In honor of Heart Health Month, let's talk about taking care of our tickers! We spoke to Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic (and cocreator of the Real Age test with Dr. Oz), who shared a few of his Heart Smart Smoothie recipes that make it easy to whip up a healthy breakfast on even your busiest mornings.
"The ingredients [in these smoothies], including psyllium husks and fruit, help lower lousy (LDL) cholesterol while tasting great," says Dr. Roizen. "Most Americans are only getting about half the fiber they should, and these smoothies, enjoyed every day, are a good start to help you reach the goal of 20-35mg of fiber a day."
Dr. Roizen's Heart Smart Smoothie
- 1/3 cup soy protein powder
- 1/2 tablespoon flaxseed oil
- 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1/2 large ripe banana (or berries of your choice)
- 1/2 tablespoon apple juice
- 2 tablespoons psyllium fiber (sugar-free Metamucil)
Peel banana; break into chunks. Put all ingredients in a blender. Add 16 ounces of water with ice. Cover, blend until fairly smooth. Enjoy!
Dr. Roizen's Daily Green Drink
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 cups cucumber
- 1 head of celery
- 1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
- 1 bunch parsley
- 4 teaspoons psyllium fiber (sugar-free Metamucil)
- 2 apples
- Juice of 1 lime
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings.
Dr. Roizen also points out that all fibers are not created equal. "Only viscous soluble fibers, like psyllium husks and whole oats, actually help trap and remove some cholesterol from the body. Wheat dextrin doesn’t gel to trap and remove some cholesterol – so Dr. Oz and I add psyllium to our morning and afternoon smoothies to help us live heart healthier (and younger)."
We're always looking for new smoothie recipes -- share your favorite in the comments!