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Top 3 Breakfast Smoothie Boosters

Skipping breakfast could set your body - and mind - goals backwards.

If you have to run out the door, try blending a smoothie full of everything you need to start the day just right.

Here are my top 3 smoothie boosters to get you through the day and thensome.

Tip # 1 – Nuts

Boost the protein of your smoothie with a handful of nuts, or 100% nut butter. My favourite smoothie nut booster is Brazil nuts - just 3 of these badboys contain your daily dose of selenium - which is great for immunity & fertility.

Tip #2 – Quinoa & Brown Rice

There’s no reason why your breakfast smoothie can’t keep you full all morning. Try mixing your regular protein supplements with a few tablespoons of leftover brown rice or quinoa. The combination of low GI carbs and protein will keep you feeling sustained for hours.

Tip #3 – Natural Stimulants

Jump-start your energy by adding antioxidant-rich green tea powder or a shot of coffee. Or you can speed up your metabolism by adding a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Ole!

5 Reasons To Eat Quinoa

HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM THE WORLD'S MOST STYLIST SUPERFOOD.

TIP #1: GLUTEN FREE GOODNESS

If you follow a gluten free diet, quinoa (pronounced ‘KEEN-wah’) is your go-to substitute grain. Quinoa is naturally gluten free and easily fills that pasta-shaped hole in your diet. Better still, thanks to its delicious flavour and texture, quinoa actually adds to your recipes – tip #5 is all about quinoa recipe ideas, so read on!

TIP #2: FULL OF VITAMINS & NUTRIENTS

Quinoa is full of amazing vitamins and nutrients, including protein, fibre, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, B6, calcium and Vitamin E. It ain’t a superfood for nothin’.  

TIP #3: FLAVA-FLAV

Quinoa contains two important flavonoids – Quercetin and Kaemperol. What’s a flavanoid? Plant antioxidants that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects. Best be getting your flavas on.

TIP #4: LOW GI

Quinoa has a low GI, so you won't need a nap straight after your meal. Studies have also found that Quinoa increases metabolism and significantly reduces appetite.

TIP #5: SIR Mix-A-Lot

Last – but certainly not least – Quinoa is a super versatile substitute for heavy carbs, including pasta and rice. Here are some mega easy ideas to incorporate Quinoa into your daily diet that’s a breeze to make in a jiffy:

- Breakfast with scrambled eggs 

- Mix it in a salad for lunch 

- Steamed fish or veggies on top for big lunch or filling dinner 

- Instead of rice in a burrito 

- A tasty snack with avocado, spinach & a touch of sweet chilli 

- Add it to soup and lose the bread 

- Add it to a frittata for more fuel 

- Veggie patty for more protein