This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, Vermont-based maker of whole-food vitamins and supplements, however all opinions are my own. I only work with and recommend companies whose products I love, and I’m so excited to share these with you!
Hello summer! I love how light and bright this time of year makes me feel, and I love to reflect this in my nutrition and wellness practices to make the most of this health giving season.
The more I learn about Ayurveda and seasonal eating the more I try to implement these practices into my daily regime. This does not involve huge, time consuming shifts of my normal routine, just slight tweaks and adjustments that feel like common sense and have me feeling more connected to both my body and the environment around me.
One of my breakfast staples is a superfood smoothie, and whilst in the winter I crave the richness and warmth of ingredients such as cacao and cinnamon, in the summer I love to switch this up to include cooling, water rich, alkalising and detoxing plant based foods to help boost my digestion and liver function.
I created this Summer Soothing Smoothie with New Chapter’s Fermented Aloe Booster Powder with all these principles in mind and every ingredient is carefully chosen for its summer health giving benefits (oh, and it tastes delicious too):
Pineapple contains bromelain, a source of proteolytic enzymes that help to break down and digest food in the digestive tract. It’s also wonderful for reducing inflammation and speeding up wound healing, is packed full of fibre and is a rich source of manganese, a trace mineral that is essential for glowing skin and blood sugar balance.
Water rich and cooling in the warmer months, cucumber is a great source of much needed minerals such as silicon, potassium and magnesium. Cucumber also confers anti-inflammatory and kidney cleansing properties, and I recommend buying organic so you can reap the benefits of eating the vitamin c rich skin.
This sweet tasting, vitamin packed leafy green is a wonderful source of fibre and is a natural source of glutathione, an antioxidant that is essential for upregulating our detoxification pathways.
New Chapter’s Fermented Booster Aloe Booster
My go-to supplement for gentle detoxification and digestive support*, New Chapter’s Fermented Aloe Booster Powder (with its blend of organic fermented aloe, turmeric, peppermint, coriander, cardamom and artichoke) is so calming and soothing for my gut that I never travel without it. It is in my holistic health ‘first aid’ kit for when my gut health is compromised from eating something that doesn't work for me, or when I suffer from stress related gut issues. Whilst I love to add it to my morning smoothies I also enjoy it simply stirred into a glass of cool water for a refreshing drink in the summer months.
Summer Soothing Smoothie
● 1 serving Vanilla Complete Organic Plant Protein+
● ½ cup fresh pineapple
● ½ cucumber
● 1 cup baby spinach
● ¼ avocado
● 1 tablespoon chia seeds
● 1 serving New Chapter Fermented Aloe Booster Powder
● 1 cup almond milk
● 2-4 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.