Hey Guys!!! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Someone asked me the other day to direct him to my favourite smoothies (thanks Michael!) and it gave the great idea of writing a little blog post about it. Quite timely too since we are moving into the Christmas Party season soon, I think it is a wise thing to try and up your nutrient quota over the next few weeks to give you the strength and stamina to drink ten million bottles of Prosexy throughout December!
First things first: Why are Smoothies so great?
Simply, smoothies are an excellent way of efficiently getting a load of nutrients into your body. And making them yourself means you are in control! As a nation, we are most generally speaking, over-fed and under-nourished, and a way to address this (if you feel this is you!) is to start substituting your normal breakfast with a smoothie. Try it for 4 or 5 days a week and I guarantee you will start to notice the difference to your energy levels, your skin, and your digestive system. However, not any old smoothie will do if you really want to maximise the benefits. There are rules 🙂
- Make it 80% veggies. The first mistake people make with smoothies is loading up on fruit. Noooooooooooooooo! Fruit = sugar, and whilst 1-2 servings of fruit per day as part of your balanced diet is fine, I suggest using your smoothies to “hide” your veggies, if you struggle to hit the recommended 5 servings a day.
- Which veggies are best? Well, all are great but the ones that I find work the best in smoothies, whilst also offering excellent health benefits are: Spinach, Broccoli, Pak Choi, Kale, Chard, Nettle leaves, Dandelion leaves
- If you must add fruit, choose wisely! Avocado are my number one choice, just half an avocado will turn your smoothie into a creamy delight! Kiwis are an excellent source of Vitamin C, peaches will add some fibre, whilst berries are full of antioxidants – you can’t go wrong with a handful of blueberries in my opinion.
- What about some herbs and spices?? Did someone say Turmeric???????? I add a small piece of turmeric root to every smoothie I make, for its amazing anti-inflammatory healing properties and more (read here for more of the amazing benefits of Turmeric!); Cinnamon for balancing blood sugar levels; parsley (be warned – this is quite powerful but is full of Vitamin C so great to load up on now as we move into the cold and flu season); Ginger.
- Plus some superfoods. Now these are not necessary but can definitely add a lot of goodness to your smoothie! I love to add Hemp seeds, Chia seeds, walnuts, Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw honey, Pollen, Cacao nibs, coconut oil – all have “super powers”, full of omega 3, protein, antioxidants to strengthen your immune system and more.
- The liquids that make or break your smoothie. I normally go for a mix of water, plus either Aloe Vera juice (great for digestion), coconut water (full of potassium and magnesium), or a nut milk.
My current favourite smoothie contains a handful of spinach, broccoli, a piece of turmeric, 1 kiwi, half an avocado, hemp seeds, chia seeds, honey and green powder blended with water and Aloe Vera juice. BOOM! This is packed full of B Vitamins, Iron, vitamin C, omega 3, omega 6, potassium, magnesium, plus you have your macro’s all accounted for! Protein, carbs & fat.
Enjoy and I hope this is useful.
I am off to see one of my best friends get married this weekend! I hope that you have a lovely weekend too.
Lots of love Katie