Published : March 04, 2016
Want more energy, glowing skin and a flat tummy?
Boost health, beat the bloat and reap all the benefits from a tasty and delicious smoothie made with fresh ingredients from Dandenong Market.
Check out our top 10 ingredients and discover their super powers in a smoothie.
Bananas are a rich source of potassium, a mineral that has been linked to maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Containing serotonin that helps regulate mood, sleep patterns, muscle contraction, appetite, memory and learning, bananas are an excellent addition to any smoothie. Bananas blend into a lovely creamy texture and their flavour complements many fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, pears, apples, pineapple and more. If you’re trying a green smoothie, bananas are a great addition because they make a smoothie yummy and work well at masking the flavour of greens such as spinach or kale.
Loaded with amazing antioxidants, which work to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions, blueberries are one of the worlds number 1 superfoods. Containing hardly any calories and practically fat-free, blueberries are packed with fiber to keep you fuller longer as well as being an excellent source of manganese, which plays an important part in bone development and converting carbohydrates and fats into energy. Blueberries add a yummy sweet delicious taste to smoothies as well as a burst of bright colour!
Rich in beta carotene, which the body processes into vitamin A, carrots are superb for your eyesight. Also packed with loads of nutrients that include vitamins C, B3, B6, E and K as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, molybdenum and potassium, carrots are a great source of dietary fiber. Pop a carrot in your next smoothie for a pleasant surprise, despite their hard, fibrous texture they blend up nicely in a high-powered blender.
Celeriac is rich in vitamins A, C, K and E, essential oils, carotene and other nutrients. Celeriac is great for the digestive system, improves the function of our liver and bladder, calms down arthritis pain and swellings whilst stimulating metabolism. Low on flavour, celeriac is a great health addition to a banana or/and strawberry smoothie.
Ginger is well known for settling tunnies it can help prevent or alleviate the unpleasant nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, and dizziness associated with motion or morning sickness. Ginger also has root also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. With a distinct, strong taste, start by adding a small piece of ginger to your smoothies to see how you like it. Ginger works really well with carrot and pineapple, some people say it’s an acquired taste.
6. Green Tea
An antioxidant powerhouse, green tea prevents and fights numerous cancers, and is tremendous for the heart. Easily added to smoothies without affecting taste, green tea can be made in to batches and frozen in ice cube trays so you don’t have to boil the kettle and make a brew every time you make a smoothie.
They don’t call it a super food for nothing kale is incredibly high in iron, vitamin C, protein, omega-3's, vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, copper, calcium, potassium, and B vitamins. The broad spectrum of flavonoid anti-oxidants in kale is the key to its strong anti-cancer benefits and other health issues stemming from oxidative stress (which a lot of today's disease and illness comes from). The vitamin K content in kale is great for alleviating chronic inflammation and also provides cardiovascular support via its cholesterol-lowering abilities. Not very strong on taste you can add a cup of kale to smoothies and get great benefits without sacrificing on taste.
Super tasty but also super healthy, pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that promotes brown fat in the body which boosts fat burning, helps digestion and reduces bloating. The Vitamin B (thiamine) found in pineapples fires up the metabolism by helping burn carbohydrates leading to weight loss. A sweet and awesome addition to any smoothie.
Packed full of phytonutrients spinach is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer ingredient. Spinach is loaded with vitamin K which is essential for bone health, and can help lower blood. Spinach doesn’t have much taste when added to smoothies, so you can add a couple of handfuls and reap amazing benefits!
Containing very little calories and packed full of fibre, strawberries help move everything through your digestion track helping on your weight loss journey. Best of all they taste great and add a beautiful sweet flavour to any smoothie..