Let’s talk about Smoothies!

Healthy smoothies seem to be the latest craze, but why?

With the warm weather heating up here in Perth a delicious cold and healthy smoothie is the perfect way to nourish our body. Read more to learn how to get the best health benefits from smoothies, some great recipes and health advice.

14Why are smoothies so fantastic? This is because you’re gaining all of those beautiful nutrients in a quick and compact way. Smoothies should be easy and fun to prepare not a drag. The best tip to creating quick and easy smoothies is to cut and prepare your ingredients when you have a spare hour or so free during the week. Place your fruit pieces in individual freezer bags according to each smoothie recipe. Now when it comes time for a healthy smoothie hit you’re good to go, just add a bit of water, yoghurt or whatever the recipe calls for. Otherwise be creative and add your favourite condiments.

Kids LOVE smoothies! Don’t buy those ‘fruit’ juices loaded with refined sugars. Promote a healthy childhood for our kids to help them grow big and strong. Make smoothies fun, include your child in the preparation process. Let them put the ingredients in the blender (with adult supervision) and allow them to watch the colours blend together.

15Smoothies are a great way to hide those fruits and vegetables our children and we… refuse to eat! Mixed with ones we love we won’t be able to taste any we usually can’t digest alone.

TIP: When trying mainly green smoothies load the blender with ice! It will make them much easier to drink – Try your first green smoothie by sipping slowly, they’re loaded with a variety of flavours we may not be used to.

 

Below are some of our personal favourite, delicious smoothie recipes to try for yourself

11MANGO MAGIC
Detoxifying + Hair +Skin + Antioxidant-Rich + Digestion + Energy Booster
Under 1256KJ/300 Cal per Serve

– 2 Cups of baby Spinach
– 1 Frozen banana
– 1 Cup Chopped Mango
– 1 Cup Your choice of Milk (Soy, Cows, Almond)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

12BERRY BASH
Detoxifying + immunity booster + Hair + Skin + Nails + Antioxidant-Rich + Energy Booster
Under 1256KJ/300 Cal per Serve

– 2 Cups baby spinach
– 1 Cup Blueberries
– ½ Cup pomegranate juice
– ½ Cup Cold Water
– Stevia, to taste

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

 

Get creative and experiment with your own smoothie recipe!

Smoothie Shopping List ideas

  • 16Green appleHelps retain skin elasticity
  • Flaxseed oilEncourage the growth of healthy hair, nails and skin due to being rich in omega-3
  • Passion fruitFull of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and potassium and the seeds provide a vital source of fibre
  • AlmondsExcellent source of vitamin E and protein. They are also very filling!
  • StrawberriesCollagen-building vitamin C and are low in natural sugar
  • KaleThe ultimate green with vitamins A, K and C for perfect skin. Kale also contains Omega fatty acids for healthy hair
  • Medjool DatesFull of fibre, essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. These drops of gold will help skin stay hydrated and avoid puffiness
  • BlueberriesProvide the richest source of antioxidants, prevent skin damage and help skin cells to repair  

 

These are just some of the amazing benefits you can gain from some great smoothie ingredients. There’s no need to go out and purchase everything all at once, just experiment with ingredients you know you love and step outside your comfort zone with one or two at a time. You never know what you’ll fall in love with!

 

For more tips and health advice contact us at 4 Life on 08 9583 5200

 

Smoothie recipes ‘Mango Magic’ and ‘Berry Bash’ found in the book ‘Super Green Smoothies’ By Sally Obermeder and Maha Koraiem