It’s a common misconception that all smoothies are healthy just because they are combined with fresh produce. Even if all of your ingredients are fresh, it can still be jam-packed with sugar and offer little nutritional value. The good news is that all smoothies can be tailored to suit your needs and help with troublesome health issues.
Making a smoothie that is nutritionally dense and full of vitamins is not as complicated as you might think. In fact, the base of all smoothies can be made with ingredients you likely already have in your fridge, such as leafy green vegetables and fruit. When they’re combined with the right natural additives, smoothies can be low in fat and sugar, while being high in both fibre and protein.
We’ve put together a simple recipe series with some of our most powerful all-natural ingredients to maximize your nutrient intake that will also please your taste buds.
Mental Clarity Smoothie
This smoothie is like an aromatherapy massage for your taste buds, stomach, and mind. Lavender and jasmine are a harmonious duo, known to help ease symptoms of stress and anxiety. Indulge in this smoothie when you need a little extra grounding.
Health benefits of lavender
Research suggests that lavender is useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Consuming lavender can also help calm digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling. In addition to helping with digestive problems, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains and even toothaches.
Recipe (click here to download the recipe as a .pdf)
2 tbsp Natural Focus lavender flower
1/2 cup Natural Focus jasmine tea
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp honey (optional sweetness)
1 cup banana
1/2 cup apple
1 cup blueberries
Steep your jasmine tea beforehand (for strong tea, steep overnight) and allow to cool completely before adding to your smoothie.
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.