Ever heard the saying, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’? Turns out, there’s science behind it: research shows that apples have a protective effect on the heart. They are high in soluble fibre, which helps lower cholesterol, and they contain polyphenols, which are linked to lower blood pressure and stroke risk.
Support your heart and overall health with these healthy and delicious recipes loaded with various vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plenty of fibre. After all, a healthy heart is a happy heart – so enjoy blending away, to your heart’s content.
Toasted Hazelnut & Pear Dressing
Adding a delicious dressing to your favourite salad doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. For a light and flavourful dressing, hazelnut oil is an easy and healthy option. It offers all-natural oils without any need for additional types of oil, so you can enjoy your salad knowing that you’re doing the best for your body and health. Drizzle this Toasted Hazelnut and Pear Dressing to elevate your salad, whatever the season.
Thai Basil Stir Fry Sauce
Sweet basil ties this stir-fry sauce together with a unique twist, making for a great addition to your lunch or dinner recipes. It’s a fresh, tasty and healthy alternative to your typical supermarket-bought stir fry sauces – this is one you’ll be wanting to make time and time again!
Pro Tip #1: Dietary nitrates are water soluble, so it’s best to avoid boiling beets to maximize their nitrate content. This recipe calls for them raw, so just another bonus! They are also a great source of antioxidants, including betanin, that gives the beetroot its gorgeous ruby red colour. Maximise your intake of dietary nitrates by utilizing the power of a Vitamix to pulverise tough vegetables like beetroot into velvety smoothness.
Kale & Apple Smoothie Bowl
Try this refreshing, healthy pick-me-up in a bowl. Top with fresh berries, nuts, coconut flakes, or your other favourite ingredients to add an extra dose of nutrition and texture. The addition of toppings is also a great way to dress up your smoothie bowl, meaning that it’ll look just as good as it’ll taste. Don’t forget to share your Vitamix foodie creations with us by tagging us on @vitamixuk and using the hashtag #myvitamix.
Beetroot Apple Ginger Juice
Building a healthier future starts with heart-healthy nutrition, and Registered Dietitian Leigh-Anne Wooten has put together the perfect recipe to do just that.
This Beetroot Apple Ginger Juice is loaded with great ingredients known to support heart health. While beetroots are known for their earthy flavour, they also have some floral notes and a hint of sweetness. Pairing them with certain ingredients, like the apples and carrots in this recipe, brings out that sweetness even more. And it just so happens that beetroot is really good for your heart. It’s rich in nitrates that help with blood flow and blood pressure, reducing your risk of heart attacks, heart failure and stroke.
Heart Healthy Smoothie
This mouth-watering purple smoothie is full of fibre and healthy fats. Alongside looking beautiful it’s also a great way to take care of your heart! Add walnuts or avocado for an additional nutritional boost (the subtle addition of avocado creates a wonderfully thick and creamy consistency).
Pro Tip #2: Those polyphenols are concentrated in the peel, so for an extra boost of those benefits (and amazing flavour!), go ahead and toss that peel into your smoothie!
Matcha Banana Nicecream
It’s easy being green when you have matcha and spirulina, giving this tasty frozen dessert it’s vibrant colour and unique flavour. Baby spinach, mango and banana chunks round out this nutritious treat for a delicious breakfast option, mid-afternoon snack or post-dinner dessert.
Vegan Kale Salad
This vegan version of the classic Ceaser salad gets its creamy dressing from the cashews. Capers and nutritional yeast replace the parmesan cheese for a salty finish, rounding this delicious vegan kale salad dressing off perfectly.
Which recipe, or recipes, shall you try? Happy blending!