Before a workout, after a workout, or for a meal or snack, smoothies are a good option to pack a variety of health benefits in a delicious drink. There are several superfoods that you could add to your smoothie to boost the nutritional value and bring out the flavor of the smoothie base. Whether you’re trying to increase your intake of protein or get an extra energy boost, adding some of these ingredients will help you accomplish your goal.
Flaxseeds are from the Flax plant and add a nutty, toasty flavor to your smoothie. They contain fiber, protein, and omega-3. Flaxseeds have been shown to lower blood sugar.
Hemp seeds are from the hemp plant. They don’t contain any THC and pack lots of nutritional value. When added to a smoothie, they create a creamy, smooth background to fruits. They contain essential fatty acids and proteins and promote digestion. Hemp seeds also contain nutrients that are good for your skin such as vitamin E and potassium.
When adding bee pollen to your smoothie, it is best to use local honey that is infused with bee pollen for optimal taste and health benefits. Bee pollen has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help to boost the immune system. It also eases inflammation. Bee pollen also alleviates allergies if using local bee pollen because it is a natural form of immunotherapy.
Maca is a plant from Peru that adds a sweet, earthy flavor to your smoothie. It could help alleviate hormonal imbalances in women, especially during the menstrual cycle or menopause. It also strengthens the ability to cope with stress and anxiety.
Cayenne pepper adds a spice to your smoothie that brings out the sweetness of other flavors. Be careful not to add too much because it has the potential to overpower the flavors. It also has been shown to reduce belly fat and suppress the appetite.
Avocado is one of those superfoods that goes with everything. Kind of like cheese or chocolate. Adding it to your smoothie creates a smooth and creamy texture that compliments most flavors. Avocados contain lutein that helps keep your eyes healthy. Avocados have also been shown to improve your cardiovascular system and aid in weight loss.
Aloe vera has long been used for treating skin ailments such as sunburn. Adding it to your smoothie has a whole other area of nutritional benefits. Aloe vera helps improve gum health due to it being a natural anti-inflammatory. Aloe vera also boosts the immune system and aids in digestion.
Adding these things (probably not all at once) to your smoothie will help give a nutritional boost and change up the flavor of your go-to smoothie. Next time you go to your local smoothie bar or decide to get creative at home, try one of these add ins.