For most people myself included my morning routine doesn’t change much on day-to-day basis. I wake up, take a shower, get dressed, make breakfast and leave for work. My breakfast almost every morning consists of some kind of smoothie. The flavor and ingredients of my smoothie however is a different story. There are some really great benefits to adding a smoothing into your morning routine.
For parents who are looking for ways to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables this can be a fun experiment and a great tool. Also if you have a difficult time getting children to take their vitamins adding them into a smoothie can help.
Below are 5 ingredients that you can add to your smoothing to not only play with flavors and textures but also give you healthy benefits.
Chia – Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family. Ongoing research has shown that this little plant contains numerous health benefits. Some of the benefits include stabilizing blood sugar, increasing energy, aiding digestion and lowering cholesterol. Chia seeds are also packed with antioxidants like quercetin.
Fish Oils – There is ongoing research that shows fish oils contain healthy fats like essential fatty Acids. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish oils have been linked with joint, skin, and brain and heart health. EPA has been used for decades to decrease inflammation, lower cholesterol and decrease risk for cardiovascular disease. DHA is need for neuronal and cognitive development in children. These healthy oils make great additions to your morning routine.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is aromatic spice made from the bark of a tree found in Southeast Asia. This spice is packed with an abundant amount of health benefits. It is a circulatory stimulant, lowers cholesterol, aids digestion and is soothing to the gut, loaded with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, helps with insulin resistance and can lower blood sugar. A recent research article showed that the daily use of cinnamon significantly reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Not to mention this spice makes for a tasty addition into any smoothie.
Chlorella – Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water and has been used widely for its detoxification abilities. Chlorella has the ability to bind to metals, chemical and some pesticides. This means that when you drink, eat, or add to your smoothie chlorella will naturally bind to all the unwanted toxins you are exposed to throughout the day.
Beet Powder – Beets contain a variety of health promoting nutrients. Beets are high in vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron, Vitamins A, B, C and folic acid. Beets help to cleanse the body, boost stamina, lower cholesterol, fight inflammation and may even have anti-cancer properties.