A crafty way to sneak some green leafy vegetables into your kids’ morning breakfast, and great for masking the taste of a green superfood powder (spirulina/wheatgrass powder etc.). Be careful, however, because adding endless amounts of fruits to a smoothie is not the way forward as this could spike your blood sugar levels. Make sure your smoothies are well balanced, making them protein rich and highly nutritious, so get creative!
How to Make the Most Nutritious and Delicious Smoothie Ever:
Simply try my smoothie builder below. Make sure you add fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, a liquid component to help with the consistency, some essential fatty acids for their anti-inflammatory role, good quality protein to keep you fuller for longer and perhaps some nutritious bonus extras.
Recipe to Try: Cacao and Banana Smoothie
(Serves 1) Ingredients
1½ tbsp cacao powder
¼ cup coconut milk
½ cup water
1 frozen banana (frozen in slices)
1 tbsp pea protein powder (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
If needed add extra water until you reach desired consistency.
* Nutritional Goodness
This recipe contains good quality protein and beneficial fats to help slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream. The creamy consistency is created by the avocado, banana and coconut milk. Cacao powder contains flavonoids, a type of antioxidant compound that promotes general health, helping to reduce the risk of cell and tissue damage. Cacao and bananas also contain mood-boosting properties, due to their high tryptophan content which helps with serotonin production; our ‘happy’ neurotransmitter.