Wellness

5 supercharged smoothies and teas

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We’ll drink to these for detoxing, restoring balance and revitalising you for 2016.

by Brenda Bryden

Want a jumpstart on 2016? It has to come from you. Inside you, that is. Deep down where you sync with yourself and the world around you. We’ll leave you to find your inner power circle, but we can help with another important piece of the puzzle: a healthy body.

It’s time to detoxify, rebalance and nourish yourself. It’s time for smoothies is what we’re saying …

 

SMOOTH THE WAY

Smoothies, especially fruit ones, are great for losing weight without going hungry or compromising on essential nutrients and they are packed with fibre. If you make them yourself, you know exactly what is in your smoothie, no additives! And, you’ll save money too. Making smoothies is a great way to prevent all those feel-good fruit and vegetables from going to waste; all you need is a blender or juicer. Here are three of our favourites:

 

1. The Alkalinity Queen

The avocado, cucumber, green leafy vegetables and coconut water will balance the body’s alkalinity levels, allowing all your systems to operate at their best.

  • 1 avocado*
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cucumber
  • A fistful of kale or spinach (devein to get rid of any bitterness and chewiness)
  • Coconut water (or purified water), choose the amount depending on the consistency you desire
  • Stevia, to taste and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

* If avocado is not in season, you can substitute with coconut flesh or raw almond butter.

Simply combine and blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into a glass and sip away.

 

2. Good fat smoothie

Ideal for those following Banting, Paleo or high-fat, low-carb eating plans. Omega-3 fatty acids have been added for improved heart, brain and skin health and to fight inflammation.

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup of coconut water
  • 1 tbsp macadamia nut butter
  • 2 tsps Xylitol powder or ¼ tsp of stevia powder
  • 1 tsp Omega 3- fatty acid oil

Cut the avocado into quarters and remove the peel. Blend with the coconut cream. Add coconut water slowly while continuing to blend, then add the macadamia nut butter and blend thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and add ice cubes if you’d like it chilled.

 

3. Coffee and banana breakfast smoothie

This vegan and diabetic-friendly breakfast smoothie is super yummy and ultra nourishing.

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • ½ cup of cold, black coffee (preferably organic)
  • 2 tsps Xylitol powder or ¼ tsp of stevia powder

Blend all ingredients at high speed until smooth.

 

 

TEATIME

You know how in most households, every situation is best handled with a ‘cuppa’ tea, but when temperatures have reached 37 degrees and rising, who really wants to drink a steaming hot cup of tea? These cool, refreshing iced teas will help you beat the heat while still giving you all the comfort and nourishment. And, because tea is full of antioxidants (that counteract those nasty age-causing free radicals), drinking it will leave your skin glowing with health.

 

4. Iced mint rooibos tea

This is a fabulous detoxer and is great for naturally beautiful skin

  • 6 rooibos teabags
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • Some stevia to sweeten, according to taste
  • 4 ½ litres of boiling water

Pour the water over the teabags, lemon and mint and allow to infuse (stir occasionally). Allow mixture to cool, then refrigerate until serving. Serve over lots of ice.

 

5. Cucumber and grapefruit iced green tea

The flavours of the cucumber and grapefruit blend beautifully and the weight loss benefits of these two ingredients are huge. This great tasting drink will give your metabolism and immune system a real boost.

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • a dash of honey or stevia is ideal for a touch of sweetness.

Put green tea bags in a large jug with a little cold water. Then add the hot water and leave to steep for 5 minutes. Next, juice the whole cucumber and the peeled grapefruit in a juicer. Once done, pour into the jug of tea and mix. Serve over ice in a glass, add a thin slice of cut grapefruit and a cucumber ribbon for some decorative pizzazz.

These tasty and ‘oh so good’ for you drinks will balance and supply your body with all the vitamins and minerals needed for mental clarity and memory, healthy, glowing skin and hair and will fuel your body with lots of energy. And, they will help curb cravings for sweets and other unhealthy foods, as well as contribute towards a good night’s sleep. No better reason to say: “Cheers, drink up!”

 

Got a killer smoothie idea? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

About the author

Brenda Bryden

Brenda Bryden

Brenda is a true word nerd: sub-editor (read grammar nazi), features writer and content creator. She is passionate about reading (read bibliophile), playing board games, cooking and entertaining, music, the beach, fast cars (read speed freak) and animals. When not reading, writing or editing, she can be found walking her rescue dogs, pandering to her two cats' every whim, recycling/upcycling and serving her community.