I like to make a green smoothie when I can, with fruits and greens, and I have found that it makes sense to add some “boosters” to bring my smoothies to another level. Depending on my mood, health, and activities for the day, I adjust what I add and customize each smoothie. For example, when I am going to be doing a big workout and I need an energy boost, I might add matcha powder. If my immune system needs a boost, I add some extra antioxidants.
As long as you are making a fresh, healthy smoothie, why not add a little something extra!
Here are a few ideas for things you can add to your smoothies:
Chia seeds. These little seeds are packed with so many benefits, from omega-3s to fiber. As a vegetarian, I love having a whole food source of omega-3s. I use both whole seeds or ground, as I find it doesn’t make much difference in the blender.
Matcha powder. Matcha powder is a great way to get an energy boost, while also providing lots of antioxidants. I use this for days I know I’m going to have trouble making it through the day from lack of sleep, or if I anticipate needing an energy boost for something like a big workout.
Turmeric. This is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and much more. It has a slightly bitter taste, so be careful how much you use. I also use a little bit of black pepper with it, which is supposed work synergistically with the turmeric to enhance it’s benefits. This is an amazing spice and it great to use for a variety of ailments. Note – do not use if pregnant, have gastrointestinal issues, or are taking blood pressure or diabetes medications.
Hemp seeds. I realized I could use hemp seeds in my smoothies when I was at a loss as far as where else to use it, having sprinkled it in various dishes. Hemp seeds are a great source of protein, omega-3s, and much more. It adds a nutty, rich flavor to my smoothies.
Greens powder. This can be anything from wheatgrass powder to a mix of greens, chlorella, and more. A great way to get a range of nutrients that you might not necessarily be getting from your diet.
Flax seeds. Flax is full of fiber, omega-3s, and other great benefits.
Spices. Spices such as cinnamon and ginger add a kick of flavor while adding benefits too.
As with any supplements, do your research especially if you are pregnant or taking any medications. While natural supplements can have lots of great benefits, always check to see if something might have a contraindication to medications, other supplements, or health conditions. Also follow instructions as far as how much to use in a serving or on a daily basis.