Mmmmm…. I love a good smoothie!
Smoothies are not only refreshing but can be a great way to obtain some essential nutrients. Let’s face it, I’m probably not going to eat a cup of kale but throw it in a smoothie and I’ll scoff it down fast.
The act of blending – or in my case – pulverising the fruit and veggies allows for all the goodness to be released and absorbed into the body more easily.
If you are a ‘snacker’ the smoothie can be a great option as the fibre of the fruit and veg helps to satiate the appetite. You can also add a scoop of your favourite protein powder as another hunger buster but my fav addition is avocado. The good ol’ avo is one of the good fats we should be eating and also adds a creamy texture to the smoothie.
Tailoring your smoothie to your desired goal is so easy as well. Want to improve your digestion? Make a delicious green smoothie using fresh, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, celery and some collard greens. As these foods are alkaline foods they can assist to counteract the discomfort of acid reflux and heartburn.
ANTIOXIDANTS!! How great are these little gems? So much has been said about antioxidants in recent years. It is said that they can help our bodies to prevent heart disease, some cancers and a bunch of other diseases. Matcha green tea, blueberries, raspberries etc are all full of these disease fearing antioxidants and they are so easy to add to a smoothie.
The variety….oh my goodness…the variety. Your imagination is your only limit here!
Every smoothie can be different, and if you’re like me you won’t be measuring accurately so you can give yourself a little surprise on that very first sip! You can purchase frozen fruits as well so you don’t have to worry about the fruit spoiling before you get to use it, plus, it adds the chill rather than adding ice which can dilute the smoothie. Some of my favourites are mango, pineapple, mixed berries, strawberries, banana (don’t use fresh ones unless you like slimy textures. Peel a banana and pop in in the freezer in a zip lock bag ready to use), celery, carrot, passionfruit, broccoli, spinach and kale.
I am not a big fan of creamy or milky drinks so I always use coconut water as a base but you can just as easily use coconut or almond milk if that’s the taste that you prefer. I am, however, a major fan of spinach so that remains as my other staple ingredient in all my smoothies but the combinations are limitless.
Why not try;
1 cup of coconut water, mango, blueberries, raspberries, avocado and a huge handful of spinach? Whack it all in a blender (the faster the better so it breaks up all the nutrients) and poor into a glass or jar with a re-usable straw.