In the mornings, I’m often pulling out my blender and whipping up a healthy strawberry milkshake for my breakfast. It’s a great convenient way of getting a good intake of plant based nutrients to energise and nourish my body. I often make my milkshakes or power smoothies as complete meal replacements, so I make sure I boost them up with extra nutrients such as omega 3 and quality protein. I love freezing my fruit before blending as it results in a creamier milkshake.
What’s Good About it:
Strawberries are low in calories and high in antioxidants. Around 1 cup provides 46 calories, 11 g of carbs, 1 g protein, almost no fat and 3 g of fibre. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that adding strawberries to your meals slowed the insulin responses by delaying the absorption of sugars in the digestive tract. Insulin is an anabolic hormone that increases storage of fat, protein and glucose. It’s main effect in regard to fat is to block lipolysis (oxidation of fat). Nut and seed milks are a delicious lactose free alternative to traditional dairy. Enjoying them regularly can help reduce cholesterol, provide your body with essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc and enhance the body’s immune system. Protein is considered by many to be the most important macronutrient for humans because of the numerous roles protein plays in the body. Whenever the body is growing, repairing or replacing tissue, proteins are involved. The main function of protein is to build and repair, as well as sustain muscle.
1 cup (150 g/5 1/4 oz) strawberries – frozen
1 small ripe banana, peeled
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Protein
1 teaspoon chia seed
Combine strawberries, banana, milk, Healthy Chef Protein and chia seeds into a blender.
Blend for a few seconds until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a serving glass and enjoy.
1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Organic Superfood