Ultra Synergistic Power Shake
Joel Peterson – Level 5 Personal Trainer Apple Athletic Club
This week I’m giving you the breakdown of my “synergistic health shake” which is a big step to radiant health! But, why would we want to use it? Experts recommend you eat five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables daily which is so important to our health and prevention of disease.
What are the consequences neglecting our health?
The Top Causes of Death in America – According to the CDC Division of Vital Statistics these were the top 9 leading causes of death in America in the year 2007.
Heart Disease: 616,067 (25.4%)
Cancer: 562,875 (23.2%)
Stroke: 135,952 (5.6%)
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (Lung Diseases): 127,924 (5.3%)
Accidents: 123,706 (5.1%)
Disease: 74,632 (3.1%)
Diabetes: 71,382 (2.9%)
Influenza and Pneumonia: 52,717 (2.2%)
Kidney Disease: 46,448 (1.9 percent)
Combined, the top causes of death in the US for 2007 accounted for 76.2 percent of all deaths, and Heart Disease and Cancer account for almost 50%.
Without good health it’s hard to enjoy all of the things we have in life. Attaining good health and all of its many benefits will never happen until you TAKE ACTION! Keep up on your exercises and start eating better with the recipes we’re sharing, including the following POWER SHAKE.
Joel’s Ultra Synergistic Power Shake
While they may vary, the following ingredients are the foundation of my Power Shakes that will get you started on the road to healthy living today. This shake has been designed to supply you with the following:
• 25% – 50% daily protein
• 6 servings of fruits and vegetables
• Healthy oils with the Heart Healthy omega 3’s
• Enzymes for good digestion & assimilation
• Correct carb mix for both quick and sustained energy
1. Combine the following ingredients in a high power blender, adjust to your taste preference
• 16 oz. purified water
• 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
• ½ apple
Phytochemicals in the apple skin inhibits the reproduction of colon cancer cells by 43% and are a strong anti-oxidant. Pectin, a soluble fiber, can lower LDL cholesterol and help regulate blood sugar. Boron is good for bone building.
• 1 Cup mixed berries
Berries are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory-containing fruits that help neurons in the brain communicate more effectively. These berries are the ultimate memory food, and blueberries are the highest scoring ORAC fruit of all time, in terms of antioxidant power. (I use Townsend berries with blue, black and raspberries available in the frozen isle of SAMS Club)
• ½ large lemon
Lemons are a great source of vitamins C and A. They are full of powerful antioxidants, as well as an anti-inflammatory nutrients. Lemons have anticancer properties and lemon peel has been shown to prevent against mammary, liver, lung and UV-induced skin cancer.
• 15 almonds (unsalted and natural)
Almonds contain a highly satiating fat to curb your appetite. They also decrease LDL cholesterol.
• 10 walnuts
Walnuts are nutrient-rich nuts that have a higher amount of omega 3s than any other nut.
• 50 grams Whey Protein Powder
Protein powder provides building blocks for hormones, neurotransmitters, antibodies and strong muscles and bones. Protein powders contain protein factors such as beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin and immunoglobulins all of which have important disease fighting effects. (I use Muscle Tech 5lb vanilla flavor which is available at SAMS Club).
• ½ to ¾ Cup Oats
Oats are a great source of fiber and contain a nice mix (55% soluble and 45% insoluble) of both essential kinds. Oats also include beta-glucan, a type of polysaccharide which helps lover cholesterol and enhances the immune system by turbocharging its response to bacterial infection. In addition to its 5 grams of fiber, it has the highest protein of any popular cereal: 8 ½ grams in 2/3 cup. It also contains phosphorus, selenium, manganese and iron. Oats do not need to be cooked.
• 1 carrot
Carrots provide carotenoids and a high carotenoid intake has been associated with a decrease of up to 50% in bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx, and esophageal cancer! It has also seen up to a 20% decrease in post-menopausal breast cancer. It also helps prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
• Broccoli – about 3 medium florets
Broccoli is a superstar! It has been lauded for its cancer-fighting power so many times that it’s a celebrity in the nutrition world. Isothiocyanates fight cancer by neutralizing carcinogens. Indole 3 Carinol is a strong antioxidant and stimulator of detoxifying enzymes that protects DNA. It also protects against the carcinogenic effect of pesticides and other toxins. Broccoli also contains protein, fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, beta carotene, vitamin A and the superstars of eye nutrition, lutein and zeaxanthin.
• Spinach raw – big handful
Among the world’s healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out near the top. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also packed with concentrated, health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection.
What are we waiting for? Try my power shake and Let’s get Healthy Together™.