Here at Fitter Food we’ve shared a tonne of awesome smoothie recipes, both on our website, in our books as well as in our dedicated smashing smoothie eBook. Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your smoothie works for your health and fitness goals.
* Use your morning smoothie to get a head start on your veg intake, aim for 2-3 servings. Celery, watercress, broccoli, bok choy, cucumber, endives, lettuce and courgette are great smoothie options.
*Limit high oxalate foods in large amounts in your smoothie. Many dark green vegetables are best consumed lightly cooked and in small amounts rather than big handfuls, consumed raw in a smoothie. Spinach, kale and parsley are high in oxalates. The veggies above contain much lower amounts.
* Add some soluble fibre to support the growth of beneficial bacteria; kiwi, apple (especially the peel), pear (especially the peel), raspberries, oats/oatbran, pumpkin sees and whole almonds with the skin are good options.
*Add some hormone balancing nutrients like whole flaxseed (which will grind in the blender), broccoli sprouts, Matcha green tea powder, cinnamon, citrus (lemon and lime), seaweeds and some egg yolks.
*ROTATE your smoothie ingredients, especially the protein source, swap between whey, collagen and vegan proteins and add different additional ingredients.
*Add fire with some root ginger or rocket to stimulate your digestive system, extra lemon or lime juice will counter the heat but also ensure your tummy is ready for the nutrient hit.
*Drink slowly or consume with a spoon (aka smoothie bowl) to support healthy digestion.
*Add vitamin C with things like strawberries, grapefruit, kiwi and citrus fruits or take in supplement form. When foods are blitzed they damage slightly and oxidise, whilst consumption still helps to upregulate you natural antioxidant production a little extra vitamin C helps to keep everything in check.
So there you have it, some top tips for blitzing up the good stuff. Enjoy!
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