Anyone can make a basic smoothie. Simply blend some fruit and frozen yogurt and you are finished. However, while this is not necessarily unhealthy for you (provided you drink these smoothies in moderation), you can actually get a lot more from your smoothies. All you need to do is include some simple superfoods as ingredients in your morning smoothie. Your body will certainly thank you!
Here are some popular ingredients—many of which will not alter the taste or your morning smoothie—you may wish to consider:
Chia Seeds – These contain high amounts of omega fatty acids as well as other nutrients, such as iron, calcium, antioxidants, and protein. They are proven to minimize your risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol. Depending on the size of your smoothie, aim to use one or two teaspoons. It has a neutral flavour, so it pairs well with just about everything.
Avocado – This superfood is the perfect alternative for those who do not like to use bananas in their smoothie. They act the same as bananas in that they help make your smoothies creamy. They also contain good fat and many other nutrients. Avocados are also known to keep you feeling full for longer, which means you are less likely to snack too much.
Goji Berries – Even though they have a bitter taste, other smoothie ingredients are able to mask their flavour. These berries also contain roughly 18 amino acids and are the highest source of antioxidants. In addition to being fantastic for your immune system and vision, goji berries also help keep your liver and heart healthy.
Cacao – Do you enjoy chocolate? Cacao is the raw form of chocolate. It is quite bitter on its own, but when you add ingredients with natural sugars like fruit or natural flavours of yogurt, you can get rid of cacao’s bitterness. Benefits from cacao include it being high in antioxidants, iron, potassium, as well as magnesium.
Other popular ingredients for smoothies include kale, spinach, maca, flax seeds, acai, and whey. Even though your basic smoothie recipe may taste great as is, adding one or two of these superfoods as ingredients is a surefire way to add more health benefits. They are called superfoods for a reason. You do not even have to worry about changing the taste! Just fiddle with the amounts until you find the ingredient breakdown that works for you. You can even add them into your diet in other ways.