Juice It Up To Spruce It Up!

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:

Heart Helper

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.

Liver Cleanser

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).

Sleep Promoter

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.

References

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.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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