Smoothies are as popular as ever for good reason: downing one is an easy (and yummy) way to get a hefty dose of essential nutrients. A magical, blended fix of whichever fruits and veggies suit your fancy, add one or more of the following to your mix for added health benefits:
1) Flax Seeds
Known to help fight certain cancers, diabetes and heart disease, these wondrous little seeds are truly outstanding: they are the #1 source of omega-3’s, high in fibre and contain up to 800 times the lignans (which greatly support the immune system) than other plant foods. To benefit fully from the goodness they offer, buy them already ground, or ground them yourself with this Krups Expert Grinder so they’re easier to digest.
2) Chia Seeds
Chia seeds boast all nine essential amino acids, making it one of the only plant-based source of complete proteins. Packed with antioxidants and tons of fibre too, they can help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and boost energy levels (amongst other things). Incorporate chia seeds effortlessly (no grinding required) into a daily smoothie using a blender (which emulsifies to preserve enzymes and other nutrients) and start seeing results within weeks.
3) Hemp Seeds
These small but mighty seeds improve circulation and reduce inflammation, helping prevent -- and sometimes even cure -- a number of diseases. Like chia seeds, they are rich in essential fatty acids (which help transport and store nutrients and eliminate waste in the body) and an easily digested complete protein. Make sure to buy them shelled and store in the fridge or freezer to maintain nutritional integrity. Add to smoothies whipped up with this basic yet powerful five speed blender to keep you and your loved ones in tip top shape.