Our Heart-Healthy Pear Yogurt Smoothie makes the most of the heart health benefits associated with classic fall foods like pears, cranberries, and maple syrup. Though this fall smoothie has a rich, creamy taste, everything in it is completely in keeping with a heart-healthy diet. The nutrients in this pear yogurt smoothie recipe work together to protect and restore the health of your heart on multiple levels.
Ready In: 5 minutes
1 pear, sliced
1/2 cup peaches, frozen
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons maple syrup
For topping: almonds
Core and slice 1 pear, then place it in your blender or food processor.
Measure out 1/2 cup of peaches and add in.
Scoop in 1/2 cup of yogurt.
Pour 1/2 cup of almond milk onto the rest of the ingredients.
Finish with 1/4 cup of dried cranberries and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
Blend until luxuriously creamy.
If you like, top with a handful of almonds.
Pear: a National Institute of Medicine study found that eating a fiber-rich diet can significantly reduce your risk of coronary heart disease. Eating a single pear will get you about 1/4 of the way to meeting your daily fiber intake goals.
Peaches: contain bioactive compounds that, research indicates, reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL), which in turn reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Yogurt: the results of a large-scale population-based study revealed that consuming yogurt lowers your risk of major coronary heart disease and stroke by approximately 20%.
Almonds: almonds are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, which mounting scientific evidence shows benefit the health of your heart.
Cranberry: compounds found in cranberry can bring about a significant drop in triglyceride levels, as well as diastolic blood pressure, fasting glucose levels, and markers of inflammation, all of which are risk factors for heart disease.
Maple syrup: though maple contains only trace elements of any nutrients, one of those is zinc, which can protect your endothelial cells from damage caused by excess cholesterol and oxidation.