Smoothies make a great quick breakfast item, or snack on-the-go. When mixing your smoothies you want to make sure you have three base items, protein, fruit (for fibre and sweetness), and some form of fibre or fat.
You can take your smoothie to the next level, but using boosters to add even more nutritional value. Nutritionist Andrea Hill says there are four areas of ‘boosters’ you would want to consider.
The first group is oil. Mrs. Hill recommends coconut oil for its metabolic properties. She says hemp is also a good choice to help balance hormones. She also suggests black cumin seed oil. Black cumin seed, is becoming the new trend in health foods. It helps to balance blood sugar levels, is anti-inflammatory and can aid in healing skin issues like psoriasis.
Greens are the second booster group Mrs. Hill recommends. She says to look to spirulina powder, which serves as a complete protein.
Seeds are another easy smoothie booster. Mrs. Hill says hemp, chia and flax seed all provide omega 3 fatty acids, and fibre and are an easy way to start adding boosters.
The last smoothie booster Mrs. Hill recommends is maca root powder. This Peruvian super foods help to boost your energy and stamina and has been proven to help people cope with stress. Mrs. Hill does note, that because of the powders potency, you need to consult with your doctor before you start to use it.