Smoothies will never stop trending. They will always be a thing, and that’s good for your mind and body. A healthy smoothie makes a protein and nutrient-packed quick solution to time-constrained breakfasts and lunches.
Including super foods, like blueberries, maca and chia seeds, in your smoothie recipes will help you make the most of your daily caloric and nutrient intake. You also get added benefits, such as glowing skin, raised energy levels and increased attention spans.
Make your own super food smoothies and avoid those $10 smoothies at the juice bar, with goodness knows what else inside. Befriend your blender and consider making these five super food smoothies, guaranteed to get you excited for spring.
1. Avocado Blueberry Mango Super Smoothie
Say it five times fast, and by then, the smoothie will be done within five minutes. Returning from or headed to an intense hot yoga session?
This smoothie is for you. Avocado is a healthy fat and will fill you up while leaving you floaty as a feather, and the chia seeds contain omega-threes to boost brain function and regulate dopamine levels.
Combine avocado, frozen blueberries, mango, maca powder, almond butter and maca powder in the blender bowl. Fill with 2 cups of almond or hemp milk for a thicker smoothie and blend until creamy. Top with chia seeds, and you’re done.
2. Green Super Food Coconut Smoothie
Green smoothies can remind you of weird Jell-O molds and questionable school cafeteria concoctions, but don’t let that deter you if you’re a smoothie newbie. This green superfood coconut smoothie is a nutritious bright green that will remind you of sunlight hitting a beautiful plant in the morning.
When you taste the coconut, you’ll feel like you’re on the beach, and the added flax seeds give the recipe a protein boost! In the blender, combine coconut milk and spinach on high until smooth. Add banana and mango piece by piece. Include the chia seeds. Blend on high again until smooth. Drink or chill for tomorrow.
3. Pineapple Kale Smoothie
Kale is a wonderous superfood high in dietary fiber with no fat and low calories, and the leafy green sports three grams of protein. Just one cup of kale contains only 36 calories, and that amount exceeds the daily requirements of Vitamins A and C. The fruit benefits cells and tissue.
Combine kale, pineapple, banana, peanut butter, honey, or maple syrup, coconut yogurt and almond milk in the blender. Blend until smooth. Add additional liquid to make the smoothie thinner.
4. Chocolate Cherry Blitz Smoothie
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The chocolate cherry blitz smoothie combines the comfort food of chocolate with a skin-friendly fruit — cherries. You know that chocolate promotes the release of endorphins, but it’s also good for boosting heart health. Just stay away from the added sugar and saturated fat in commercial chocolate bars, and you’ll get all the benefits.
Mix pitted cherries (or chosen berries), fresh zucchini, baby spinach, raw cacao, chia seeds and almond milk in the blender until smooth, adding water until you reach the preferred consistency. You get a guilt-free chocolate treat! Indulge in your health with this “take yourself on a date” kind of self-care, super food smoothie.
5. Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
You’ve heard of golden milk featuring turmeric, but ever thought of putting this super food spice in your smoothies? The tropical turmeric smoothie contains the traditional Indian spice offering powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to help heal your body, especially when it comes to digestion. Turmeric is also a natural dye and gives the smoothie a healthy sunset glow.
In the blender, combine orange juice, sliced banana, pineapple pieces, mango chunks, grated carrot, turmeric and ice until smoothie. Add more liquid if you need to turn the blades, and increase the ice if you want a thicker, chilled smoothie.
When you consider smoothies and super foods, you may think the price of making your own at home is too costly, but many of these powerful ingredients are already in your freezer and pantry, such as frozen fruit and spices like turmeric. Skip the juice bar and use that ten bucks to pick up raw cacao or maca powder to add to your superfood supplies.
In a pinch, you have all the ingredients at your fingertips, but the real question is how do you choose which super food smoothie to concoct first? Will it be the chocolate cherry blitz? Give a witchy cackle over the blender, but skip the eye of newt, and go for the cacao instead — your mind and body will thank you.
About the Author
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more! Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!
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