With the warmer weather quietly creepy in (slowly but surely in Orange!) I’ve pulled out the blender and am whizzing up delicious smoothies. These are great for an intensly nutritious breakfast or mid afternoon snack. There’s hundreds of different recipes online but I’ll go through a few key ingredients that we love to use.
Sun Warrior Rice Protein. Unlike most proteins which are derived from dairy products, Sun Warrior is a raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein. You may think that a sprouted brown rice protein sounds pretty ordinary but when combined with cocoa & stevia & mixed with hazelnut milk I find it most delicious!
Gubinge Powder. Gubinge is wildharvested just north of Broome by the Nyul Nyul community. It has the highest natural source of vitamin c on the planet. All profits from the wholesaler (Loving Earth) go straight back to the Nyul Nyul community.
Raw Organic Lucuma Powder. An excellent source of carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins & minerals. It smells divine and has a creamy citrus flavour. This exotic Peruvian fruit is known as the “Gold of the Incas” and is considered one of the lost crops of the Incas.
LSA – Linseed, Sunflower & Almond. This combination of Linseeds, Sunflower Seeds & Almonds ground into a meal makes it a perfect addition for smoothies. It adds valuable protein, fibre, B group vitamins, calcium, magnesium, selenium & zinc, & essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6 & 9).
Lecithin granules. Lecithin derived from soy has significant effects on lowering cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). Lecithin also contains phosphatidylserine which has positive effects on memory & cognition.
Ultimate Greens. A “green” powder containing Spirulina, Barley Grass & Chlorella. This combination contains such a vast array of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, protein, trace elements, phytonutrients & essential amino acids. The cholorophyll from this combination is excellent for the blood and barley grass is one of nature’s best alkalising foods.
Chia seeds. Chia is packed full of plant based Omega 3 essential fatty acid. It’s high in dietary fibre for the digestive system, protein & antioxidants. These seeds are water soluble so when whizzed up you can hardly notice they’re there… perfect for fussy kids!
I don’t necessarily use all these things in the one smoothie, but mix and match depending on what seasonal fruit is available. With summer coming on we are fortunate to have access to beautiful locally grown stone fruits and a variety of berries (head out to the orchards & berries farms & pick your own!) as well as bananas, pineapples & mangoes.
For a twist try adding avocado for a creamy experience. Green leafy vegies such as baby spinach leaves or lettuce juice well & add nutrition & support the immune system. Herbs such as parsley & mint can detoxify & add flavour.
Go nuts and add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil. Add a bit of raw local honey for sweetness if needed.
Experiment with nut milks like almond or hazelnut for a dairy/soy free alternative.
What do you love to put into your smoothies? Please share as I’m always looking for inspiration!
All this smoothie talk has got me watching the clock for my next smoothie hit!