Smoothly does it – another smoothie is here to get you geared up for your day. This one is an energiser, many of the ingredients are nutrient dense and help you cultivate precious energy to get the most out of your day.
Stepping into the smoothie spotlight is the Carrot. Not only do carrots sweeten the smoothie deal, their natural sweetness can keep cravings for sugary treats at bay.
Despite claims that carrots pack a lot of sugar, they might actually have a beneficial effect on blood sugar. The sugars in carrots are possibly more complex, resulting in a more stable blood sugar. It might be their fibre and phytonutrient content, most of which remains in a smoothie.
Always a favourite in the smoothie line up is coconut. One of many great things about coconuts is their impact on blood sugar. They can actually improve the utilisation of blood sugar. This provides insurance against hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This is great news as our appetite is strongly influenced by blood sugar homeostasis (balance).
A more stable blood sugar will give you better control over your appetite and strength against cravings.
Coconut is also a good carrier for Turmeric, enhancing its bioavailability.
Turmeric is also known by its active constituent, Curcumin. Curcumin has an incredibly diverse spectrum of medicinal qualities. If you seek more energy for sport, exercise, work or play, Turmeric may have you covered.
An interesting study on mice found Curcumin supplementation to be beneficial in improving exercise performance and preventing fatigue. This study found that muscle stores of glycogen were significantly increased.
Glycogen is the fuel used for muscle contraction, which serves as an important energy source for exercise. This effect saw significantly enhanced endurance in the mighty mice!
Cacao is a welcome addition to any smoothie, especially if you are looking for an energy boost. Raw Cacao is a blessed plant, it boasts one of the highest antioxidant content of any other food, including blueberries and Goji berries.
Its antioxidant content spreads across its many constituents. Polyphenols, Catechins and Epicatechins. Anti-oxidants refer to a the prevention of oxidative damage, the degradation of cells and our DNA. We want to preserve the health of our cells for they contain our energy production factories – the Mitochondria.
- 1 Banana
- 1 Carrot, Grated
- 1/5 Coconut, Grated
- Coconut Milk
- 1 Tsp Cacao
- 1/2 – 1 Tsp Turmeric