Is there any better way to cool down over the summer than with an ice-cold
beer smoothie? We think not. To help make them even more refreshing and nutritious, we asked Sandra Carvajal, Hong Kong nutritionist and health coach at Central & Stanley Wellness to share the top superfoods to add to our smoothies this summer:
Often underestimated, leafy greens are a rich source of beta-carotene, iron, chlorophyll and dietary fibre. They are also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and proteins while being quite low in calories. Choose from a wide variety of options such as kale, collards, spinach, watercress, lettuce, mustard greens, lettuce and any other salad greens.
Rich in minerals and antioxidants, raw cacao has great anti-inflammatory properties and helps enhance your mood. What’s more – cacao also adds great flavour to your smoothies.
This beautiful root gives you great energy and helps fight free-radicals. However, it’s important to be cautious with the quantities of Maca powder consumed as it can interfere with thyroid function.
Raw nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great source of plant-derived (good) fats with zero cholesterol and high amounts of protein, fibre, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium and many other minerals that are fundamental for our bodily functions. Nuts and seeds also help us feel satisfied due to their crunchiness, chewiness and taste.
Nevertheless, they should be consumed in moderation for their high caloric content. Try almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, flaxseeds, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkinseeds, sesame seeds, and walnuts.
Berries are among the best fruits that you can add to your diet. Comparatively lower in natural sugars than other fruits, they’re powerful antioxidants that help lower inflammation and also great sources of Vitamin C and fibre to support digestion. Try blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, blackberries, raspberries, bilberries, açaí, and grapes.
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