Heart-Healthy Pear Yogurt Smoothie

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.

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 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

Instructions
  1. Core and slice 1 pear, then place it in your blender or food processor.

  2. Measure out 1/2 cup of peaches and add in.

  3. Scoop in 1/2 cup of yogurt.

  4. Pour 1/2 cup of almond milk onto the rest of the ingredients.

  5. Finish with 1/4 cup of dried cranberries and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.

  6. Blend until luxuriously creamy.

  7. If you like, top with a handful of almonds.

Health Benefits
  1. 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.

  2. Peaches: contain bioactive compounds that, research indicates, reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL), which in turn reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.

  3. 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%.

  4. Almonds: almonds are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, which mounting scientific evidence shows benefit the health of your heart.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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