Smoothies are an awesome way to begin the day.
I’ve been hooked since eliminating grains from my diet about 18 months ago, for a condition called Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. Since then, my husband and eldest daughter have joined me. Our youngest daughter is holding out because she likes to be different whenever possible.
In the health world there is a bit of friendly rivalry between proponents of juicing versus blending. Both are so very good for you.
Fresh vegetable juices are particularly good for those who need a nutrient kick with few calories, or have a sensitive digestive tract unable to cope with much fibre.
Smoothies offer the benefit of fibre, which many of us need more of – to combat constipation, regulate blood sugar swings, lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, reduce appetite by providing satiety, and to balance intestinal pH.
A healthy morning routine is to stimulate your digestive juices by drinking lemon juice in warm water.
Then, get your creative juices flowing, using the smoothie cheat sheet below. Think of favourite combinations from deserts you love. Banana and chocolate. Pineapple and coconut. Strawberries and cream. Mango and macadamia. Avocado and lime. Carrot and orange. Apple and kiwi. Pawpaw (papaya) and mint. Pumpkin and honey. Cinnamon and apple. Blueberries and yoghurt. Pear and nutmeg. Is your mouth watering yet?
Also, aim to add as many leafy greens as possible, fresh or in superfood form, such as Miessence Deep Greens. My smoothies always look green, but are much tastier than a plate of raw kale. Greens are alkalising and nutrient dense – and most of us don’t get enough.
Blend (for one person)
- 1 cup of liquid – water, coconut water, coconut milk/cream, nut milk, orange juice, carrot juice, brewed herbal tea
- 1 cup of fruit – banana, pear, apple, berries, pineapple, mango – fresh or frozen
- 1 cup of greens – celery, spinach, kale, cucumber, greens powder (1-2 tbsp)
- 1 or more superfoods – 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp maca and/or 1 tsp probiotic powder
Please share your special blend here.
Mine, called Kylie’s Kick, is water, cacao, banana, cayenne pepper, inca inchi oil, maca, chia seeds, acai juice, dulse, fresh kale and Miessence probiotic & greens powders – with ice in summer and warm water in winter.
And if you’re tempted to try Miessence superfoods, do so this week, as I’m offering 20% discount until Friday 23 August 2013.
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