Many superfoods make excellent additions to smoothies. From berries to beans, seeds and bulbs, you can enhance not only the flavour of your healthy snack or meal, but add a powerful nutritional punch.
Smoothies are one of the best ways to make sure you are not only getting the right mix of daily nutrients, but are also convenient, easy-to-make meals and snacks when mixing the right superfoods into the mix.
Chia seeds are full of fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Further, they pack a major nutritional punch. Just one teaspoon accounts for over 20% of daily fibre requirements. Chia seeds also have almost zero taste, which also makes them an ideal addition to just about any smoothie. Because they also contain mucilage, adding them to your concoction will also create a much more satisfying, thicker drink.
These seeds are a great additive, because of their high protein and essential fatty acids. Each teaspoon contains between 3-7 grams of protein. They have a nutty flavour, which makes them a great additive to both banana and avocado-based concoctions.
A highly popular, nutrition-rich additive that can be found easily in most natural and health food stores. Along with fibre and fatty acids, flax contains lignans, or plant oestrogens, which help curb inflammation, regulate blood clotting and prevent cancer. With a subtle, nutty flavour, seeds must be ground up to get the best nutritional bang for your buck.
Quinoa seeds are tiny and grain-like and pack a serious nutritional wallop. They have a mild, nutty flavour and contain 9 essential amino acids, plus protein.
Cacao is also a great additive to smoothies. It is the bean from which chocolate is made. Raw and without the sugar, both the nibs and the powder the beans are commonly ground into, come packed with calcium, iron and magnesium, although the powder carries more nutritional punch. It also helps boost serotonin levels. Cacao tastes of course, like very dark chocolate.
There are also many mushrooms, when added to smoothies, particularly in powdered form, which bring not only nutritional goodness, but increased stamina, higher energy levels and quicker muscle recovery. Look for cordyceps (energy), lion’s mane (mental clarity), and chaga (immune function).
Berries are some of the best superfoods on the planet and a great addition to sweeter smoothies. The reason for this is they are packed with antioxidants which help slow down the aging process. A few of the most popular include:
Originally from the Amazon, these berries grow on palms. They are sweet and are great additives to smoothies containing almond, hemp, bananas and other berries.
One of the most popular superfoods, blueberries are packed with anti-anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidants.
Easily found in supermarkets, Goji berries are chock full of vitamin C and other antioxidants. They can help in boosting circulation and bettering vision.
These mild, but vibrant berries come originally from Chile. Adding them to lightly coloured smoothies will turn your drink to bright fuchsia.
This spice is not just for baking. Added to smoothies, it can not only add a zesty, spicy flavour, but also can help lower cholesterol and acts as an antibacterial.
This bright yellow root, when ground into powder, is frequently used as a spice and in many medicines. It also makes a tasty addition to savoury smoothies (such as those with fruits like avocado and tomatoes as a base). From boosting your immune system to protecting your heart, it may also help to reverse dementia.
While most people think of these pungent cloves as a flavour enhancer, garlic is also seen as a superfood with major anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and other health benefits. Containing vitamins B6, C and Zinc and vital amino acids, this member of the lily family can be traced back thousands of years in human cuisine.
Resembling a small, gnarled tree root, this superfood is also frequently used in alternative medicine. It is also high in potassium. Used particularly in berry-flavoured smoothies, it can also be used to fight nausea, symptoms of menopause and even arthritis.
Wheatgrass is made from wheat, but because it is made from the juice of the shoots, before the wheat seeds start to sprout, it is also gluten-free. It has been used for over 5,000 years as a health food, and remains have been found that prove that the Egyptians used them as a curative. Packed with chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes, it can be found in many forms, including tablets, powder and frozen juice.