This is a follow-up post to my “Foods That Can Lower Blood pressure” that I wrotet last week. I believe that eating certain foods regularly can lower your blood pressure naturally because I experienced it. My blood pressure dropped after 3 weeks on these foods. If you want to know what foods they are click here . When it comes to lowering blood pressure, potassium packs a powerful punch. For a complete list of the high potassium foods click here . I went through the list and have concocted 3 delish smoothies with foods that are potassium packed and they taste super yummy. I make sure I have at least one of these a day to get a steady dose of potassium in my diet so I can keep my blood pressure at bay. These smoothies are so delish you don’t have to be hypertensive to enjoy them ! Drink up !
Science behind why potassium helps hypertension :
Potassium counteracts the effects of Sodium on BP. There are two forms : Potassium chloride, which is taken as a dietary supplement and potassium citrate which is found naturally in many foods. Both lower blood pressure and the food source is absorbed better. Foods high in potassium include lentils, beans, avocado, banana, citrus, spinach, carrot juice, dried apricots, figs etc. For a complete list of Potassium foods, click here ! Another bonus : It decreases the risk of developing kidney stones and bone loss that occur with age. Unless you have kidney disease there is no reason why you should not load up on potassium !
Carrot Orange Burst
This delish combination of carrot juice blended with oranges or any other citrus fruit will give you a huge boost of potassium and Vitamin C and Vitamin A . It packs a whopping 600mg of potassium/ serving
Avocado Kiwi Melon Madness
Think combining avocado with melons and kiwi is weird. Think again ! I used honeydew melon. When the three are blended together you get a creamy sweet concoction that tastes like melon ice cream ! Seriously ! You got to try it to believe it 🙂 This smoothie packs 725 mg potassium/ smoothie. Be brave and add some spinach to turn it into a super packed potassium treat which will give you close to 1000 mg potassium/smoothie.
Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Blast
Kids will love this !! Leave out the PB if you have any nut allergies. Substitute the milk for coconut milk or almond milk. Either way you ‘ll get a blast of approximately 750mg – 900 mg of potassium / smoothie depending on whether or not you add the peanut butter. This is my breakfast power smoothie every morning. I add a little whey protein to it and make it a complete meal.
Hope you liked theses smoothies ! If you have any potassium rich recipes please share !