Given that November is grey and damp out, it’s likely that your days need a refreshing health kick before the holiday madness creeps in. Smoothies are a great way to inject that fresh burst whether you have one first thing in the morning or mid-day.
To really rev up the wellness benefits of your smoothies, we’ve compiled the top health boosting ingredients so you are feeling empowered to take on the rest of your day!
Acai Berries: These Brazilian berries are chockfull of powerful antioxidants (anthocyanins and flavonoids) that aid in the boosting of skin health and assist with aging by fighting free radicals in the body. Further, the berry’s plant sterols may also reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Tip: they are best when paired with coconut water and spinach!
Dark Cocoa Powder and Cacao Nibs: Cocoa may help in maintaining heart health as their high antioxidant content helps in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Further, Cocoa/cacao may also enhance emotional health as it releases the feel-good chemicals serotonin and endorphins. In addition to promoting good circulation, cocoa/cacao contain a slew of essential fats and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, and iron.
Flax Seed Oil: A great booster to add to your morning smoothies, flaxseed oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, the immunity-boosting alpha-linolenic acid and vitamin E. Tip: One teaspoon is ideal for a smoothie.
Green Superfood Powder: Green superfood powders are multitasking powerhouses typically including the plant sources wheat grass, alfalfa grass, parsley, barley grass, oat grass, and spinach. Further, they boast a number of essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, C, and K, fibre, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.
Hemp or Hemp Protein Power: A complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids, hemp is also full of iron, magnesium, and omega-3s. Hemp also aids in repairing and developing lean body mass.
Maca: A tuber originating from the Andes Mountains of Peru, Maca promotes emotional wellbeing by easing your stress, boosting your mood, reducing tension, and upping energy levels. Tip: You only need to sprinkle in just a little to your smoothies.
Seeds: Seeds like chia and sunflower help to keep your blood sugar level, providing you with even energy throughout the day. Additionally, they are abundant in protein, fibre and omega-3 EFAs.
Kumai, C. (2014, October 3). 14 Super Smoothie Boosters. Retrieved from: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/cooking-ideas/14-super-smoothie-boosters