My magic Ingredients
Updated: Jan 29, 2021
In recent years social media has become full of smoothie pics, green, red, brown, big, small you name it, people liquidize it and drink it.
Anyway, not one to miss out I also got fully involved with smoothie making when I was given a Nutribullet for my birthday about 4 years ago.
I find it a good way to get 3 or 4 portions of veg into me that I wouldn't otherwise munch through first thing in the morning.
But here's the thing, there is so much more that you can whizz up that can improve your health and get you feeling AMAZING every day...
Here are the magic ingredients I add to my smoothies to give my health and immune system a boost and why: NOTE: for those of you currently in a flare with a gut condition (IBS/IBD) dietary fibre can be friend or foe, the science shows that including fibre (whilst in remission) is important to avoid a future flare, but I also appreciate that the seeds in this post may not be your buddy right now so, listen to your body, it knows best..... Flaxseed: Omega 3 and antioxidant superhero whilst reducing inflammation. Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds: Vits A, E, Magnesium, Calcium, antioxidant and all round good guys. Goji Berries: Great for immune system support - US study in 2016 showed a reduction in IBD symptoms and inflammatory markers in study participants when including Goji Berries in diet! Chia seeds: High quality protein, fibre dense, packed with antioxidants and Omega 3, when ground up will also help you properly hydrate, so tiny yet so powerful!
Inulin: This tasteless white powder comes from Jerusalem Artichoke and is a powerful prebiotic - it feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut to help improve the balance of your microbiome and in doing so, reducing inflammation. Cacao Nibs: I’ve been looking at various studies on this chocolate tasting bad boy and most of the published works support the capability of cocoa polyphenols to effectively suppress the production of cytokines and adhesion molecules that promote inflammation in the colon. It is nutrient dense and contains more calcium than milk - great for those of us who have cut dairy out of our diets and any excuse for me to get something that tastes like chocolate in my breakfast can’t be a bad thing? Right?!? Got any good smoothie recipes? I wanna hear them!