholesterol levels.

Wheat Germ is the part of the wheat kernel that is often removed, yet contains the majority of the nutritional value. It contains protein, fiber, healthy fats, minerals, and vitamin E (antioxidant). 

 

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