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31.12.2017

Your Quick Smoothie Guide for 2018

If you’re detoxing in the new year, a great way to pack heaps of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals into your day is with smoothies. Plus, they taste delicious and will fill you up! A general rule of thumb for one smoothie is:

1 cup liquid + ¼ cup base + 1-2 pieces fresh fruit and veg + small amount of superfood

However, this will vary depending on the ingredients you pick and choose in your smoothie.

Liquid (1 cup or less if you prefer a thick consistency)

The type and amount of liquid you add will determine how runny the smoothie will be. So if you prefer a thicker consistency, use less liquid.

Choose from the following:

Nut milk: creamy consistency with a nutty flavour. Plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Coconut water: provides a refreshing coconut flavour and electrolytes.

Soy milk: great for creamy smoothies. Contains high quality protein and isoflavones.

Regular milk: creamy and packed with calcium, vitamins and other minerals.

Herbal iced tea: fruity teas, peppermint and ginger taste best and offer a variety of nutrients.

Freshly squeezed juice: provides refreshing flavours, packed with fibre and vitamins.

Base (1/4 cup)

Adding a base brings a creamy texture, which is the main difference to juices. Some examples include:

Fresh or frozen banana

Mango

Yoghurt

Kefir

Avocado

Chia seed gel

Nut butters

Tahini

Fresh organic fruit and veg (1 – 2 pieces which equates to approx 1 cup)

Boost the fibre, vitamins and minerals in your smoothie by adding nature’s superfood: fruit and veg. Both fresh and frozen are fine but try to choose organic. Some ideas include:

Apple

Orange

Dates

Spinach

Berries

Kale

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Pineapple

Beets

Cucumber

Celery

Fresh mint leaves

Papaya

Superfoods

Take your smoothie’s nutrition levels up a notch by adding powerful ingredients packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre. These include:

Cacao powder

Hemp seeds

Bee pollen

Maca

Acai powder

Ginger

Aloe Vera

Spirulina

Vital Greens

Probiotics

Oats

Cashews

Matcha

Flaxseeds

Cacao nibs

Goji berries

Protein powder

Cinnamon

Almonds

Mesquite powder

Quinoa flakes

Turmeric

Wheatgrass

 

Speak to our friendly Naturopaths and Nutritionists in store for their advice on smoothie ideas to suit your dietary needs PLUS head to our recipes for smoothie inspiration.

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