Smoothies are all the rage these days. There are few homes that don’t boast of the benefits of a Nutribullet or if you’re lucky enough a Vitamix. These machines might seem like a passing trend in terms of culinary equipment, however I’m converted.
Green smoothies loaded with spinach have been my staple breakfast for years. The energy gained, compared to ingesting a standard westernised breakfast is incomparable.
I’ve decided to deviate from my standard smoothie a few weeks ago in favour of a lighter fruitier version. This smoothie is absolutely delicious and more like a dessert! Packed with whole grains, seeds, nut butter, fruits and plant based milk it is a powerhouse of energy to supply you with numerous essential nutrients for your day.
• 1 banana
• 80g frozen mixed berries
• 1tsp almond butter
• 30g oats
• 2 heaped tbsp milled mixed seeds
• 250mls hemp milk
• Pop all ingredients into a blender ( I use the Nutribullet) and blend until smooth.
Serve in your favourite glass 😀💗
Here’s the juicy bit. . .
We’ve all read of the importance of chewing our food correctly. It’s a simple rule but greatly benefits digestion and aids in the release of macro and micronutrients.
Digestion starts in the mouth and signals the release of digestive enzymes, acid production in the stomach and bile to be released from the gall bladder. A cascade of activity as you innocently chew your breakfast over the morning paper.
If meal times are rushed, food may not be chewed sufficiently leaving a lot of work for the stomach and intestines. These organs have to try and digest the food into their absorbable form so that we can utilise the fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals enabling us to carry out our numerous functions.
The benefit of blending food, as in smoothies, aids better digestion and the release of micronutrients from their bonds.
If undigested food particles pass into your bloodstream, the immune system views these allergens as a potential threat which can lead to inflammation in the body and various ailments associated with inflammation.
The simple rule is — take time over each meal and chew your food well. 🍽