Need to add a little kick to your smoothies? Check out these 6 powerhouse options!
by Lindsey Mills | staff writer for The Snap Mom
Why stick to bananas, strawberries, and spinach? I’ve compiled a list of nutritional powerhouses you need in your smoothie life!
Gojis are Asian and considered both fruit and herb. They have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, claimed to help with diabetes, hypertension, and even malaria and cancer. They are packed with fiber and antioxidants. They are a good source of vitamin C, A, iron, and even protein. Add a tablespoon or two of dried berries to your fruit-based smoothies.
What the heck are they?? Fermented, dried, roasted, and crushed cacao beans! They have an intense chocolate taste, but are somewhat bitter. They are a great source for magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. And only once ounce has 9 grams of fiber!
My favorite smoothie recipe for them is:
1 frozen banana
2 Tbsp of nut butter of choice
2 Tbsp cacao nibs
Small handful of spinach
Coconut milk or almond milk
This is an excellent source of electrolytes. In hot Florida, that’s a necessity! Coconut water has almost double the amount of electrolytes as sports drinks and includes sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and a bonus: protein. Just use it in place of milk or juice in your blend.
These are touted to help with weight loss, anti-aging, cancer, and heart disease. They also contain the heart-healthy fat oleic acid. These little purple berries pack a punch! Buy them frozen and unsweetened.
Once eaten by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, moringa is making a comeback! With 2x the protein of yogurt, and 7x the vitamin c of oranges, this tree is quite the powerhouse. It also contains potassium, vitamin A, and calcium. They are super easy to grow, and you can just harvest a few leaves whenever needed. It has an earthy-herb taste, so best with green smoothies. It can also be added to salads!
Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw
I add a half of a scoop of this to my smoothies every day for an extra boost of greens I may not always have around. Also has probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion!
Smoothie on my friends 🙂
About the author:
Lindsey is a scrunchy wife and mom to two adorable girls. She is also the salon owner of Southern Roots and works part time doing hair. She loves animals, gardening, and is very involved in her home church.