This is a really great recipe to tuck into after a workout. This smoothie provides you with carbohydrates, protein and fat and is bursting with vitamins and minerals. Why would you want a boring slice of toast when you can have something as delicious and easy as this!
- 100g acai smoothie pack - we used the organic frozen smoothie packs from Amazonia/or alternatively use 2 TBSP acai powder
- 2 TBSP oats
- ~120ml (1/2 cup) almond milk (add slowly to get the texture you want, you may need more or less)
- 1/2 banana (you can use frozen banana to get a creamier texture)
- 1 TBSP almond butter
*Now this is where you can have some fun and mix up the flavours. We believe in the motto the more the merrier!
- Nut butter
- Chia seeds
- Coconut flakes
- All fruits are delicious with this (except maybe tomato ;))
- Goji berries
- Cacao nibs
- Blend all of the ingredients in a nutribullet or use a hand blender.
- Add your favourite toppings and voilà!
- Come from the fruit of acai palm trees, native to Central and South America. They have now become widely available and popular worldwide because of their nutritional profile. Due to it's relatively recent popularity, there is limited research on human consumption and subsequent health benefits. In saying this, it does contain good levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- Thought to have more antioxidants than blueberries, raspberries and strawberries that may protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
- Rich in fatty acids including omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 that play a role in heart health and may improve the skins moisture.
- Rich in vitamin A, calcium and fibre.
- Contain a type of fibre called beta-glucan that has positive effects on cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and enhances the body's immune response to infection.
- They are also rich in minerals including manganese, phosphorous, copper and zinc
- Great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
- Great source of a number of B vitamins;
- Rich in folate which is vital for a healthy pregnancy.
- Rich in riboflavin which helps with red blood cell production, body growth and to process carbohydrates.
- Rich in niacin which is often used to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risk.
- Rich in thiamin which helps the body to process carbohydrates and protein.
- Great source of unsaturated fats
- The high levels of unsaturated fats are great to help ease inflammation (great post exercise) and may also improve cholesterol levels.
- It might be an energy dense food but there is no need to avoid it.
- A review of 20 clinical trials showed no weight gain or even weight loss individuals consuming 1 -2 cups of nuts a day
- Possibly due to the amino acid arginine which may boost fat burning.
- Consuming nuts considerably reduces the risk of developing diabetes and pancreatic cancer.
- Excellent source of potassium. A diet low in potassium is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and digestive issues. Potassium is an important electrolyte and helps keeps the body's fluid in check which is why bananas are a popular snack for athletes.
- Great source of vitamin B6 which is important for the digestive, immune, nervous, muscular and cardiovascular system.