Ah, you have to love a green smoothie. While Kermit the Frog claimed that “it is not easy being green,” green smoothies are the way to go if you are interested in good health. Have a read of our recent article to explore some of the incredible benefits of drinking green smoothies and to see some of the most popular recipes: 13 Reasons To Start Drinking Green Smoothies + 10 Delicious Recipes
These smoothies, are built around highly nutritious greens that offer a plethora of vitamins and minerals. After the greens, the sky’s the limit as far as what you can toss in. Many people like experimenting with various fruits, vegetables and herbs to make the ideal green tonic.
Here are 7 powerhouse additions that you can add to your green smoothie to get your most bang for your buck. With these additional superfoods, you will take your already nutritious green smoothie to the next level.
The all time favorite superfood of many, chia seeds (available here) make a great addition to any smoothie. The tiny little seed packs a powerful nutritional punch. Chia seeds are prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy and were a staple foods of the ancient Mayan civilization. They are loaded with omega 3 – fatty acids, fiber, protein and numerous micronutrients. Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that can cause aging and disease. Adding chia seeds to your green smoothie can help you better manage your weight, balance blood sugar, and provide you with energy when you need it. Add about 2 tablespoons to each smoothie.
This seed of the evergreen cacao tree grows in Central and South America and if often referred to as a bean. Raw cacao (available to buy here) contains flavonoids that can help reduce bad cholesterol, improve good cholesterol, increase blood flow, regulate blood sugar, improve mood, brain function and vision. Add raw cacao powder or nibs to your favorite green smoothie for a rich and bold taste.
Besides making your green smoothie smooth and creamy, coconut oil will supercharge your drink. It is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids including lauric acid found in breastmilk. It has antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antifungal properties with reported health benefits such as increased metabolism, lowered cholesterol, improved blood sugar regulation and improved cognitive performance. This tropical treasure has even been found to reverse Alzheimer’s. For best results, add two tablespoons of melted coconut oil to your smoothie.
Not only does raw honey sweeten up your green smoothie, it is also valuable for a number of other reasons. Raw honey is a functional food that contains antioxidants, enzymes and minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin are also found in this treasure from the bees. This highly nutritional addition to your smoothie can help fight free radicals, help you sleep well, decrease allergies, keep your heart healthy and encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut. Add up to one tablespoon to your smoothie for best results.
Hemp seeds come from the sister plant of marijuana and are rich in omega-6 and omega 3-fatty acids. In addition, these tiny seeds (available from here) contain “super” fatty acids known as gamma-linoleic acid and stearidonic acid. These healthy fats help keep your skin looking its best, boost metabolism, decrease inflammation and balance blood cholesterol. Hemp seeds are loaded with healthy plant fiber and protein and have also been found to improve cognitive function, brain health and keep blood sugar within normal ranges. They have a very mild, yet nutty flavor that makes a great addition to a green smoothie. Most people add about a tablespoon to each smoothie.
Goji berries are often referred to as wolfberries and work well in green smoothies with a fruity flare. Hailing from Asia, these berries (available to buy here) are packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Goji berries have been found to help protect from heart disease, improve eye health, slow signs of aging and improve the functioning of the immune system.
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This freshwater single cell algae is packed with nutrition. Just a little bit of the powder (available here) in your daily smoothie will boost your immune system, help improve your gut flora, keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check and boost energy. In addition to vitamins and minerals, this superfood contains 18 essential amino acids and is high in protein.
How To Make the Best Green Smoothie
Although there are many ways to make a green smoothie, here are two recipes that are sure to yield a delicious and nutritious boost to your day.
Super Green Mango Blast
This energy infusing smoothie is a great pick-me-up any time of the day.
- Handful of fresh spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 cups coconut milk
- ¼ cup frozen mango chunks
- ¼ cup organic orange juice
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
Toss everything into your blender and mix. Yummy!
This oh so tasty green drink even has cherries in it.
- 1 cup cherries with pits removed
- I frozen banana
- 2 cups fresh greens (kale or spinach)
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 6 ounces of filtered water
Toss everything into your blender and enjoy!