Smoothies are a great way to pack in protein and other nutrients. The best part? The recipe options are endless! You can totally customize each one based on your flavor preferences and goals. Whether you mix up smoothies on the regular or are new to the practice, these super healthy ingredients will help boost your blend!
Healthy Smoothie Add-Ins
Adding wholesome ingredients to the mix provides extra nourishment. Try adding some of these plant-based superfoods to your next smoothie:
Spirulina is made from blue-green algae and has become popular due to its health benefits. It is arguably one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. One tablespoon of spirulina includes 4 grams of protein, 11% RDA iron, and a combination of B vitamins. Spirulina is also a good source of antioxidants, helping to fight inflammation and disease. Furthermore, a number of studies have linked spirulina to improved cholesterol levels — both lowering bad LDL cholesterol and improving good HDL cholesterol.
Choose high quality spirulina for consumption and combine it with plant-based foods. Spirulina can be difficult to mix with dairy. Start with 1 teaspoon and add up to 1 tablespoon of spirulina.
Throwing cauliflower in a smoothie might sound a little strange. However, cauliflower adds creaminess to your blend without compromising flavor. This veggie is filled with fiber, antioxidants, choline, folate, and vitamin C to boost your immune system.
Try adding ¼ cup or more of cauliflower steamed, steamed then frozen, or fresh to your recipe.
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Maca powder is made from a plant found in Peru. Maca is a cruciferous vegetable, making it related to cauliflower and broccoli. However, unlike these veggies you only eat the root of the maca plant. The root has natively been used in cooking and medicine for ages. While typically consumed for its clean profile, some also enjoy the earthy and nutty flavor of maca. People add maca to their diet to increase antioxidants, improve sexual health and fertility, and to enhance energy, mood, and memory.
Add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of maca powder to the blender for a nutritious boost. In need of some inspiration? Maca pairs well with chocolate, nut butters, and cinnamon.
Include healthy fats and protein in your recipe with almond butter. Just 1 tablespoon of almond butter boasts 3 grams of protein, 1.5 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of beneficial unsaturated fat. Not all nut butters are created equal! Look for a brand that is pure almonds — no added oils, sugar, or salt.
Add 1–2 tablespoons of almond butter to your next blend. Try whipping up this Pear Ginger Smoothie for a delicious clean eating treat!
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are native to China and have long been used in Chinese medicine. They are bright orange-red in color and may be best known for their high levels of antioxidants. Studies have associated goji berries with improved immunity, skin, eye health, and more.
¼ cup of goji berries will add 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and over 100% RDA vitamin A to your recipe. Use goji berries in your smoothie before blending or as a topping on a smoothie bowl.
This vibrant fruit has become extremely popular thanks to its natural bright pink coloring! Pitaya, or dragon fruit, are produced by cacti plants in the Americas. Often called dragon fruit for their scaly outer appearance, the fruit inside is refreshing with a subtly sweet and sometimes tart flavor. This super fruit has several types of antioxidants providing various benefits. In particular, dragon fruit is thought to be helpful for digestion with high fiber and oligosaccharides (a natural prebiotic).
You can find dragon fruit fresh, frozen, and in powdered form to add to your food. Add ¼ cup or more and enjoy!
Are you an avocado lover? It is no surprise that these luscious fruits are a wonderful addition to your smoothie! A good source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats — essential for recovery — avocados are the perfect addition to your post-workout blend.
Try adding ½ an avocado or more to your recipe — fresh or frozen for an extra creamy texture.
The wholesome ingredients above double as amazing add-ins for your smoothies! Try adding one, or several to your favorite go-to recipe for an added boost. As with all new supplements and foods, check with your doctor before making dietary changes.
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