How To Make The Perfect Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to start the day, replace a meal or provide nutrition pre and post exercise.
This week’s blog will teach you how to make the perfect (in my opinion) smoothie.
Base liquid- 1 cup (Choose one or two)
- Beet Root Juice- 2 cups
- Coconut water
- Unsweetened Coconut milk
- Unsweetened Almond milk
Avoid alternative milks that contain carrageenan. Carrageenan has no nutritional value. It has been used as a thickener and emulsifier to improve the texture. It is highly inflammatory and has been linked to cancer.
Almond Milk Recipee: http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/home_made_raw_almond_milk
Fruit – 1 cup (I generally use berries and bananas)
- Organic berries (in season or frozen organic- I like Costco)
- Banana- 1
Vegetable- 1 cup
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetable- e.g. Kale, Chard, Spinach
Fat (Omega 3 fats) – 2 tbsp
- Hemp or Flax seeds
Extras (Choose as many as you like)
- Ginger- about ½ the size of your thumb (to taste)
- Turmeric- about ½ the size of your thumb (to taste)
- Collagen peptides (generally 1-2 scoops)
- Organic plain Yogurt- 1 container
- Protein Powder- 20-30 g (I like Whey Protein)
- Raw Cacao- 1 tsp
- Maca Root- 1,000-2,200mg/kg bodyweight
Coconut water is a good a carbohydrate-electrolyte source
Beet Root Juice is a source of nitrates, which have been shown to increase vasodilation, decrease blood pressure (BP) and improve cardiovascular function. In addition, it has ergogenic properties.
Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fat, fiber, α-tocopherol, minerals such as magnesium and copper, and phytonutrients. The favorable fat composition and fiber contribute to the hypocholesterolemic benefit of almond consumption. Almonds benefit cardiovascular and diabetes risks, such as body weight, glucose homeostasis, inflammation, and oxidative stress.
Berries are a good source of polyphenols, micronutrients, and fiber and have been associated with improved cardiovascular risk profiles.
Bananas are a good source of starch/fiber, micronutrients (e.g. potassium and magnesium) and antioxidants.The resistance starch in unripe bananas may be useful in the management of the metabolic syndrome and appetite. Bananas are also a great choice during exercise or as part of a pre/post exercise drink
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables are anti-inflammatory and have a protective role in prevention of cataract formation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diverticulosis, and possibly, hypertension.
Omega 3 fats are good sources of natural antioxidants for health promotion and disease prevention.
Ginger has been shown to be beneficial for nausea and vomiting, painful menstrual periods, morning sickness, osteoarthritis and dizziness (vertigo). It is also anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric (Curcumin) is an herb/spice that can be used for the treatment and prevention of inflammatory diseases, including: obesity, type II diabetes, arthritis, pancreatitis, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases, as well as certain types of cancer.
Collagen has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. In addition, the oral supplementation with collagen peptides is efficacious to improve skin aging.
Yogurt Probiotics have beneficial effects on irritable bowel syndrome and gut function, diarrhoea, atopic disease, immune function, respiratory tract infections, gut microbiota modulation, inflammatory bowel disease and treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection.
Protein intake is an important component of an overall exercise training program. It is essential for proper recovery, immune function, and the growth and maintenance of lean body mass. It may also improve exercise performance and recovery from exercise.
Raw Cacao has been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, metabolic disorders, and cancer prevention.
Maca Root has been shown to increase overall vigour and energy levels