I love smoothies in anyway or form. I find them a really good way to get extra veggies, herbs and fruit into your diet on a daily basis. They are great when you have a jam packed start to the day. Make the night before, pop in the fridge and they all you need to do it grab-n-go.
If you are on the go, make this vegan bircher the night before as well and you have yourself a winning start to the day.
I have been mulling over whether or not to get a smoothie blender, I decided to go for it and bought this one from Healthy Life (this is not sponsored or anything but I just wanted to share the love if you were on the fence, they have a great bargain and to be honest I feel they do the same job). You can also make your own nut flour, grain flour etc with the different accessories.
Anyway, back to this smoothie, it was a vegan friendly one, a combination or avocado (to get the creaminess), frozen ripe banana, sesame seeds, fresh coriander and coconut water. A deliciously creamy smooth, fresh and revitalising drink. Which will boost you full of the good stuff.
Why is it good for you:
The avocado contain the “good fats” (mono-unsaturated) which have compounds to protect the body from inflammation, heart disease, will help your body absorb antioxidants such as lycopene (from tomatoes) and betacarotene (carrots, sweet potatoes etc.), high cholesterol, blood glucose swings and insulin resistance (the good fat helps your bod steady its blood glucose).
I believe that coriander (cilantro) is a super herb, not only is it a great source of vitamin C and fibre and works well in digestion and helps with the absorption of nutrients. It also acts as a “mop” to oxidised free radicals in the body (so its sits nicely with BBQ’d meat, fish etc.) and helps them not causing damage in your body (if you want to find out more about fruit, veggies and herbs, buy this book its wonderful)
Coconut water is good for hydration and will help after physical activity, reduce hypertension and aid in dehydration from illness or diarrhoea.
Bananas are a good source of potassium (helps you keep alertness and prevents muscle fatigue – great for post workout) and fibre which also include tryptophan and B6 which can help with depression and anxiety and help you feel less stressed as well as helping you combat sleeplessness. This book is a great one for more foodie information.
Sesame seeds are a great source of calcium and vegans, strict vegetarians should be incorporating these bad boys regularly into your diet.
Enjoy it, this one is great for you.