It’s incredible the number of women I speak to who tell me they’re following a well-balanced diet yet they’re suffering from hormonal imbalances. Whether it’s due to improper nutrition, improper digestion, there is always much we can do. One of the recommendations I have for them is always to look at their nutritional deficiencies and am up their intake of vegetables and fruits. For example with a smoothie. This is because even on a relatively healthy diet, you might not be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need.
There are a few questions to ask yourself when considering what to include in your smoothie:
- Where are the vegetables and fruits from?
- Were they sprayed with pesticides?
- How to combine them for a great balance of macro and micro nutrients?
- What is in season?
- Do you have food allergies or intolerances?
- What’s the goal of your smoothie (to energise, calm you, etc.)?
The following smoothie ideas not only allow you to get lots of nutrients and superfoods, but they all include ingredients that are easy to find during the spring season (so you don’t have to worry about what’s currently in season 😀).
Smoothie Idea #1: Try To Create More Colourful Smoothies
Spring is the perfect time to rethink how you do things in regards to your health and what you put in your body. If you are used to having smoothies, but usually go with the same strawberry banana combination, now is when you should experiment and try new things. The first way to mix up the combination (and get more nutrients) with your smoothies is to add in more colour. Think of fruits and vegetables you enjoy consuming, but will also change the colour of your smoothie.
For example, you can go for a tropical orange-red smoothie by adding carrots to it. Carrots are loaded with nutrients, including beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The smoothie can have fresh berries and sweet fruits, along with greens, which give it a tropical flavour instead of just tasting like carrots.
Smoothie Idea #2: Add Herbs And Spices
One thing the women I speak with often forget to do with smoothies is add in ingredients aside from just produce. Herbs and spices add in a different flavour profile and give you a lot more nutrients you wouldn’t get otherwise. Plus, they don’t cost a lot of money, so you aren’t breaking the bank just to be healthier. For example, mint works perfectly with a refreshing strawberry and celery smoothie or juice, or you can add ginger or turmeric to a rich fruit and vegetable smoothie.
Smoothie Idea #3: Stick To In-Season Produce
For the springtime smoothie, choose ingredients that are in season during the spring. This ensures the freshest taste and best flavour, so you know the quality is just right with your smoothie. This might include adding in greens like spinach or kale, berries like strawberries, or going for produce you don’t eat nearly often enough, like beets or carrots. Check out your local farmer or farmer’s market, as that is usually a good indication of what is going to be in season. Plus, it is from local farmers, so you are helping your local economy and often saving money at the same time.
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