St Patrick’s Day: Heart - Healthy Smoothies That People Will Love
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17th MARCH, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Have you planned on recipes and menus you will serve your family and office colleagues on this Irish special green day celebration?

True that people prefer to take alcoholic beverages like green beer that day. But, you should keep into consideration that the guests who would arrive may also be little ones or even elder people for whom green beer may be harmful for health.

Here's why cardiologists say “beer may not be good for your health” -

• Hydration problem - A chilled beer is always a resort to ease in hot temperatures. However, if you are a sportsperson or have to work outside continuously in scorching weather, you should use it with a caution. Alcohol raises the antidiuretic hormone release, which leads to recurrent washroom visits. It even makes you sweat heavily as skin starts dehydrating.

• Increase gluten – Beer primarily comprises of barley, a protein element that boosts your gluttony. It has been found that many people easily get hung up to the sensitive glutton factor. This sensation ends up with "celiac disease" that stirs your immune system streamlining your small intestine.

• Low blood sugar - Beer encourages weight gain. Sugar accumulates as glycogen in your liver. When your blood sugar level falls between the long meal gaps , liver starts transforming glycogen to glucose, letting off into blood thereby raising your feeling of hunger even though you are not hungry.

Get into the celebration mood of St. Patrick's Day 2016 in a healthy way. You don't even need food coloring to get into the festive spirit. Here are some green smoothies to dip you in the "green mood" to match the "St. Patrick's Day mode." The fruity ingredients give the texture and flavor that everybody loves. Try and taste the magic of heart favorite natural elements and avoid beverages that may harm you in the long run:

1. The Leaping Leprechaun Fun Cocktail

1cup strawberries

1 and 1/2 banana

1/2 small bowl spinach leaves

1 cup chilled water

2. The Juicy Lucky Lucy

1/2 cup of fresh parsley

3 apples

1/2 bowl of spinach

2 cucumber

1 lemon

1/2 inch piece ginger

3. Sparkling Shamrock Champagne Cocktail

2 and 1/2 cup fresh pineapple cubes

1 cup strawberries

1 banana

1 bowl of spinach leaves

1 and 1/2 cup chilled water

1 cup of yogurt

Two – Three drops of vanilla essence

2-3 teaspoons of honey for sweetness and glossy texture (optional)

4. Spinach-Tomato Irish Blast

4 cups of baby Spinach

1 Lime

2 large Tomato

3 Fresh Carrots and 1 Carrot top bunch (optional)

2 medium bowls of fresh Parsley

1/2 bunch stalk Celery

5. Season’s Favorite Raw Apple Twist

3 apples

4-5 Mint Leaves

2 frozen banana

1/2 cup cashews

4 pitted dates

2 cups almond milk

3 tablespoon apple pie spice

1 Bowl of ice cubes

How to Make:

This method applies to all the smoothie recipes mentioned above. Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blend to the full, until you get a smooth texture and the pulpy elements of the fruits get completely dissolved. Mix it well so much so that the texture presents eye-pleasing green color. The smoothies not only look good and set the day specific mood but also have ingredients that your heart loves and cardiologists suggest.

Author Bio:

Nicholas Hedge is associated with cardiology treatments for years now. In this article, he has discussed about “St. Patrick’s Day: Heart-Healthy Smoothies That People Will Love”, after reading some articles written by qualified Cardiologists in Orange County.

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