To feel healthy and energised on a daily basis, sometimes you’ve got to follow your gut. Starting your day with great nutrition can be difficult with today’s busy modern lifestyle. There’s nothing more tempting than reaching for a sugary cereal or last night’s cold pizza. If you’re showing signs of being run down, you can break the habit with the addition of smoothies. Tasty, convenient, and packed full of vitamins. Follow my quick and easy steps for a smoothie that will have you feeling like a superhero.
You will need…
1 Large Banana
Bananas may be high in sugar but they register low on the glycemic index score. This means that you’ll feel full of energy but that your blood sugar will remain stable. You won’t experience that awful crash like after eating a chocolate bar or sugary snack. Bananas are high in potassium, fibre, vitamin C and other goodies too.
Frozen Pineapple Chunks
Of course, it is up to you whether to use fresh, frozen, or canned, but frozen adds a cooling and refreshing hit to the smoothie. Pineapples are well known for their anti-bacterial properties and can even help stave off the common cold! They boost your immune system with their high amounts of vitamin C and can help soothe an aching stomach too.
Half a cup of coconut water
This will help the smoothie stay thin enough to drink easily, and has added nutritional benefits. Coconut water helps you to stay fuller for longer, and adds a yummy tropical flavour to any drink.
Half a punnet of blueberries
You can substitute your favourite berry but blueberries are regarded as one of the most potent super fruits. These little wonders pack a healthy punch. They are rich in antioxidants and have been shown to lower blood cholestrol that contributes to heart disease and even strokes. Adding a handful of these to your daily diet could have some impressive health benefits. A smoothie is an easy (and tasty) way to incorporate them into your own busy lifestyle.
A teaspoon of cinnamon
Cinnamon is delicious with smoothies and blueberries in particular. Dust some over the top of the smoothie and serve in a fancy glass as a sweet breakfast in bed surprise for someone.
Blenders and food processors can vary hugely in price so make sure you invest in one that suits your needs. If you’re a regular smoothie drinker, a smaller model might be enough to blend most fruits and small amounts of vegetables. If you’re a soup and stew fan too though, more powerful models can tackle potatoes, root vegetables and more. Mushing up by hand and then straining through a sieve is also an option if you have more time!
After slicing your banana into more manageable chunks, add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on the highest setting. Add extra coconut water if you feel the mixture the mixture has become too thick, and blend again. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with a smile.