The Secret Ingredient your Super Food Health Shake is Missing

Cashews

Cashews

Super food health shakes are designed to deliver the most nutrients and energy in the easiest way possible, by saving time and safeguarding your health. While those are the key reasons we fire up that blender, taste is an important often forgotten element that is key to sustaining the health shake lifestyle. While I include many ingredients, some core and dozens that rotate in and out of my shakes, one nut has added a level of superior texture and drink-ability to my shakes for years. I am of course, talking about… the cashew!

If you want bang for your buck when it comes to nuts, cashews are one nut you can’t leave behind. Cashews, like all nuts, are crunchy, but in a super-charged blender can add a smooth, tight texture to your next super food health shake.

Cashews and Super Food Health Shakes

There are nuts that deliver more vitamins and minerals, pound for pound, but few have the taste benefits that cashews do. Make no mistake, cashews are exploding with energy, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

In one ounce or 28 grams, cashews deliver some serious staying power.

Quick tip: Cashews are not the best nut to start dumping into your shake if losing weight is your goal. If you live an active lifestyle or are a serious athlete, dig in.

Cashews are jam-packed with the right type of fats, containing 17.4 mg total Omega-3 fatty acids and 2179 mg total Omega-6 fatty acids in just 28 grams. Amazingly, just a small serving (28 grams) contains 19% of the suggested daily average fat intake. Sometimes raw vegetables and some frozen fruits are not filling enough and you wind up being hungry in a few hours. Add some nuts or cashews and you will notice a difference.

Raw cashews also contain lutein and zea-xanthin, a pigment flavonoid antioxidant. This antioxidant has been proven to selectively absorb itself into the retinal macula lutea of the eyes. While the studies are not extensive, it is thought to help prevent macular degeneration in the elderly and increase the eye’s natural ability to block harmful UV rays.

Cashew nuts contain 22 mcg lutein and zea-xanthin per 100 grams.

Pistachios contain a whopping 1205 mcg per 100 grams, whereas flax seed provide 651 mcg per 100 grams.

Enter the minerals: Cashews are loaded with Manganese, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron to name a few. Just 28 grams provide values north of 10% of your daily suggested intake.

If your new to nuts, check out The Best and Worst Nuts for your Health

The nutritional benefits of Cashews, as you can see, go on forever.

Drink-Ability Issues in your Super Food Health Shakes?

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, cashews provide a smooth, thickening texture to any shake that, in my humble opinion, beautifully offsets the sulfer-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables, such as kale or broccoli.

If you’ve been neglecting your kale intake, refresh your memory as to why this dark, leafy green vegetable needs to be at the top of your list by reading, Kale: The Vegetable of the Gods.

Admittedly, the sulfur contained in cruciferous vegetables is a tad bitter, which is why the majority of raw vegetables I consume are in health shakes.

Add a handful of cashews to your next super food health shake… you won’t regret it!

 

And always remember, the path to Super Immunity exists, you just have to take it…

Alex

 

sources:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3095/2

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cashew_nut.html

http://www.dietandfitnesstoday.com/nutritionsorted.php?catid=1200&nutid=338

About Alex Smith

Founder of RunHighGoFar, Alex is passionate about breaking the barriers of what it means to be healthy. I believe every change in respect to health and life comes from within and that the human body and mind are the most powerful forces in the universe. There are 100 trillion cells in the human body and I want all of them firing on a combination of super foods. If I can shine the light of Super Immunity on just one person, my mission will have been successful.

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