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Mix Up Your Breakfast Routine with a Strawberry Smoothie

Mix Up Your Breakfast Routine with a Strawberry Smoothie

Having fruit for breakfast can help give you a jolt of energy in the morning. Strawberry smoothies have become a delicious and convenient alternative to the traditional list of breakfast foods. Whether made with fresh strawberries or from strawberry smoothie mix, these red heart-shaped berries are bursting with nutrients that help boost your immune system.

 

You might be surprised to find out that one of the most popular fruits in the world isn’t actually a fruit. In fact, strawberries aren’t even technically categorized as berries.

 

While found in the fruit aisle at your local grocery store, strawberries are actually a member of the rose family and are considered aggregate fruits. To be considered a berry, the fruit must have seeds embedded inside of the flesh. The true fruit of the strawberry – the seeds – are studded on the outer surface. Each strawberry contains an average of 200 seeds. The vibrant red colour of strawberries comes from the large amounts of the phytochemical anthocyanin, which also means that it can help fight inflammation, heart disease and even cancer.

A Natural Aphrodisiac

 

In ancient Rome, the strawberry was a symbol of Venus and gained its reputation as an aphrodisiac due to their large number of tiny seeds symbolizing fertility. Rich in antioxidants, consuming strawberries will keep you looking and feeling young, while the boost of vitamin C helps to promote blood flow. Strawberries also contain a number of minerals known to stimulate the libido, including magnesium, potassium and folate.

Rich in Nutrients & Fiber

 

 

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, while also providing a good dose of fiber, folic acid, manganese and potassium. Fiber is a necessity for healthy digestion and strawberries carry about 2g of fiber per serving. Low-calorie and fat-free, adding strawberries to your diet is a terrific way to manage your weight, while still being able to snack on something that tastes delicious. Smartfruit Summer Strawberry smoothie mix for example maintains these health benefits.

 

Great Source of Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster and strawberries contain more vitamin C than any other berry on the planet. The antioxidant power of strawberries becomes readily available to the body after incorporating the fruit in your diet for just a few short weeks. Vitamin C also plays a role in promoting eye health, while helping to strengthen both the cornea and the retina. Our eyes require vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free radicals from the sun’s UV rays.

 

Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

 

Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants that can benefit the heart in various ways. Ellagic acid and flavonoids help to counteract the effect of LDL (bad cholesterol), which causes plaque to build up in the arteries. They also work to provide an anti-inflammatory effect, which is also good for the heart. As a moderate source of potassium, strawberries have also been shown to help regulate blood pressure. Together, with their impact on the reduction of bad cholesterol, inflammation and high blood pressure, strawberries are one of the most heart-healthy fruits that you can eat.

A strawberry smoothie is a smart and healthy way to mix up your daily breakfast routine. Adding strawberries to your regular diet can help you look and feel better, while keeping your heart healthy in the process. Start your morning with a strawberry smoothie mix blended with ice or fresh strawberries blended with your favourite ingredients.