A thick, smooth combination of raw fruits and vegetables mixed together in a blender to make a delicious drink. Smoothies can indeed be used as a meal replacement because of their high nutrition content. The fruits and vegetables can also be pureed together with other ingredients depending on your taste such as milk, yogurt and even ice cream all of which will make your drink very tasty indeed.
Some typical foods that can give you a boost
Most people turn to foods that have a high carbohydrate and sugar content when they need some needed liveliness. Foods such as rice, sweet potatoes, snacks, and cereals can provide this but they can often cause the consumer to become bloated and feel sluggish post meal.
Another booster is the popular stimulant coffee. While the caffeine in coffee can pack a fast acting powerful punch it can also have some negative side effects. When the caffeine clears out of your system it can cause a caffeine crash. Another One of these side effects is dehydration. Most people only focus on the positives of consuming caffeine but it can also have big counterproductive effects which can actually lead to a lack of energy.
The benefits that keep you active
Now that you have seen that the typical go to pick me up foods can have negative side effects such as bloating, sluggishness and dehydration; consider drinking something more nourishing and rejuvenating.
Healthy and nutritious smoothies can provide a lot of energy. They can be used in the morning as a wake-up tonic or as a pick-me-up in the afternoon to leave you feeling refreshed with lots of liveliness to get through your day. Unlike the negative dehydrating effects of coffee, this mixture can keep your body naturally hydrated.
When consumed, they are lighter than high carb foods and will leave you satisfied without post meal exhaustion.
The best foods to include in your concoction
When you know the correct foods and combination of these foods you can make your smoothie. Popular ingredients to include are honey and fruits such as bananas and berries. Vegetables such as kale, carrot and cucumber are also popular choices. Other healthy additions which will provide flavor and extra nutrition include coconut water, Almond milk, flaxseed, chia seed and spices such as cinnamon, ginger and turmeric.
The recommended mixture
The best mixture to provide vigor is the ‘Banana and Ginger Twist ’.
The ‘Banana and Ginger Twist’ is a great combo which is loaded with fiber and vitamins, low in fat and can be easily digested. This easy to make high energy combo is a good choice because it will keep your blood sugar levels balanced so you won’t suffer from a crash.
A tip if you would like it to be a little bit sweeter and don’t want to add processed sugar you can use natural honey.
The ingredients include:
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
- 1 cup of natural yogurt
- Half a cup of ice
- 1 optional tablespoon of natural honey
Put the ingredients in the blender, blend together, pour and enjoy!
Avoid adding the following ingredients
It is important to keep your drink as natural and healthy as possible to avoid energy dumps that can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and unproductive. Please note the following ingredients:
- Flavored yoghurt
- Chocolate milk
- Chocolate syrup
- Ice cream
- Whipped cream
- Juice concentrate
They are high in processed sugar and therefore unhealthy for your body.