Smoothies are a great way to pack in a concentrated dose of vital nutrients. The trend to blend makes it easy to combine natural wholesome foods with concentrated superfoods like cinnamon, Spirulina and ginger.
It’s the perfect approach to give your immune system a boost the tasty way!
Top tip: Don’t add sweeteners with refined sugars, processed syrups and sweetened ingredients. The right natural ingredients can curb the most intense sweet-tooth craving without the hollow calories and unwanted added sugar. To avoid sugar spikes and possible weight gain, use lower GI fruits like berries and apples in your smoothies. Fruits like bananas, dates and pineapple are high in sugar and should be used sparingly.
Here are a couple of favourites to get you blending:
Protein power up green smoothie
This smoothie packs a protein punch of up to 30g of protein per serving!
The main bioactive compound in ginger is gingerol, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Cinnamon’s unique health benefits are derived from three basic types of components in the essential oils found in its bark. These oils contain active components that are said to improve blood sugar regulation and have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Spirulina is considered a superfood due to its many health benefits. These include cancer prevention, the ability to detox the body of heavy metals, and its ability to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol, among others
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup raw spinach and/or kale, chopped
- ½ seasonal fruit (orange, pitted and peeled
- ½ tsp of Spirulina powder
- 2 scoops whey protein, vanilla flavour
- 1 scoop glutamine
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- Blend the water and leafy greens in a blender at high speed until smooth.
- Add in the fruit and blend again.
- Add remaining ingredients at blend until smooth.
- Health Connection Spirulina Powder 250g
- Nature’s Choice Spirulina Powder 100g
- Marcus Rohrer Spirulina Powder 150g
Available at Dis-Chem stores
Cacao Powerhouse Smoothie
Cacao powder offers powerful antioxidant effects. It is also a source of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur and EFAs.
Natural almond butter is a better alternative to peanut butter because it is a lower carb option.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp cacao
- 1 scoop whey protein powder, chocolate flavour
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
- Blend until smoothie. Serve and enjoy.
- Jemz Coconut Milk 165ml
- Tony Ferguson Coconut Milk 400ml
- Kara Coconut Milk Drink 1l Kosher
- Robertsons Cacao 100g
- Myprotein Organic Cacao Powder 250g (in-store only)
- Health Connection Cacao Powder 200g
Available at Dis-Chem stores
Curb that hunger! Create a thick, dense smoothie with dairy, coconut or almond milk to leave you feeling satiated and satisfied. Another easy way to add bulk without calories is to use ice.
Try out these combinations or create super smoothies of your own, let your creativity drive you and your taste buds explore. Simply blend, pour and enjoy!