I often get asked – what do you put in your green smoothies? So this video is my answer to that. I like to have a balance of greens and fruits, with a water base, and then I alternate the super foods I add in for a bit of nutritional wow factor.
A bit of this, a bit of that, something different every day. Here is a bit about my favourites:
These ancient berries have been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. They have a lovely sweet taste, and are a rich source of antioxidants, which help to slow the ageing process by fighting free radicals, the baddies that go around causing damage to our cells. It is for this reason that they are cancer and heart protective. Goji berries are also high in the precursor to vitamin A, which boosts immune function and protects our peepers.
Food of the Goddesses! Raw Cacao powder has more antioxidants than any other food. It is also high in magnesium. Magnesium is needed for healthy nerve and muscle function. It essential for heart health, and can help prevent heart disease. Cacao also boosts brain function, eases PMS and enhances our moods.
Barley Grass Powder
Is made from young barley grass shoots. This is important because the nutrient content of cereal grasses diminishes as they grow. A highly alkalising food – it helps to bring your body’s pH into balance if you are slightly too acidic. It is a great detoxifying addition to your smoothie, it cleanses oxygenates the blood, without causing harsh detox reactions like Chlorella sometimes can. This gentle detox effect means it is useful in weight loss, as toxins are stored in our fat cells. Unlike wheatgrass, it is mild tasting and quite a pleasant addition to your morning smoothie.
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Coconut oil is a rich source of the healthful medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). Our body is able to metabolise MCFAs and convert them into energy, rather than storing them in the body as fat. This makes coconut oil an ally in weight loss. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which has immune-protecting antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
These teeny tiny seeds are packed with protein and known for enhancing endurance. They are also a great weight loss ally, as they are high in fibre and keep you feeling nice and full. Chia seeds produce a jelly like coating when in contact with liquid. This means that if you eat chia seeds as part of a smoothie or meal, then as they pass through your digestion system, they will swell and slow down the conversion of starches into sugar, giving you a slow and steady release of energy without the slump that follows a high. Slow and steady wins the race! Chia seeds are also the richest plant based source of the healthful, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
Hemp powder is a great plant based source of protein. It contains all of the essential amino acids in an easily digestable and absorbable form. It also has the perfect balance of essential fatty acids. This makes it able to balance hormones, support the immune system and promote healthy skin and lush hair. It is high in the minerals magnesium, manganese and iron.
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