Morning smoothies used to be commonplace in media representations of hippies, yogis and OG vegans – before it was trendy, that is.
But nowadays, more and more of us are ditching the stock standard cereal, toast and glass of OJ and opting for higher fiber, lower sugar options. Not only can a great morning smoothie be a tasty way to start your day, use the right ingredients and you can boost your immunity, mental clarity and stay fuller for longer.
Goodbye 3pm biccie cravings.
The key is to pack your smoothie with ingredients you thrive off – really listen to your body and what it needs. Nourish it with real, whole foods and power-packed additions and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
Try incorporating these 6 things into your morning smoothies and enjoy the incredible benefits:
1. Maca powder
This superfood powder is an excellent way to boost energy and wellbeing, through its powerful regulatory properties. Able to boost your iron levels and correct any hormone imbalances, adding a small teaspoon of this to your smoothie a few mornings a week can give your stamina a new lease on life. Oh, and it’s got a honeycomb-like flavour, too. Bonus!
You might’ve heard of the long list of benefits of turmeric as an ultra-healer and promptly dismissed them. Trust us – adding turmeric won’t make your smoothie taste like a liquid tikka masala. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, meaning it has the potential to reduce our risk of cancer, heart disease, and even dementia. It all comes down to the active ingredient curcumin. Combining turmeric powder with nut milk, cinnamon, star anise and banana will give you a tasty, chai flavoured morning smoothie with an immunity-boosting difference.
3. Frozen zucchini
If you’re looking for a tasty, low carb way to amp up your smoothie textures, try freezing cubes of zucchini. Many people actually have an undetected sensitivity to bananas – especially when they’re consumed every day. Zucchini’s anti-inflammatory properties, mild flavour and creamy texture when blended make it a low-carb, low-calorie morning winner.
4. Flax seeds/linseed
Packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, flax (also known as linseed) can add texture and a nuttiness to your morning hit. Proven to lower cholesterol and improve overall health, flax seeds contain lignans in a higher quantity than any other plant foods, which studies have shown can substantially lower breast cancer risk.
5. Coconut oil
Coconut oil has been on the trendy scene for some time now, banishing its previously poor reputation. In fact, coconut oil has been found to boost metabolism, energy and fat burning. Add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie to complement a high-fat diet, or simply keep yourself fuller for longer.
Fresh ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and will give green smoothies a punch. Adding ginger to your brekkie smoothie may help decrease gas and bloating while easing nausea and sickness.
Ladies – try ginger if you’re experiencing menstrual cramps!
If you’re looking for more ways to build smoothies that pack a punch, this infographic from Precision Nutrition shows you how to build out a serious nutrition hit.