Joining the Smoothie Craze

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Author -  Good Health

Everyone can name a smoothie recipe that they love for both its delicious flavour and its health benefits. For parents, smoothies open up a world of possibilities to effectively mask healthy-but-not-so-tasty ingredients (hello kale!) – they also offer the freedom to be as decadent or as virtuous as you like.

When it comes to smoothies and juices, a lot of people ask which is better – to juice or to blend? But why does it have to be one or the other, when a mix of the two is perfect? We all need plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, whether we eat, juice, or blend them. They are nutrient dense powerhouses, and however we choose to take them in – it’s all going to be good in the end. Juicing and blending are both great ways to include a lot of produce in our diet, and also to consume a greater variety than we may otherwise eat. But they are different and it is important to understand why.

The Pros & Cons of Juicing:
Juicing removes the insoluble fibre – the pulp. Fibre is good for you – it keeps your digestive tract healthy and slows down the absorption of sugar. But it also slows down the absorption of nutrients. When you juice, you are extracting up to 70 per cent of the nutrition right into your glass, and without the insoluble fibre your body absorbs 100 per cent of these nutrients. When we juice our favourite vegetables and fruit we are removing the indigestible fibre and making the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole. When you drink fresh veggie juices, your body is soaked in nutrients, without having to use up any of its precious energy.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

The Pros & Cons of Blending: Like juices, smoothies are also delicious. Unlike juices, smoothies still contain all of the fibre from the vegetables – and the blending process breaks the fibre apart and makes it easier to digest. They are more filling and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day. Don’t include too much fruit or fruit juice in your smoothie though – it’s best to keep the overall sugar content down. This is why it’s best to make your smoothie mostly greens with a small amount of fruit. Experiment with things like bee pollen, maca powder, berries, coconut water, spirulina, and cacao and see how they power up your day.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Here are some of our favourite smoothie recipes for old pros and newbies alike:

Green Warrior Smoothie

A true green smoothie that is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and refined sugar free.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender and process until everything is smooth and combined. If you prefer a chilled smoothie, add a couple of ice cubes before processing. 

Creamy avocado and Banana Smoothie

A lighter green smoothie that is gluten free, egg free and refined sugar free.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender and process until everything is smooth and combined. Scoop the mixture into a bowl or glass and sprinkle with the toasted nuts and seeds to serve.

Pear and Ginger Smoothie

A non-green smoothie that is a great choice for those new to smoothies.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender and process until everything is smooth and combined. If you prefer a chilled smoothie, add a couple of ice cubes before processing.

Make Your Own

The flavour options are endless when it comes to smoothies but the formula is the same. Follow these 5 easy steps for the perfect, nutritious treat.

Step 1. Choose Your Leaves

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Step 2. Choose Your Base
Joining the Smoothie Craze

Step 3. Choose Your Fruit
Joining the Smoothie Craze

Step 4. Add Some Zing
Joining the Smoothie Craze

Step 5. Add Some Kick
Joining the Smoothie Craze

It’s common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many of us choose to skip it. Smoothies and juices are great when you don’t have time to sit down for breakie. They’re perfect for your commute to work, dropping the kids off or even just carrying around the house while you get ready.

If you’re really time-poor, there are some good powder options that can be added to water (or coconut water, or milk) to create an instant smoothie. Good Health Fusion Greens and Fusion Energy are made with organic superfoods and active enzymes for better nutrient absorption.

Good Health Superfood Protein Smoothies are another good option. The ready-to-go powder comes in both vanilla or organic cacao. These are a dairy free, vegan-friendly smoothie blend that includes organic superfoods.


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Joining the Smoothie Craze

Everyone can name a smoothie recipe that they love for both its delicious flavour and its health benefits. For parents, smoothies open up a world of possibilities to effectively mask healthy-but-not-so-tasty ingredients (hello kale!) – they also offer the freedom to be as decadent or as virtuous as you like. When it comes to smoothies and juices, a lot of people ask which is better – to juice or to blend? But why does it have to be one or the other, when a mix of the two is perfect? We all need plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, whether we eat, juice, or blend them. They are nutrient dense powerhouses, and however we choose to take them in – it’s all going to be good in the end. Juicing and blending are both great ways to include a lot of produce in our diet, and also to consume a greater variety than we may otherwise eat. But they are different and it is important to understand why.

The Pros & Cons of Juicing:
Juicing removes the insoluble fibre – the pulp. Fibre is good for you – it keeps your digestive tract healthy and slows down the absorption of sugar. But it also slows down the absorption of nutrients. When you juice, you are extracting up to 70 per cent of the nutrition right into your glass, and without the insoluble fibre your body absorbs 100 per cent of these nutrients. When we juice our favourite vegetables and fruit we are removing the indigestible fibre and making the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole. When you drink fresh veggie juices, your body is soaked in nutrients, without having to use up any of its precious energy.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

The Pros & Cons of Blending: Like juices, smoothies are also delicious. Unlike juices, smoothies still contain all of the fibre from the vegetables – and the blending process breaks the fibre apart and makes it easier to digest. They are more filling and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day. Don’t include too much fruit or fruit juice in your smoothie though – it’s best to keep the overall sugar content down. This is why it’s best to make your smoothie mostly greens with a small amount of fruit. Experiment with things like bee pollen, maca powder, berries, coconut water, spirulina, and cacao and see how they power up your day.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Here are some of our favourite smoothie recipes for old pros and newbies alike:

Green Warrior Smoothie

A true green smoothie that is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and refined sugar free.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender and process until everything is smooth and combined. If you prefer a chilled smoothie, add a couple of ice cubes before processing. 

Creamy avocado and Banana Smoothie

A lighter green smoothie that is gluten free, egg free and refined sugar free.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender and process until everything is smooth and combined. Scoop the mixture into a bowl or glass and sprinkle with the toasted nuts and seeds to serve.

Pear and Ginger Smoothie

A non-green smoothie that is a great choice for those new to smoothies.

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender and process until everything is smooth and combined. If you prefer a chilled smoothie, add a couple of ice cubes before processing.

Make Your Own

The flavour options are endless when it comes to smoothies but the formula is the same. Follow these 5 easy steps for the perfect, nutritious treat.

Step 1. Choose Your Leaves

Joining the Smoothie Craze

Step 2. Choose Your Base
Joining the Smoothie Craze

Step 3. Choose Your Fruit
Joining the Smoothie Craze

Step 4. Add Some Zing
Joining the Smoothie Craze

Step 5. Add Some Kick
Joining the Smoothie Craze

It’s common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many of us choose to skip it. Smoothies and juices are great when you don’t have time to sit down for breakie. They’re perfect for your commute to work, dropping the kids off or even just carrying around the house while you get ready.

If you’re really time-poor, there are some good powder options that can be added to water (or coconut water, or milk) to create an instant smoothie. Good Health Fusion Greens and Fusion Energy are made with organic superfoods and active enzymes for better nutrient absorption.

Good Health Superfood Protein Smoothies are another good option. The ready-to-go powder comes in both vanilla or organic cacao. These are a dairy free, vegan-friendly smoothie blend that includes organic superfoods.


Joining the Smoothie Craze

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