You know we're a little obsessed with our superfood smoothies here at Vitasave, so we wanted to share some of our top tips to make your own superfood smoothie at home!
What is a superfood smoothie?
Let's first define what a superfood is, shall we? Superfoods are simply foods that are particularly nutrient dense.
However when it comes down to it, superfoods are more of just a marketing term and can really be defined by any food that provides nutritional benefits such as leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, nuts and seeds, berries, green tea, ginger, kale, salmon, turmeric, and garlic.
How to make your own superfood smoothie
There are a few things to know when it comes to making the perfect smoothie:
You can choose from a variety of options such as coconut milk, kefir, water, coffee, and plant based milks.
Typically 1/2-1 cup is all you need. Fruit juice can be included however we recommend keeping it low to avoid excess sugar.
Fruits & vegetables
If you're a picky eater this is one of the easiest ways to sneak in those extra vegetables into your day! Fruits and vegetables that tend to work well include kale, spinach, berries, apples, pears, sweet potato, pineapple, mango, cherries, banana, kiwi, cauliflower, melon, zucchini, and beets.
An essential macronutrient needed for growth and repair processes in the body, protein will also help to stabilize energy and keep you from having blood sugar highs and lows. Add some silken tofu, your favourite protein powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, or pumpkin seeds!
If you're feeling adventurous and want to add a little kick or boost to your smoothie, this is where the superfoods come in! Let's introduce you to a few:
Don't judge by its small size, bee pollen is a nutritional powerhouse rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants.
Bee pollen has also been shown to improve digestive utilization of nutrients, in fact a study on rats found that mineral deficient rats absorbed more iron and calcium when they added bee pollen to their diet (1). This is likely due to the various nutrients such as vitamin C found in bee pollen which we know can enhance the absorption of other nutrients.
Ashwagandha is the only adaptogen proven to enhance thyroid function by improving serum concentrations of the hormones TSH, T3 and T4 which in turn can improve energy levels and reduce symptoms of fatigue (5)(6). It is commonly used herb for treating hypothyroidism (7)
Ashwagandha can be taken throughout the day to help with mental stress or in the evening to improve sleep cycles.
Moringa's vibrant green tone will give your smoothie a boost of color while your cells will reap the benefits from its many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as calcium, potassium, vitamin C, iron, vitamin A, quercetin, chlorogenic acid, and magnesium (8).
Originating from Southeast Asia and Ayurvedic tradition, this superfood is also known as "the miracle tree" and acknowledged for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant compounds providing many health benefits inside of the body.
You can find moringa in powder form making it super easy to add to your smoothie, just a little goes a long way!
Another small superfood with big super powers! Acai berry is native to the rainforests of South America and is a rich source of omega-3s, 6s, and 9s, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Acai berries are shown to contain a higher antioxidant content than your typical berry. Anthocyanins are particularly worth mentioning as these potent antioxidants give the berries their vibrant purple color and are largely responsible for many of the health benefits promoted by the acai berry.
Their benefits are far reaching from helping to improve cardiovascular health (8), fighting free radicals and oxidative stress, protecting against neurological disease (9)(10)(11), promoting healthy looking skin and hair to supporting a healthy microbiome (12)(13).
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