Made a nutritious energizing smoothie for an early afternoon pick me up and my afternoon meal as eating light.
3 T – Hemp Juvenate – Healthy Ranger’s Organic Powdered Protein
1 T Organic BlackStrap Molasses
1 T Organic Chia Seeds
1/4 Cup Homemade Kombucha – made with Organic loose leaf black/green teas
1 Tsp Raw Honey
1 T Psyllium Husk – ground finely
2 Sliced Organic Figs
1 Sliced Date
Grated pieces from frozen lemon
1 T Bee Pollen – dehydrated and purchased from local vendor
Blend all ingredients into a thick smoothie and sip or eat with a spoon. You can vary the amount of ingredients used, or substitute any protein powder of your choosing.
Since I have been researching benefits of certain foods and products, I have included those I desire to have as a life source in giving my body the needed nutrients necessary for maintaining my own health and wellbeing.
I would like to highlight the specific benefits of the one ingredient in today’s blog, which is Organic BlackStrap Molasses.
BlackStrap Molasses Benefits:
Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of the antioxidant manganese, providing about 27.5% the DV per tablespoon. Manganese helps the body fight free radical damage to cells and DNA.
Blackstrap molasses can offer a temporary energy boost by providing carbohydrates that are quickly converted into energy in the body as it helps replenish the body’s storage of iron. Iron plays a vital role in energy production, transporting oxygen in the blood. Blackstrap molasses also provides vitamin B6, which plays a key role in energy production.
Blackstrap molasses provides many of the daily nutrients needed to help keep the bones healthy and strong, including iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper. Maintaining a recommended daily allowance of these minerals can greatly reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other diseases of the bone.
Backstrap molasses provides many of the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
These include manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, potassium and vitamin B6. Together, these nutrients aid in reducing blood pressure, preventing strokes and assist in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.
Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium, which helps cleanse the colon of toxins. Calcium is often associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
High In Iron
Just one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides nearly 20% of the DV of iron. Iron deficiency is associated with many different conditions, including dizziness, fatigue, hair loss, irritability and anemia. Iron is particularly important for women during menstruation.
Iron plays a critical role in blood and cell function and is essential to energy production. It also helps the body fight off infections, supports brain and muscle function and help improves immunity.
Very Good Source of Potassium
One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides about 14.5% the DV of potassium. Potassium is essential to maintaining good cardiovascular health and improving bone density.
Potassium can help keep blood pressure low, supports proper carbohydrate metabolism and can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and osteoporosis. Potassium deficiency is also associated with an increased risk of arthritis.
Good Source of Calcium
Calcium is not only essential to maintaining healthy bones and teeth, but plays a vital role in colon health, heart health, blood clotting, brain nerve activity and muscle function. One tablespoon will provide over 17% the DV of calcium.
Good Source of Selenium
Blackstrap molasses is a good source of selenium, providing about 5% of the DV per tablespoon. Selenium plays a key role in thyroid function, antioxidant protection, cancer prevention, cardiovascular health and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
Good Source of Vitamin B6
One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides 7.5% the DV of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed for the immunity, the nervous system, cell formation, blood health and energy production. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
Blackstrap molasses can sweeten food without many of the negative side effects of regular sugar and artificial sweeteners. It is very low on the glycemic index and appears to be a healthier option for diabetic and pre-diabetic people, requiring very little insulin production and altering blood sugar levels far less than regular cane sugar.
Blackstrap molasses provides many vitamins and minerals and boosts energy while containing zero fat and very few calories. This makes it a healthy alternative to sugar and a good addition to an active, low fat weight loss program.
Stomach & Digestive Problems
Anecdotal evidence suggests that blackstrap molasses may help with stomach and digestive problems. Testimonials claim that it can help to soothe stomach aches, help to cure stomach ulcers and may be useful in treating irritable bowel and other digestive conditions, including constipation and diarrhea.
Testimonials claim that blackstrap molasses is great for skin health and may help to cure eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions. Blackstrap molasses contains powerful antioxidants, which are believed to contribute to good skin health and lowers the risk of lines, wrinkles and other skin conditions associated with premature aging.
This will definitely help in my afternoon exercise on this gorgeous sun shiny day! I am planning on taking a hike in one of our rural area parks that has scenic views, a pond, and I am sure, some snow still exits on the trails, so going to put on my boots and get to the walking part of my day!
I certainly have to take advantage of this warm up in our weather here in Northeastern region of the USA in Upstate NY every opportunity I am able! Although it is Spring, the weather is still varying with snow, freezing temperatures, and warmer periods such as today!
Happy Trails to you, until we meet again!
Sharing Kitchen delights from my home to Yours! As always, feel free to add any responses, thoughts or ways you have or plan to use any of the above ingredients in creating your own homemade smoothie!
Lorraine (Rainey) Taylor – Kitchen Delights!