Prebiotic Protein Smoothie

This smoothie is great for a breakfast or lunch. It contains not only important nutrients but also a fibre that makes you feel satisfied for longer. In addition to staying fuller for longer these types of dietary fibre work as prebiotics feeding the probiotics and enabling the friendly bacteria to flourish in the gut. To be honest, I dislike the celery flavour on its own, but in this kind of smoothie, it’s surprisingly tasty!

Some health benefits of the ingredients:

Celery

Celery is an excellent source of antioxidants, beneficial enzymes along with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6. Celery is claimed to have numerous health benefits such as lowering inflammation, lowering high blood pressure, prevent or treat high blood pressure, prevent ulcers and protecting liver health for example. But the main reason why I used it for this smoothie is that it contain anti-microbial properties that can fight infections and it’s prebiotic.

Banana

Banana is sweet and filling and therefore great for smoothies.They are high in fibre which is good for digestion but also rich in magnesium and potassium which might prevent muscle cramps.

Avocado

Avocado is incredibly nutritious! It’s high in fibre, which helps for natural detoxification, improves digestion and protects from chronic disease. Folate helps lower the risk of depression and it’s important for healthy pregnancy. Vitamin K can support bone health by increasing calcium absorption. Avocado also has two phytochemicals that are especially concentrated in the tissues in the eyes and it has a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol which is important for the heart health.

Almond

Almonds are associated with numerous health benefits hence they are loaded with vitamins like B2 and E, trace minerals such as magnesium, monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, dietary fibre and protein. Just a handful of almonds contains one-eighth of our daily protein needs! Almonds are also a great source of vitamin E that nourish the skin and reduce signs of ageing and it also acts as a powerful antioxidant.

Seeds

All seeds have essential fatty acids and are high in protein, they are also chock-full of antioxidants and high in fibre which helps boost your metabolism. Sesame seeds have huge health benefits. They have high-quality protein, rich in calcium and magnesium. The high zinc content helps produce collagen, giving skin more elasticity and helping repair damaged body tissues. Sunflower seeds, on the other hand, are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary anti-inflammatory fat-soluble antioxidant.

MCT-oil and Coconut oil

MCT-oil is medium-chain fatty acids and easily absorbed for instant and sustained energy (made of coconut oil). Healthy fats improve blood sugar regulation and the capacity to combat harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Prebiotic Protein Smoothie
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Ingredients

  • Water or Almond milk
  • Celery
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Lemon juice, fresh
  • Almonds,
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • MCT-oil or melted coconut oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the celery. Remove the seed from the avocado and scoop out the flesh. Peel the banana.
  2. Combine celery, avocado, banana, almonds, seeds and squeeze in some lemon juice.
  3. If wanting for more energy and longer satiety, 1 tablespoon of CMT-oil or melted coconut oil will do the job.
  4. Whirl in a blender until smooth.
  5. Enjoy!
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