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Boost Your Smoothies With These Awesome Ingredients

By Heidi / last week
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How To Make An Awesome Smoothie

Smoothies make an excellent addition to a healthy eating plan. They’re tasty and easy to digest. They are a great way to get ingredients that nourish and replenish you into your body. Even when you’re not massively keen on eating certain ingredients, when they’re blended and mixed with other fruits and vegetables they can be much more palatable. This means you can get the health benefits from foods, you wouldn’t typically eat.

Plus if you’re the kind of person that struggles with eating in the morning, smoothies make an easy to drink, nutrient packed breakfast choice. Blending up some berries, bananas, and other fruits make a delicious, healthy smoothie. But there are other ingredients you can add too, to really boost it and turn it into a nutritional powerhouse.


Matcha

This super ingredient literally translates as ‘powdered tea.’ Unlike tea that you drink, with matcha ,you’re drinking the finely powdered green tea leaves. As the whole leaves are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than simply drinking tea (although this is still good for you). Matcha is full in antioxidants which have been shown to protect against heart disease and cancer.

It can also help with blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and has anti-aging properties. It has been shown in research to boost metabolism and even slow or halt the growth of cancer cells. Simply add a scoop to your smoothie and reap the health rewards. You can buy matcha from websites like Joy of Matcha.


Goji Berries

Goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine thousands of years. They have the benefit of boosting the immune system, improving brain activity, protecting against heart disease and preventing cancer. They can even improve life expectancy. These berries contain all of the essential amino acids that the body needs and a single serving provide nearly ten percent of the protein you need. For fruit, this is pretty amazing

! If you’re vegan or vegetarian, this is especially useful and a handful into your smoothie each morning can help you on your way to meeting your daily protein quota.


Spinach

There’s a reason Popeye got a boost of strength after eating spinach! It is low in both fat and cholesterol while being high in a number of useful nutrients. Niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins, folate, calcium, iron, potassium and manganese to name a few! It’s jam-packed with good things that will benefit every part of your body. The flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants which stop cholesterol from oxidizing, and protects your body from harmful free radicals. Research has suggested that spinach can help to maintain your brain function, memory and mental clarity too.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food, unlike other kinds of seeds they can be absorbed by the body as seeds. They’re high in protein, fiber, calcium, and omega three fatty acids. Chia seeds have been shown to help with weight loss, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and digestion. The mild, inoffensive flavor of chia seeds make them easy to add to foods and beverages. You can soak them in water to create a gel, and then throw them in the blender with your smoothie

We all love a smoothie! Try these ingredients that are not only delish but great for your health.

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2 comments
Kristin - last week

I love the unique texture of Chia seeds in a smoothie or overnight oats!

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    Heidi - last week

    I like Chia too and I’m crazy for flax! Thanks for reading

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