Proper nutrition along with regular exercise is key to maintaining health. The rising popularity of healthy eating on the go is reflected in today’s trend of substituting quick, unhealthy meals with nutritious smoothies. Not only do they make for quick and nourishing meals, they can also be prepared in larger quantities, frozen and then used on busy working days.
There’s no end to smoothie combinations that can cater to different dietary or health needs, personal moods or social events. Take a look at the following information and graphics, and learn what it takes to “smoothie” out your life or properly attune to different situations in only a few minutes.
Smoothie for the Brain
Sometimes the amount of work that piles up does not let you prepare and enjoy proper meals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a brain power boosting smoothie in only a few minutes.
Essential ingredients that make up a perfect smoothie for the brain are chia seeds, raspberries, blueberries and pomegranates.
Chia seeds are low in calories and high in nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates (mostly fiber), vitamins and quality protein. Raspberries and blueberries are rich in antioxidants. Pomegranate contains an incredibly powerful compound called punicalagin which contributes to preventing neuroinflammation related to dementia. The result of combining these ingredients is a real super food that can help brain functions perform better and protect you from free radicals that harm brain cells.
Smoothie for Weight Loss
Weight loss tips are never out of style, especially those that are practical and easy to pull through. This smoothie for weight loss will not disappoint in that respect, because all you need to do is ensure you have the right ingredients, most importantly green tea and cinnamon. Studies show that green tea speeds up the effects of certain fat-burning hormones, while cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar and supports digestive functions. Note that cinnamon and green tea alone won’t work miracles on your body if you aren’t physically active and if you eat more calories than you burn.
Smoothie for Energy
You need energy to accomplish great things. Sometimes those things are pretty demanding, and you need more energy to perform them. What better source of energy than a quickly prepared energy-boosting smoothie at the beginning of your day?
Make sure you include kale, which is rich in vitamin A, K, C, B6, calcium, magnesium, iron and more, and is considered to be one of the most nutritionally dense foods. Also, don’t forget spinach, high in iron and other compounds that increase the efficiency of mitochondria (that produce energy inside our cells). This combination will leave you feeling supercharged long after you’ve consumed it.
Getting kids to eat healthy food is always a feat, but fun smoothies can help! You can throw in nutritious ingredients along with some tasty treats and you’ll know your kids got the necessary nutrients for the day. Peanut butter is a perfect kids smoothie ingredient because it makes everything taste better. Though high in fat and calories, peanut butter is a rich source of protein and it is very filling, so adding just a spoonful of peanut butter to fruits or veggies can really make a tasteful difference. If you also mix in a banana, which is both sweet and valuable because of its high percentage of potassium, you’ll get a perfectly nutritious, yummy and quickly prepared meal for your kids!
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