Grabbing a smoothie has become all the rage in the last few years. Juice bars in towns and a wide range of home-made blenders have made this satisfying drink a popular and convenient option.
Just incase you’ve been living in a cave for the last 20 years I’ll just re-inforce exactly what a smoothie is. A smoothie is a thick drink made from food items that have been blended; typically fruit or vegetables, with the addition of water, milk, ice and various ingredients such as protein powder, honey etc.
They are simple to make, with minimal faff or mess and offer a sure fire way of maximising the amount of nutrition you can consume in one sitting. There is no limit to what you can put in your smoothie, but you have to be careful not to comprimise taste; just because your gloopy drink is packed with goodness it doesn’t always mean it will be enjoyable.
- By blending vegetables and fruits we are taking a short cut down the route of digestion. Not only do we not have to physically chew the ingredients to break them down but they become easier for the body to absorb as the blender smashes through the cell walls exposing the goodness within.
- They are time efficient. A smoothie should take no longer than a few minutes. Simply chuck in all the relevant ingredients add your liquid of choice and blend for a few seconds, let it settle then give it one more blast.
- It is an easy way to consume foods that otherwise you might struggle to accomodate in your diet. Not had your daily recommendation of fruit? Chop some up and whack it in the blender- job done!
- Prevents waste. If you have veggies or fruit that is just past its best ie. a brown banana then use it to make a smoothie- it will be perfect. I chop and bag up all fruit past its best and put it in bags in the freezer so I have smoothie ingredients readily available.
I recommend adding specific ingredients that you usually forget to have despite consistently reading that they are good for you. “Olive oil, the key to a long healthy life…” as we often hear. Pour some in your daily smoothie, you won’t even taste it but you’ll recieve all the goodness it has to offer.
My ears always prick up when the same research is echoed more than once especially when it concerns the long term health implications of foods, exercises and lifestyle. Many spices for example have been linked to preventing/ curing certain ailments however most of us don’t eat spicey food every day, the solution? Sprinkle your spice of choice in your smoothie. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory so I have it in my post workout shake.
Add half an avocado to your smoothie. It makes it deliciously silky and contains good fats, loads of vitamins and fibre.