The new year is here and with it comes some of the hottest days of the year. What better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing smoothie. Revitalise, detox and recharge with 10 reasons to drink smoothies this summer.
Smoothies provide a quick burst of healthy sugars and carbohydrates for longer lasting energy. Plus the vitamins and minerals in smoothies help lower inflammation after exercise.
Increase Fruit And Vegetable Consumption
Many Australians don’t eat the recommended 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit each day. A smoothie can easily incorporate 1-2 cups of greens and 1-1.5 cups of fruit.
High In Fibre
Unlike juices, smoothies preserve the fibre found in fruit and vegetables. Fibre is an important part of any diet since it helps regulate and clean your digestive system and lowers cholesterol levels.
High In Antioxidants
Antioxidants can help prevent cell damage and provide the immune system with an added layer of defence. Fruits such as berries are packed with antioxidants along with essential vitamins and minerals.
Beat the heat this summer with a refreshing smoothie. Frozen ingredients such as bananas and berries both a nutritious and delicious addition to a summer smoothie.
Quick And Healthy Snacks
Smoothies are quick and easy to make, especially if you’re in the habit of preparing your ingredients. Smoothies provide a brilliant healthy snack for when you’re in a hurry.
Detox your body and kick-start your New Year’s resolution with a healthy summer smoothie. Try adding ingredients that are high in alkaline such as lime, lemongrass, lemon, dark greens, and cucumber.
Ingredients such as spinach, seeds and nuts that are high in protein which is essential for muscle repair. Seasonal ingredients such as stone fruits are rich in potassium and may also help to aid muscle recovery.
Boost Your Immune System
Add ginger, turmeric, paprika, and fruits high in vitamin C to replenish your energy and fight off disease.
Reduce Sugar Cravings
The natural sugars in fruit provide a healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners. This may help you to beat your sugar cravings without giving into the temptation of lollies and junk food.
It’s important to keep hydrated, especially during Queensland’s warm summer weather. Fruit and veggies are full of fluids making smoothies a great way to rehydrate and replenish your electrolytes.