For some, eating a piece of fruit or veg can be boring and even a little arduous. If you’re one of these people or would just like to spruce it up a little, then you might find the art of experimenting with a juice or smoothie an interesting way of getting the nutrients you need!
Take your favourite fruit and veg, seeds (flax, linseed etc), and any other ingredients that take your fancy…and JUICE IT UP to get all those important vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and fibre in your life!
Here are a few recipes to get you started:
Opt for a pomegranate, wheatgrass, flaxseed and star flower smoothie. The pomegranate delivers an abundance of vitamin C, folate (B vitamin), Vitamin E (potent antioxidants) and fibre, perfect for combating damaging free radicals, reducing blood pressure and limiting the absorption of fat by increasing its transit rate through the bowel.
Beetroot or Beetroot powder, carrot, apple and ginger is the one! Blitz these together for a beverage that is full of liver cleansing (detoxing) Betalins and oxygenating nitric oxide. Also crammed with the antioxidants Beta-carotene and vitamin C, as well as a useful carminative ridding you of all that unwanted gas causing bloatedness and stomach discomfort (Mann and Truswell, 2007).
Cherries, Banana and yoghurt smoothie. Cherries are high in antioxidants and anthocyanins which are effective at relieving pain, inflammation and stiffness, but also increase the hormonal release of melatonin, the sleep promoting hormone. Bananas also contain high levels of magnesium, potassium and tryptophan which promote the production and release of melatonin and tryptophan. To finish it off, the natural yoghurt also delivers tryptophan which is converted to that all important melatonin! Sleep well (Food Standards Agency, 2008).
Also consider Optimum Health Ultimate ZMA for optimal ratios of sleep promoting zinc and magnesium.
Food Standards Agency, (2008). Manual of Nutrition, 11th Ed. London: TSO.
Mann, J. & Truswell, S. (2007). Essentials of Human Nutrition, 3rd Ed. Antioxidants and Flavonoids. Oxford: Oxford University Press.