Meet Maddie Bingham: The creator behind the Tammy Fit app’s smoothie bar
Maddie Bingham is a qualified naturopath known for her delicious recipes and her passion for holistic health, plant-based nutrition, and herbal medicine. The nutritious smoothie bar in the Tammy Fit app is Maddie’s creation. We hit her up with some questions about naturopathy and how she creates smoothies that taste way too good to be healthy…

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Whether you are stressed for time on your way to work or need a refreshing kick after a long day, the smoothie bar recipes Maddie made for the Tammy Fit app will quench your thirst. 

🍓Green Goddess Smoothie: the sneaky hack to consuming heaps of fruit and vegetables in one go. 

🍓Snickers Smoothie: the perfect sweet treat with no regrets. 

🍓Papaya Smoothie Boat: filled with protein & fruits that will give you that extra bit of energy.

🍓Berrylicious Smoothie Parfait: super easy for a meal on your way out the door – that’s if you don’t demolish it before you reach the car. 

+ More to come! 

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You designed our fab new smoothie bar in the app – how do you feel about people having smoothies instead of brekky when they're on the go? 

Smoothies are a great breakfast option for people who are busy and on the go! You can pack them full of nutrient-dense ingredients such as berries, leafy greens, avocado, protein powder and more, which will keep you feeling full and satisfied all morning long. 

Which smoothie ingredients would you recommend to give you pre-workout energy + to reduce post-workout muscle soreness?

Bananas and Medjool dates are great for adding to smoothies to give you that extra boost of energy you may need before a workout. They are both rich in carbohydrates, which will maximise your body’s ability to use glycogen to fuel short and high-intensity workouts. They are also high in potassium and magnesium, which will help reduce post-workout muscle soreness. Add a banana or 1-2 dates to a pre-workout smoothie for an extra energy and nutritional punch!

If you could tell people to add one thing to their regular protein shakes to kick their nourishment up a notch, what would it be?

Healthy fats! They keep you feeling fuller for longer. They are also essential for hormonal health and keeping your skin, hair and nails looking vibrant! Some examples of healthy fats include avocado, ground flaxseeds or flaxseed oil, walnuts, hemp seeds, natural peanut/almond butter and more!

 What are some reasons why people go to see a naturopath?

People may see naturopaths for a wide variety of reasons, including:

  • Gut health and gut conditions such as IBS and IBD
  • Sleep problems such as insomnia or difficulty falling asleep
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Immune dysfunction (frequent colds and flus)
  • Fertility and preconception care (for both partners)
  • Reproductive disorders (PMS, PCOS, or endometriosis)
  • Skin conditions (psoriasis, rosacea, eczema or acne)
  • Diet and weight management
  • Endocrine disorders (diabetes, adrenal fatigue or hypo/hyperthyroidism)
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Cardiovascular health (high blood pressure and high cholesterol)
  • Acute & chronic pain
  • Cognitive function
  • Urinary health
  • ...and more!

        What first drew you to being a naturopath for a living?

        I always knew I wanted to be in an industry where I could help people, but it wasn’t until I was in year 11 and 12 at school doing the subject Food Tech that I realised I was passionate about food and nutrition. I really enjoyed the theory side of the class just as much as the practical, as it is where we would learn about food chemistry, the processing practices involved, and of course the nutrition aspect.

        I began looking into universities and colleges that offered bachelor degrees in nutrition, and in doing so I actually discovered Naturopathy. I absolutely loved the idea of using natural therapies such as herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle changes to heal and support the body. On this same day, I put in an application to study a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy.

        We know that when it comes to nutrition, you believe in really going back to basics. Could you talk us through that?

        To me, going “back to basics” means consuming food in their most natural state, with little or no processing and no artificial ingredients. Whole foods are nutrient-dense which means they are full of health-promoting vitamins and minerals, and don’t have other added ingredients like sugar, sodium and preservatives. Think fresh corn on the cob over tinned corn, homemade hummus or guacamole over store-bought dips, homemade protein balls over store-bought crisps and things like that.

        Making simple switches can have a profound effect on your overall health and wellbeing. When grocery shopping, stick to the perimeter of the store and focus on filling your trolley with mainly whole fresh foods. Checking the ingredient label is also another great habit. If the ingredient list is long and full of words that are hard to pronounce, then it may be best to find another option.   

        Are there any interesting insights to share from your naturopathy practice right now, with so many people self-isolating and undergoing huge changes in their lives?

        It has definitely been an extremely hard time for many people, but looking on the bright side it has actually been a really great opportunity for many people to get back on track with their health, which often gets pushed to the side with a busy lifestyle! For example, a lot of people are getting back into the kitchen and cooking nourishing wholesome foods for their families which they previously may not have had time to do. People are also getting out into nature, which can be really great for reducing stress levels!

        It has also been humbling to see more and more people becoming aware of the importance of having a strong and healthy immune system during this time, putting a greater emphasis on their overall nutrition and seeking out natural alternatives such as herbal medicine and nutritional supplements. 

         

        That’s great to hear! Thanks for chatting with us, Maddie – we’re so peckish right now for one of your smoothies...