BECOME A SMOOTHIE SUPERSTAR
Are you someone who struggles with morning breakfast? Do you run out of the house on an empty stomach and start your day with a cup of coffee? Firstly, coffee never does you any good on an empty stomach. It can exacerbate anxiety, cause irritable bowel and increase inflammation – so lets get a smoothie into your first!
The sky is truly the limit when it comes to smoothie making, as there are so many different combinations and ingredients to play with. Smoothies are shown to improve digestion, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, improve hair, skin and nails, support your immune system, assist with energy production, give yourself a brain boost - the list goes on!
If you’re someone who finds you're hungry within two hours of eating breakfast, then smoothies will help with keeping you fuller for longer – if you make them right.
Tips to smoothie making:
Pre-prepare your smoothie in the blender the night before by placing in all dry ingredients and leaving in the fridge overnight. When you wake up in the morning, add your liquids and blend!! Easy!!
Purchase fresh bananas (with brown spots are best), peel, breakup and leave in freezer for the week ahead - this will ensure a creamy consistency.
Keep leafy greens in the freezer to avoid spoilage
Add a protein powder to your smoothie to help with hormone production and to support hair, skin and nails (refer to previous post, 'Eat Your Way To Beautiful Skin' for the benefits behind protein consumption)
Steps to making a delicious smoothie:
Pick your fruit - banana, berries or mango Add your good fat – avocado, chia seeds, hemp seed, tahini, MCT oil, flaxseed Increase the fibre – psyllium husk, chia seeds, flaxseed/linseed Grab your greens – baby spinach, kale, chard, greens powder Scoop in your protein – Hemp, rice/pea, whey Add some flavour – cinnamon, turmeric, raw unfiltered honey, cacao Choose your liquid – water, coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk
Try these recipes to get you started:
1/2 frozen banana Small handful frozen mango Tablespoon of LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond) Teaspoon of Vital greens (greens powder) Handful of baby spinach Scoop of hemp protein Coconut water to blend!
1/2 frozen banana Small handful of berries Tablespoon almond butter Teaspoon of cacao powder Handful of baby spinach/kale 1/4 avocado Scoop of hemp protein Coconut milk to blend!
Large handful of berries Handful of baby spinach Small handful of cashews Teaspoon of cacao powder Tablespoon of chia seeds Scoop of vanilla whey protein powder Coconut milk to blend!
Smoothies are a wonderful, easy, quick and healthy way to ensure you’re starting your day right, especially if you’re time poor. There is next to no preparation and hardly any clean up! They are also wonderful for snacks, increasing your nutrient consumption and of course, assist with re-fueling and healing after exercise! Smoothies don't discriminate, they are wonderful for everyone - even kids!
Written by Jacqueline Lovett ND, mNHAA
**This post is for educational purposes only. Always check in with your health practitioner before making any changes to your diet, or introduce any new supplements or herbal remedies. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any other health conditions**