Smoothies are such a nutritiously convenient way to fuel the body. Many of us, including myself as a freelance English copywriter don't have time to create a nutritious meal for our whole family all the time or stop for a lunch break at work. But to keep pumping out our best mental or physical activities throughout the day, we need to keep fuelling up with nutritious whole foods. For busy working mothers, sporting teenagers, exhausted and stressed clients many experts suggest a balanced nutritional diet, yoga and exercise. We also love our smoothies packed with all the essential nutrients the body requires for vitality. They are a delicious, nutritionally complete meal replacement. A few of the other superfoods I often add to my smoothies include.
Whey protein is an easy to digest source of protein. It is one of two types of proteins found in milk. The term “whey” refers to a complex substance made up of a combination of protein, lactose, minerals, immunoglobulins, and trace amounts of fat. This whey protein is dried and sold in powder form. I find whey protein is fantastic for weight loss, vitality, muscle building, increasing metabolism and boosting our most powerful antioxidant glutathione.
Especially blueberries. I always have a stash of fresh and frozen berries. They have a very low GL and are jam-packed full of antioxidants. Berries give you that sweet hit without spiking your blood sugar levels.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green vegetables are high in chlorophyll, which increases the oxygen in your blood. More oxygen equals more energy, better endurance, and faster recovery.
They help maintain energy during sport and improve recovery. Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein and antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation. They also replenish minerals lost through sweat like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. They bulk up the consistency of the smoothie, so I pack a spoon.
Live Natural Yoghurt
Packed with live bacteria. It is easier to digest than milk. Live yoghurt, where the bacteria remains intact, can be particularly helpful in promoting a healthy digestive system. Calcium found in yoghurt is more natural for the body to absorb than that found in milk.
Raw cacao is high in essential nutrients including; Chromium which regulates blood sugar, detoxifies the liver and influences cleansing the blood. Phenethylamine helps increase focus, alertness and lifts the mood. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves digestion, builds healthy bones, relaxes heart, and cardiovascular system.
Almonds, Brazil, and cashew nuts are always in my kitchen. They are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, essential minerals, namely calcium and magnesium.
I often sprinkle shredded coconut and Homemade Muesli on top for that delicious bit of crunch. Now it's over to you! What nutritional goodies do you love to add to your smoothies?