Plus a delicious smoothie recipe to get you started. By Nutritionist and GoodnessMe Box Health Editor Melissa Fine.
1) To Bump Up Your Veggie Intake
If you’ve resorted to cheese on toast for lunch because you’re bored of munching on salad greens, why not chuck your veg into the blender instead? Because of their mild flavour, kale and baby spinach tend to be non-offensive in a smoothie, plus they’re loaded with nutrients like folate, calcium and magnesium.
It’s easy to pack several serves of veg into a smoothie (1 serve = 1 Cup salad veggies), and to change the ingredient combinations to mix things; See our GoodnessMe Green Smoothie for some ideas (at the end of this post).
2) For Easier-to-Digest Nutrients
Like linseeds and chia seeds; These are two of the best plant sources of essential omega-3 fats, but if you eat them straight up, they’re likely to go straight through your because of their high fibre content.
…Blend up your linseeds or chia in a smoothie however and they break down nicely, making them much easier to digest (think less bloat) and absorb. Chia seeds are also great because they make expand in liquid and so will make your smoothie nice and thick – no ice cream needed.
Make sure you still ‘chew’ your smoothie though, to encourage the process of digestion and so that your brain registers that you’re actually eating (and not just sculling something down).
3) To Get More Goodness Into You
…Because there are so many nutrient-dense ingredients that are much easier to add to your smoothie than say a salad or stir-fry; Think foods like psyllium husk (a popular, natural source of dietary fibre) and powdered greens like spirulina and chlorella
A great way to make your smoothie more nutrient dense without using 10 individual superfood powders is with Wagner’s Super Greens Powder; This is loaded with alkalising greens like alfalfa sprouts and broccoli grass, as well as a unique botanical blend including antioxidant-rich grape seed and energising green tea. And thanks to its Acai Mango flavour, it goes down a treat.
Recipe:GoodnessMe Green Smoothie
Banana or berry, spinach or kale? Choose your favourite flavour combo, or alternate between the two.
- 1 very ripe banana - peeled, chopped into chunks and frozen OR 1/3 Cup frozen berries
- 1/3 – 1/2 Cup almond or coconut milk (depending on how thick you like your smoothie)
- 1 Cup baby spinach or kale
- 1 scoop greens powder (optional), like Wagner’s Super Greens
- 6-8 ice cubes
Add all the ingredients to the blender, spinach or kale last.
Cover and blend until ingredients are well combined and smooth.
Pour into a jar or glass and enjoy!
Drink mindfully ;) Sip slowly and remember to chew.
Wagner Super Greens is a nourishing, low allergenic formula that contains 75% organic ingredients including Chia seeds, Broccoli sprouts, Red beetroot, Spirulina and Alfalfa grass. To find out more on Wager head to www.wagnerhealth.com.au