Orange, Almond and Chia Smoothie:

A Great Energy Smoothie For Night Shift!

What’s great about this smoothie?

  • Almonds contain healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin E.  The proteins and healthy fats provide a slow source of energy release, and also help to slow down the release of simple carbohydrates or sugars into the bloodstream.  This helps to keep our blood sugar levels steady thereby reduce sugar cravings – something almost every shift worker struggles with thanks to ongoing sleep deprivation.
  • The oranges are bursting with immune boosting benefits including vitamins B and C, along with Flavonoids, Folic Acid, Carotenoids, Potassium and Dietary Fibre.  Vitamin C is also critical for adrenal function, one of our stress regulating glands which bear the brunt of a sleep-deprived lifestyle.
  • The Chia seeds are also high in protein and fibre, both of which help to keep us feeling full and have been shown to aid weight loss.

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 10 almonds
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

How to make them!

Blend everything together in a high speed food processor, top with extra chia seeds and enjoy!

This would make for a great pick-me up during night-shift as the proteins and healthy fats found in the almonds are going to provide you with a much needed energy boost at 2am.  Alternatively, if you’re on an early shift, try drinking this smoothie in replace of a coffee to give your adrenal glands a break from all that caffeine.

Audra x

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