OMG!! Smoothie of the day!
Today I made the most delicious breakfast fruit smoothie enhanced with a few veggies! This smoothie is filled with fiber and natural sugars that are bound to keep you feeling light and energised all morning! It also keeps you feeling full which helps to control your appetite. It is nutrient packed while still being fresh and fruity!
Here is what I did!
4 small apples (of choice, I prefer pink ladies – slight sour tang to it.)
1 large chunk of watermelon, de-seeded
1-2 sweet oranges
1-2 bananas (depending on how much you like bananas)
1 carrot sliced
a large chunk of red leaf cabbage, rinsed well
1/4 yellow pepper (you can use other peppers but I like the sweetness of the yellow pepper)
1 medium chunk cucumber
1 cup water (or 1 cup 100% mixed fruit juice to mask any veggie taste!)
Just cut up everything into small chunks and start to fill the blender.
A tip I learned from @BenjiManTV on YouTube is to put the liquids at the bottom. Then put in the light fruits and veggies like the watermelon and yellow pepper. Then top up with the chunky fruits and veggies like the carrots and apples last. Blend well and pour into your glass.
This amount of fruit and vegetable will make either:
4 short servings
3 medium servings
2 tall servings.
** You can adjust as needed.
Nutrients in this mix (Not a comprehensive list):
Vitamin A– Vitamin A helps cell reproduction. It also stimulates immunity and is needed for formation of some hormones. Vitamin A helps vision and promotes bone growth, tooth development, and helps maintain healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. It has been shown to be an effective preventive against measles.
Vitamin B- Vitamin B1/thiamine is important in the production of energy. It helps the body cells convert carbohydrates into energy. It is also essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system. Not getting enough thiamine can leave one fatigued and weak.
Vitamin C– Vitamin C is one of the most important of all vitamins. It plays a significant role as an antioxidant, thereby protecting body tissue from the damage of oxidation. Antioxidants act to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, which are potentially damaging by-products of the body’s metabolism. Free radicals can cause cell damage that may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin C has also been found by scientists to be an effective antiviral agent.
Vitamin K- Vitamin K is fat soluble and plays a critical role in blood clotting. It regulates blood calcium levels and activates at least 3 proteins involved in bone health.
Calcium– Calcium eases insomnia and helps regulate the passage of nutrients through cell walls. Without calcium, your muscles wouldn’t contract correctly, your blood wouldn’t clot and your nerves wouldn’t carry messages.
Potassium- Potassium is essential for the body’s growth and maintenance. It is necessary to keep a normal water balance between the cells and body fluids.
Selenium– Selenium is a part of several enzymes necessary for the body to properly function. Generally, selenium functions as an antioxidant that works in conjunction with vitamin E.
Hope you give this a try! And don’t be afraid to experiment!
Do you have any smoothie recipes to share? Would be awesome to try new flavours!