You won’t taste it, but this creamy smoothie gets a healthy boost from watercress. Why that’s smart: Watercress is rich in chlorophyll, a plant pigment that stimulates the production of the compound (called ATP) that muscle and brain cells use for energy and repair. Experts say this can reduce fatigue in 80 percent of women within five days.
What’s more, veggie-enriched smoothies can keep you full and satisfied for hours. The chlorophyll in the produce has been shown to reduce levels of an appetite-stimulating hormone (leptin) by 39 percent while increasing the output of a key satiety-inducing hormone (cholecystokinin) by up to 48 percent.
Bonus: The menthol in mint eases indigestion!
Here’s the delicious recipe:
1/2 cup frozen raspberries and/or strawberries
1/3 cup packed watercress leaves
4 fresh mint leaves
1/3 cup low-fat milk
In blender, puree all ingredients and 1/2 cup ice cubes 30 sec. or until smooth. Sweeten to taste. Serve immediately.
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