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8 Superfoods to Boost your Smoothie

Smoothie Superfoods By Green Blender

Here at Green Blender, we obviously have more than a small obsession over smoothies. They take mere minutes to make, are overflowing with nutrients and taste great. What’s not to love?

For someone who is just started out, knowing your way around maca, matcha and maqui can be intimidating. So, let’s get back to the basics. What are the best superfood boosters you can start incorporating into your smoothies right now?

Below, we listed our 8 favorite superfoods for beginners that will give a little extra umph to your already awesome blend. They will make an already great smoothie, divine.

Chia Seeds: Smoothie Superfoods by Green Blender

Chia Seeds

Health benefits

Cha-cha-cha chia! This childhood throwback can help boost your smoothie and take it to the next level. Chia is full of fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Just a little bit goes a long way. 1 tablespoon accounts for over 20% of your daily fiber intake!

Taste

Chia seeds have virtually zero taste making them an ideal addition to almost any smoothie. Mature seeds are either white or black. One interesting compound of chia is mucilage. Mucilage is found in many plants and acts as a thickener. Let a chia smoothie sit for 5 minutes and you’ll notice it gets much thicker.

Try the Orange Sunrise Smoothie or the Lavender Smoothie.

Hemp Seeds: Smoothie Superfoods by Green Blender

Hemp Seeds

Health benefits

Hemp seeds are one the best plant-based proteins around. They have anywhere from 3 – 7 grams of protein in each tablespoon. In addition to the high protein levels, hemp seeds are full of essential fatty acids which promote healthy skin and hair.

Taste

Hemp seeds are soft, easily blended and can be found either as a powder or as a seed. They have a nutty, creamy flavor that goes especially well with banana and avocado smoothies.

Try the Hemp Seed Crudités Smoothie or the Cucumber Cantaloupe Smoothie.

Flaxseed: Smoothie Superfoods by Green Blender

Flaxseed

Health Benefits

Flaxseed is a good source of fiber, fatty acids and has a high level of lignans. Lignans are plant estrogens which are linked to cancer prevention. Omega-3 fatty acids are ‘good’ fats (think avocados, fish and chia) and promotes heart health, curbs inflammation and helps regulate blood clotting.

Taste

Like hemp seeds, flaxseed has a very subtle nutty flavor making it ideal for nearly any smoothie. You can buy flaxseed as  whole seeds or ground.  In order to access all its health benefits, flaxseed must be ground up before consuming. If you want to buy the whole seeds, freshly grind them in a coffee grinder or use a high powered blender.

Try the Kiwiwiw All The Way Home Smoothie the Morning Mojito Smoothie.

Cacao: Smoothie Superfoods by Green Blender

Cacao

Health Benefits

Not to be confused with cocoa, cacao is the raw form of chocolate. Raw cacao is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is full of calcium, iron and magnesium. It is known to increase the serotonin levels in your brain and contains anti-aging properties.

Taste

Raw Cacao taste like very, very dark chocolate (it is the raw form of the stuff, after all). Cacao comes in two forms: cacao nibs and cacao powder. While cacao nibs add great texture, the cacao powder has a more distinctive chocolaty flavor and is more nutrient dense.

Try the Tahini Banana Split Smoothie or the Almond Joy Smoothie.

Goji Berry: Smoothie Superfoods by Green Blender

Goji Berry

Health Benefits

Goji berries hail from China and have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. Because of their high levels of zeathanthin and beta carotene, goji berries have been known to help aid in eyesight. Zeathanthin protects the retina by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant.

Taste

Goji berries are sweet with an underlying tartness. They have a very mild flavor that pairs well with both light flavors such as watermelon and oranges and rich flavors like cacao and walnuts.

Try the Goji Green Tea Smoothie or the Red White and Blueberry Smoothie.

Acai Berry: Smoothie Superfoods by Green Blender

Acai Berry

Health Benefits

The acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) hails from the Amazon and actually comes from a palm. If cranberries, raspberries and blackberries are considered the kings antioxidants, the acai berry should be considered a god. Antioxidants help prevent and slow down healthy cell damage which protects you from getting sick.

Taste

Acai berries have sweet, earthy notes that add a new dimension to your smoothies. Acai berries work best in smoothies with nut milks (almond, hemp, etc.), bananas and berries.

Try the Super Berry and Banana Smoothie.

Maqui Berry: Smoothie Superfoods by Green Blender

Maqui Berry

Health Benefits

Maqui berry is a fruit originating from Chile. It’s claim to fame is that it’s one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet. It is a powerful anti-aging tool. Those free radicals won’t know what hit them!

Taste

Maqui berries’ mild flavor makes this an ideal addition to many smoothies. Its color is especially vibrant and will turn light-colored smoothie a bright fuchsia.

Try the Cacao Maqui Grape Smoothie or the Creamy Berry Smoothie.

Cinnamon Smoothie Superfoods by Green Blender

Cinnamon

Health Benefits

And you thought this was just another spice for baking. Cinnamon has been known to help with a whole host of health issues from lowering bad cholesterol to stopping bacterial growth.

Taste

Cinnamon definitely has a very distinct flavor. It’s spicy and slightly sweet notes take a dessert smoothie to the next level. Cinnamon works best with creamier smoothies.

Try the Apple Pie Smoothie or the Carrot Cake Smoothie.