Lazy Hazy Day Recipe

smoothie-highHazy days are coming back again recently.  Most people experience sneezing, running nose, eye irritation, dry throat and dry cough due to the irritant effect of fine dust particles from haze pollutants on the nose, throat, airways and eyes. Hence, people will choose to stay at indoor instead. Well, while doing some light exercise at home, be it yoga, aerobics or house chores, you can make this smoothie to soothe your nose, throat and lung! This can help to restore your respiratory health in this kind of hazy day.

These are the ingredients you need:

1 medium banana, sliced (may use frozen banana for extra thickness)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup almond mylk from La Juiceria
1 teaspoon of flaxseeds / chia seeds

Methods:

  1. In a blender, place all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Enjoy this yummy and healthy smoothie!

Nutrition facts

Calorie: 210 kcal   Vitamin C: 87 mg
Carbohydrate: 31 g   Vitamin E: 4.3 mg
Protein: 5.6 g   Magnesium: 92 mg
Fat: 9.4 g   Calcium: 97 mg
Omega-3 fatty acids: 4.81 g   Fiber 8.1 g

Source: USDA Nutrient Database

 

Nutritional benefits:

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, it acts an antioxidant which neutralize the free radicals in our body. It also helps in the reducing the release of histamine, one of the inflammatory chemicals produced by the hyperactive immune cells, and is essential in building a good immune system.

Almond has high in vitamin E content which has been shown to improve lung function significantly. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that works to neutralize free radicals in the body other than vitamin C, hence can improves skin health and prevent aging, cancer.

Magnesium can be found in banana and almond, it is a mineral needed by our body for healthy smooth muscle cells, as it helps relax smooth muscle cells as well as our respiratory tract muscle.

Flaxseed or chia seeds are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, studies show that people who have sufficient intake of omega-3 fats in their diets have much lower incidence of asthma.  Increasing omega-3 intake is shown to improve lung function in asthmatic patients as well.