Smoothies are one my favorite things for a few reasons but mainly because I don’t know any other meal where you can toss in a bunch of different greens, veggies, and fruits – blend them up and flood your body with nutrients…just like that. BOOM!!! I mean in like under five minutes BOOM! How sweet is that?!
And to make things even a little sweeter, I’ll show you why adding these 5 top superfoods will turbo charge your smoothies leaving you energized and feeling spunky.
Hemp seed is a solid source of protein providing 20 amino acids, 9 of which are essential and not produced by the body. It contains soluble and unsoluble fiber to help battle sugar cravings and keep the colon clean. It also has essential fatty acids (a good balanced 3:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6), and is particularly high in GLA (gamma linolenic acid) for heart health, hormonal support, healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Chia seed is another super source of complete protein, high in fiber (14 grams in 1/4 cup), high in essential fatty acids, containing antioxidant levels higher than blueberries. This tiny seed helps to stabilize blood sugar and is a high stamina food.
Matcha is a super metabolism booster, promotes energy and is rich in catechin polyphenol compounds that contain high antioxidant activity which prevents free radical damage and cellular oxidation protecting from cardiovascular disease, various types of cancer and even slows the aging process.
Camu camu is mostly revered for having one of the highest amounts of vitamin C (708 mg per teaspoon) making it incredibly beneficial for a strong immune system, it also contains beta carotene supporting eye health, and helps maintain healthy gums.
Spirulina is a rich source of protein containing high concentrations of zeaxanthin which is good for overall eye health and could possibly reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. It also contains antioxidants for prevention of cell damage, iron, and GLA like hemp seeds. It supports a healthy immune system and liver health.
Well there you have it, I love adding superfood boosters to smoothies, they add so much to your energy levels, plus you reap all these incredible health benefits that support your health from the inside out. Good mood food right here folks.
If You Want to Simplify Your Life
Since life is hectic enough I’m always looking for ways to simplify things wherever I can.
So here’s a little tip that will make your whole smoothie making process even faster: make your own superfood smoothie powder. Super simple, you could figure this out yourself if you haven’t already but it’s nice to have a kind of guide with measurements to go off of.
You may be thinking ‘how much more simple could adding some seeds and powders to a smoothie be?’ but it can be pretty time consuming measuring each individual super food one by one. With this powder I simply toss it, my greens, fruit, and water (sometimes almond milk) into my Nutribullet, blend and done!
Making your own powder not only saves you precious morning time, or post workout time, or whatever time you have your smoothie time, but it saves your pocketbook too.
Ready made superfood powders can get up there in cost, and while this may not be the cheapest for the initial foods, it most definitely saves you mula in the long term.
DIY Smoothie Powder
- 2 cups hulled hemp seeds
- 1 cup whole chia seeds
- 3 Tbsp camu camu powder
- 3 Tbsp spirulina powder
- 2 Tbsp matcha powder
Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Store in a mason jar in your fridge. Keeping your seeds intact until adding them to your smoothie keeps the oils from the essential fatty acids from going rancid.
The first time you add your mixture to a smoothie you may want to start with a smaller amount to see how you like the taste and how it makes your energy feel. Otherwise 1/4 cup of your powder for a one serving smoothie will do.
If you’d like some ideas for nutritious smoothies you can check out my recipes here.
What are your favorite ways to super charge your smoothies? If you try this, let us know how it made you feel, in the comments below!