7 ways to supercharge smoothies
Written by Shonagh Walker
Fruit-filled smoothies are a great way to begin your day, offering fibre, protein and nutrients. Enhance the health benefits of your morning smoothie even more with these simple additions.
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Rosemary is so easy to grow whether you live in a home with a large garden or an inner-city apartment with a small balcony or kitchen windowsill. Simply snap a small spring in the morning and add it to your smoothie, suggests naturopath Karina Francois from Infinite Health in Berwick, Victoria. "Rosemary has a wonderfully purifying effect on the blood and the body as a whole. It's especially great to add to your smoothies if you're having a little detox, or indeed, every day to help keep your body functioning well."
"Chilli gives your smoothies a lovely little kick, while at the same time boosting metabolism and adding pep to your morning energy levels," says Francois. "Simply choose a small bird's-eye chilli, and depending on your levels of chilli tolerance, either add half or one to your morning smoothies."
If you suffer from bloating, gas, constipation or have any issues with kidney function, add parsley to your smoothies, advises Francois. "It's alkalising [and] high in vitamins K, A and C, which are all great for heart and immune function. It also has the added benefit of freshening the breath!"
Like rosemary, mint is simple to grow, no matter where you live. "Add it to your smoothies for digestive, detoxifying and antiviral support," says Francois. "It will also give them a lovely refreshing flavour, which is a perfect way to begin your day."
Add: coconut water
Replace your milk, whether it’s dairy or plant-based milk, with coconut water, says Francois. “Coconut water is quite high in minerals and is super hydrating, so you’re getting part of your daily intake of water here, too.”
“Other benefits include getting a mega dose of antioxidants, and there have even been suggestions that coconut water may help prevent kidney stones, may support heart health, reduce blood pressure, and it certainly is beneficial after a big workout as it’s packed with electrolytes to replenish you.”
Aside from the spicy warmth cinnamon adds to your smoothies, it also delivers some awesome health benefits. “It’s fantastic to use if you’re trying to reduce or give up sugar and honey in your smoothies,” says Francois. “Cinnamon has anti-viral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, it contains antioxidants, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, and [offers] a prebiotic effect that may help improve gut health. It’s also thought to relieve digestive discomfort, reduce blood pressure, and lower blood sugar and the risk of type two diabetes.”
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