Spring is the time to lighten up your diet and brighten up your skin. Fruit and vegetables are packed with vitamins that promote cell regeneration, skin moisture and collagen production. Here are some of our favourite smoothie ingredients;
Proteins are made from long chains of smaller molecules called amino acids. Both spinach and kale are great sources of amino acids, along with calcium, beta carotene (vitamin A), Vitamin K, iron, manganese, zinc, folate and selenium. Known as superfoods, spinach and kale are great for strengthening the body. They help to create beautiful skin, boost the immune system and provide important antioxidants. Spinach and kale are also full of fibre.
Vitamin C and Beta Carotene are both found in romaine. These two nutrients work together within the body to prevent plaque forming on the walls of the arteries. Romaine is a good source of potassium, folate, iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin K, manganese and chromium. It helps regulate blood pressure and it supports body movement.
Cucumber is extremely hydrating. It is full of electrolytes, silica and B vitamins. These help to build clearer, brighter skin. Caffeic Acid is an antioxidant found in cucumbers. It works in conjunction with Vitamin C and electrolytes to fight puffiness and bloating in the body.
Celery is very alkalisking and is full of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C feature, along with folate, iron and amino acids. Celery can help to lower blood pressure and it reduces puffiness. It contains the compounds polyacetylene and pthalides which aid in the reduction of inflammation and stress. Celery is a powerful detoxifier and colon cleanser.
Vitamins B, C, E and K are all present in pears, along with copper, manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc and folate. These are all good for the skin and are supportive of the lungs and colon.
Contains Vitamin B6 and magnesium which help to promote better sleep. Fibre, Vitamins A and C and potassium promote good digestion, prevent constipation and contribute to healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and are extremely alkalising. They contain traces of calcium, potassium and magnesium. These are all powerful detoxifying agents. The consumption of lemons helps to support liver function, purifies the blood, destroys free radicals and toxins. It helps to flush out bacteria, fight wrinkles and rejuvenates the skin. Lemons are also said to be good for long term weight loss.
Mint aids digestion, relieves congestion of the respiratory tract and helps to lower blood pressure. This is all down to the content of Vitamin C, beta carotene, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium and iron found within mint.
Parsley is a powerful detoxifier, it aids digestion and removes toxins from the body. Parsley is also a diuretic, which means it helps to flush out the kidneys and purifies the blood. It also contains Vitamins A, C and E, folate, iron and antioxidants.
Studies have found that cinnamon helps to lower your blood sugar, has antioxidant effects, fights bacteria and reduces inflammation.
Eases nausea, maintains proper blood circulation, improves nutrient absorption in the body, is anti-inflammatory, strengthens the immune system and fights common respiratory problems.
Turmeric is very high in antioxidants which means it is a great anti cancer agent. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and blood cleanser. If your blood is cleansed, this results in clearer, brighter skin.
A potent spice used to detoxify and cleanse the body. This is mostly due to the capsicum. It has anti cold/flu properties, aids digestion, anti-fungal properties, helps discourage the formation of blood clots, supports weight loss, promotes heart health and aids in joint pain relief.
These seeds are good for weight loss as they swell 10-15 times their original size when placed in liquid. They help to stabalise blood sugar levels, providing longer lasting energy. Chia seeds are also an excellent source of protein, calcium, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Maca is rich in vitamins B, C and E as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium and phosphorous. Maca also contains amino acids and helps to increase endurance and balance hormones. As it supplies iron to the body, it helps to restore red blood cells. This aids anaemia and cardio vascular diseases. It keeps bones and teeth healthy and allows quicker healing of wounds. If used in conjunction with a good workout regime, an increase in muscle mass will be noticed.
Although it has a sweet taste, Lucuma is low on the glycemic scale making it suitable for diabetics. It is said to support skin health and digestion. It also supports cardiovascular health.