We need to look after our older generation in particular over the pandemic, so how about whizzing up a healthy smoothie for your family?
A smoothie is more than a blend of fruits or a diet replacement. They also can be a nutritious and filling taste of heaven.
If you are a student living at home, then you can help your parents and grandparents to adopt a simple yet healthy diet by making them smoothies for breakfast or as a light lunch.
After all, many in the older generation have co-morbidities for COVID-19 such as diabetes, hypertension or respiratory conditions. A healthy diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals will boost their immune system and make them stronger to fight the virus.
You can create delicious smoothies using fresh fruit and vegetables which will be extremely beneficial to the elderly. They will be drinking in a daily dose of vitamins, particularly as the vegetables are raw.
Certain smoothies can also help to lower GI which will help control diabetes, while others are packed with vitamins which can boost their immune system. In this way you can help them to manage their comorbidities.
This “spinach-kale” smoothie is turns fruit and spinach into a green healthy roar. It contains minerals, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin K that lowers cholesterol and sugar levels. This lower risk of diabetes and boosts immune system function.
Method: This is a very simple recipe. Simply combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a dash of water if it is too thick and then the chia seeds on top of the smoothie. Done!
The Banana Orange smoothie is a high energy, fibrous breakfast meal replacement.
It contains bone strengthening calcium, as well as lots of potassium which promotes optimal heart function, lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 are also in the mix. The vanilla yoghurt will some tickle to the tooth.
Method: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a dash of water if it is too thick and then top with crumbled biscuits or grains.
This banana-containing smoothie has Vitamin B6 which helps to reduce stress and promotes good sleep.
The mango weighs in with six vitamins and seven minerals, and like pineapple has antioxidants which boost the immune system and build healthy bones.
Protein powder adds a strong base for this exotic smoothie.
Method: Combine the coconut milk, pineapple, mango, protein powder and banana then blend until smooth. For decorative purposes cut a wedge of the pineapple for garnish.
This is more or less purely a blend of vibrant carrots and oranges which makes a smoothie that can be served for breakfast.
This smoothie is rich in fibre, protein, good carbs and Vitamin C and contains minimal fat.
The addition of oats has benefits with include lowering GI, which can lead to weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Method: Place all ingredients in the blender and the blitz until smooth, add about half a cup of water if it too thick.
Sunshine Berry Berry adds great deal of nutritional value to your diet.
Cranberries has vitamins and minerals improve immune function, lower blood pressure. This drink also contains raspberries and there is vitamins C and E in both berries. These antioxidant vitamins may help protect a person’s ability to think and remember information as they get older.
The milk will add calcium which prevent loss of bone density as we get older.
Method: Blend all the items and add milk as needed to alter the thickness. Then place the mint sprigs as garnish on top of the smoothie.
This smoothie is evidence that you do not need to be fancy to eat healthily. It is filled with an army of fibre that is good for diabetics, but it will keep everybody filled for longer.
Bananas contain an abundance of fructooligosaccharides and yes, that’s a real word, it is also known as oligofructose. This enhance the absorbance of bone reinforcement mineral, calcium.
Pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, which may help with digestion and osteoarthritis treatment.
Method: Blend all the items together and add water to alter the thickness.