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A Smoothie A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you know that I love smoothies more than anything!

Well, maybe not more than margaritas. But it's really really close.

I've been fortunate to always have relatively good health, but without fail I usually catch some sort of cold 3-4 times/ year. And one of those bouts usually knocks me out for a 2-3 days. 

But (knock on wood) since I started drinking smoothies at the beginning of 2013, I have not been sick ALL YEAR. That's almost a full 7 months of no coughing, sneezing, wheezing, runny noses, or anything!  Amazing.

I've also bumped up my workout regimen and started doing more yoga to keep my stress levels down. But, I truly believe smoothies are keeping my immunity defenses on full protection mode. Thank GOD. Because ain't nobody got time for expensive a** health care.

Below are the ingredients that I always incorporate in my morning smoothies. I've written a post about the benefits of Chia Seeds (click HERE to read it) and each week I'll post the benefits about a different ingredient.

  • Chia Seeds, read about their benefits, HERE, or Flax
  • Kale or Spinach
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit
  • Banana
  • Organic Juice
  • Kefir
  • That's it! And it only takes 3-5 minutes out of my morning. So NO EXCUSES! 

Happy Drinking to Your Health! MUAH! 

Miss Danetha is a spokesmodel and entrepreneur. A former NFL Cheerleader, she is passionate about fitness and health. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and be sure to subscribe to her newsletter, HERE

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Top 5 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I am a HUGE fan of chia seeds. I have them almost every morning in my smoothie and I swear they are the best thing since sliced bread. 

Actually, they've been around for much longer. For centuries in fact. Dating back to the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. These groups were definitely on to something. As more and more food and beverage products begin to incorporate these fab seeds in their mixes, here are five reasons why YOU should include chia seeds in your diet.

  1. Omega-3s: Chia seeds are one of the richest plant-based sources for omega-3s. Usually found in fish, this is a great replacement for our vegan friends. In case you didn't know, Omega-3s are good for reducing inflammation, enhancing cognitive performance and reducing high cholesterol.
  2. Blood sugar regulation: Chia seeds are a great way to regulate insulin levels. 
  3. Satiety : aka the feeling of being full. With the combination of protein and fiber, Chia seeds can reduce the in between meals food cravings.
  4. Fiber:  we all know why fiber is good for us. Eat some chia to help keep your insides squeaky clean.
  5. Metabolism: Chia seeds are full of minerals that help with preventing hypertension and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Miss Danetha is a spokesmodel and the founder of EmeryCloud, a cloud based financial management services company. Follow me on  FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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