With summer fast approaching, it’s time to whip out your blender and get some refreshing, gut-boosting smoothies going. But you could be missing out on a few simple ways to get the most out of your morning shake – here are a few tips to take your smoothie game to the next level. Plus, get your first look at our exciting new smoothie tumbler to get you drinking sustainably, and in style!
Chew your smoothies
Yep, you read that right – research shows that the best way to absorb the nutrients in your smoothie is to chew it first. This is because the chewing action stimulates your mouth’s digestive enzymes – if you skip this step, you risk losing out on some of those powerhouse nutrients in your drink. Chewing helps to signal to our gut that food is on the way, triggering it to release these enzymes, along with gastric juices to help break down the smoothie. You wouldn’t pour cold water over your tea bag, would you? Essentially, chewing is the equivalent of boiling the kettle first.
Don’t limit your ingredients
You don’t just have to limit yourself fruit and milk in your smoothies – you can add seeds, veggies and even grains! Seeds will add that extra crunch to help make sure you chew your smoothies, along with giving a good dose of essential fatty acids and magnesium, while whole grains provide slow-release energy and bulk to your morning smoothie. Veggies are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to give your gut and brain a good boost to help you power through the day and lay out the foundation for a healthy microbiome – plus, the chlorophyl in leafy greens is packed with vitamins B and E, potassium and calcium. Along with your usuals like bananas and berries, go the extra mile for fibre, iron and protein and add in some of the following tasty foods:
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Herbs like mint, parsley and thyme
- Leafy greens
- Sweet potato
Yes, you may even want to add an egg to your smoothie! It may seem like an unexpected ingredient, but eggs are packed with vitamin A, E, protein and iron – and don’t worry, you don’t have to force yourself to chug down raw eggs, you can actually pop in a peeled, whole boiled egg and blend it up with the rest of your smoothie ingredients. Boiled eggs are actually more nutritionally potent than raw eggs, plus you don't have to worry about salmonella poisoning.
Use the right tumbler
With plastic clogging up our landfill at alarming rates, it’s worth investing in a reusable tumbler – every year, 8 trillion tonnes of plastic pollute our oceans and waterways, and these plastic sources are responsible for 80% of the debris found in the ocean. The consequences encompass everything from environmental damage to animal endangerment. It’s the cause of a yearly 100, 000 deaths of marine life – this happens when animals get caught up in plastic or choke on it.
But it’s not just animal life that’s at stake, we’re also facing drastic health risks. This is because this plastic seeps into our food and water sources, and if you use plastic bottles, you’re at greater risk of consuming microplastics. These plastics wreak havoc on our hormones, which can lead to inflammation and gut dysbiosis, along with endocrine issues. More alarming yet, studies have shown that long-term exposure to these microplastics can result in fertility issues and reproductive dysfunction.
That’s why our new smoothie tumblers are the perfect companion for those who enjoy their smoothies on the go – you can take these to work, university or just while you’re out at the shops. Check out our range HERE and take your smoothie game to the next level! Plus, you're guaranteed a sustainable product that won't jeopardise the planet or your health – you won't find any sneaky microplastics here.
Feeling inspired? Try out one of our favourite smoothie recipes for brekkie tomorrow. For more fun, tasty and refreshing smoothies, take a look at our Super Smoothies eBook.
Violet Vanilla Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon maca (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- 1 serve of vanilla protein powder
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and serve.
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