New medical research is indicating that a low carbohydrate diet is a very good tool to improve your cholesterol over the long term. As part of a low carbohydrate diet, you should build a collection of fruit smoothie recipes to help you reach your goals.
In a recent article published on WebMD, author Salynn Boyles reports that diets focusing on reducing carbohydrates along with weight loss have the edge over diets that primarily focus on reducing fats. Over a two year study dieters who followed a low carbohydrate diet had significantly elevated HDL (good) cholesterol levels when compared with dieters who followed low fat programs.
While recent research has been able to identify almost 100 gene variants that impact blood lipids, which may well explain up to a third of the hereditary reasons that influence cholesterol levels, diet also plays a huge part in both HDL and LDL levels.
Repeated studies recommend a low carbohydrate diet that cuts way back on fatty food and loads up on both fruits and vegetables, five to nine servings a day. While that sounds like a lot, if you are eating that much good, heart healthy food, you aren’t going to be eating food that’s bad for your heart.
Fruit smoothies are a great way work the heart healthy fruits and vegetables into your daily meal plans and here is a recipe from our collection here at Best Fruit Smoothies that will help bring fruits and vegetables into your diet in a delicious way.
Cherry Berry Yogurt Smoothie Mix:
This fruit smoothie recipe is healthy, low fat, low cal and delicious. Perfect if you are on a low carbohydrate diet to lose weight and want a yogurt smoothie for breakfast or as an afternoon healthy snack idea. In your smoothie blender mix: 1/4-1/2 cup of chilled Diet Cranberry (or Cranberry Pomegranate) Juice Drink (only 5 calories per 8 ounces) 1 cup Low fat Cherry Yogurt 1/2 cup of frozen pitted cherries (Dole, Target and Woodstock Organic are companies who offer frozen cherries) 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
Mix in the blender until the ingredients reach the consistency you prefer, pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!