Choc smoothie with a kick

Are you looking for something to give you a good boost in the morning? This smoothie will provide plenty of energy to start your day!

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Nutritional facts

  • Cayenne pepper gives this smoothie a nice kick. It is not to strong but just enough to notice it. Cayenne pepper or chillies are good tonic for the digestive and circulatory systems. A good spice to boost your metabolism!
  • Cinnamon can be used for indigestion, flatulence or diarrhoea. Cinnamon also possesses antihyperglycaemic properties and potential to reduce postprandial blood glucose levels. So it is believed to be quite useful for diabetic patients especially type II (Kirkham et al. 2009, p. 1100).
  • Oats contain:

Beta glucan

Oat soluble (β-glucan) fibre is one of the rare plant foods currently eligible to bear an FDA-approved health claim in the United States (Hasler 2003, p. 3775). There are very strong evidence that whole oats products reduce or remove total and LDL cholesterol (Hasler 2003, p. 3774) from the digestive tract and arteries as well as improving the strength of cardiac muscles (Pitchford 2003, p. 469).

Avenanthramides

Oats contain more than twenty polyphenols. Avenanthramides have a strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity as well as relaxing arterial properties that might provide additional protection against coronary heart disease (Meydani 2009, p. 734)

Oats in your diet

The consumption of three grams per day of oat beta-glucan as part of a diet low in saturated fat and a healthy lifestyle seems to be beneficial for cardiovascular health (Othman, Moghadasian & Jones 2011, p. 307). Unstabilised rolled oats are less processed and contain more enzymes as they have not gone under any heat treatment. It is recommended to keep them in the fridge so they don’t go rancid. Oats do contain gluten so remove them for gluten free recipe. Add more chia seeds and LSA instead.

Have you ever used Cayenne Pepper in a smoothie? Would you do it? Do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

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choc smoothie with a kick

References

Hasler, C 2003, ‘Functional Foods: Benefits, Concerns and Challenges—A Position Paper from the American Council on Science and Health’, The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 132, no. 12, pp. 3772-81, viewed 1 November 2013, http://jn.nutrition.org/content/132/12/3772.full

Kirkham, S, Akilen, R, Sharma, S & Tsiami, A 2009, ‘The potential of cinnamon to reduce blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance’, Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1100–1113, viewed 10 December 2013, http://www.ebscohost.com

Meydani, M 2009, ‘Potential health benefits of avenanthramides of oats’, Nutrition Reviews, vol. 67, no. 12, pp. 731-35, viewed 2 November 2013, http://www.ebscohost.com

Othman, R, Moghadasian, M & Jones, P 2011, ‘Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat b-glucan’, Nutrition Reviews, vol. 69, no. 6, pp. 299-309, viewed 28 October 2013, http://www.ebscohost.com.

Pitchford, P 2003, Healing with Whole Foods Asian traditions and Modern Nutrition, 3rd edn, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley.

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Photos

Memories from a road trip in 2010, Belgium & Sweden.

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