Smoothies! They are wildly popular these days, with smoothie joints opening up on every corner in the city, pictures of yummy fruity blends splashed all over Pinterest, and nutritionists and health professionals touting their benefits for the body. We all know that they’re easy to make (pile of ingredients, blender, 30 seconds, viola!), that it’s easy to make them taste good (a splash of vanilla, some tasty sweet Oat milk, and who can go wrong with fresh berries?), and that they’re good for you — so this post is a summary of a few essential facts about smoothies that perhaps you didn’t know, plus a few of Tata’s favorite recipes for fast, easy, delicious, skin-healthy blends for your breakfast meal or mid-afternoon snack!
If you are properly blending your smoothie you are essentially liquifying the ingredients, making the nutrients, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, etc, much more accessible to your body. You are essentially saving your digestive system a great deal of work breaking the food down and adding this efficiency to your eating routine means your body can access more of the goodness in the food in a smaller amount of time, leaving more time post-meal for your digestive system to return to its default detoxifying functions.
Drinking smoothies in the morning helps your body stay hydrated throughout the day. Our bodies pull water from food when it’s feeling thirsty, so supplying the body with liquified, water-based foods right off the bat will keep dehydration at bay. Yogurt, dairy milk and other milks (almond, hazelnut, oat, etc) are largely water, so using them as a base for your smoothie is a great way to quench your morning thirst.
Chew your smoothies! Yes- sounds ridiculous, but giving each mouthful a few chews is essential. Besides breaking food down, chewing wakes up the salivary glands, bringing saliva into the works. Saliva begins the chemical process of digestion, breaking down simple sugars, chemical bonds and fibers in the food. Simply gulping down a smoothie could lead to incomplete digestion, meaning nutrients aren’t fully extracted and you generally experience what we all hate most: indigestion. Imagine – those grumbly, achy tummies could be avoided by adding a few more chews to each mouthful! Plus, chewing triggers the rest of the digestive process, essentially communicating to your gut that food is on the way, get ready to digest! Which saves your body energy in the long run.
And now for some of Tata’s favorite recipes!
1: Blueberry Breakfast (I must preface this by saying that all of these amounts of ingredients are approximate and depend on how hungry you are, which flavors you want to bring out more, or how big your blender is. Experiment!)
1 cup organic, unsweetened (avoid milks with added sugar!) almond milk
1/2 cup organic, unsweetened oat milk (oat milk is naturally very sweet, nutty and creamy)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
1/2 cup organic raspberries (or strawberries)
1 handful organic Cashews (add a delicious creamy nutty texture)
1-2 tbsp organic Ground Flax Seeds (for your daily Omega-3’s!)
2. Green Avocado Smoothie (Be warned: avocados give smoothies a very unique texture and taste that you may not like, but loading the smoothie with enough other yummy ingredients should suffice for a good flavor. Avocados are high in energy, good fats and will keep you going for hours, not to mention are great for glowing skin)
1/2 a ripe, organic avocado
1 organic banana
1-2 cups fresh baby spinach (or kale, which is tougher – be sure to blend longer)
1 stock celery
1/2 – 1 cup water
A splash of lemon for a little extra zest!
If you try one of these recipes, be sure to let us know what you think! Or please share your personal favorite recipes below!