Of late we’ve been focusing on delivering some awesome smoothie recipes for all our readers to try. During summer smoothies are a great way to stay cool and energised even if the summer sun seems determined to drain all your energy supplies. The thing about smoothies is that they can get confusing. Made with fruits, vegetables, yoghurt and milk they tend to be a very filling drink. Can they be complete substitutes for breakfast? Throw these toppings onto your smoothies and you’ll have a complete well-rounded breakfast that you can sip on the go.
A bowl of plain oatmeal is a healthy but boring breakfast. However, oatmeal is a good source of fibre and carbohydrates that’ll give you your morning dose of energy. To make oatmeal more interesting dump a spoonful over your smoothie. It goes well with banana or berry smoothies; you can even blend a few spoons of oatmeal into your smoothie for extra energy.
With dry fruits and sugar, muesli is oatmeal’s more interesting cousin. Again, it would go well with banana and berry smoothies.
3) Coconut Flakes
These little flakes of fibre will add doses of extra protein and iron to your drink. They’d go well with any smoothie – from fruity blends to a healthy green kale concoction.
Any kind of nut will elevate your smoothie’s texture by giving it some extra crunch. Each type of nut has its own health benefits; hazelnuts improve cardiovascular functioning, almonds and cashew nuts are brain boosters while pistachios aid weight loss.
5) Puffed Grains
Garnish your smoothie with come cooked rice or Quinoa. Sounds strange? They contain carbohydrates that will increase your energy levels tenfold. They taste good (and make more sense) on vegetable smoothies.
These are a no-brainer. They make your smoothie look pretty, add texture and give you extra health benefits.
Hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and sunflower seeds are excellent sources of vitamins and contain fibres and sugars that’ll leave you feeling great all day long.