Aside from the hectic, over-committed lifestyle pace that can lead to high blood pressure, many people find that they are not eating properly due to the same time constraints.
Grab-and-go meals are at an all-time high and the damaging effects of all this processing are all but eliminating any nutritive benefit we might be getting from our meals. So how do we balance getting what we need with getting out the door or on the road so we can keep the mortgage paid?
The answer lies in a blender, some fresh foods, and a commuter cup that DOESN’T have coffee in it; instead, it holds a blood pressure-lowering to-go meal fit for a king.
Two of the most important minerals for healthy blood pressure ate potassium and calcium. The best sources of these nutrients are leafy greens, dairy products, cruciferous vegees, and fruits/vegetables of deep color like squash, avocado, and apricots.
So how do you get the best concentrations of these foods in one meal without having to sit over a salad bowl? Grab a blender and your shopping list, and give this delicious smoothie a go.
What you need:
6 ounces plain yogurt
1 avocado, peeled and cut into pieces
6 ounces baby spinach, washed
1 banana, peeled
1 cup of either: frozen mango, blueberries, or strawberries
3 tablespoons honey (local is the best)
1 tablespoon of grated ginger root
Ginger can be grated in advance and frozen in ice cube trays. Everything else can just be grabbed, peeled, and dumped into the blender. Add water until it’s as thin as you like. Some people like thicker smoothies, some prefer them to be able to be consumed through a straw. It’s up to you.
Blend all ingredients until smooth, pour into a commuter mug and you are on your way.
You might find that after a week of these for breakfast, you also have lost 5 pounds. It kills the munchies and satisfies the sweet tooth.
For variations that are guaranteed to drop blood pressure, substitute a beet for the avocado or watermelon for the spinach.
What are your favorite blood pressure-lowering ingredients? Why not share in the comment section below.