If like many others you find it difficult to leave the stress of work behind you at the weekend, fear not! There may be a smoothie which can help you relax, unwind and fully enjoy your freedom this weekend.
Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C and will be the main ingredient of our delicious smoothie. Studies have shown that vitamin C abolishes the secretion of Cortisol on those subjected to repeated stress. Cortisol is the hormone released by the adrenal glands in response to stressful situations. Frequent bouts and high levels of stress hormones can cause exhaustion, memory/learning impairments and increase susceptibility to depression.
The second ingredient of our smoothie is banana. Bananas are rich in vitamin B which can boost serotonin levels aiding the body’s ability to cope with stress and anxiety. Deficiencies can cause mental confusion, neurological changes and make it difficult to cope with stress.
The final ingredient is peppermint which contains menthol; a calming oil which can help clear your mind and aid digestion.
If you want to give this a try, here is what you will need:
300ml of frozen water (ice cubes)
2-4 Peppermint leaves
A Blender (obviously)
Enjoy the weekend!!