Boost your health with these FIVE smoothie add-ins!
Smoothies have earned a place in the spotlight for many years, and it’s for good reason too. It has never been so simple to get a meal in ‘on the run’ or pack a lot of superfoods into one easily digestible meal.
As long as you have a high quality blender and a mix of ingredients, you can pretty much create any delicious combination.
However, if you’re like me, maybe you often find yourself in a smoothie ‘rut’, where you’re either sick of the same-old smoothie you’ve been having, OR you still love that trusty go-to recipe you always use, but are looking to boost your nutritional intake.
Whatever boat you may be in- this blog post was written for you.
Truth be told, I am the second person above- and I could drink a green goddess smoothie EVERY single day. It’s my favourite- and almost always the one I choose to make.
But, now that we are in the process of selling our home and everything we own, that means that we have to also eat everything in our pantry, fridge and freezer… and that means, switching up my smoothie game.
I’ve been using up all of the frozen fruits & veggies, as well as all of my nutritional powders- and in doing so, it has reminded me just how many incredible superfoods are out there!
Therefore, I thought today would be an excellent opportunity to share with you five smoothie add-ins that may not have been considered before, that are a fantastic option for boosting health and giving loads of nutritional benefit.
The question should really be why NOT smoothies… but regardless, here’s my favourite reasons for incorporating them myself:
- They taste delicious.
- They are easy to make.
- They have so much variety.
- You can customize it based on your taste preference.
- They make perfect ‘on the go’ meals or snacks.
- You can pack a lot of nutrients into them.
- They are filling and keep you feeling satisfied.
- They boost energy in all the right ways, without any dreaded sugar crash.
- They can be made thin for drinking or thick for eating with a spoon.
- They are generally, kiddo approved!
Try these add-ins:
Kefir is a healthy, fermented drink with a consistency comparable to drinkable yogurt. It is traditionally made from dairy milk, but plenty of non-dairy options are available (like the one I use, linked above)!
Kefir contains probiotics (and loads of other nutrients), making it incredibly healthy for your gut! The added benefits include aiding digestion, decreasing risk of cancer, strengthening bones, decreasing asthma & allergy symptoms, and boosting the immune system.
I personally LOVE adding this plant-based & sugar-free option to my smoothies for an added boost, and I also enjoy how creamy it makes my smoothies!
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is naturally high in fiber, B-vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
It enhances weight loss and improves digestion, increases memory, helps to strengthen bones, increases energy, boosts the cardiovascular system, and prevents cancer.
When you use frozen riced cauliflower in a smoothie, not only are you getting an extra serving of vegetables in (#win), but it also makes your smoothies incredibly smooth! I often will use the cauliflower instead of bananas.
You can’t taste the cauliflower at all, and it helps to reduce the sweetness of a smoothie if you like it less sweet. It’s also a great option if you can’t have bananas!
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb commonly used in tradition Ayurvedic Medicine for increased stamina.
It promotes a calm mind, encourages a restful sleep, is used as a tonic for strength, energy and vitality, provides adrenal support, and helps to reduce stress and anxiety through daily use.
Best part? It is a FANTASTIC immune booster, which is definitely needed this time of year. I love adding it to smoothies of course, but it is also delicious when added to homemade lattes.
Wild blueberries are loaded with super-antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and have been shown to: reduce total cholesterol and triglycerides, increase HDL cholesterol, reduce free radicals & improve cardiovascular function.
The powder is a great option when fresh fruit isn’t! Or even when you are just in need of a nutrient boost. Made from the highest quality berries, this powder contains all of these nutrients in high quantities.
I love adding this to my smoothies to boost flavour, colour and of course, health benefit!
Known as Indian Gooseberry, it is a small greenish fruit with a tart, sour taste. Though they are quite sour on their own, their flavor can enhance recipes they’re added to.
It has been shown to stabilize blood glucose, aid digestion, improve eyesight, improve brain health and memory, and increase immunity.
I personally love the way this powder slightly alters the taste of my smoothies, and I will add generally a 1/2 to 1 tsp scoop each time.
There you have it babe! I hope this post helped give you some ideas to switch up your smoothie game!
I hope you have a fabulous rest of your day. Talk to you soon.