Summer days are here, and what better way to celebrate than to drink delicious smoothies! Smoothies are really versatile, and a convenient way to help you have the fruits and vegetables you need daily. And they’re better than juices, as smoothies maintain all the fibres from the ingredients, too. I am a huge smoothie addict, I drink one almost every day. As they are packed with vitamins and minerals, having one is definitely beneficial for yogis and yoginis. So I pooled together all the tricks and advice that are useful for me. Enjoy!
To start with, I have a few tips for you. The great thing is that you can throw whatever you want in your blender, and it’s still going to taste delicious. But to stay on the healthy side, make sure to respect the following ratio: 70% of vegetables and 30% of fruits. Fruits are really great from a nutritious perspective, but they have a high sugar content, you don’t want to overdo it. In my experimentations, this ratio is the best to have a sweet taste yet a really healthy drink.
Then, people tend to always put the same things in their smoothies. Don’t forget that you could definitely add some spices, nuts and seeds. These allow you to create potentially endless variations.
Finally, be creative when it comes to the base of your smoothie: a splash of your milk of choice or coconut water can enhance the whole drink. But just water will do.
Now, let’s explore all the advantages of various smoothies ingredients for your yoga practice!
Adding berries to your smoothies is a good idea for sure, because these are particularly rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants decrease inflammation in your body, lower the risk of infections and are good for your heart health.
Consider adding some beetroot too, as it contains nitrates, which could help in lowering your blood pressure. Beets are also beneficial because they contain magnesium, which is really important for your bone health since it is involved in calcium absorption. And it gives a nice bright pink colour to the drink too!
Green smoothies are the real star here. You might fear that you would be able to detect an unpleasant vegetable taste while drinking it. Actually you can’t taste that at all as other ingredients from the smoothie tend to overpower.
Health benefits for yogis are various. Green vegetables like kale or spinach have a really high nutritious content. Using dark leafy greens is really beneficial for your bones, as these vegetables are packed in calcium and vitamin K. Greens are also a great source of chlorophyll, which rebuilds red blood cells, which ultimately rejuvenate your body.
And if you are into experimenting, I recommend you add avocados in the mix too. These are full of good fats, which are particularly helpful in reducing any inflammation in your muscles.
Citrus fruits, including oranges, grapefruits and lemons, are full of vitamin C. This vitamin is great for yogis, as it helps your immune system and is responsible for repairing body tissues.
Other fruits like mangoes and papayas are rich in potassium, which has a key role in supporting your heart function.
You can also throw some bananas into your smoothie, as they contain a high variety of nutrients. In particular, the mineral content is beneficial for yogis as it helps to reduce cramps when doing yoga or any physical exercise.
Which are your favourite smoothies? Make sure you leave me your own tips in a comment below!