My husband has no idea what he puts in his smoothie each morning. I mean, he does know what a banana is, and is well up on recognising kale, but as for the crazy amount of random pots he takes a tea spoon from each day – he has no idea!
The more you look into something, the more you learn and when it comes to what to put it your body for various benefits – I learn more and more. Powders, seeds and ground up versions of many foods are a perfect way to pack meals, baking and smoothies with massive amounts extra of nutritional content.
All these little extras are quick and easy to add into your morning juice or smoothie (on into your stews, soups, salads etc – honestly I add things in every where!). With these additions you can get missing vitamins, dietary requirements, and fill gaps where you don’t have certain things in your daily meals. It’s now routine just to take a little of each and add it into my morning smoothie. It’s easy to get hold of these products but it’s worth shopping around as the ‘superfood’ trend has given some brands a licence to print money. When it’s in a fancier pot or got a big brand name attached you can guarantee it’s more costly than it needs to be. I regularly head to Amazon to buy bulk bags and my favourite well priced brand is Sevenhills Wholefoods. I have also found Costco (in store) stocks more and more of these at great prices.
Be(e) grateful for pollen. Those little bees work 8 hrs a day for a month to make one tea spoon. Hence the price. But it packs a punch and is brilliant for non meat eaters.
Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight.
As well as being a source for energy, super for skin, aids digestion and boosts immunity, it is also a help for prostate issues and a wonder boost for fertility.
Whatever is on offer or happens to be in the shop ends up in the seed pot – sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, hemp.
Seeds, although small, are mighty. Apart from their health benefits, they can add a little crunch to your smoothie, toasted they add another texture to a salad and can be snuck into pasta sauces, curries and even soups.
Healthy seeds are great sources of protein, minerals, zinc and other life-enhancing nutrients. Numerous studies have shown that different types of seeds and nuts can actually prevent weight gain, the development of heart disease and the accumulation of LDL cholesterol.
Different seeds have different properties including omega 3 and 6 from hemp, antioxidants from pumpkin seeds, calcium and zinc from sesame seeds and vitamin E and digestion aid from sunflower seeds.
Flax, a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, Iron, potassium, copper and zinc, could help you improve digestion, give you clear skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss. It’s one of the cheaper powders and again is great to add into all sorts of cooking, plus pop in salads, cereal and of course a definite in a smoothie.
It’s essential for improving skin and hair, also helping conditions like acne and eczema. This wonder food is even great for our furry friends – I add a little to my dogs breakfast for his glossy coat and to help with moulting.
The super food of athletes, Maca is a fuel for energy, endurance and stamina. It is also beneficial to relieve menstrual symptoms, boost fertility in men and even help with mild depression. As with all these additions half to one teaspoon is recommended per day.
Scientists believe spirulina is among the first organisms to thrive on Earth. Because they converted CO2 into oxygen they helped form our atmosphere
It is a invaluable powerful nutrient provider, as well as full of multiple vitamins and a vegetarians favourite as is packed with protein. This is the original superfood.
Cacao is full of antioxidants, magnesium and iron. It is also a much better flavoursome alternative for cooking than over-processed cocoa powder. It’s pricey but worth it. A great addition to your ‘clean’ baking ingredients cupboard, plus it is perfect to give a smoothie a chocolaty edge.
One of the most talked about superfoods recently, chia (however you choose to pronounce it) is nutrient dense and has similar properties to maca. These energy boosting seeds have even been connected to healing diabetes. It’s another flexible addition to cooking, baking and juicing full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. Chia is another healthy addition to help your furry friends too!
MATCHA TEA POWDER MIX
Matcha increases energy, focus, vitality and concentration. I use a powder mix that also contains flax, chia, goji berries and contains an extra powerful version of white tea matcha. It’s s nutritional powerhouse to use in cooking. I by this particular mix from Costco.
So all those sit in pots, easy to spoon into our smoothies every morning. I realise that I now have more of the good stuff in my breakfast than most people probs boy have in a day or even a week. Since I got my NutriBullet* two years ago I use it every day. I generally get 4/5 of my five a day in it plus all the additions and it tastes great. I play around with the veg and fruit that go in it but am often lead by what arrives in the vegetable box delivery. Even vegetables that you don’t enjoy can disappear into a smoothie so you get the benefits but not the flavour.
*Smoothie recipe ideas coming soon.