Why The Hype For Smoothies + 3 Recipes

by Monique Allen

 


Growing up in the Caribbean has been a blessing.
 One of my favorite childhood treats where “suck-suck”, a frozen children’s treat made from juices of fresh local fruits. My mother would blend and chill everything from tamarinds, cucumber to seasonal mangoes, for my cousins and I to both enjoy and keep our chatty mouths busy. 
Now that I am older, I appreciate smoothie blends not only as a frozen treat but nutrient filled breakfast alternatives that are easy to prepare and taste amazing.




Eat your sunlight (Phytonutrients and Chlorophyll) 

So my favorite thing about smoothies is that they are packed with nutrients especially photo nutrition- natural chemicals produced in plants. Phytonutrients aren't essential for keeping you alive, unlike the vitamins and minerals that plant foods contain. But when you eat or drink phytonutrients, they may help prevent disease and keep your body working properly.

And let's not forget chlorophyll, that not only “the pigment that gives green plants it’s color” but an amazing superfood that aids in weight loss, supports the liver function, resulting in healthy skin and hair.


Fiber

We all know fiber to be that thing that makes you poop. Or at least helps the process but did you know fiber has many major benefits to the body? These include weight loss, disease prevention, reducing digestive discomfort, balancing the gut health and even reducing depression.


Don't like water. Get it from your fruits?

Keeping hydrated is important for proper cellular function.
Personally, my favorite smoothie base to use is coconut water.
But fruits like watermelon are loaded with the real alkaline water that truly penetrates and hydrate the cells.


Don't forget to ADD your fats.

Yes, don't be afraid to add healthy fats to your smoothie, from coconut oil, avocado to soaked sunflower seeds. Fat is important for maintaining the integrity of the cell, absorbing of vitamins and healthy hair and skin.



See below for my favorite smoothie/juice recipes:


 

REMEDY

While ginger has been shown to help countless problems such as an upset stomach, amazingly the health benefits of ginger also include combating cancer more effectively than pharmaceutical cancer drugs.


Ingredients
1 cup orange juice
2 large Carrot
1 Ginger root or 1 tsp powder
Lemon or lime


Directions:
Rinse and wash all fruits and vegetables before juicing.
Juice everything except the lime.
Add lime and orange to juice and stir well.

 

RENEW

Cashew nuts are abundant sources of essential minerals such as copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium, all of which are important for maintaining good bodily function.


Ingredients

1 cups of raw cashew soaked overnight.
1 cup water
pinch of cinnamon
4-6 dates
1 tsp of vanilla extract
6 cup ice cubes


Directions:
Blend all ingredients until creamy.
Add more ice and water as needed. Enjoy.

 

DETOX 

Turmeric also is known as Curcuma longa, is often referred
to as the “Queen of Spice. Turmeric is often used to treat a wide
variety of health problems as it contains a wide range of antioxidant,
antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.


Ingredients
2 cup mango pulp
½ cup diced pineapple
1 turmeric root or 1 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup orange juice


Directions
Rinse and wash all fruits and vegetables before juicing.

Blend and enjoy.

 




 

 

About The Author

Monique Allen is a holistic nutrition educator based in Jamaica W.I. Being the granddaughter of a farmer, she has always had an appreciation for local foods. The influence of Rastafarian culture developed her passion for food. She manages a web-based practice where she helps people achieve their wellness goals through plant-based nutrition and functional medicine. Find more from her @themoniqueallen
 

References Website
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-of-water
https://www.healthline.com/health/phytonutrients
http://www.eatingwell.com/article/287742/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-eating-more-fiber/