As mums, lets be honest: we need to be at the top of our game. Whether that means laser focus on detail (who else is going to remember it’s sports day or that the dog needs its vaccinations) impeccable time management skills (juggling a family and job is like a ridiculous tetris puzzle) or simply having the energy to approach all areas of our life with passion and enthusiasm.
Whether we realise it or not, our health is the common denominator in all of these factors but despite this, sometimes we push it to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list.
One small step that I take each day to ensure that my health keeps up with the demands of life, has been to include green smoothies in my diet. Starting the day with a variety of colourful fruits and veg that boost my nutritional intake for the day is a game changer!
I’m going to share with you 5 reasons why;
No 3pm sugar slump.
Switching up your morning routine to include a green smoothie is a habit which can take some getting used to. But here’s the thing, the nutrients and fibre you will get from a healthy smoothie are going to help balance your blood sugar. When you have consistent blood sugar levels throughout the day, you are not only setting yourself up to make better food choices but you also won’t feel like you need a nap by mid afternoon!
Tip: Add 1/2 cup of oats to your morning smoothie to keep you feeling full for even longer.
Food has the incredible ability to affect your mental clarity, mood, memory, and ability to focus, so if you’re looking to improve your concentration, one of the places you should start is your diet. Drinking a smoothie rich with antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals is like giving your car premium fuel to run on.
Tip: Try adding blueberries, leafy greens and avocados to specifically ‘feed the brain’.
Quick and easy to prepare.
Unless you get up at the crack of dawn or are extremely prepared the evening before, breakfast can end up being a thrown together at the last minute, vegemite-on-toast kinda day, too many days of the week. If we consider that this meal is our first opportunity to prepare our brain and body for a full day of work and motherhood, then it makes far more sense to fuel ourselves with nutrient dense foods.
Smoothies are quick and easy to prepare and can be put together without too much thought.
Consider this formula to ensure you get it right every time. Leafy greens (kale, spinach, bok choy, cos lettuce) + Fruit (bananas, apple, pear, berries) + Liquid base (water, coconut water, almond milk) + any other superfoods you wish to add (acai, macha, flaxseed, chia seeds)
Packed with disease-fighting antioxidants.
The phytonutrients in leafy greens boost your body’s immune system and keep it functioning properly. Without these foods rich in antioxidants, we are far more likely to feel run down and catch which ever bug is doing the day care rounds. Including a variety of plant foods in your daily smoothies will ensure you’re the last mum standing!
Tip: For super human immunity consider adding foods like ginger, turmeric and citrus.
Natural energy booster.
A smoothie is a phenomenal way to include energy boosting foods without having to sit down to a gigantic salad at each meal. By consuming a smoothie rich in leafy greens you are providing your body with the energizing B vitamins it needs as well as fibre rich foods, to keep you nice and full until your next meal. No more cravings for that second coffee or sugar-laden snack to keep your energy levels at a consistent high.
What’s your favourite combination in your morning smoothie? Share it with us below!
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