10 Amazing Smoothie Supplements for Wellness
Whether for an on-the-go breakfast or post-workout snack, smoothies are a healthy, fast favorite. Smoothies are endlessly customizable, not only with fruits and veggies, but with superfood add-ins. Try these 10 amazing smoothie supplements to power up your go-to fruit shake.
- Protein Powder. Protein powder adds nutrition to what could otherwise be a sugary snack. It helps sustain you all morning and initiates the muscle recovery process, thanks to amino acids, carbs, and calories. Protein powder comes in so many forms: whey, pea, hemp, soy, and egg white, just to name a few. Look for a protein powder that adds 20 grams of protein per serving to really make your smoothie nutritionally dense and delicious.
- Spirulina. This algae derivative is intensely dark green and slightly vegetal in taste. While it’s strong-tasting on its own, spirulina blends well with tropical fruits and berries. It’s loaded with potassium, iron, B-complex vitamins, copper, and magnesium. The algae superfood also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties.
- Goji Berries. Goji berries spike up your smoothie with protein, fiber, amino acids, and vitamin C. They are a favorite staple in Chinese medicine, where they promote blood health. They also positively regulate blood sugar, which makes goji a great smoothie add-in if you’re sensitive to sugar. Dried goji berries blend easily in smoothies.
- Cacao. Who doesn’t love a chocolate smoothie? Cacao powder adds chocolate flavor without sugar (so you won’t feel a sugar crash after your smoothie). It’s filled with antioxidants, iron, calcium, magnesium, and naturally elevates the mood. Cacao is also an easy way to disguise strong-flavored smoothie add-ins (like maca).
- Maca. This powerful Peruvian superfood balances hormones, promotes a positive mood, and boosts energy and vitality. Since maca is an adaptogen, you’ll see a difference in your energy levels if you take it regularly. Maca has a nutty, somewhat earthy flavor that blends well with nut butters, bananas, berry, or chocolate smoothies.
- Flax Seeds. These little seeds are a simple way to get a big dose of fiber, which promotes gut and digestive health, protects your heart, and lowers your cholesterol. Flax seeds also thicken smoothies naturally. You can cut down on the level of fruit used and still enjoy a thick, hearty shake when you use flax.
- Hemp Seeds. Like flax, hemp seeds promote regularity and heart health while adding protein and fiber to your smoothie. These seeds may relieve PMS symptoms or menopause symptoms too. Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavor that pairs well with most smoothie recipes.
- Turmeric. Turmeric is commonly used in savory dishes, but it can also supercharge your go-to smoothie. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and immune boosting, so try a turmeric orange smoothie during cold season. The spice is absorbed more readily in the presence of fat or black pepper, so base this smoothie in coconut milk and add some pepper for maximum benefits.
- Bee Pollen. Bee pollen relieves brain fog, promotes concentration, and increases immunity. What’s more, it’s a complete protein all on its own. Toss in a teaspoon of bee pollen to sweeten your smoothie — it tastes like honey — and get all of these wellness benefits.
- Maqui. This rich purple superfood is loaded with antioxidants and naturally boosts immunity. It tastes like blueberries and blackberries, which makes it easy to substitute in your favorite berry smoothie recipe.
To supercharge your day, add one or two of these superfoods to each smoothie. You’ll soon notice a difference in your energy levels, mood, and performance.