Posted by Dayne Hudson in Health / Nutrition
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Derived from Cacao beans found in the forests in Latin America, this fine powder possesses many health-boosting benefits.
Cacao is rich in micronutrients known as polyphenols, which have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties as well as improving LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) levels.
Due to its high concentration of flavonoids, cacao may help improve blood vessel function.
The boost in nitric oxide leads to improved blood flow, including the blood supply to the brain, which has been shown to produce cognitive enhancement, decrease stress and have positive effects on our mood.
Moreover, cacao’s favourable effects on the hormone insulin mean it can also play an important role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
Pop a tablespoon of cacao into your Bulk Nutrients protein shake to add a rich flavoursome kick!
Pound for pound perhaps the most powerful ingredient on this list, Chia Seeds deliver huge amounts of nutrients in relatively small doses, and boast 30% fibre: 30-34 grams of fibre per 100 grams!
This added fibre to your protein shake can aid in weight loss by helping you feel fuller for longer.
Shoot for 15-20 grams of Chia Seeds with your shake.
The high amount of monounsaturated fats found in Almond Butter help to decreasel LDL cholesterol whilst increasing its healthier brother HDL cholesterol. This can be very beneficial for heart health! Being high in calcium too, almond butter can also help us maintain healthy blood pressure.
If your protein shake needs some more creaminess and nutty goodness -- look no further than a tablespoon of this little treat!
More likely to be found in a salad, don't dismiss the possibility of throwing this nutritious leafy green into the blender!
Spinach provides the body with large amounts of the vital vitamins and minerals that we need to function and thrive, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and B9, Vitamin C, calcium and iron.
Like many of the other ingredients on this list, spinach also contains antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent oxidative damages to the body, which is important for nurturing healthy functioning organs.
100 grams will do the trick!
A well balanced and versatile source of nutrients, whole grain oats are packed with energy delivering carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, fibre, and vitamins and minerals.
Beta-glucan also promotes the release of the satiety hormone Peptide YY which helps us feel full for longer -- perfect if you’re trying to lose weight!
Add half a cup of wholegrain oats to your next Bulk Nutrients protein shake, and watch it turn into a thick, satisfying and nutrient-dense smoothie!
The world's second most popular fruit is popular for many very good reasons: they provide the body with many of the most important nutrients.
An excellent fuel source for training and competition, the easily digestible natural sugars make bananas an ideal addition to a pre-workout shake.
Bananas go well with almost any flavour of our protein powders, so add this flavoursome fruit whenever you want!
This Amazonian superfruit has blasted itself into the health stratosphere over the past decade, due to its potentially positive effect on the health of brain cells.
Moreover, Acai contains three times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries -- another fruit popular due to its health benefits.
Keep in mind: Acai berries are a superior option to some of the cafe Acai bowl options that contain many added sweeteners and thus calories!
Jerry Seinfeld once paid the ultimate tribute to cinnamon: “Anytime someone says: ‘Ooh this is so good what's in this?’” The answer invariably comes back - CINNAMON!”
We think Jerry’s right on the money!
1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon will spice up your next shake!
Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil has been shown to be a great inducer of satiety -- perfect for when fat loss is your goal!
Diets that include MCT oil have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, increase the production of HDL cholesterol, and aid in fat loss.
Two tablespoons will give you what you need!
In the perfect world, we’d get enough fibre every day: 50 grams to be exact. But we don’t live in the perfect world! So that’s why we have a fibre supplement for the days you can’t quite get enough.
Moreover, fibre encourages the growth of a more favourable gut microbiome, associated with lower long-term weight gain. It’s for these reasons that researchers suggest that fibre allows for an "increased ease of weight loss".
Our Bulk Nutrients Tri Fibre+ supplement has 5 grams of fibre per serve, and can be a great addition to your shake daily!
So, there are ten ingredients you can swap out whenever you chose, for more flavour and potentially better health!
In summary here is the final list of 10 nutrient-dense ingredients that will take your shake to the next level!
Add one, or two, or all of these to your next smoothie and enjoy the great taste and additional health benefits!