These days, everyone seems to be saddled with a busy life, and as a result, healthy smoothies have become the most efficient meal-on-the-go. Finding the perfect nutritionally-balanced smoothie can take a bit of research. During a pandemic it is imperative that we maximise their immune-boosting benefits.
We chatted to unicorn-magic brand Wazoogles Superfood Smoothies about the importance of superfoods, the health benefits of a good smoothie and the importance of ethically-sourced, sustainable, cruelty-free products.
WHAT IS WAZOOGLES?
Wazoogles, as a brand is a passion project, born from the need for health. Owner Warren Goodman spent many years struggling with his health. When Western medicine failed, he turned to superfoods. Since then he has barely seen his doctor, giving him more time spent in the Cape Town surf.
There was never an intention to build a product or a company, it was just one of those things that organically unfolded over time and has magically come into its own. “Nutrition without compromise” perfectly encapsulates their brand.
Wazoogles Superfood Protein blends are meal replacement smoothies made from the purest, most ethically sourced, nutrient dense superfoods around the planet. Packed with plant based protein, living enzymes, vitamins and vital nutrients, without any fillers, artificial colours or flavourants to spoil them. This magical combination has been carefully formulated to help reduce cravings and nourish and balance your body all the way to the cellular level.
WHAT ARE SUPERFOODS?
Superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional density. This means that they provide a substantial amount of nutrients and very few calories.
Superfoods contain a high volume of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Popular examples include goji berries, kale, green tea, turmeric & avocado.
Incorporating a love of travel into their brand, the Wazoogles Team includes a number of globally-sourced superfoods into their smoothie blends.
Some of Wazoogles’ superfoods have incredibly high immune-boosting properties. The camu camu berry used in their Unicorn Berry blend is the highest Vitamin C berry on earth. Just one scoop of their blends offers 95% of daily Vitamin C intake, which is the foremost immune-boosting vitamin.
Other superfoods for immune-boosting include spirulina, moringa and baobab. Other superfoods from mesquite, maca, chia seeds and cacao provide support to gut health through prebiotic fibre, adaptogens, antioxidants and protein.
Also see: Superfoods Simplified
SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES – MEALS ON THE GO
In the bustle of working life, smoothies have been a life-saver for me personally. Discovering Wazoogles took my love of healthy smoothies to the next level. Can smoothies be a sustainable meal replacement though?
Wazoogles protein blends are a full meal covering protein, supplemental health and the meal replacement category. Without any chemicals or fillers, packed with wholefoods, Wazoogles provides our customers with a full meal in each scoop.
It is important to find a protein blend that is nutritionally dense and have slow-release nutrients, without any added sugar or sweeteners. A smoothie that is filling helps reduce cravings, making it a great meal replacement to keep you naturally energised throughout the day. Smoothies are a great source of nutrients for most people – from athletes to working professionals and kids.
Instead of the hassle of making a nutritionally-balanced work lunch in the morning, I find whipping together a delicious smoothie so much more convenient. No matter how fancy I decide to make my blend of the day, it never takes more than 5minutes. It hardly takes longer than it would for me to buy lunch off of UberEats, but almost always is the healthier (and cheaper) option.
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HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND, HEALTHY PLANET
One of the many draws of Wazoogles is that the range uses ethically-farmed ingredients. Their products are also 100% plant based, gluten free, completely organic.
“Sourcing ethically and sustainably supports the nutritional integrity and quality of our products. It allows us to support farmers from around the world, specialising in their ingredients. We trust our farmers and are able to support their businesses and have a positive social and environmental impact. Our organic ingredients put less strain on the ecosystem and do not involve chemicals or pesticides which can be harmful to the ingredients and us, but also the natural biodiversity of that ecosystem.
We pride ourselves on having a positive impact with our brand, and so sourcing in this way allows us to sell our products with integrity and pride.”
WAZOOGLES-APPROVED IMMUNE-BOOSTING SMOOTHIE
It’s only natural we ask: What is the Wazoogles go-to immune-booster?
Antioxidant Energizer Green Tea & Lime Pie Smoothie
- 1 heaped scoop Wazoogles Plant Power Protein Blend (containing Spirulina, Moringa Baobab)
- 1 Cup Green Tea, chilled (great antioxidant and caffeine kick for the morning!)
- 1 Frozen Banana
- ¼ Frozen Avocado
- 1 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach
- 1 Whole Peeled Lime
- 1-2 tsp. raw honey / 1-2 dates sweeten to taste
- 5 ice cubes
- Top with nuts, goji berries, granola crunch, raisins, drizzled tahini
TIP: Steep tea for 30 seconds only to avoid bitter taste. Make the night before and cool in the fridge or throw in hot and add 1 cup ice to chill smoothie.
In the past few years, smoothie bowls have been making an appearance. Smoothie bowls are simply a smoothie with less liquid with emphasis on including different textures. Perfect for a lazy, slow Sunday morning, smoothie bowls can be a bold, colourful adventure packed with goodness.
Also See: Stop The Clock With Good Nutrition
ARE SMOOTHIES FOR ME?
One of the best gifts to myself in recent times is a decent blender. In my experience, smoothies appeal to everyone for a variety of different reasons. Who looks at a smoothie and doesn’t immediately want to try one. Whether I am pulling out a cacao blend smoothie that looks like a chocolate milkshake (jokes on you – there’s half a cauliflower in here) or a swamp green concoction, healthy smoothies never fail to pique the interest of those around me. The correct response is to pour them a taster and then eagerly await the “Oh that’s delicious! What’s in there?” and that’s one more person who has joined my gang of smoothie enthusiasts.
With brands like Wazoogles, being healthy is a fun and colourful adventure, and with their unicorn-covered branding, how could you expect it be anything else?
Wazoogles Superfood is a Cape Town based company. Their products, which range from Superfood Smoothie Protein Blends, Supernatural Oats, Smoothie Toppers & Snack Bombs. Specialising in superfoods, their ingredients are also plant-based, sustainably-sourced and ethically farmed.
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