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With vibrantly coloured beetroot, goji, acai berries and dragon fruit, this Blendie is a powerful blend of antioxidants, particularly lycopene and anthocyanin. Antioxidants like these can help reduce the risk of cancer and support a healthy heart, protecting our cells from free radical damage.
By protecting our cells from the inside out an antioxidant rich diet supports the growth and maintenance of healthy hair, skin and nails.
Pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, linseed and psyllium husk, provides your body with a healthy dose of fibre and good fats. Dietary fibre, which is found in plant-foods, is often associated with protecting against heart disease, diabetes and encourages healthy bowel movements.
Dietary fibre and fats also keep you feeling fuller for longer, as they take time for the stomach to breakdown and digest. Pea protein, a plant-based source of all 9 essential amino acids also creates a feeling of fullness.
As many Australians do not eat enough fruit and vegetables, smoothies are an easy and delicious way to meet recommended intakes and nourish the body with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.
2 pieces of Wholemeal Toast with Margarine and Vegemite
A smoothie with 1 Protein Blendie, 1 Banana, 1 cup Spinach and 1 cup of milk
*using data from Foodworks Xyris
Energy needs throughout the day are very specific to the individual, and vary depending on your activity level, life-stage and various other factors. Based on the general Australian recommended energy intake of 8700kj per day - an average breakfast could typically range from 1500kj-2600kj or more!
While the aim of the game for most is to consume less energy, the vegemite on toast could be a good breakfast choice, however the smoothie will give you more “bang for your buck” nutritionally.
As you can see, a piece of toast with vegemite is much lower in protein. As discussed earlier, protein helps to keep us feeling fuller for longer. With double the amount of
protein, a smoothie would be a great choice for on the go. Feeling fuller throughout the morning means that we may not snack as much on high energy foods, or overeat at lunch time.
Smoothies can also be a great alternative mid-morning or afternoon snack to help curb the hunger cravings and irritability often associated with a drop in blood sugar levels. In comparison, a banana muffin contains approximately 2535 Kj and is low in fibre, protein and other nutrients while also being much higher in energy.
Fibre in quantities of more than 3g per serve is a good choice, so both breakfasts are winners in terms of fibre. However, the smoothie will provide your body with unprocessed
carbohydrates - dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, which Australian’s are definitely not eating enough of.
Recently it has become apparent that our population’s intake of salt/sodium is very high, with Australians consuming an average of 10g salt per day. Recommendations state we should only be consuming 1.15–2.3 g of salt per day.
High salt intake has been associated with high blood pressure, leading to cardiovascular disease - a major cause of death in Australia. Salt, or sodium is naturally found in most of the foods we eat, however it is found in higher quantities in processed foods where it is used as a preservative and to improve taste. It is also important to note our low intake of fruits and vegetables, which contain potassium and nitric oxide which have been shown to
help reduce blood pressure. While many factors play a role, it is certainly a good idea to reduce our salt intake by reducing the intake of processed foods and increasing our fruit and vegetable intake.
The smoothie above contains significantly less sodium compared to the toast with vegemite making it a great choice in reducing your overall salt consumption. The smoothie also contains fruit and vegetables to help blunt the effects of salt on blood pressure.
Dates, Linseeds, Sunflower Seeds, Blueberries, Brown Rice Syrup, Beetroot Powder, Goji Berries, Chia Seeds, Psyllium Husk, Coconut Oil, Acai Powder, Natural Raspberry Flavour, Rosemary Extract
Antioxidants, fibre, magnesium, vitamins A, B, C, & E, minerals, iron, protein and calcium
1 Antioxidant Blendie
½ cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup coconut water
Simply place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
Want to get more exotic? Replace the coconut water with macadamia or almond milk.
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