Energy Boost Fruit Smoothie
As winter approaches, many are starting to struggle with sleep not just in the mornings but even in the mid mornings. Why we get hungrier in the cold weather remains a mystery to many.
Some researchers have said it is in the mind; that we are driven by things placed in the brain a long time ago. Ira Ockene, a cardiology specialist at the University of Massachusetts who’s been studying how seasonal variations affect human health says that caloric intake tends to increase in the winter. One of his researches revealed that people consume up to 200 more calories every day starting from fall as days get darker. According to Mr. Ockene, we are sensitive to light so if we see less of it, we react by eating more food, and eating it faster.
Many other scientists have carried out their own researches and the results aren’t different: humans tend to feel hungrier in colder seasons.
Stay fuller in the winter with smoothies
According to Healthy Eating, a reliable health and wellness website, fruits are the foods you need to keep you fuller for longer when the cold bites. Fruits contain minerals, vitamins, and carbohydrates that the body uses to produce energy. Indeed, the U.S.A. Department of Agriculture recommends that every adult consume 2 cups of fruits per day, equivalent to five servings. To take advantage of the abundant fiber found in most fruits, you should consume whole fruits or pure juices, not juices containing additives and flavorings. Mixing up a blended drink full of fruits is a great way to make your own green energy drinks.
Also, note that eating a variety of fruits is better than eating just one type of fruit all the time. The right combination of fruits will provide you with enough energy to see you through the day.
When making your smoothie, one thing that is important is your choice of fruits.
- Choose fruits with significant water content
Water helps with transportation of nutrients to different parts of the body. It also carries waste to exit points. Taking enough water will help you remain well hydrated, reducing chances of fatigue which is one of reasons we struggle with sleep in the morning and mid mornings. Fruits rich in water include pineapples, raspberry, apricot, orange, peach, and strawberry. Melons are the richest in water.
- Consider fruits rich in carbohydrates
The body obtains most of its energy from carbohydrates. When making your smoothies in the winter, it is therefore important to include fruits that are very rich in this nutrient. Carbohydrates found in fruits exist in simple forms that are easier for the body to break and utilize. Bananas and oranges are the richest in carbohydrates.
- Other considerations
It is also recommendable to go for fruits rich in iron as iron deficiency can cause fatigue. Peaches, apricots, and watermelons are some of the richest in iron. Finally, include fruits rich in fats, vitamin C, and antioxidants. These will include avocados, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, and papaya.
Our energy boosting smoothie for you this winter
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 peeled banana
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 1 cup of peeled, chopped pineapples
- 1 cup of crushed ice
- A scoop of green supplements
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Then serve.
Photo by Daria Shevtsova