Smoothies are all the ‘Rage’ right now if you haven’t heard. What more of a perfect, quick breakfast can you ask for then a drink full of nutrients, fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. It also has plenty of natural fibre to ensure excellent digestion and “brain fuel”, in the form of fructose, that will empower your immune system to protect you from illness.
Could you ask for more to be packed into a drink? All of these elements do depend on what ingredients you decide to add to your smoothie.
Here are some secret, foods that you can add to your smoothie ( these don’t affect the taste) to keep your hunger sustained ten times longer while providing your body with an excellent boost. These foods can be mixed
with your favourite blend of fruit and veg. Had a blank of amazing combinations? Check out the links at the bottom of the page for inspiration. Mix it up and have fun with it!
Add some Super Foods:
Acai – Contains a remarkable concentration of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. It’s considered one of nature’s best offerings
to combat premature aging thanks to its high monounsaturated oleic acid content. Oleic acid helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate cell membranes, making them more supple.
Yogurt – It’s alive! Yogurt contains active cultures known as “friendly bacteria” that restore healthy balance in the digestive system. One cup contains 50 per cent more calcium than the same size serving of milk, and it’s also full of potassium, riboflavin, magnesium and phosphate.
Broccoli – Loaded with vitamin C, folic acid and carotenoids, which are packed with vitamin A and can protect your cells from the damage of free radicals, enhance immune system function and improve reproductive health. Just one serving (1 medium stalk) provides 175 per cent of the recommended daily value of vitamin K, which helps build strong bones and plays an important role in blood clotting. Just half a cup of broccoli per day is also said to help prevent a number of cancers, particularly cancers of the lung, colon, rectum and stomach.
Blueberries – Blueberry extracts have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and help prevent infectious bacteria from clinging to the walls of the gut, bladder and urethra. It also fights cancer-fighting and is an antioxidant.
Goji Berries – Contains more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots and more iron than steak. The dried Himalayan fruit is also a great source of B vitamins and antioxidants and contains 15 amino acids. Goji has been used medicinally in China for centuries to improve blood circulation, strengthen the limbs, improve eyesight, protect the liver, increase libido and boost immune function.
Barley – This low-glycemic grain is high in both soluble and insoluble fibre, which help the body metabolise fats and promote a healthy digestive tract, respectively.
Cashews – Amazing source of nutrients.
Almonds – Lower LDL, Cholesterol and reduces risk of heart disease.
Pistachios – Recognised for their wholesome nutrition principles.
Flax Seed – High in omega-3s and charged with fibre, these little seeds can really fire up your metabolism.
Chai Seed – Highest plant based source of Omega 3, fiber and protein. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
Sunflower Seeds – Takes care of your hunger, while also enhancing your health by supplying significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium.
(below ingredients will affect taste)
Cinnamon – May lower blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon is also used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold and loss of appetite.
Cocoa powder – (tastes like chocolate) Contains loads of fibre and is a healthier option to those with a sweet tooth.
Ginger powder – Great for stimulating the digestive juices and increasing appetite as well as improving the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
Cayenne pepper – Helps to ease upset stomachs, ulcers, sore throats, coughs, and diarrhoea.
Turmeric – Helps support your immune system, digestive system, bones and joints, as well as cardiovascular system
Vanilla powder – A number one benefit of vanilla is its ability to reduce nausea.
Organic Maca Powder – Organic raw maca powder is a nutrient dense wholefood, known for its energising and nourishing properties. Maca is rich in amino acids,
essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
Nutmeg – Aids in sleep and helps keep the immune system strong. It can also be used to make your skin look clearer and brighter within just a few days and can help reduce scarring and alleviate bad acne
Recipes for amazing smoothie blends.