As the festive season rolls in it’s easy to wave goodbye to your usual dietary habits and embrace the season's indulgences! With the tease of mulled wine and mince pies it’s no wonder we pass up on the nutrient loaded rich leafy greens to satisfy those sweeter cravings we’re so used to curbing. That’s why we turn to Pack’d in our time of need.
Although we like to indulge, with the change in temperature, flu flying around and the all-too-easy extra glass of bubbles, it’s essential to keep our vitamin intake and liver function up to prevent illness. Including more chlorophyll rich vegetables into your diet is the best natural way to do so, and with added greens in your morning smoothie, the day will be off with a vitamin boost like no other.
Green vegetables offer a vast array of nutrients, from vitamins A and K to betacarotene rich vitamin C, as well as minerals such as iron and calcium. All of these act as a party season cocktail to keep your immune system sparkling.
Some essential greens to look out for are:
Kale - Kale is loaded with vitamins A and K to help support our immune system & speed up reactions to any potential invaders.
Spinach - Spinach is an excellent source of manganese, a powerful antioxidant which helps seek out and find the free radicals in the human body and neutralise them before they have the chance to do any harm.
Chlorella - A single-celled fresh water algae, it is one of the richest foods in beta-carotene. This nutrient is converted into vitamin A in the body, an essential vitamin for cell protection from free radicals, so if the invaders do attack, our defences are up and ready!
Spirulina - Another algae derived green powerhouse which provides chlorophyll in abundance. Chlorophyll is an alkaline super nutrient in itself, aiding oxygen flow around the body, digestion, along with neutralising and drawing toxins out of the body, specifically the liver. Stimulating the detoxification process of the liver, this pond water pal will have your liver fighting fit for the festive season.
Wheatgrass - A superfood made from young wheatgrass roots is an extremely effective ingredient to strengthen your immune system. Containing an antioxidant known as Superoxide Dismustase (SOD), wheatgrass has the ability to lessen the effects of radiation and slow down cellular ageing by guarding our precious cells.
No one wants to be a humbug during the festive season and miss out on all the fun, so loading up with these key nutrients is a sure fire way to make sure you can keep on dancing. And what better way to do this than a quick Pack’d Detox smoothie in the morning? Kale, spinach, chlorella, spirulina and wheatgrass are just 5 of 10 detoxifying ingredients that you’ll find in this super-charged smoothie.
Worried it all sounds a little too earthy for your taste buds? Fear not! Pack'd recipes have been developed with nutritionists over many months to ensure they're the perfect balance of nutrition and flavour. This means all the superfood ingredients can work their magic without becoming overpowering! For more information, visit www.packd.co.uk, or follow on social @packdco.
Did you know... according to WCRF 4 out of 5 children in the UK do not eat enough fruit and veg. Why not sneak more veg into their diet easily with these tasty smoothies.
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