Monthly Archives: November 2009

Multi Vitamin Blend

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For the human body to perform at its best, it must be fed a vast and complex array of vitamins and nutrients.

By supplementing the everyday diet with additional vitamins and minerals, multivitamins can be a valuable tool for those seeking to keep the body in balance.

Multi Vitamins are not meant to be a food substitute.

A smart diet will include foods from many sources, and the Smoothie Essentials Multivitamin Blend with your smoothie is a smart means of supporting your daily nutritional intake.

Many forms of multi vitamins are available on the market but other multivitamins on the shelves might be far under the RDA amounts since the cost of certain ingredients can be prohibitive.

But the Smoothie Essentials Multi Vitamin Blend is evenly balanced to deliver 50% of the Recommended Daily Allowance in 15 categories to the average adult. Exceptions might apply to women who are pregnant or others who might need to consider a doctor’s advice for their specific health condition.

The Smoothie Essential Multi Vitamin Blend contains no herbs, no hormones, and no drugs.

Ingredients

Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D2, Vitamin E, Vitamin K,

Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12,

Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iodine,

Magnesium, Zinc, Copper

Nutritional Information

15 Calories, 0 Total Fat, 0 Cholesterol,

4 gms Carbohydrates, 0 Fiber,

0 Protein, 0 Sugars

Serving Size: 1 Scoop = 6.0 Grams

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Describing Green

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Green vegetables are legendary for their importance in maintaining good health thanks to substantial levels of chlorophyll, naturally occurring vitamins, and minerals. With the Smoothie Essentials Green Blend, you can serve up a quick and easy dose of the most powerful greens.

Chlorophyll and lutein are natural antioxidants that are important in maintaining healthy cell integrity.

Wheatgrass refers to the young grass of the common wheat plant. As many green vegetables do, it provides a source for trace amounts of chlorophyll, minerals, and vitamins. Some consumers grow and juice wheatgrass in their homes but it’s more common for consumers to get their wheatgrass benefits at health food stores and juice stores. The benefit of Smoothie Essentials Green Blend is that it comes in powdered form and can be added to the drink of choice.

Spirulina is believed to have been a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the16th-century. Spirulina occurs naturally in certain tropical and subtropical lakes. It adds to the levels of protein, minerals, essential fatty acids and vitamins.

Before WWII drug stores throughout the country sold tablets of dried barley grass as a primitive form of vitamin supplement. Barley grass acts as a free radical scavenger that assists in the reduction of inflammation and pain.

Chlorella is a component of phytoplankton, which is a very small free-floating aquatic plant found in plankton. Although not commonly recognized in the United States, chlorella is a supplement used extensively in the Orient. Among its many benefits are that it helps stimulate the immune system function and helps detoxify the body.

Alfalfa is an Arabic word which means “Father of all foods.” Historical records reference alfalfa as a dietary supplement across many cultures and with many benefits. Alfalfa is a great source for many vitamins and minerals.

Flax is a tall, green plant that has seeds that are small and brown, similar in appearance to apple seeds. The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine claims that it is “funding studies on flaxseed. Recent studies have looked at the effects of flaxseed on high cholesterol levels, as well as its possible role in preventing conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis.”

For centuries, the rice bran that encapsulates the white rice within has been used in India to treat various ills among the people. Over two-thirds of the kernel’s nutrients are found in the bran.

Pumpkin Seeds are a natural source for many vitamins and minerals. They are a common treat in many cultures, and the Chinese use pumpkin seeds as a treatment for depression.

With the Smoothie Essentials Green Blend, you can serve up a quick and easy dose of many sources that will boost a healthy diet.

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The A word on the menu

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The word Antioxidant is a term sought out by most health-conscious consumers and as such every smoothie shop hoping to capture its share of the market will boast about the ‘antioxidants’ of their beverages.
The human body is subject to decay. Cells are continually being replaced not only as a matter of daily body function but especially when tissues become damaged.

The common cut and abrasion are the superficial evidence of damage. Beneath the surface are the cell-damaging, free-radical producing effects of cigarette smoke, automobile exhaust, and air born contaminants that we all confront when living an active lifestyle.

When the cells are exposed to oxygen the way a sliced apple would be, the result is oxidation. This is normal.

But what tends to happen is that too much oxidation occurs as the body seeks to heal itself. That produces the phenomenon of ‘free radicals’ that actually damage other cells that weren’t harmed by the original injury.

Damaged cells leave the body susceptible to disease. Hence the public demand for ‘antioxidants.’
Antioxidants are naturally found in common sources such as spinach, carrots and vitamin C; and exotic plants such as green tea and milk thistle.

But many beverage bottlers, aware that the consumers like drinks that are blends of various flavors, tout the antioxidant benefits of their drinks.
That’s where Smoothie Essentials comes in because as a flavorless powder, our Antioxidant Blend can be added to whatever beverage of choice the smoothie shop has on the menu. It boosts the power of the antioxidant level without affecting the taste. Consumers, anxious for the benefits as well as for the flavor of the blended drink, seek out smoothie shops that have Antioxidant boosts on the menu.

Ingredients

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Green Tea
  • Tomato
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Carrot
  • Milk Thistle

Nutritional Information

  • 15 Calories
  • 0 Total Fat
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 4 gms Carbohydrates,
  • 0 Fiber
  • 0 Protein
  • 0 Sugars

Serving Size: 1 Scoop = 4.6 Grams

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More info on Antioxidants

WebMD

Wikipedia

 

Protein Options

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Proteins are part of every cell, tissue and organ in the body.

The body needs a continual supply of protein in the diet.

Proteins are plentiful in meats, eggs, and milk products.

Luckily, for the vegetarians in the crowd, we can also get protein from certain nuts, fruits and vegetables.

There are 20 different amino acids that join together to make varioius proteins.

Although it’s true that some of these proteins are manufactured by our own bodies, not all of the necessary proteins are.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s essential that our diet provide these.

Smoothie Essentials provides both sources of protein!

Whey Protein Blend which is derived from milk-based products.

Whey Protein Blend

Soy Protein Blend for the vegetarian.

Soy Protein Blend

High-Protein Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie

  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 cup  pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1-1/2 to 2 scoops Whey or Soy Protein Blend
  • 1 cup low-fat strawberry yogurt or soy-yogurt.
  1. Place bananas, pineapple and ice in a blender.
  2. Pour in the pineapple juice.
  3. Add the Protein powder of your choice.
  4. Add the yogurt.
  5. Cover and puree until smooth.

(makes three servings)

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Mayo Clinic link provides background of soy including the description, history, cultural adaptations of soy and soy-based products, soy’s benefits and uses, and common synonyms of soy.

National Institutes of Health fact sheet provides basic information about soy—uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information.

A Smoothie is …

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A smoothie is:
a blended, chilled, sweet beverage
made from fresh fruit or vegetables.

They are typically preferred by
health-conscious consumers.

Recipes usually include ingredients like:
crushed ice and frozen fruit

Other ingredients they might or might not have:

  • honey
  • frozen yogurt
  • soy milk
  • Whey powder
  • green tea
  • herbal supplements
  • nutritional supplements

They usually don’t involve adding ice cream.
They sometimes can contain just 100% fruit.
Most are high in vitamins and antioxidants.
Green smoothies cater to vegans with ingredients
like spinach, kale and lettuce.

Some history about smoothies:

  • Health food stores began selling pureed fruit drinks in the 1930’s.
  • The Waring “Blendor” cookbooks introduced recipes
    for a “banana smoothie” and a “pineapple smoothie” in the 1940’s.
  • California ice cream vendors and health food stores
    broadened their market base with smoothies in the 1960’s.
  • Sports and fitness boom of the 1980’s pulled smoothies
    out of the niche market and put them right out front.
  • Mainstream cafés and coffee shops
    popularized the trend in the 1990’s.
  • At this point, the juice and smoothie industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.”

By comparison, bottled juices such as Odwalla and Naked Juice
are readily available to the consumer right on the
supermarket shelf, and as such they are convenient to
pack in a lunch, but they

  • have a short shelf life
  • must be refrigerated
  • and are juices more than smoothies.

Juice City is one restaurant that takes fruit and vegetables futher than just juice. Serious about health benefits and choices, they offer a menu featuring not only Juices and Smoothies, but Wraps, Paninis, Salads, Smoothies and Squeezed Juices ~ a meal plan that is Fresh and Convenient ~ and even a Boot Camp!


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