Let’s go beyond the green leaves, frozen blueberries and chia seeds to introduce some new micro-nutrients to your body.
#1 Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
Almonds and cashews are a great frozen banana substitute but pumpkin seeds are potentially even more nutritious. An anti-aging multi-vitamin, just one handful will go a long way to achieving your daily requirement of magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, vitamin E and protein. That means energy, weightloss, skin firming and a stronger immune system.
One cup of pumpkin seeds will make your smoothie thick and satisfying, and the subtle flavour will allow the other ingredients to do the talking.
#2 Camu Camu
The word superfood does not do this Amazonian fruit justice. It’s the highest source of vitamin C on the planet. And by a long way. One teaspoon of freeze dried powder is 12 times your daily vitamin C needs. That means an immune system so strong that it slows aging and even prevents oxidative stress that leads to cancer. It’s great for skin, provides mental clarity and even elevates mood. It’s subtle citrus flavour blends in quietly to any smoothie, allowing other ingredients to shine. You only need one teaspoon per smoothie.
#3 Hemp Seeds
Banned for human consumption in Australia, but don’t let the uninformed fat cats control you. Hemp seeds are an unbelievable source of essential fatty acids (omega-3 & 6), promoting weight-loss, lowering cholesterol and providing energy. They are expensive in Australia but you only need a couple of tablespoons for a powerful serving. Hemp seeds are that potent. They’ll also thicken up your smoothie like chia seeds would, only with twice the protein and all nine essential amino acids.
A simple suggestion but not to be underestimated. Mint soothes indigestion and inflammation, plus it can even reduce pimples. Equal to the digestive power is the flavour. You can make any green smoothie taste like peppermint ice cream with some cacao, dates and fresh mint.
#5 Plant Based Protein
Protein isn’t just for muscles. It’s actually for weightloss, particularly when you have it in the first 30 minutes of your morning. If you find the right flavour you won’t need to add any other sweeteners for your smoothie either.
Your protein powder has to be plant based as whey, like milk, isn’t biologically designed for human consumption. The best plant based recipes are much cleaner with complimenting ingredients too, because they are made for fussy health nuts like us that read labels. Our favourite brands from the States are MRM Vegie Elite and Rawfusion. We also just discovered Prana On in Australia and love their coconut flavour.
Smoothies and coconut water go hand in hand. Subtle sweetness and hydrating potassium. The problem is some brands cost a fortune. Don’t rule out getting your coconut water from Asian grocery stores. Whilst those tin cans don’t appease your love of packaging, tin can actually keep the coconut water fresher. The tetra pack variety is two or three times the price, just because of the branding. This stuff literally grows on trees so don’t let branding break your bank or prevent you from making that delicious green smoothie.
Article courtesy of Green Press.
Green Press is an organic cold pressed juice and health food company located in Melbourne. A true pioneer in the health and wellness space, Green Press dispels the stigma that health is boring. Run by brothers James and Miles McLoughlin, Green Press was created to help people feel alive. Their flagship cafe, informative blog and online store offer an inspiring insight into the world of healthy living. Receiving their nutritional education in NYC, where Chef Miles worked at multiple Michelin Star winning restaurants in Manhattan whilst James managed both a Manhattan restaurant and a juicing food truck, the brothers decided they were ready to go out on their own and moved to Melbourne, Australia and open the city’s first organic cold pressed juice bar, launching Green Press in November 2013.