We live in the times when technological advances have simplified our lives in a way unimaginable.
In the modern day people live fast paced lifestyles, they rush for work and take kids to school, among other things. There’s little time to sit and have breakfast together as family, let alone prepare it.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it kicks start our brains, keep them alert throughout the day, and it boosts our energy levels to carry out our daily activities and tasks.
A smoothie has become relevant these days since we consume most foods in just one drink, on the go. It’s less time-consuming and easy to prepare.
All you need is a high-speed blender, your fresh produce or frozen fruits and vegetables then you’ll have your smoothie in less than 20 minutes.
We don’t get to eat enough fruits and vegetables as recommended by experts due to our busy schedules.
Having a glass of smoothie each morning makes a difference as you’ll get the most nutrients the body needs but doesn’t mean to skip the other meals as they are just as important to provide the body with the necessary nutrients.
Since most of us are in a lockdown, it can be frustrating to just sit and do nothing with no physical activity especially when you are not working from home.
We can easily get stressed out and resort to eating junk food and sabotage our health in the process.
We cannot afford this especially in a time such as this when we are faced with covid 19. Our immune system is the only defense we need to survive this pandemic and other diseases.
It’s the survival of the fittest kind of situation. Take care of your immune system and it will in turn take care of you.
A smoothie a day is a way to go.
How Does A Smoothie Benefit Our Health?
Experts always recommend that eating fruits and vegetables a day promotes health.
Plant food sources are packed with nutrients and phytochemicals needed by the body such as antioxidants and polyphenols, among others.
These plant compounds are thought to boost immunity and thus strengthen our health. When we eat fruits and veggies in a form of a smoothie, our bodies will reap the benefits thus paving a way for good health over time.
It helps to limit the sugar content when we make a smoothie.
Fiber is good for digestion and aid bowel movement. When we drink a smoothie made with fresh produce especially unpeeled, this will aid digestion and keep us regular.
Fiber rich foods are satiating, thus decreasing our overall calories as we feel fuller for longer.
Fresh fruits and vegetables supply us with minerals and vitamins needed by our bodies. Vitamin E and C are found in most foods especially citrus fruits and leafy vegetables, respectively.
These nutrients act as antioxidants which are thought to prevent oxidative stress and boost immunity.
“Vitamin E in the tocopherol form is found in edible vegetable oils, especially wheat germ, sunflower and rapeseed oil.
Other sources of vitamin E are green leaves vegetables such as (spinach and chard), nuts (almond and peanuts) and nut spreads, avocados, sunflower seeds, mango and kiwi fruit”
3 Recipes For Smoothies You May Find Useful
By Maggie Rakuba ( An inhouse product)
Preparation Time: 5 minute
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
- 1 Beetroot
- 1 Banana
- 1 Peer
- 1/4 Onion
- Small pieces of ginger (or 1 tablespoon grated ginger)
- Few leaves of mint
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of milk ( any kind of milk, according to your preference)
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
- 1tablespoon of ground sunflower seeds
First wash your fruits and vegetables. Cut beet into small pieces along with peer, and ginger. Chop your onion as well.
Place them inside a blender jar, with water at the base and blend them together. Then place your sliced banana, mint, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds mint into the mixture and continue blending until smooth. Finally, pour in the milk to add more flavor and smoothness.
Voila, Your smoothie is ready for consumption.
Note: You can use any fruit or add other ingredients to customize your smoothie. Too much sugar is not good for your health. It helps to limit the sugar content in your smoothie.
For more information about beetroot click here.
By Jessica Gooch (www.bbcgoodfood.com)
- 250 milk of your choice.
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
- 1 tablespoon maca powder (optional)
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- 1medjool date, stoned
- 1 small ripe banana
- Handful cavolo nero/spinach
- A tablespoon almond butter
Pour the milk into a high speed blender, then add ground flaxseeds, maca powder (if using) and cinnamon.
Add remaining ingredients then blitz until smooth
Pour into glasses and serve.
Banana Cherry Smoothie
This recipe is credited to: www.thesaltymarshmallow.com
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Total time: 8 minutes
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup pitted cherries
- 1 large banana
- 1/4 yogurt
- One tablespoon almond extract (optional)
- Place the milk, frozen cherries, banana and almond extract into a blender.
- Place the lid on the blender pulse and blend the ingredients for 1to 2 minutes until smooth.
- Serve immediately
To learn more about cherries click here.
Additional Ingredients To add Onto Your Smoothie To Boost Nutritional Value
- Almond butter
- Hemp seeds/ Chia seeds/Quinoa seeds/pumpkin seeds / sunflower seeds
- Ground flax seeds
A Take Home
Taking care of our health is critical and our lives depends on it. We can do that by doing simple things like drinking a healthy smoothie each day, among other things.
What’s exciting is that we can eat diverse foods in just one drink. It’s imperative though, to use our produce whilst they are still fresh to get the most from them.
Blending has become handy as we can efficiently produce a smoothie in just few minutes as opposed to the normal cooking which appears to be time-consuming especially in the morning since we rushing for work.
A healthy smoothie provides our bodies with the nutrients needed. It boosts our energy levels and pave a way to good health in a long run.
Those produce lose their nutritional value when they stay too long even in a refrigerator. We end up throwing them away as they become stale.
Eating them fresh in the form of a smoothie is a brilliant way of eating our produce raw in a very tasteful way.
If we make a smoothie nice and interesting even kids will love it than they would a raw vegetable. This a strategic way of making them eat fruits and vegetables
I hope that you found this article useful and inspiring. If you do, kindly leave your comment, opinion, and question in the comment section below.