Your Guide To Superfood Smoothies
The health benefits that can be achieved through the integration of superfoods in your diet can be monumental.
Courtney Cornwall, Outrun Gravity
Most of us have heard the term “superfood,” but despite their marketing value to encourage people to buy these nutritionally dense foods, there is no true scientific definition of superfoods.
Nevertheless, the health benefits that can be achieved through the integration of superfoods in your diet can be monumental. There are many types of superfoods that are categorized throughout several true “food groups,” but one excellent strategy to add a concoction of nutrients to your routine is to make healthy superfood smoothies.
What Are Some Examples Of Superfoods?
Superfoods are rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants that promote optimal function on both a cellular and organismal level. There are many potential inclusions to this category, but here are 5 examples of popular superfood ingredients and their health benefits:
1. Green Leafy Vegetables (Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens)
Possibly the most famous superfood, dark green leafy vegetables are rich in folate, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. These molecules play a large antioxidant effect against dangerous reactive oxidant species as well as potentially reducing the risk of chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Though these lettuces typically taste bitter, if you sneak them into a smoothie with some juicy fruits, you won’t even know it’s there!
Avocado is a fan favorite in the fruits and veggie department, and for good reason! Stocked with healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins C, E, K, B6, B2, B3, B5, B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, avocado may reduce the risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The nutrients in avocado also are thought to promote healthy bones, improve digestion, and promote optimal vision – what more could you ask for?
3. Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Cranberries)
Berries embody the definition of “nutrient-dense:” they are low in calories but high in nutritional content. These small fruits contain fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K, making them excellent antioxidants. Berries are even thought to reduce blood pressure and lower your cholesterol.
4. Nuts and Seeds (Almonds, Peanuts, Sunflower, Chia, Flax, Hemp)
Despite their size, nuts and seeds are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that protect against oxidative stress.
Yogurt is a versatile ingredient that provides a variety of health benefits. Rich in probiotics, the live bacteria that promote gut health, yogurt can smooth your digestion and boost the overall health of the body. Additionally, yogurt contains zinc, magnesium, selenium, and vitamins B5 and D, which reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and even promote bone health.
Healthy Superfood Smoothies
Whether you’re a veggie fanatic looking for any excuse to eat your greens or if you would do anything to avoid eating vegetables, smoothies are an excellent way to get a well-rounded serving of vegetables. By integrating a variety of superfoods, fruits, and veggies, you can create a drink that tastes amazing and checks all the boxes of your daily nutritional content. Here are some ideas for delicious superfood smoothie combinations:
Classic Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
Yogurt, Spinach, Strawberries, Banana, Chia Seeds
Mixed Berry Smoothie
Yogurt, Kale, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries
Ultimate Green Smoothie
Yogurt, Kale, Spinach, Banana, Pineapple
Yogurt, Avocado, Spinach, Banana, Blueberries
Pink Berry Smoothie
Yogurt, Spinach, Raspberries, Strawberries, Pineapple, Chia Seeds
Yogurt, Kale, Mango, Turmeric, Banana, Ginger
The best part about superfood smoothies is that the opportunities are endless! If you keep your shelf stocked with superfoods, you can experiment with different combinations, ratios, and textures, until you find the drinks that taste good and make you feel your best. How do you make your smoothies?