Our human bodies have 11 systems that are independent but work in unison with one another. From our muscular, lymphatic, digestive, nervous, to our circulatory system - just to name a few. These systems work together and when one is out of tune, the others will attempt to correct the problem. This is the constant desired state of homeostasis - a state of balance. And from what we ingest daily we can help to heal, and prevent, unbalanced health problems.
Our priority at Pontcanna, is well sourced products that are in tune with the body, and create a well-balanced state within, so we can be at our optimal health.
We have created a nutritious smoothie menu to reflect this.
Our digestive system uses a lot of energy to break foods apart. This is because when we are digesting heavy foods all the blood rushes to our stomach for digestion, leaving us feeling drained and fatigued. So a blended smoothie with medicinal superfood supplements is a great way to maintain high energy levels yet be filled with essential vitamins and minerals.
We want to gain energy from our food & drinks, so ingesting blended raw fruits and vegetables is a great way to absorb the most nutrients and helps you balance the acidity that starch and cooked foods create. Being alkaline is the goal.
We have created a medicinal, nutrient orientated smoothie menu that is packed full of superfoods, essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants.
We want to help introduce medicinal superfoods and herbs into daily life as the health benefits really are amazing. You don’t usually find these in smoothies, so we are really excited to introduce them into our local community.
All the ingredients listed will be available to purchase in our store. Mother nature has provided us with the most amazing plants that will fill us with vitality. You can sprinkle them into your breakfast, whether that be chia pudding, porridge, or cereal. You can also mix them in water or milk, we have made it easy for you to order/build a smoothie filled with these powerful ingredients in our store and buy them for home use as well.
All of our smoothies have the base ingredients of banana, dates and plant milk. Banana’s are high in potassium, magnesium and calcium which are essential daily vitamins, they are also a binder for smoothie ingredients.
Dates are an amazing anti-oxidant, they are filled with iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamin K to name a few. They are a natural sweetener, yet regulate blood sugar levels.
We love dates, as they aid digestion as they are high in fibre.
The first smoothie on our menu is - Nutty Delight.
This nutty smoothie is rich in plant proteins, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. To start off the list of the key ingredients in ‘Nutty’ Delight’, you guessed it, nuts.
We love using nuts as they are rich in unsaturated fats, and are powerful antioxidants. Cashews are high in protein, fibre, essential fatty acids, copper and magnesium. Peanuts are also high in fibre, which is really aiding the digestive system. Peanuts also provide us with essential B vitamins such as Niacin. Niacin (vitamin B3) helps us convert food into energy as it aids the digestive and nervous system. Having good niacin levels improves your blood circulation which helps building healthy hair, skin and nails.
And that’s why Cashews and Peanuts are the staple to this creamy nutty smoothie. Lastly we will add our favourite Vanilla Protein which will give you that extra boost if you are active, a gym lover, or just need a full healthy break-fast.
This smoothie will leave you feeling full, satisfied yet full of energy.
The second smoothie on our menu is - Berry Bliss.
This fruity smoothie is full of powerful antioxidants. To start our ingredients off we are using Lucuma, which is a rich medicinal superfood. The fruit is native to South America. It is a natural sweetener and aids the digestive system as it is high in fibre, which is good for people with digestive problems. It is high in calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin C. It contains a variety of anti-oxidants, these are powerful compounds that help protect your cells from free radicals.
Free radicals damage cells by starving them of oxygen, this in turn creates disease within the body. The high amounts of vitamin C will help support your immune system, which is great for times like these as we are all needing to build strong healthy immune systems.
Lastly, Lucuma has a low glucose index(GI), so for people with blood sugar level issues, this helps to control sugar spikes yet allows you to indulge in a healthy sweet tooth. Our next medical superfood ingredient is Baobab. This is a fruit that is native to Africa, Arabia, Australia and Madagascar. Baobab is high in vitamin C, which makes it a natural anti-inflamatory. It is also rich in several key minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc.
Next up we are using a mix of Berries. Blueberries are one of the highest anti-oxidant fruits. They are full of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Raspberries are similar, they are full of essential B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, and potassium. Lastly to finish our fruity smoothie off we add in Pineapple. This is another high vitamin C a natural anti-oxidant. Pineapple provides us with folic acid which helps us make healthy red blood to flow around ur body! A great treat for our circulatory system.
This smoothie will leave you feeling blissful, and full of life.
Our third smoothie - The Roots.
This earthy smoothie is jam-packed, a medicinal superfood heaven.
Mother nature has really provided with so many plants that can help us on our health journey.
To start off we have included Ashwagandha. Ashwaganha is a rooted plant that is native is India and North Africa. It is a powerful adaptogen, which helps your body manage stress. This is because it lowers cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone released from our adrenal glands. By balancing our adrenal glands and hormones we can aid our fight or flight response to stressful situations that may of cause anxiety and depression. It also has high levels of magnesium and vitamin B6.
Next up we have included Reishi. Resihi is a medical mushroom native to Asia. It is rich is B complex vitamins, and is high in vitamin C, making it anti-inflamatory and anti-oxidant.
Next in is an all time favourite mushroom, Chaga. Chaga is a fungus that grows on tree bark. It is full of anti-oxidants and can be found growing in the UK and all over the world, fun fact I have seen it grow in Bute Park so keep your eye out. It is high in vitamin D and B. It helps fight inflammation, which is your immune systems response to stress and disease. Chaga has an amazing mood boosting effect, and can be used as a healthy natural coffee alternative.
Lastly another one of my favourite superfood ingredients Maca. Maca is a rooted plant that is Native to Peru. It is highly nutritious as is it very high in vitamin C and copper, iron, and vitamin B6. It contains flavonoids which are powerful anti-oxidant agents. Flavanoids reduce cortisol, which in turn reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. It has been said that Maca increases libido and fertility, and reduces menopause symptoms.
This smoothie will help you feel balanced but in a state of calmness, helping you feel grounded to the Roots.
Our last smoothie on our menu is - Plant Protein.
This is is high in plant protein, yet full of medicinal superfoods that will not only fill you, but it will replenish you at the deeper levels.
To start off our ingredients we have chosen to incorporate Spirulina. This well known staple superfood is an algae, that is rich in nutrients yet has the same protein level as eggs. An amazing healthier alternative filled with essential fatty acids. It is rich in B vitamins, such as thiamine (B1), roboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3). It also has high levels of iron, which is important for the oxygen levels circulating in your blood.
Next up in our ingredients is Wheatgrass, this is a fast growing plant that is rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a powerful anti-inflamatory helping you eliminate toxins, as it aids liver function. It is filled with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin, A, C, E, K and B complex.
Next we have added Chia seeds to tour smoothie as it is high in essential fatty acids, and is a great source of protein for a healthy muscular system. Having them in liquids allows them to be activated and are easier to digest once soaked.
Lastly we will add in our leafy Kale greens. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It has vitamin B, C, E and K. It is an anti-oxidant and contains nearly all of the essential every day vitamins and minerals that we need to thrive.
This smoothie is good for active people, wether you are a gym lover, or dog walker, this will give you that full protein boost but also provide you with the key nutrients you need to leave you feeling strong and ready to go.
We can’t wait to open and get these amazing ingredients into our local and surrounding communities. We look forward to being able to make you amazing healthy smoothies and juices from our medicinal menu to grab as you go, and to provide you with these superfood supplements to use at home from our store.