It’s fun to prepare smoothies, as you get to play with different flavor combinations, and add various little bits of extra healthiness. Certain ingredients can kickstart your health all the while making your smoothie taste even more nutritiously yummy! We’ve been big fans of adding various combinations of fruits and greens to our smoothies for a long time. But, there are many spices and ingredients out there that can and should be included in your smoothies. “Smoothies are a fast, portable, and delicious way to get a diversity of nutrients into your body,” explains Navitas Naturals Chef Julie Morris, author of Superfood Smoothies
Immunity boost, detoxification, beautification and natural pain relief coming from a smoothie? Really?
Yes, check out these amazing super additions that pack a powerful nutritional punch and add some fanatical goodness to your smoothies.
CINNAMON, this spice with its heavenly blend of sweetness with spice is a classic and one of our favorites to use in many of the smoothies. Dr. Andrew Weil, world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine says that recent medical research into therapeutic uses of cinnamon portrays evidences suggesting cinnamon’s ability in stabilizing blood sugar, which makes it useful in managing type 2 diabetes. Did you know that cinnamon is a great immunity booster, contains calcium and iron, and its scent is known to have a very energizing effect on the mind? So, the next time you need a natural energy or immune boost give cinnamon a try.
CHIA SEEDS areperfect for thickening up a smoothie, these tiny energy-promoting seeds thicken and turn into a gel. Chia is a robust source of protein and is rich in trace minerals. The seeds also contain more than three times the concentration of essential fatty acids in most grains. “It’s a very neutral flavor, so it pairs well with virtually any food,” Morris says. “It’s one of the most versatile superfoods on the planet, literally, put it in anything.”
TURMERIC, known as the king of all spices for healthy immunity, Turmeric is a keeper and should be used when you need to give your immune system a boost. We say, “hello immunity!” with turmeric. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, may also ease aches and inflammation. You can enjoy up to one teaspoon per serving of smoothies.
GOJI BERRIES, a bit bitter on their own, they’re a great smoothie ingredient because other flavors can mask the bitterness. One of the world’s richest sources of antioxidants, goji berries contain 18 amino acids. Traditional cultures cherish the berry for its immune-boosting and vision-protecting properties. It also helps keep your liver and kidneys healthy.
NUTMEG, another immune-boosting super spice, this powerful dried “seed” is also great at detoxifying and helps with tummy troubles. Dr. Paracelsus Loni and Mathiolus in their research on Nutmeg described it as a gastric tonic. Try using nutmeg the next time you’re feeling a little under the weather to give your immune system a natural boost. Literally just a pinch of nutmeg and you’re good to go.
WHEATGRASS is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber, antioxidants, and even a bit of beneficial fatty acids. It will help boost your energy and immune function while detoxifying your body. It helps alkalinize your body to balance out high acid culprits like coffee and meat.
CACAO POWDER is Great addition in making of creamier smoothies, cacao is the raw form of chocolate and is one of the world’s richest sources of antioxidants and magnesium, explains Dr Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD. “Cacao contains an antioxidant called epicatechin, thought to help shield your nerve cells from damage” says Norman Hollenberg, a professor of medicine at Harvard. Cacao also contains iron and potassium.
FLAX, is often known as one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. It is low in cholesterol and sodium, is a good source of magnesium, phosphorous, copper, dietary fiber, thiamin and manganese. It’s great for your brain, hair, skin, nails and much more. Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer as well as cardiovascular disease and lung disease. At least two of the components in flaxseed seem to contribute, says Kelley C. Fitzpatrick, director of health and nutrition with the Flax Council of Canada.
MACA boasting a strong, earthy, slightly butterscotch flavor, maca is rich in mood-boosting B vitamins, amino acids, and brain-boosting fatty acids. It was used traditionally in South America to treat infertility and imbalances in female hormones. The root has long been used in traditional medicine to raise energy levels and combat fatigue, according to Dr Mike Roussell,Phd nutritional consultant.
GRASS-FED WHEY protein contains the amino acid cysteine that helps convert glutathione in the body. Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that prepares cells for battle against bacterial or viral infections.Nothing tops the superfood power of pasture-raised whey; it’s one of nature’s most perfect foods. Loaded with the ideal blend of nutrients , easily-absorbed amino acids, anti-inflammatory immune factors and metabolism-boosting peptides, along with potent antioxidants and alkaline minerals , this delicious, creamy whey protein is ideal for muscle nourishment, immune support, exercise recovery and body rejuvenation.
CARDAMOM-Why not give your smoothie a chai tea or chai tea latte flavor? One of the main ingredients used in your favorite cup of tea is this wonderfully aromatic spice: Cardamom. It is high in antioxidants, iron and potassium. Add some cardamom to fruit smoothies to give them an extra edge. It doesn’t matter what flavor the basic smoothie is, in fact, the more exotic the better. Mango, pineapple and guava are particularly good matches for this remarkable spice.
A smoothie can be your best friend providing you with all the nutrients you need for the day in a glass, depending on what you put in the blender. The right smoothie can turn ingredients that might not be the tastiest yet are still highly nutritious into a delicious blend bursting with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Plus, they’re perfect for on-the-go lifestyles.