While there is some fun debate about whether a smoothie is a food or a drink, it is clear that they have become a very popular part of many healthy diets. One benefit of a smoothie is that they can compress a lot of high-nutrient ingredients into a delicious, easy to consume form.
In this article, we introduce you to the ever-growing smoothie-culture. It is part of an active and healthy lifestyle for many.
Smoothies aren’t all created equal. Here are a few key ingredients to consider. They have benefits for both young and old.
- Chia seeds: These tiny seeds earn their title of superfood. Chia seeds are mostly soluble fibre, great for maintaining a healthy digestive tract. Plus, they’re full of antioxidants that help fight free radicals. Free radicals can lead to outcomes like an overgrowth of tumour-causing cells. Free radicals can also contribute to the premature ageing of skin and vessels.
- Brazil nuts (crushed): Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium. Research shows selenium helps regulate blood pressure. Many post-menopausal women are low in the regular intake of selenium.
- Spinach: The green leafy veg is one of the highest natural sources of vitamin K, a vitamin vital to maintaining bone health. When we start to age, bone and joint health become more important. Spinach in your diet can help.
There are many recipes available for you to try as you enter the world of regular smoothie drinking. Here is one you can try, we’ll call this the Kickstarter, designed for the start of your working day.
Note: You will need a blender, the key equipment for making smoothies.
- 1 large handful of fresh Spinach (baby spinach is fine too)
- ¼ lemon
- ½ banana, peeled
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp. Brazil nuts, ground
- 1 tbsp. psyllium husks
- 1 cup full of ice
Squeeze the lemon into your blender or mixing device, then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds, and pour into a glass.
Smoothies are one way to pack lots of nutrients into an easy-to-consume supplement or complement in your everyday diet. The recipes are endless.
Written by Caitlin R.
As a physiotherapist and personal trainer, Caitlin is passionate about health and fitness.
 Brough L, Gunn C A, Weber J L, Coad J, Jin Y, Thomson J S, Mauze M, Kruger M C. Iodine and Selenium Intakes of Postmenopausal Women. 2017-03-02
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