Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Berrylicous Breakfast Smoothie!

If you are on the run in the morning or don’t have time for a proper sit down breakfast this smoothie is packed with goodness, quick and easy to make and will keep you full and energised until you have your next meal.
The smoothie has a great combination of fibre, protein, essential fatty acids vitamins and minerals and antioxidants to make sure your body is smiling.

The fruit, LSA meal and chia seeds all provide fibre which is sooo important for your body’s functioning. Not only is fibre necessary for healthy digestion, it helps your liver excrete excess hormones and cholesterol. It also helps keep you full for longer and maintains your blood sugar levels so you wont be tempted to snack on junk food during the morning hours.

A good portion of protein is a must in every meal but especially breakfast! That is why it is important to incorporate the protein powder and the LSA (this is a mixture of ground linseed, almond and sunflower seeds and can be purchased from your health food store). Protein is important for energy, tissue repair, mental functioning, to balance blood sugar and keep you full. Protein is needed for almost every process going on in your body.
The essential fatty acids found in the chia seeds and linseeds are an added bonus of nutrition in the smoothie. They will help reduce inflammation in your body, keep your hair and skin healthy and help with your mental functioning.

The coconut oil needs a whole page to itself to go through all its health benefits. I like it in my smoothie because it adds a delicious coconuty flavour. Just to mention of few of its health benefits is helps with weight loss, is anti fungal, provides your body with energy and helps mental functioning.
1.       1 banana
2.       Handful Berries (frozen or fresh)
3.       Scoop of a good quality protein powder
4.       2 tablespoons LSA meal
5.       1 tablespoon chia seeds
6.       2 teaspoons coconut oil
7.       Teaspoon cinnamon powder
8.       Milk of your choice (I use almond)

Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy while relaxing at home or on your way to work!

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