Blend ½ c. canned pure pumpkin, ½ c. low-fat plain kefir, ¼ c. orange juice, 1 tsp agave nectar, 1/8 tsp pumpkin spice and 1/3c crushed ice in blender until smooth.
Sometimes we may want to reach for a DIET SODA when thirsty thinking that is our best option.
However, heart specialist, Dr. Crandall disagrees. Here are his thought on these beverages: He quoted an article in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism which stated,” There may actually be something about diet soda that signals your brain to eat more to make up for lost calories.”
Purdue University Professor Susan Swithers reviewed several studies on diet soda, and noted that it had in fact, been found to promote weight gain. The research also showed that people who drink diet soda increase their risk for deadly conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
Another recent study in the Journal of Dentistry found that diet soda can damage teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine.
Start your way to better heart health by replacing diet soda with a glass of ice cold water. Flavor it with lemon, lime, or even a sprig of mint for a drink that’s not only refreshing, but healthful as well.