Smoothies are perfect at any time of the day and are a great way to get a nutrient packed snack, that’s fast and easy to make! Many of us wing our smoothie recipes but following a guide or recipe can be the best way to balance flavour and nutrition. Smoothies are great for all ages and can please even the pickiest of palettes. With any recipe we create, we incorporate nutrient dense ingredients because what we eat should be both delicious and nutritious. If you’re looking for a little smoothie inspiration, you’ve come to the perfect place!
Smoothies are a great way to incorporate functional foods into your diet. Functional foods are food and beverage that offer powerful health benefits on top of their nutritional value. Examples include berries, bananas, oranges, nuts and seeds, herbs, spices and fermented foods like Kombucha! We’ve made this one extra functional by adding some of our Healthy Hooch Kombucha in the Black + Blue flavour. Kombucha is vegan, low in sugar and calories and has tons of amazing health benefits. It’s good for your gut health, keeps you full longer, is loaded with nutrients and good for heart health. Check out the full recipe below, then keep reading for more amazing health benefits from the other ingredients in this smoothie.
Half frozen banana
- 1 cup black + blue Healthy Hooch Kombucha
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup oat milk
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and enjoy!
Benefits of Hemp Hearts
- Full of Nutrients
- Heart Health Support
- Improve Skin Texture & Appearance
- Loaded with Protein
- Supports Brain Health
Full of NutrientsHemp hearts are the inside of the hemp seed that has had the shell removed. You can find both in most grocery stores, the main difference being the hearts are a little less crunchy in texture. They are full of nutrients, including fibre, protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E and several minerals. Adding hemp hearts to your morning smoothie is a great way to incorporate them into your diet. They have a slightly nutty taste which compliments smoothies beautifully. All you need is two to three tablespoons a day to benefit your health.
Heart Health Support
As their name says, they are incredibly good for heart health. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are an essential part of heart disease prevention. Additionally, hemp heart can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, help regulate your heartbeat, reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of blood clot formation. All of which are essential parts of the prevention of heart disease.
Improves Skin Texture & AppearanceThe anti-inflammatory effects of hemp heart may help improve certain skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. Omega-3 fatty acids also help improve skin health by softening rough skin, balancing oil production, hydrating dry skin, minimizing breakouts, and reducing ageing signs.
Loaded with ProteinHemp hearts are a great source of protein. They are suitable for vegan diets, making them a good substitute for protein powders or yoghurt. They are one of the few plant-based proteins considered a complete protein source, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs to stay healthy.
Anti-inflammatoryGamma-linoleic acid (GLA) is a type of omega-6 fatty acid found in hemp hearts. GLA helps in the prevention of many diseases and is considered an anti-inflammatory. It has similar effects to ibuprofen in your body, reducing pain, swelling and stiffness. Hemp hearts may be useful for anyone with arthritis, allergies, PMS symptoms and menopause symptoms.
Supports Brain HealthHemp hearts are brain food! They contain magnesium which supports healthy brain function. Magnesium helps brain development, memory, learning, regulates mood and can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Hemp hearts being high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids also contribute to brain health. They help keep the structure of the brain and function intact. Meaning hemp heart may also play a role in preventing certain neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and seizures.
Benefits of Blueberries
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Source of Potassium & Vitamin C
- Weight Management
- Good for Heart Health
- Improve Skin Health
- Benefits Mental Health
- Help with Type 1 Diabetes