Once you start making your own smoothies, you’ll never order from a hipster cafe again!
Smoothies and Super Foods are the perfect match! The combination of fresh vegetables/greens/fruit and nutrient dense Super Foods is the perfect way to start your day or replace some meals. Great if you’re trying to lose weight or add more minerals and nutrients to your diet.
There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to creating a nutritious smoothie; but generally it’s best to use more vegetables and leafy greens than fruit, as the fructose in fruit can be hard for the body to process and can produce a “sugar-crash” half an hour after consumption.
FAST AND EASY
To make a delicious smoothie, simply add some vegetables/fruit or leafy greens to your blender, some ice if it’s a warm day, water or milk (you may want to experiment with non-dairy milks like coconut/rice or almond milk) and add some super foods before blending. Our packaging has the recommended dosage of super foods and a starter smoothie recipe, so use this as a guide if you’re new to the world of the super smoothie. Blend all that goodness for 20-30 seconds and pour into a beautiful glass or jar. Somehow it makes it taste better.
LEAFY GREENS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your base vegetables. Baby spinach, kale, rocket, celery leaves and parsley are all fabulous nutrient packed greens that help with detoxification and provide the body many health-boosting benefits.
Including Super Foods in your baking provides more nutrients and flavour than your traditional dishes!
A HEALTHY SUGAR REPLACEMENT
You can use sweet products like Lucuma in replacement of sugar. Use a ratio of 2:1; that is for every teaspoon of brown sugar used in your recipes, use two teaspoons of Lucuma. Much lower on the glycemic index than sugar, Lucuma is a far healthier option for your delicious sweet creations.
PIMP MY FLOUR
Maca and Mesquite can both be used in baking. Substitute 1/4 of Maca in recipes that call for flour. That is, if a recipe asks for 1 cup of flour, use 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup Maca. Mesquite can also be used in baking. A general rule of thumb is to use one part of Mesquite powder to two to three parts of white flour. Remember, mesquite has a sweet, nutty flavour; so you may want to reduce the amount of sugar/sweetener to your recipes when using it as a substitute.
USE REAL CHOCOLATE
Substitute regular heat-treated (and nutrient-less) cocoa powder or cooking chocolate for Cacao powder and Cacao Nibs. Cacao powder can be used as a ratio of 1:1 when substituting for cocoa powder but remember it is pure, raw powdered chocolate, so you may need to add some sugar or a natural sweetener.
Try Cacao Nibs instead of chocolate chips and your cookies will love you. Nibs are less sweet and a dark-chocolate lover’s dream with all the good fatty oils and mood-boosting nutrients that’s lost once you heat-treat and add sugar to regular chocolate.
While there’s still much conjecture regarding the benefits of eating three regular meals a day vs. consuming lots of little meals (or snacks) out there, one thing is for sure. Eating healthy, nutrient-dense snacks are a far better alternative than munching down foods full of processed sugar, high saturated fats and with large amounts of calories.
OUR FAVOURITE MUNCHIES
Having a pack of Spirulina Sprinkles on-hand instead of those potato chips seductively calling your name from the cupboard means when you’re hungry your body receives high amounts of beta-carotene, chlorophyll and iron, rather than bad fats and enough sodium to kill a rat.
Have a sweet tooth but visit the dentist too regularly? Goji Berries are a delicious snack packed with antixoidants and a bunch of great nutrients. For the sour lover, the slightly-more-bitter, but none-the-less delicious Inca Berry acts as an anti-inflammatory and is high in dietary fibre.
MAKE YOUR OWN
Before you start your week, create a snack container for work that contains a great mix of super foods far better for you than that pack of Tim-Tams. The Forest Super Foods trail mix is no longer a trade secret. Simply add Goji Berries, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Inca Berries, your favourite nuts and a small amount of Cacao Nibs into your container and shake.
Chia Pudding is, put simply, the easiest snack in the world to create. Simply add 1/3 cup Chia Seeds, 1 1/2 cups of your favourite milk and a dash of organic vanilla essence to a large jar and shake vigorously. Leave in the fridge for four hours (overnight is better if you have any self-restraint) and your Chia pudding is ready to eat! Add cinnamon, maple syrup, some Maca Powder or any other flavouring to mix it up.
See some of our favourite super food snack recipes below: