We love Joy Bauer, the advice-filled nutritionist, RD and regular expert for The Today Show. Bauer is the author of 12 bestselling books and a monthly columnist for Woman's Day. She advises regular people like us, as well as prima ballerinas as the official nutritionist for the New York City Ballet. Her latest book, Joy Bauer's Super Food, offers 150 recipes to help you stay younger by choosing foods that fight the aging process. Bauer creates her recipes from "indulgent, delectable foods while boosting immunity, easing anxiety and stress, increasing energy, promoting longevity, and greatly improving your overall health."

For more "Joy" in your life, every day, visit her website and get healthier with every meal. Here is her healthy immune-boosting smoothie to make when you are looking for some longevity foods to add to your day.

"I call this my “Longevity Smoothie” because it incorporates 5 superfoods that research has shown can help lengthen our lives: berries, leafy greens, nuts, seeds and green tea. It’s super delicious and easy to make—plus each vibrant glass delivers a huge dose of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. It’s truly a beverage with benefits! Try this easy-to-make Superfood Smoothie for a delicious immune-boosting snack!"

 

Why it's healthier:  Spinach and kale are both nutrient-dense vegetables high in vitamin C and K. These green leafy vegetables are high in antioxidants and minerals that help lower cholesterol as well as protect against cancer and heart disease.

Healthy ingredients: Vitamin A, vitamin B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, fiber.

Longevity Smoothie

Superfoods: berries, banana, kale/spinach, nuts, seeds, green tea

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries (any type)
  • ½ to 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup loosely packed kale or spinach leaves
  • 6 nuts (any combo of almonds, peanut, macadamia, pecans, walnut, pistachios)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds or ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup green tea, chilled
  • 3 to 5 ice cubes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Nutrition Info: Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Calories 308 Total Fat 6.1 g Sat. Fat .5 g Sodium 30 mg Total Carbs 57.8 g Fiber 14.9 g Sugars 27.5 g Protein 6.9 g