Nothing lifts a day like sunshine. Even if the weather is grey and gloomy, this breakfast smoothie will put a bounce in your step … and a smile on your face. Nutrient rich, this is a meal in itself, loaded with: pineapple, kiwi, banana, oats, flaxseeds, turmeric, coconut milk and coconut water. The upshot? This smoothie is not only delicious but it could boost your immunity, reduce inflammation and help keep your gut healthy.
Spikey on the outside, sweet on the inside, pineapples are fantastic fruit. Pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C and manganese and they are also a good way to get important dietary fibre and bromelain (an enzyme). Bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties and enhances your immune function. Dietary fibre is important for a healthy gut.
A natural immunity booster, Kiwi provides 273% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C in every one-cup serving – five times that of an orange. Alongside the many other nutrients offered by kiwi’s they also contain healthy amounts of fibre, keeping you regular and their antioxidant power help neutralise free radicals that can damage cells and cause inflammation.
Banana’s pack a nutritional punch. Their high vitamin C content helps fight infection. Just one banana contains 467 mg of potassium, which is important for controlling your blood pressure and heart rate. High levels of fibre help keep you satiated and your digestive system happy. And Magnesium helps strengthen your bones and protects your heart.
Turmeric has been used in East India and the Middle East for thousands of years, both as a spice and medicinally. It has become popular here in the West because of its anti-inflammatory properties. More reported health benefits of turmeric include relief from joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis, reduced joint swelling, and greater range of motion when used regularly.
Thought to deliver outstanding health benefits, Flaxseeds are being championed a wonder food. They are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids and fibre. Although their health benefits are still being investigated they may have anti-inflammatory properties, help keep the heart healthy, aid post menopausal symptoms, improve digestive health and improve antioxidant protection helping defend against Type 2 diabetes, asthma and obesity.
Recipe – Serves 1
Approximately 150 g fresh pineapple chunks
1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1 kiwi, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 tbsp. flaxseed powder
Small handful oats
1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric
150 mls full-fat coconut milk
150 mls coconut water (or plain water if you don’t have coconut water)
1/2 tsp honey (if you have a sweet tooth)
Blend everything together until smooth. Depending on how you like your smoothies, add more coconut water (or plain water) to loosen, or more oats if you like it thicker.
Serve and enjoy!