I didn’t believe that I would soon give in to buying a top quality blender nor find excitement each morning in making a ‘green juice’ to begin my day. Following a plant-based diet, if followed correctly, can reap hundreds of benefits not only for your health but for your skin, immune system, mood; the list goes on. However, when your body is lacking a vital vitamin or mineral, or you become deficient in one of those areas, you can be left feeling a little sluggish and out of sorts.
As most vegans are a little more prone to iron-deficiency than our fellow carnivores, my focus from here onwards is to make sure that I am getting enough of this vital mineral on a daily basis. Not only are my Iron levels in mind but upping my calcium intake as well as Vitamin A, C and of course keeping my B12 in check are all of upmost importance.
Beginning the day with a superfood smoothie is a quick and easy way to get in all of the essential minerals and vitamins without much effort. Now I, like many, believed that blending pounds of fruit, superfood powders and seeds on a daily basis would soon burden my wallet. Initially, buying the blender and the superfood powder bases that give the juices the boost that you need may set you back a little. However, only using a teaspoon a day of say Spirulina means that the expensive ingredients will last a couple of months or so. Building your smoothies around bananas, kale, spinach, carrots and other cheap staple fruit and vegetables will keep the juices within budget.
My Go To Supergreen Smoothie
1 tsp Spirulina: great source of iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, Zinc, magnesium, calcium & high in protein
1 tsp Wheatgrass: great source of chlorophyll, high in protein, vitamin C, vitamin A, B complex & 17 amino acids
1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds: great source of Omega-3, fiber, magnesium, zinc, calcium & iron
2 Handfuls of Spinach: great source of iron
1 Banana: great source of potassium
1 Cup of Hemp Milk: great source of Omega-3, Omega-6, B12, folic acid, potassium & Iron
A Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
A Drizzle of Maple Syrup (optional)
The best thing about making juices is that you can add as little or as much of an ingredient as you go along and taste taste taste until you get it right! Spirulina has a rather strong seawater taste (don’t let that put you off) which can be masked with the likes of bananas and a natural sweetener. However, with the health benefits this superfood reaps, the taste becomes irrelevant!
And, if you are looking for an affordable and high speed blender then look no further! The Salter Nutri Pro Super Charged 1000 Watts is now half price and has incredible reviews. At £50 you cannot go wrong. It comes with multiple blender jugs, detachable lids that are either fully closed or drinkable and your smoothies are made in less than a minute. Easy clean, easy wipe, easy everything!