As I've mentioned previously, it’s important to start the day with a healthy breakfast.
Going without breakfast impacts your health negatively.
Just to reiterate from a previous post….
according to research, eating breakfast every morning is associated with...
better intake of vitamins and minerals,
better weight control,
healthy lifestyle choices,
better cognitive performance,
better school performance in children.
So here’s what I put into my smoothie every morning…
750ml filtered water
1 Coconut (pulp)
1 Banana (large, frozen)
60 mls Coconut oil
3 tbsp Chia seeds (Soak for 10 minutes in 100mls of filtered water)
3 tbsp Linseeds
3 tbsp Sunflower seeds
3 tbsp Almonds (raw and roasted)
2.5 tbsp Manuka Honey
2 tbsp Cacao (raw, unsweetened, organic)
1 tbsp Psyllium Husks
1 tsp Roasted Dandeline
1 tsp Cinnamon
0.5 tsp Cloves
0.25 tsp Ginger powder
0.25 tsp Turmeric powder
Blend well and pour into 5 x 200 ml jars with lids. Drink one, place one in the refrigerator for the next day. Place three jars into the freezer and take them out the night before consumption and place them in the refrigerator so that they can thor for the next day.
Due to the chia seeds and the psyllium husks, the smoothie will thicken and look more like a moose the next day, so…. you can do one of two things:
Add 100 ml of water and drink it or... sprinkle shredded coconut and roasted slithered almonds on top and eat it with a spoon.
According to Dr Greger (and his book “How Not To Die”), we need 30 grams of nuts/day, five times a week, or, 2 tablespoons of nut or seed butter.
My smoothie has approximately 60 grams of nuts and 100 grams of seeds, however, you need to divide that by five portions. If you want, you can increase the nuts and seeds in your smoothie, that’s if you don’t eat any nuts and seeds during the day.
I also sprinkle nuts and seeds on my salads, yoghurt and soups.
All nuts are a good source of protein. They also contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats, carbohydrates, antioxidants, fibre, minerals and some vitamins.
For example... Walnuts are high in omega-3s and are very high in antioxidants.
Herbs and spices also have many powerful antioxidants.
As you can tell from my recipe, I have tried to pack in a lot of nutrients. If you have a sweet tooth you may want to add a bit more honey.
Alternatively, you can add or subtract your own preferences to tailor it to your taste buds.