Do you find yourself lacking energy in the morning? What you eat says a lot about how your body works and functions. Put junk in and you won’t be feeling your best. Cold sugar-filled cereal, will not only not stimulate your metabolism and digestive system but it will also not provide the proper nutrients for the functioning of the adrenal glands, or keep your blood sugar balanced so as to allow you to prevent you from crashing through the day.
This was my first time juicing beets, I was a little nervous but the combination of all these veggies, fruits and seeds turned out amazingly. Refreshing and filling, this smoothie is the perfect start to a wonderful day! High in antioxidants, this smoothie also aids in strengthening the cardiovascular system, digestive system as well as balancing cholesterol levels and aiding individuals with diabetes.
It is not quite certain where this root was cultivated first, it may have been Babylon or perhaps Switzerland. Carrots contain a large amount of sugar ( the good kind), however, its fibre content helps to regulate its absorption into the body. Incredibly high in Vitamin A, Biotin, Vitamin K, as well as being a good source of fibre, molybdenum and potassium. Carrots are very beneficial antioxidants, making them great for strengthening the cardiovascular system.
Celery during the Middle Ages was used as a medicine and flavouring, however, it was more the root that was used. The celery we know today originated in Italy. High in Vitamin K, molybdenum, folate and potassium, celery is a beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as it has an astonishing array of plant secondary compounds such as; phenolic acid, flavones, flavonols, dihydrostilbenoids, phytosterols and furanocoumarins. Celery aids in reducing oxidative damage to cells supports the healthy functioning of the digestive tract as well as providing cardiovascular support.
Beets are an amazing source of folate and manganese. They also contain the plant secondary compound betalains (which provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification aid to the body). Have anti-cancer benefits and they are also great at helping you see first hand how your bowels are doing (if you don’t have red/purple poop the next day your transit might be a little slow).
Kiwi originated in Eastern Asia, however, it became Australia’s first major export. The size of a large egg it has a very high amount of Vitamin C within it, decisively more than lemons. Kiwi’s also contain a great amount of Vitamin K, copper, fibre and Vitamin E. The phytonutrient in kiwi protect the DNA of the body against oxidative stress and damage. Its fibre content makes it great for aiding colon health, preventing constipation and diarrhea. It is also very beneficial for individuals with Asthma and others who are at risk of Macular degeneration.
Spirulina was a food source for the Aztec culture in Mexico during the 16th century. Spirulina is a fantastic alkalinizer, it also helps to pull toxins (particularly arsenic) out of the body making it a great detoxifier. Spirulina aids in the elimination of Candida from both the intestinal tract as well as the vagina for women. It aids in the prevention of cancer and balancing cholesterol levels.
Hemp hearts are a complete protein. Hemp is a superfood (that grows in Canada) that aids in weight loss, bringing up energy levels (working on your adrenal glands and digestive system – so you don’t feel sluggish), lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, improving digestion by relieving constipation and diarrhea, aiding in detoxification and regulating blood sugar levels. hemp seeds are a great source of omega 3 and 6 as well as GLA. 4 tbsp contains approximately 15g of protein.
The peach is native to China and is best consumed in season and local (as they are best to ripen on the tree – they will be more nutrient dense this way). A high source of vitamin c and A, peaches are also a good source of Potassium, magnesium, and Iron. Peaches are high in antioxidants and the secondary plant compound polyphenols – which work in combating cancer and fighting free radicals and oxidative damage to cells. The consumption of peaches has also been shown to be beneficial as a preventative and aid in the treatment of metabolic syndromes (such as weight gain, imbalanced cholesterol, diabetes and inflammation).
Nectarines were the fruit of classical gods in the Mediterranean. It is a type of peach and may have originated in China. High in vitamin C, Lutein (which is healthy for eyesight and health as well as skin health). With a high amount of fibre, it is also beneficial for digestive health.
Bananas are a great source of B6 (aids in digestion), Manganese, Vitamin C and Potassium. A medium-sized banana has about 400 mg of Potassium, making it great for lowering blood pressures & aids in keeping blood cholesterol levels under check. The fibre content will help stabilize blood sugar level.
Spirulina, Beet and Raw Protein Smoothie
- 3 medium carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 large red beet
Into the Blender
- The juice you just made
- 2 kiwis
- 2 tsp Spirulina
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 2 nectarines
- 2 peaches
- 2 bananas
- Begin by juicing the vegetables, if they are organic, leave the skins on = extra nutrients
- Cut the kiwis, fruits of your choice and bananas into smaller pieces
- Throw the cut fruits, fresh juice, hemp hearts and spirulina into a blender. Blend until smooth.
- If you do not like it as thick add extra water to it.
- You will probably make around 2 litres (maybe a tidily bit more). You can keep it in the fridge for a day, maybe two. You don’t want to keep it any longer than that as the nutrient content in your bloody drink will start to dissipate.
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.