Smoothie Magic In The Work Kitchen

Brains and bodies work better on clean, nutrient-dense, whole foods. But sometimes sitting to eat a “whole” meal doesn’t quite slot into our schedule.

Enter: Smoothies!

There’s no debate over whether smoothies are delicious and convenient. What we should be talking about is just what these quick meals can do for your health!

They’re a great way to blend heaps of vitamins, protein, antioxidants and fibre together in a no-excuses kind of way. And there’s an added bonus: they reduce the amount of work your digestive system has to do. This is especially important when you aren’t sitting down to relax and eat—which can mean bad business in the digestion department.

Increasing your daily veggie and fruit consumption is known to have a protective effect on your health—i.e reducing blood pressure, decreasing inflammation and even improving cholesterol.

And don’t worry about the sugars in fruit— when they are blended (not juiced) the phytonutrients and fibre actually prevent insulin spike and sugar crashes!

So, why not get the whole workplace in on the fun?

  1. Start a Smoothie Staple Fund: co-workers pitch in to keep a handful of essential ingredients in the work kitchen. Most can be stored easily in bulk!

  2. Keep a few enticing recipes in plain sight.

  3. Raid the fruit bowl or simply bring a few fresh pieces from home each day.

  4. Get an easy-to-clean hand blender for everyone to use.

  5. Establish a clean-it-after-you-use-it rule!

Basic smoothie ingredients to set you up for success?

  • Organic Rolled Oats

  • A “green” powder and/or protein powder

  • Frozen berries (if possible)

  • Peanut butter (or other nut butters)

  • Tahini

  • Dates

  • LSA meal (linseed, sunflower, almonds)

  • Chia seeds

  • Hemp seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Cacao powder

  • Cinnamon

  • Maple Syrup

  • Plant-based milks

Here are a few mouth-watering recipes to get you started!

 Cinnamon, Banana & Walnut Smoothie (recipe adapted from JSHealth)

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of protein powder OR 2 tbsp LSA mix/ground flaxseeds

  • 2 tbsp raw walnuts

  • ½ ripe banana

  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 cup of ice

  • 1 cup of almond milk (or liquid of choice)

Blend! Adjust the thickness by adding more ice or liquid.

Easy Breakfast Smoothie (recipe adapted from Deliciously Ella)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana

  • 1 big handful of spinach

  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup frozen berries

  • 1 cup of almond milk

  • 3 tbsp rolled oats

  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Blend! Use less liquid for thicker smoothies.

Healthy Chocolate Fix(recipe from The Minimalist Baker)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (or substitute almond butter)

  • 1 to 2 whole pitted Medjool Dates

  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1 to 1.5 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)

  • ½ cup of ice

  • 1 tbsp flax or hemp seeds

Method:

  1. Start by pulse blending solid ingredients in a blender.

  2. Slowly add in liquid, ½ cup at a time.

  3. Taste and adjust flavours: add banana or dates for more sweetness, cacao for more chocolate, and peanut butter for more saltiness.