This golden beauty is loaded with super foods and beaming with good vibes. Its tropical twist of mango and coconut provides pure yumminess, while power seeds pack this morning pick-me-up with benefits for your body and mind. Here’s the science behind this wonder smoothie:
Around 2 tablespoons of chia seeds per day added to salads, smoothies, mueslis or porridge will give you a lot of great energy. Those tiny little friends are full of nutrients that can be highly beneficial for body and brain. They are loaded with antioxidants, which help to keep the body fresh and healthy. Chia seeds are high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein: all important for bone health. What’s even more impressive? Its calcium content of 18% of the RDA in a single ounce, or 28 grams = about 2 tablespoons. In plain speak: chia seeds are a fab source of calcium for people who don’t eat dairy. The fact that chia seeds are 40% fibre, by weight, makes them one of the best sources of fibre on the planet, which can help with weight control.
Hemp seeds deliver the perfect 3:1 ratio of omega-6 linoleic acid and omega-3 linolenic acid – great for cardiovascular health and strengthening of the immune system – and are the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. They are a superior vegetarian source of protein and easily digestible. Rich in phytonutrients, they help to protect your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin and interior organs. These two kinds of super seeds mixed with some of our fave fruits make a great start to the day.
1 mango or 2 handfuls frozen mango
2 oranges, quartered with skin and pith removed
1 carrot (remove top bit and cut into pieces)
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
Maple syrup or honey, to taste
1 tbsp dessicated coconut
Pinch of cinnamon
Blend all ingredients except a few chunks of mango, coconut and cinnamon, until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with with the remaining ingredients.
And now? Enjoy!
(For some lovely blenders it might be a bit hard to blend a raw carrot into a smooth texture. If you feel yours is one of them, just exchange the carrot with more mango, banana or a chunky piece of papaya, if at hand, because smoothieness is one of our highest priorities, isn’t it? 😉
Christine Joos, aka @london_yogini, is a designer, smoothie alchemist, yoga teacher and mum who lives in North London. She’s a passionate yogini who believes in the transformative power of nutrition. As well as posting her wellbeing inspo here, you can also find her flexing her creative muscles for brands like ASOS, Virgin and Adidas.