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Heart Healthy Berry Smoothie with Lemon Thyme & WomenHeart

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Hey Sistas! February isn’t just Black History Month, it’s also American Heart Month, and we’ve teamed up with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, an organization that serves the 43 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease, to help raise awareness for cardiovascular health. Women of color are more likely to have multiple risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity which puts us at greater risk for heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer for African American women. This is extremely important because cardiovascular disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, yet about 80% of heart disease is preventable. So we want to focus on what we can do to reduce our risk for heart disease – eating healthy and exercising can greatly reduce your risk.

In this video, we show you how to make a heart-healthy and delicious Berry Smoothie with Lemon Thyme. This smoothie is vegan friendly and a light and refreshing breakfast drink packed with flavor and antioxidants.

Ingredients (Serves 6):

  • 3 sprigs fresh lemon thyme (if you don’t have lemon thyme, regular thyme will be just fine)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 1/2 T grated lemon peel
  • 2 bananas
  • 8 oz mixed frozen berries
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

Process:

Step 1: Remove the lemon thyme leaves from the sprigs and chop them finely.
Step 2: Mix the chopped lemon thyme leaves with the coconut sugar and the grated lemon peel. Pour the mixture on a plate.
Step 3: Fill a small mixing bowl with water. Dip the edges of 6 glasses into water, then into the sugar mix. Leave to dry for a few minutes.
Step 4: Peel the banana and cut it into pieces.
Step 5: In a food processor, combine the banana, the frozen berries, dates and the almond milk and mix until creamy and smooth.
Step 6: Pour the smoothie mixture into the glasses trying not to touch the sugar coating.
Step 7: Decorate the smoothie with some fresh berries and part of the remaining sugar mix if you like.
Step 8: Enjoy!

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Click here for more recipes from WomenHeart.

Everyone can benefit from a healthy diet and exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices can greatly reduce your chance of heart disease and all cardiovascular diseases. WomenHeart wants all women to take charge of their heart health by educating themselves about their risk factors for heart disease, which are different than men’s risk factors, and the warning signs of a heart attack, which are also different than men’s heart attack warning signs. You can learn about WomenHeart’s free patient support services and educational materials for women living with or at risk of heart disease by visiting: www.womenheart.org.

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This year WomenHeart and Burlington are raising awareness by challenging all of you to show us how you’re getting heart healthy! Join WomenHeart’s #healthyheartselfie challenge by posting a photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #healthyheartselfie and Burlington will donate $1 for every photo posted. Also, next time you’re in a Burlington store, help save lives by donating at the register.

What are you doing to stay heart healthy? Let us know in the comments or in The Sistahood Forum! And subscribe to our YouTube channel to view more videos and stay updated on new uploads!

XOXO,
My Natural Sistas

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