As the single mother of 2 girls, I am very familiar with the struggle of getting out the door in time for school.
In fact, I’ve always struggled to get out of the door in time for anything. Being stressed and in a rush obviously isn’t great for your health as high cortisol levels can be damaging. But what’s worse is that this scenario often leads my family, and many others, to skip breakfast. A 2012 Kraft Foods study showed that 56% of Australians are missing out on their morning meal at least once a week, and almost a third are skipping up to three times per week.
I’m also a nutritionist and it troubles me to know that so many people in Australia are starting their day without a good meal. One of the reasons I am so adamant that people, especially kids in school, should eat breakfast, is that it gives you the energy to learn and process new information. Going to school or work without eating hinders these abilities. I have always liked giving analogies to my clients and so I will give it here too:
Your body is an extremely complex, beautiful machine with many different parts all working together. It’s better than any luxury car, so it deserves the best fuel. In the case of skipping breakfast, it’s getting no fuel at all. If you wouldn’t do that to a car, you certainly shouldn’t with your body.
Not only should you make sure you are getting enough food, but you should also make sure to get the right kinds of foods. The sugary cereals that are popular in Australia provide only a quick spike in energy and have very few nutrients. Whole grains like porridge, are definitely better, but might take too long to prepare.
This problem has been at the forefront of my mind for many years, as I’ve seen my own daughters and countless clients missing out on breakfast or making not-so-healthy breakfast choices. I found that getting my daughter to drink a smoothie on the way to school was much easier that getting her to sit down and eat a good breakfast. I used to buy packets of chia seeds, psyllium husk, spirulina and other superfoods to boost her smoothies. I soon realized that if I rolled a mix of superfoods out into balls that it would make the smoothie easy for her daughter and others to prepare without the need for much knowledge of nutrition. From this simple idea to make healthy changes in my home, the “Smoothie Bombs” were born.
They grew in popularity amongst my family friends and soon a few cafes were buying them from me regularly to make and sell to customers. Soon enough I realized it was a viable retail product and started the long process of product development. Two years ago I released two flavours and just this August I release a new range of 5 flavours that all have organic certification. I’m extremely proud of what I’ve created and am so happy to see people buying and loving them too.
The Smoothie Bombs combine 10+ natural ingredients in an easy to use, portion-ready smoothie booster. Each bomb is certified organic and provides an uncompromising, flavoursome and nutritious options for the time-poor and health-conscious. Just like bath bombs add a zing to your bath, Smoothie Bombs add explosive flavour and nutrients to your smoothies.
The new range come in a variety of delicious flavours that will add some sparkle to any basic smoothie. They are –
The Motivator: A rich fusion of raw cacao and Black strap molasses that improves iron, memory and serotonin levels. Chia seeds and LSA are included to help your body grow and repair with the power of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
The Transformer: A cleansing mix of antioxidant-rich spirulina and Matcha. The duo also contain chlorophyll, a compound which helps increase haemoglobin production in your blood, and helps you stay illness and disease-free.
The Defender: A warming combo of Cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper, turmeric and organic dried figs. these wonder spices support the immune system and prevent inflammation while figs are a source of dietary fibre, calcium, potassium and antioxidants.
The Warrior: a strengthening blend of apricot and peanut butter. This mix does wonders for your heart health, stamina and drive. It also improves energy and happiness levels, thanks to the mood-boosting Peruvian root, maca.
The Lover: a Nourishing concoction of cherries, cranberries, raspberries, goji and açai. These exquisite little fruits are nature’s aphrodisiacs and are rich in antioxidants.
For anyone needing some inspiration, I post new smoothie recipes on instagram (@thesmoothiebombs) every day. Here are two of my recent posts just to give you a taste:
Raw Cacao and Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 x Raw Cacao Smoothie Bomb
1 x frozen Banana
1 x big tablespoon Peanut Butter
200 mls Macadamia milk
Berry Pick-Me-Up Smoothie
1 x The Lover – Super Berry Smoothie Bomb
½ cup of frozen raspberries
4-5 fresh strawberries
200 mls Coconut water
Thanks for reading my post. I hope you found it interesting and informative. If you’d like to know more about the Smoothie Bombs, you can check them out at thesmoothiebombs.com. I’m also offering 15% off all online purchases for Natural Beauty Expert readers – simply enter the discount code “NATURALBEAUTY” at the checkout!
Lots of love,