In winter, it’s all about the nourishing, heavy foods, but as the weather warms up it’s time for something lighter and fresher. Check out these awesome smoothie ideas brought to you by The Source Bulk Foods.At this time of the year, our bodies naturally crave cleansing, detoxifying foods – and smoothies fit the bill. Not only do they give your digestion a break from heavy winter foods, they provide it with raw, energising goodness.Smoothies are such a great way to start your day or to give you a mid-morning/afternoon energy boost. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and help you get your recommended daily serves of fruit and vegetables – something most of us struggle with.The other thing to love about smoothies is that unlike juices, you’re getting the whole food – including the fibre, which leaves you feeling fuller for longer and is so good for your gut.
Green smoothies are an easy way to up your daily dose of leafy greens. If you haven’t tried green smoothies before, you can start with mostly fruit and a small handful of spinach, which is mild in flavour, and then increase quantities and your varieties of green as you become more accustomed to the taste.
Beginner’s green smoothie:1 cup spinach1 cup water/coconut water2 frozen bananas1/2 cup mango1/2 cup fresh pineappleBlend the leafy greens and liquid first until smooth, and then add the fruitMix it upLeafy greens, fresh or frozen fruit and a liquid base are all you need for a basic green smoothie, but from there, the possibilities are endless.Leafy greens: spinach, kale, silverbeet, bok choy, cucumber, celery, parsley, sproutsFruit: banana, mango, avocado, berries, orange, pineappleLiquid base: Almond milk, soy milk, coconut water, coconut milk, water, chilled green tea, kefir
Add-ins can take your smoothie to the next level – giving you extra nutrition, flavour, protein and fibre. Here are a few of our favourites:Chia seeds: Adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to our smoothie will not only thicken it up, it will add healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and gut friendly fibre to help keep you feeling full.Peanut or almond butter: Adds protein and healthy fats.Rolled oats: Add texture and fibreMaca powder: Has a pleasant nutty flavour. Increases energy, endurance and acts as a mood and hormone balancer.Mesquite: Mesquite is a natural sweetener with a caramel like taste. It is high in protein and fibre and gluten free.Cacao: Cacao is an excellent source of magnesium and is high in antioxidants. Best of all, it will give your smoothie a rich chocolatey flavour. Try it with banana, a couple of dates, chia seeds, almond butter and almond milk.These delicious recipes have been brought to you by The Source Bulk Foods. Check out the original article here.
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