If you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you know I love a good smoothie. In fact, I make one for breakfast/post-workout pretty much every day, so I feel like I’ve mastered my favorite ingredients and superfoods for both a healthy boost and for flavor.
Right now I’m addicted to my Peachy Green Smoothie from my 7-Day Added Sugar Detox book & I have been for the majority of this year! I don’t know what it is, but peaches are so tropical to me, so maybe I’m just imagining myself on vaca with this one lol. Either way, it’s super easy to take any smoothie recipe and add a few boosters to up that nutritional value. Trust me, if there’s one thing I feel like I’m good at, it’s giving someone (like my dad, for instance) an intervention with proper smoothie ingredients. So whether you prefer a green smoothie or something a little more fruity, any of the below add-ins will give you the more sought-after health benefits we’re all looking for!
These are just my personal favorites, so this list is by no means comprehensive, but definitely a good place to start if you’re a newbie to the smoothie game!
1. HEMP SEEDS
Hemp seeds are by far one of my favorite seeds! They offer 10g of plant protein per 2-3 tbsp AND contain Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids that will help fight inflammation and protect your immune system. They have somewhat of a nutty flavor, nothing overwhelming, and can be added to anything like salads, in pestos, smoothies obviously, oats, in chia pudding, you name it.
You’ll get an amazing boost of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties by adding spirulina to your next smoothie, and that’s just a fraction of its benefits. It also can lower blood pressure, fight liver disease, lower cholesterol – the list goes on and on. This one is powerful though, so I like to use only 1/4 tsp at a time, because the flavor can be a bit much sometimes.
If you need digestion support, flaxseeds are the way to go. You’ll get 6-9g of fiber per 2-3 tbsp, plus it will work to lower blood pressure and even reduce the risk of cancer. Most of us are deficient in fiber, so this is one I always suggest adding in your rotation. I personally keep my jar of organic ground flax in the fridge for best results because they can become oxidized if they’re left out too long. 1 tbsp always goes in my smoothies!
4. CAMU CAMU
Camu Camu powder might be a lesser-known booster, but it’s one of my go-to’s! One serving will give you a massive dose of vitamin C (perfect for building that immune system!) and tons of unique antioxidants you don’t see a lot of elsewhere. It has a fruity flavor, nothing too overwhelming, and I add about 1/2 tsp into my smoothies.
You know how you hear people say chocolate has health benefits? Well, this is why. Cacao powder (or actually the cacao bean) is what chocolate starts as before it’s processed and mixed with sugar and other ingredients. It’s filled with something called Polyphenols, which helps with blood flow to your brain as well as improves brain function. You’ll also get a dose of magnesium, which can help reduce stress and is great for muscle recovery… so yea, feel free to get a boost of cacao post-training sesh 🙂 looove adding this to my Everyday Glow-To Smoothie or in my Salted PB Cup Smoothie in Your Guide To The Good Life.
Believe it or not, avocados are good for more than just making guac! They’re full of amazing healthy fats your brain craves so adding them to your smoothies is a no-brainer, trust me! They make smoothies sooo creamy, so if you ever add too much liquid and it comes out less thick than you’d like, toss 1/4 avocado (fresh or frozen) back in and blend it up.
7. CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are magical little things that contain a bit of everything – fiber, antioxidants, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids to name a few. Definitely can’t go wrong adding these to your smoothies. If you prefer not to get those little seeds stuck in your teeth, I’d recommend a higher powered blender or go with ground chia seeds.
Did I leave your favorite health booster off the list? Share it in the comments below!