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So you’ve decided to finally get yourself healthy! High five, that’s a good decision – you even bought a blender / bullet…but what next?? What are the best superfoods to put in smoothies? Here is my smoothie must-have list!
….the smoothie rack lives next to the spice rack in any healthy kitchen!
Here’s the superfoods to put on your ‘smoothie shopping list’ & how to use them – so you can be the smoothie king or queen, with all the good stuff ready to go, at your fingertips!
Put these on your shopping list asap!
1. Raw cacao powder – to give you a wake-up buzz, keep you relaxed but energised & alert (& young looking!) Perfect for those times you need a bit of a kick, but not quite as much as a coffee. Cacao is full of magnesium to keep you calm & relaxed (it’s a super common deficiency, you probably need more), & also special plant chemicals to protect your heart & blood vessels, as well as making you feel alert & happy. AND…it makes a banana smoothie taste like chocolate. Combines well with berries, banana, maca, nuts, seeds, protein powders, coconut or greek yoghurt…a must have.
2.Turmeric – to soothe your inflammation, support your liver & keep you young inside & out. Add fresh chunks to all your green smoothies.
3. Chia seeds – to feed your gut bugs fibre, supply you with omegas, plant protein, stabilise blood sugars & keep you feeling full. Chia has a neutral flavour, gelatinous thickening properties & should always be soaked prior to using (keep a mug of chia ‘jelly’ in the fridge for up to a week for use in your smoothies).
4. Pea protein – plant-based support for healthy immunity, strong muscles, blood sugar balance, beautiful skin hair & nails, & keeping you full & satisfied. Tatses a little ‘earthy’, but combines well with any maca, cacao, green or berry smoothie. Get used to it gradually & after a while you won’t mind it.
5. Whey protein concentrate – same benefits as pea protein, just tastes more smooth & milky – gives your smoothies a creamy feel. Goes great with banana, berry, nuts, coconut, yoghurt, coffee smoothies…anything you want to make creamy & more filling.
6. Matcha – full of anti-oxidants, another one to keep you alert & energised, but calm at the same time. Perfect in a green smoothie – a little bitter, so get used to it slowly.
7. Flaxseeds – add in for smooth, supple skin (good fats) & to keep you full & regular. Like chia, flax are best soaked prior to using as they will digest much better & be gentler on your tummy. Keep them pre-soaked up to 3 days in the fridge, & add anytime you need good fats & fibre in your smoothie to keep you nourished & full.
8. Maca – used traditionally by warriors (& today by body-builders, athletes, average blokes & menopausal ladies) to make them strong, fast & …well, horny. Goes well with any cacao, banana, vanilla, coconut type combos.
9. Coconut yoghurt – creamy, coconutty, dairy free deliciousness with good bugs for your tummy. Add anytime you want dairy-free creaminess. Combines amazingly well with any banana, cacao, coffee, mango, passionfruit, pineapple etc…so many flavour combos! (We highly recommend our friends at Pure n Free.
10. Kefir – dairy or coconut / water kefir adds good bugs to any smoothie, any flavour. Just don’t overdo it as the tart / sour flavour can ruin taste if too strong.
11. Kombucha – more good bugs! Amazing added to green smoothies or anytime you want a bit of sweet, bubbly lightness.
12. Ginger – warms you from the inside! Ginger is a digestive tonic, great to settle nausea, gas & bloating & improve circulation. Awesome in green smoothies, or if you like a kick in your berry, pineapple or cacao flavours.
13. Berries – so vibrant & full of antioxidants. Use fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, mulberries…or dried goji berries, inca berries, macqui berries. Awesome fruit as they are high in fibre & lower in sugars, making them some of the best superfoods to put in smoothies!
14. Greens – kale, spinach, parsley, mint, lettuce, cucumber, celery stalks & tops, mixed greens…just about anything green can be added (in small amounts to start with) to ‘salad smoothies’! Use a fruit to sweeten / make palatable – my faves to carry the greens are pineapple, banana, pear, & apple.
15. Avocado – good fats & dairy free creaminess! Great in any smoothie to make it more filling & nourishing.
16. Nuts / nut butters – peanut, almond, cashew, brazil, walnut…any nuts. Best to soak overnight / activate before blending.
17. Cinnamon – blood sugar support to stop your cravings & keep your energy stable. A must have in any banana smoothie, great with berries, or any vanilla / creamy / coconutty smoothies.
18. Coconut water – add as an electrolyte replacement, perfect for post-workout smoothies or green-smoothie hangover cures!
19. Banana – sweet creaminess. Use frozen chunks or fresh, in any cacao, green, berry, vanilla, nutty or tropical smoothies.
20. Natural greek yoghurt – good bugs in a creamy, protein-rich dairy base. Works well in any creamy smoothie.
21. Vanilla essence – enhances the flavour of so many smoothies. Use it in banana, cacao, berry, coconutty or nutty smoothies.
22. Blend11 – it covers so many bases nutritionally & goes well in any type of smoothie…use it for broad spectrum nutrition, protein, good fats & prebiotic fibre to keep you full & satisfied! When it comes to superfoods to put in smoothies, Blend11 covers all bases as it contains a mix of so many on this list!
23. PondWater – goes into all my green smoothies to make them…greener! An easy way to increase your chlorophyll, especially when the fridge / garden is bare or you are travelling. Aloe vera & greens for energy, gut health, immunity, skin & liver support.
So there you have it! That’s my pick of the best superfoods to put in smoothies! I would love you to share with me your favourite smoothie recipe – you never know if it makes the cut I may send you some free product!