You’ve probably seen the commercials or advertisements in magazines with celebrities promoting the latest anti-aging serums. Maybe you’ve even splurged on some products yourself. But as we all know, there is no magic elixir that will completely reverse the inevitable effects of aging.
However, there are several ingredients you can incorporate into your diet that can help with the aging process. And what better way to do that than by blending them into a refreshing smoothie?
According to our medical expert board members Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT and Lyssie Lakatos, RDK, CDN, CFT, also known as The Nutrition Twins, the best anti-aging smoothie is a wild blueberry chai protein smoothie.
Packed with nutrients, this drink covers several bases when it comes to looking and feeling younger. Read on to discover the benefits of each ingredient. And for more anti-aging tips, check out The 5 Best Lifestyle Habits That Will Make You Feel Young, According To Science.
There’s a reason these little blue gems have been popularized as “superfruits.” Blueberries are revered for their powerful antioxidant content, and wild blueberries go even further. Despite their small size, they contain twice as many antioxidants and 33% more healthy anthocyanins (a type of flavonoid) than regular blueberries.
“All that antioxidant power is a big deal when it comes to keeping skin looking young, because antioxidants scavenge free radicals that damage and age skin,” say the Nutrition Twins.
These antioxidants are known to help reduce inflammation, which in turn prevents some of the cell damage that naturally occurs with age.
Protein is essential for the production of collagen, which helps keep skin supple, elastic and youthful. Nutrition Twins’ go-to ingredient for this smoothie is pea protein powder, but that can also be substituted with chickpeas. Legumes like pea protein and chickpeas are also great sources of plant-based protein and fiber, so they help keep you full, which can ultimately help with weight loss.
While these protein sources help look younger on the outside, like blueberries, their anti-inflammatory properties also fight aging on the inside, say The Nutrition Twins.
Spices are celebrated for their plethora of health benefits, and this chai spice blend is full of them. Cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom not only enhance the flavor of the smoothie, but they also contain powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation and protect cells against diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and cancer.
While the spice trio actively works to defend and repair cells in the body, cinnamon also plays a particularly notable role in lowering blood sugar.
“Continued high blood sugar levels are likely to react with proteins in the body like collagen and can lead to loss of elasticity, premature wrinkles, and can create dark spots or ‘age spots'” , say The Nutrition Twins.
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Ready to whip up this delicious and healthy anti-aging concoction? Here is what you will need:
- 2/3 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1/2 small banana
- 1 scoop (20 grams) plain pea protein powder (or flavor like vanilla)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch ground cardamom
- 3 ice cubes
Optional add-ins for your smoothie may include water (to thin the smoothie to your desired thickness), 1/4 tsp ground turmeric (for added antioxidant/anti-inflammatory effect), 1-2 drops liquid stevia (for extra sweetness if your banana isn’t very ripe or you want a bit more sweetness when using unflavored protein powder)
To substitute canned chickpeas, omit the protein powder and substitute 1/2 cup unsalted canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed.
For more information on healthy eating, see 10 easy recipes to lower your cholesterol.