8 SUPERFOODS you need in your next smoothie

Superfoods are foods with a high nutritional density. This means they contain a lot of nutrients but very few calories. They are high in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Antioxidants occur naturally in certain foods. I personally have found these foods to be beneficial in my diet. However, keep in mind to gain full benefits it’s best to add these superfoods to an already well-balanced diet. The nutrients found in fruits and vegetables can promote a healthy complexion, nails, hair, and increase energy levels. Eating them regularly has been said to also help lower the risk of many lifestyle-related conditions.

I am not a nutritionist by any means, I’ve simply done a lot of research on what superfoods I feel are best for my body. The list of superfoods I’ve provided is all foods that I consume in my smoothies regularly. I like keeping easy-to-purchase items in my diet. Most grocery stores offer all the items I’ve named so you can go and stock up on superfoods anytime!

LEAFY GREENS

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Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K. In addition, leafy greens contain iron, potassium, magnesium, and fiber.

I find drinking my veggies easier on my stomach and helps my body better digest the nutrients. I know drinking kale or spinach alone may have an odd taste but with the right recipe, you can achieve a tasty smoothie!

BLUEBERRIES

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A healthy treat for your heart, these antioxidant-rich berries are high in potassium and vitamin C and offer hefty doses of antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

I LOVE adding blueberries to my smoothies. They taste so good and are one of the best superfoods out there. Eating these on their own is great but they are an awesome healthy way to sweeten your smoothie.

MATCHA

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Matcha is a great healthy alternative for coffee. In matcha green tea powder, caffeine and l-theanine work together to provide an energy boost without jitters or side effects you may be used to experiencing from coffee and energy drinks.Since matcha contains a high amount of antioxidants, it is particularly considered healthful. 

Matcha is my go to Monday morning drink. It wakes me up and makes me feel great. It does have a unique taste that you either love it or hate it. I found when I first started drinking matcha it was more enjoyable mixing it with blueberries. Matcha and blueberries are a great superfood duo for your next smoothie!

CACAO

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Cacao is known for being an excellent source of iron, magnesium, potassium. Additionally, it is bursting with fats, vitamins, minerals, natural carbohydrates, and protein you can use in smoothies.

You can typically find cacao in the form of powder, butter or nibs. I keep cacao powder in my kitchen for using in smoothies. Raw cacao is the pure form of chocolate. If you love chocolate, cacao is a must-have ingredient in your spice cabinet.

AVOCADO

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As a superfood, avocado contains many nutrients and antioxidants, including folic acid, Omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, fibre and B vitamins. Its presence of copper, manganese, and magnesium makes it an ideal snack for athletes.

Avocados are one of my favourite foods. I add it to anything I can. I like to add avocados to my smoothies especially after a workout. Research shows that B vitamins will boost your metabolism and monounsaturated fat will repair muscle. After a big leg day, anything to assist in repairing my muscles is a yes from me!

CHIA SEEDS

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Chia seeds are high in fiber, as well as protein and omega-3s. They’re hydrophilic, meaning they attract and absorb water. Combining them with a liquid such as juice or coconut milk and waiting about half an hour will form a jelly-like substance. With this being said you can drink them right away in a smoothie!

I also discovered a while back that they taste very good blended with mango and coconut! If you’re in the mood for a green smoothie these work really nicely! Chia seeds add a nutty taste to green smoothies.

TURMERIC

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A powerful antioxidant, turmeric stimulates the metabolic process of fats and carbohydrates, may offer benefits in digestive and inflammatory conditions and may offer cancer-fighting effects.

A tablespoon of fresh or ground turmeric works well in a smoothie with banana, pineapple and ginger. Turmeric and ginger have strong tastes but pairing them up with fresh fruit, gives a really nice flavour. This is my go to smoothie when I feel sluggish.

GINGER

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Ginger possesses a variety of anti-inflammatory compounds, notably antioxidants, which protect your body from the damaging effects of unstable molecules called free radicals. This superfood is a common natural treatment for stomach issues, such as bloating and indigestion

Ginger is good in smoothies just be careful not to add too much because the taste can be quite strong. I find it helps me whenever I’m nauseous. You can add it to a green smoothie or even mix it with other superfoods such as turmeric or blueberries.

Enjoy your next superfood smoothie and remember to eat good baby 🙂 !

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