You know you need lots of fruits and veggies to be your best. Your mom made you eat broccoli, you heard about it at school, Sesame Street had a whole episode about it. They contain essential vitamins and nutrients that help keep you alive, they can help you stay energetic and active, and they round out a meal nicely. But did you know that they do so much more than that? Thanks to phytonutrients (fight-oh-nutrients) the fruits and vegetables we eat not only keep us alive, but actually help our bodies do amazing things!
Here are some of the powerhouse ingredients helping you hit your phyto-quotient:
Pineapples – Pineapples get their yellow color from a group of Phytochemicals called Carotenoids, which are good for vision, can help boost your immunity, protect against infection, and reduce inflammation of joints and muscles.
Blue (ok, Purple) – Blueberries – Their beautiful deep purple-ish blue color comes from anthocyanins, which provide excellent support to our cardiovascular health through their anti-inflammatory properties and can even lower blood pressure. Blueberries are also rich in resveratrol, a compound that has recently found popularity in the beauty industry because it slows aging and protects our cells from damage.
Kale - Kale contains over 45 different Flavonoids which are a powerful group of compounds that can protect and strengthen our brains as we age and can reduce the risk of heart disease, asthma, and stroke.
Enjoy your smoothie knowing that you’re not just making mom happy, you’re supercharging your health with nature’s powerful secret weapon – Phytonutrients!