I usually wake up ready to take on the day. Sometimes I feel like I need a little kick in that direction. Perhaps it is that I feel like I need some time more vibrant and refreshing for breakfast. If your mornings are a bit hectic, this is a great start that you can prepare the night before and as it does make quite a bit, is great to keep in the fridge for a day or two or can equally be share.
I used to wake up at around 6 and had a whole morning practice that I set out for myself; starting with yoga, I followed it with dry skin brushing. I’d jump into the shower for a quick clean and get myself dressed quickly so I could take my dog out. I’d make myself breakfast, though sometimes It would take too long and I ended up eating in the car. I finally moved into the habit of making myself smoothies before I went to bed. This made my morning much more fluid and relaxing!
This antioxidant-rich, pH balancing and protein and fibre filled smoothie will keep you going, boost your immune system and prevent you from starting your morning off with a foggy brain! Start your day off right by feed your body good wholesome nutrients.
A 118-gram banana has about 467.3 grams of potassium, which is a good source. It also has 0.7 mg of B6 Pyridoxine. B6 is responsible for manufacturing neurotransmitters in the body. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transport signals between nerve cells. The vitamin is essential for normal brain growth and function, and aids in the production of hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, hormones which reflect on mood and melatonin levels in the body.
An 82-gram beet (raw), is a good source of Potassium (266 mg), sodium (64 mg), Calcium (13 mg), Phosphorus (33 mg), Folate (89 mg) as well as being a source of beta carotene.
120 grams of celery hold high amounts of Vitamin K (35.3mcg) and Vitamin C (8.4mcg). Celery is also a very good source of Potassium (344.4mg), Folate (33.6 mcg), dietary fibre (2 g) — lost in the juicing process, Molybdenum (6 mcg). It is also a source of Beta Carotene, as well as Flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin and quercetin) as well as 7.4 mg of Phytosterols.
A 104-gram cucumber has as many vegetables Beta Carotene. Cucumbers have quite a high water content and don’t have any outstanding vitamins contents, however, they do have a good source of Vitamin C (5.5 mg) and Molybdenum (5.2 mcg).
High in Vitamin C, grapefruit juice is an excellent source of Carotenoids – Alpha-Carotene, Beta Carotene, Beta – Cryptoxanthin, Lutein and Zeaxanthin as well as Lycopene.
This sour and tangy green fruit is jam-packed with Vitamin C (57 mg per 76-gram fruit), as it is blended in the dietary fibre is included (2.6 grams per fruit). Moreover, it is also a good source of copper (0.1 mg), Magnesium (22.8 mg), Manganese (0.1 mg), as well as Vitamin E (0.9 mg).
As you may already know lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C (28.1 mg per 1/4 cup of lemon juice). Fresh lemon juice is impeccable at ensuring that the pH of the stomach is kept in check, enabling the digestive processes for the rest of the day. Drink the juice of one lemon in a smoothie or juice or add warm water to it.
A single 166-gram pear is packed with an incredible amount of dietary fibre (4 grams), which is fantastic when incorporating it into a smoothie made from juiced vegetables (no fibre). Furthermore, pears are also a great source of Vitamin C (6.6 mg), copper (0.2 grams) and Vitamin K (7.47 gm).
Inside a single cup of ruby red raspberries is 8.3 grams of dietary fibre, 1.2 mg of Manganese and 30.8 mg of Vitamin C. Apart from that, raspberries are an excellent source of Vitamin B2 and B3 (which aid in brain function).
Protein-packed, adding hemp hearts is an easy way to ensure that one has a balanced meal of carbohydrates and protein. Making this smoothie fantastic after workouts.
Revitalizing and Immune Boosting Beet Smoothie
- 2 beets juiced
- 2 celery stalks juiced
- 1/2 cucumber juiced
- 1 grapefruit juiced
- 1 lemon juiced
- Juice the fruits and vegetables first
- Cut the kiwi, pear and banana into smaller pieces.
- Add the juice, the cut fruits, raspberries and hemp hearts into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.