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The 43 Superfoods for Green Smoothies by GreenBlender

45 Superfoods To Add To Your Green Smoothies

We may be a little biased, but we believe a green smoothie is one of the best ways to start your day. And while fruits and vegetables are delicious and wonderful, the key to a truly healthy smoothie is to make sure it’s a valid meal replacement.

What does “a valid meal replacement” mean? It means that in addition to fruits and vegetables, there is protein, healthy fats, a wide array of vitamins, and fiber.

To help you create a truly balanced smoothie, we’ve rounded up 45 of our favorite superfoods that are all easily blendable and easily acquired — whether that’s from your local health food grocery or online superstore. For each superfood, we’ve listed a few of their health benefits, what they taste like, and what other ingredients they go best with.

Whether you’re a smoothie newbie or have been around the blender block a few times, this list is exactly what you need to get the most out of your green creation!

Acai

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Health Benefits

Native to South America, acai berries are high in antioxidants (they contain more than grapes, blueberries or strawberries), as well as high in fiber and vitamin C — making them an excellent immune booster. There is also evidence to suggest that daily consumption of acai helps with blood circulation, and aid cells in fighting off free radicals.

Taste

The berries are often described as tasting like a cross between a blackberry and a piece of dark chocolate. Acai berries are not overly sweet, and are sometimes described as having a slightly bitter flavor.

Best Blended With

Because acai isn’t too sweet, it’s best to blend this superfood with sweeter, softer fruits like berries, banana, pineapple or mango.

Try our Acai Pear with Cinnamon smoothie.

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Amla

Gooseberries

Health Benefits

Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, amla contains very high levels of vitamin C, as well as Gallic acid, a compound that has been shown to repair the luster of dry or damaged hair. The berry has also been linked to lowered cholesterol.

Taste

Amla can be sour and astringent initially, but also has a sweet aftertaste.

Best Blended With

Amla is very tart, so we recommend pairing it with sweet and tropical fruits such as banana, mango, or pineapple to counteract the sour taste.

Try our Pina Colada with Amla smoothie.

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Allspice

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Health Benefits

Used in Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American cooking, allspice is a flavor combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg (hence the “allspice” name). This fragrant and unique spice contains the chemical eugenol, which is a powerful antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Eugenol is believed to kill germs, ease muscle pains, aid digestion and improve circulation.

Taste

Allspice is pungent, fragrant and quite “spicy” when used in larger quantities.

Best Blended With

Allspice’s pungent taste can be paired with apples or pears for a warm and cozy concoction.

Try it in our Sweet Potato Pie smoothie.

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Almonds

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Health Benefits

Almonds have natural calming properties and are rich in stress-reducing vitamins and minerals like magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E. They also provide an excellent source of the mineral selenium (a deficiency in selenium has been associated with feelings of fatigue, depression and anxiety).

Taste

Almonds have a delicate, nutty taste, and blend seamlessly into smoothies.

Best Blended With

The delicate taste of almonds means they pair well with a wide variety of ingredients. Consider adding almonds to smoothies with banana, pears or oats to increase the creaminess factor.

Try our Almond Banana Bread smoothie.

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Baobab

Benefits

Baobab is very high in vitamin C, which helps in the production of collagen and elastin.  Additionally, baobab has high doses of antioxidants, adding to the complexion benefits of this superfood. Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and potassium are all contained in baobab, making it a great natural addition for those who deal with low iron issues or calcium deficiencies. Finally, Baobab is known as nature’s original laxative due to its high content of soluble fiber.

Taste

Baobab’s taste is described as “sweet, tangy” and “pear-like.”

Best Blended With

Blend up baobab with sweet fruits like apples, mangos, kiwis and bananas to help even out its tanginess.

Try our Baobab Bliss smoothie.

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Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

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Health Benefits

Like green tea, Butterfly Pea Flower tea is full of potent antioxidants, and has even been studied for its ability to help protect the skin against premature aging (it fights against glycation, which is protein damage caused by an influx of sugar molecules). There have been additional studies showing the tea’s ability to help fight against internal inflammation.

Taste

When consumed with hot or cold water, the taste is usually described as “earthy,” and similar to the flavor of unsweetened green tea.

Best Blended With

The earthy taste of this tea is lifted when combined with citrus fruit, berries or pomegranate.

Try our Blue Butterfly Pea Lemonade smoothie.

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Cacao

Health Benefits

Scientific studies have shown that raw cacao can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. It’s also extremely high in manganese (two tablespoons have about 14 percent of the daily requirement), fiber and iron.

Cacao is known for its anti-inflammatory properties (the reason behind its ability to lower all of those negative cardiovascular issues), but another smaller benefit is that it’s a natural stimulant, meaning it gives a burst of energy and even happiness-inducing cortisol without any additional jittery feelings.

Taste

Raw cacao tastes 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.

Best Blended With

Cacao is best in creamier smoothies, so it goes well with bananas, coconut, and nuts.

Try our Chocolate Covered Coconut smoothie.

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Camu Camu

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Health Benefits

Camu camu’s main claim to fame is its potent punch of vitamin C.  One spoonful of camu camu powder in a smoothie will provide you with about 118 percent of your recommended intake. It’s also known for its antiviral properties, with many people using it to help stop the flair-ups of infections like “cold sores, herpes, shingles, and the common cold.” Camu camu also has Valine and Leucine, essential amino acids that help the body maintain good muscle and bone density, and a good amount of potassium.

Taste

Camu camu powder (which is usually the easiest way to use it in smoothies) has a tangy, lightly citrus taste.

Best Blended With

Due to its light, citrus taste, camu camu goes with a variety of flavors, but especially orange and pineapple. From mild to zingy smoothies, camu camu can go undetected, but its great benefits won’t!

Try our Tangerine Dream smoothie.

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Cardamom

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Health Benefits

Cardamom is a great source of potassium, calcium and magnesium. The volatile oils cardamom contains is what truly makes this spice stand out. These oils include pinene, sabinene, myrcene, phellandrene, and limonene, and all aid in digestion. In addition to these volatile oils, cardamom also contains potent antioxidants.

Taste

Cardamom has a  slight lemony smell and taste.

Best Blended With

Cardamom’s citrusy flavor is best complemented by stone fruits like apricots or berries (such as blueberries).

Try our Cardamom Peach smoothie.

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Cashews

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Health Benefits

With less fat than most other nuts, the majority of the fats that cashews do contain are monounsaturated fatty acids, the healthy kind of fat that’s essential for a steady metabolism. Additionally, the American Heart Association says monounsaturated fatty acids can help reduce “bad” cholesterol, and lower the risk for heart disease and stroke. Cashews also have quite a lot of protein; one fourth of a cup of cashews contains five grams of it! They also provide one with a healthy amount of copper, magnesium, and 10 percent of your daily allowance of zinc.

Taste

Cashews have a light, nutty taste, which is why they’re often used in raw desserts and vegan cheeses. They’re perfect for giving your smoothie a creamy consistency without adding much flavor.

Best Blended With

Because cashews add a ton of health benefits and a silky texture without much additional flavor, they’re perfect for green smoothies!

Try our Cara Cara Cashew smoothie.

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Cayenne

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Health Benefits

Cayenne is rich in multiple vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids. It’s because of these nutrients that cayenne has been proven to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, irritating coughs, and diarrhea. Cayenne is also a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This boosts metabolism and can help the body get rid of toxins.

Taste

Straight up: Cayenne is spicy! The peppers are spicier than most mild jalapeños, and the ground-up spice should be used sparingly. As with most things, start with a small amount, and then work your taste buds up to a comfortable level of heat.

Best Blended With

Here are GreenBender, we like ourselves a little heat, and routinely put a dose of cayenne in our smoothies. Try cayenne with sweeter fruits like pineapple or mango.

Try our Spicy Mango Wakeup smoothie.

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Chamomile Tea

Health Benefits

Loaded with antioxidants, chamomile tea is an alternative medicine staple, and is often used to treat everything from stomach cramps, to irritated skin, to an anxious nervous system. Many people drink chamomile tea before bed as a natural calming agent and a non-medical sleep aid. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Taste

Chamomile herbal tea is grounded and earthy with hints of apple and floral sweetness.

Best Blended With

It has a light, airy, and really palatable taste that goes well with just about everything. We especially love it in refreshing springy smoothies with ginger or lemon.

Try our Chamomile Coconut smoothie.

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Chia Seeds

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Health Benefits

Chia seeds are mainly known for their ample Omega-3 and fiber benefits, but these little seeds (which have been cultivated since the Aztecs were walking the earth), are great for a few other reasons as well. One ounce contains 10g of fiber and 5g of protein, and a good dose of calcium, potassium, and copper. Chia has been known to help with weight loss (keeping you full on a few calories), lowered cholesterol, and raised HDL cholesterol — the good kind of cholesterol that protects against heart attacks.

Taste

Chia seeds are virtually tasteless, which means they take on the flavor of anything they’re mixed with. Because of this, chia pudding — chia seeds mixed with almond or coconut milk and a variety of sweeteners — has become a popular healthy dessert.

Best Blended With

Because these seeds tend to expand in liquid, it’s best to use a bit of extra water or nut milk when blending them in a smoothie. Letting the seeds sit for a few hours (or overnight) in liquid will increase their volume and make it easier to portion them out.

Try our Apple Chia Refresh smoothie.

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Chlorella

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Health Benefits

Chlorella is rich in the cartenoids beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein. It’s also an abundant source of vitamins B, C, D, E, K, and the minerals phosphorous, calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron. Chlorella is rich in protein and contains more protein per ounce than a serving of steak. This superfood also offers a rich source of healthy fats including oleic acid. Additionally, chlorella has been shown to support healthy hormonal function and good cardiovascular health, and is known for detoxifying the body.

Taste

Chlorella has a strong, “earthy green” taste.

Best Blended With

Due to its flavor, we recommend pairing chlorella with citrus, ginger or pineapple to help lift and lighten the green taste!

Try our Emerald Green smoothie.

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Cinnamon

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Health Benefits

Cinnamon is extremely high in antioxidants. This spice is also a potent anti-inflammatory, and there have been numerous studies showing the benefits of daily cinnamon consumption and the treatment of chronic issues like arthritis and certain autoimmune disorders. It’s even been said that cinnamon may help with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Regular consumption of cinnamon has been linked to lowered blood glucose. It may also help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Perhaps one of the best benefits of daily consumption of cinnamon is that it’s been scientifically proven to be a natural anti-cancer agent (as with most natural sources, more in-depth testing has to be done).

Taste

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

Best Blended With

Cinnamon works best in creamier smoothies, and with ingredients like banana, cacao, oats and apples.

Try the Apple Pie Smoothie  or the Maple Carrot Cake smoothie.

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Coconut Flakes

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Health Benefits

Like the coconut fruit itself, unsweetened coconut flakes contain fiber as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. Coconut flakes also contain a nice serving of phosphorous and iron.

Taste

No surprise here – coconut flakes taste like coconut!

Best Blended With

Coconut flakes help increase the creaminess of smoothies. Blend them with nutty or tropical flavor profiles to create an island oasis for your taste buds!

Try our Pina Banana smoothie.

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Dried lavender flowers

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Health Benefits

Dried lavender, lavender tea, and lavender essential oil can have calming, sedative effects. When taken internally, lavender has been shown to treat indigestion and gas. Additionally, lavender has been used as a headache remedy for centuries. Try a few drops of the essential oil on a sugar cube.

Taste

A little goes a long way here! If you use too much, your smoothie will end up tasting like a bar of soap.Best Blended WithWe love using lavender with citrus fruits like lemons or melons. Try the Lavender Lemonade smoothie.

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Flaxseed

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Health Benefits

One of the biggest benefits to eating flax is the amount of lignans available per serving. Lignans are “fiber-related polyphenols” (antioxidants) that can actually help balance hormones, and may help fight against hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.  Additionally, because of its high soluble and insoluble fiber content, as well as its Omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed not only fights inflammation, it may help lower cholesterol and will keep you feeling satiated throughout the day.

Taste

Like hemp seeds, flaxseed has a very subtle nutty flavor, making it ideal for nearly any smoothie.

Best Blended With

Flax is basically undetectable when blended in smoothies, so throw it in any recipe to up the creaminess and get your fill of Omega- 3s and fiber!

Try our Banana Swiss smoothie.

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Ginger

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Health Benefits

Ginger has so many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, blood sugar regulation, and gastrointestinal relief. It may be best known for helping relieve nausea related to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness. Ginger may also help protect against osteoarthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Taste

When eaten raw, ginger has a very spicy flavor.

Best Blended With

A little caveat, due to its strong taste, if you’ve never used ginger in a smoothie, start out with a small serving, and then increase as your taste buds allow! Ginger is great for cutting the green taste that comes with certain leafy greens. We love using ginger in our smoothies, especially when pairing it with citrus fruit like oranges, or dark leafy greens like spinach and kale.

Try our Sweet And Sour Beet smoothie.

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Goji Berry

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Health Benefits

Goji berries contain a good serving of fiber, protein and essential amino acids per serving, which is highly unusual for a fruit or vegetable. They’re also high in vitamin C, A and iron.

Like other super fruits, goji berries have a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) rating, meaning that they’re full of powerful antioxidants, and are great at helping to lower inflammation in the body.

Taste

Goji berries are sweet with an underlying earthy flavor.

Best Blended With

Goji berries 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 Strawberry Custard smoothie.

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Hemp Protein

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Health Benefits

Hemp protein has all the benefits of hemp seeds (fiber, healthy fat, amino acids), as well as being one of the more “easy to digest” proteins on the market. Hemp protein has more fiber per serving than almost any other kind of protein powder.

Taste

Hemp protein has a strong, nutty, earthy flavor.

Best Blended With

Hemp protein is great in creamy smoothies, so we like to pair it with bananas and nut milks to create delicious “dessert” smoothies. 

Try our Protein Powerhouse smoothie.

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Hemp Seeds

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Health Benefits

Hemp seeds are one the best plant-based proteins around. They have anywhere from three to seven grams of protein per tablespoon. In addition to the high protein levels, hemp seeds are full of essential fatty acids, which promote healthy skin and hair and lower inflammation.

Taste

Hemp seeds have a nutty, creamy flavor.

Best Blended With

Hemp seeds are soft, easily blended, and can be found either as a powder or as a seed. These seeds go especially well with banana and avocado smoothies.

Try our Fantastic Fig smoothie or the Banana Kale Protein smoothie.

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Lucuma

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Health Benefits

There is nothing more fun to use in a smoothie than lucuma. It has lots of beta carotene, which is great for healthy skin and eyes, iron, zinc, vitamin B3 and calcium. Lucuma also has proven skin-regeneration properties.: According to a study done by Rutgers, this super fruit was shown to help in wound healing and tissue regeneration.

Additionally, it’s been used to help with cardiovascular health and may even ease hypertension.

Taste

Lucuma has a mellow sweetness that has been described as “a cross between caramel and a sweet potato.” Its texture is smooth and almost creamy, and it sits low on the glycemic index, making it a great addition for those who are watching sugar intake.

Best Blended With

Lucuma has a sweet, almost maple flavor and is best paired with nuts, cacao, oats, and bananas. Try the Cinnamon Rice and Everything Nice smoothie.

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Maca

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Health Benefits

Maca contains eight essential amino acids, fatty acidscalciummagnesiumiron and potassium. Maca also has a good amount of protein and fiber per serving.

Its been said that maca has hormone balancing and menopausal symptom-reducing benefits. Another benefit of maca  seems to be increased libido and energy, but like most superfoods, there haven’t been enough scientific studies done to quantify these benefits.

Taste

Maca root has an earthy taste with a hint of sweetness, but many people find the flavor quite potent, and therefore hard to stomach in large amounts.

Best Blended With

Starting with a teaspoon or two in a green smoothie is the perfect way to get the benefits of this superfood without worrying about its flavor.

Try our Chocolate Malt Chip smoothie.

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Maqui

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Health Benefits

Maqui berry contains an extremely high amount of antioxidants per serving. Its high dosage makes it very helpful with it comes to inflammatory diseases, and maqui has even been shown to work as an antiviral.

Maqui berries may increase insulin production, easing blood glucose spikes and possibly preventing the formation of new fat cells.

Taste

Maqui berry powder has a light, sweet taste.

Best Blended With

Maqui berry powder’s mild flavor makes it an ideal addition to many fruit heavy smoothies. Its color is especially vibrant and will turn light-colored smoothies a bright purple.

Try our Cacao Maqui Grape Smoothie or our  Vanilla Almond Blueberry smoothie.

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Mangosteen

Health Benefits

Mangosteen is known for being high in fiber and low in calories, as well as having a good serving of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. There have also been a few studies highlighting this delicate fruit’s ability to help fight against cancer, as well as its immune-boosting effects.

Taste

Mangosteen has a taste that mimics a combination of strawberry, peach, and vanilla.

Best Blended With

We recommend pairing mangosteen (or mangosteen powder) with other tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, or kiwi.

Try our Sweet Pineapple Kiwi smoothie.

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Matcha

Health Benefits

Matcha provides both a boost of natural energy from caffeine, and a sense of focused calmness thanks to the amino acid L-theanine.

Matcha is also full of catechins, antioxidants that have been shown to help fight against, and possibly even prevent, cancer. A few other common foods — like cocoa and apples — also contain catechins, but matcha is more catechin-dense than those other foods, meaning you get a lot more catechin bang for your buck in one serving of matcha.

There have also been studies linking matcha tea to weight loss and lowered cholesterol.

Taste

Raw matcha powder can have a slightly bitter taste

Best Blended With

To counteract matcha’s bitter flavor, we recommend pairing it with sweet fruits like banana, kiwi, or citrus. Due to matcha’s calming properties, it’s also a great addition to cucumber and mint smoothies — create a spa trip in a smoothie!

Try our Creamy Matcha Mint smoothie.

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Mesquite

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Health Benefits

Mesquite is high in fiber and protein, and low on the glycemic index. Additionally, mesquite has measurable amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc.

Taste

Many people describe mesquite powder as having a rich, caramel-like taste, which is why it’s often used as a natural sweetener.

Best Blended With

Mesquite goes well in rich, creamy smoothies like the Chocolate Raspberry Tart smoothie.

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Moringa

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Health Benefits

Moringa is a nutrient powerhouse. It has 25 times more iron than spinach and is a great source of zinc and magnesium. Additionally, because of its high antioxidant activity and trace mineral content, Moringa is sometimes added to natural moisturizers and cosmetic creams.

Taste

Raw moringa powder has a deep, earthy taste.

Best Blended With

Due to moringa’s green, “earthy” flavor, it’s best paired with citrus fruits. Try our Moringa Rest smoothie.

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Noni fruit

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Health Benefits

Nicknamed “The Painkiller Tree,” noni has been scientifically shown to reduce pain associated with things like headaches and chronic issues like arthritis. In addition to being an anti-inflammatory, noni also has antibacterial properties, making it a great immune booster.

Need to sleep better? Noni fruit may be your answer. Some studies have suggested that the fruit helps stimulate serotonin and melatonin.

Taste

Organic noni powder is rather tasteless. However, noni fruit itself can be bitter.

Best Blended With

To ward off any bitterness, it’s best to pair noni fruit powder with sweet fruits like mango or strawberries,  or tart fruits like pineapple or cranberries.

Try the Noni Fruit Coconut Orange or the Orange Noni Boost smoothie.

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Nutmeg

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Health Benefits

Nutmeg contains fiber, manganese, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, and copper. Nutmeg has been known to possibly relieve pain, soothe indigestion, and strengthen cognitive function.

Taste

Nutmeg has a distinct, earthy flavor.

Best Blended With

Nutmeg’s pungent flavor makes it ideal for fall and winter smoothies. We like pairing it with cinnamon and apple to create a warming and spicy autumnal smoothie

Try our Spiced Apple Cider smoothie.

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Oats

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Health Benefits

Oats contain B vitamins, magnesium, and fiber, which are all vital nutrients for reducing stress. Oats are also one of the best food sources for the production of serotonin, the antidepressant hormone.

Taste

Rolled oats have a very delicate taste that is basically undetectable when blended into a smoothie. 

Best Blended With

Due to their minimal flavor, rolled oats can be added to any smoothie to increase the creaminess and your fiber intake.

Try our Pecan Protein Oatmeal smoothie. 

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Pea Protein

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Health Benefits

Made from yellow split peas, pea protein is gaining popularity for being another great hypoallergenic, vegan protein source.

Pea protein contains both essential and non essential amino acids, and is routinely GMO-free. The specific amino acids in pea protein are helpful to the digestive track lining, and because pea protein tends to be low fat, it’s a great way to stay full between meals.

Taste

Pea protein has essentially no taste, and avoids the typical “chalky” consistency other protein powders can have.

Best Blended With

The extremely mild taste of pea protein is undetectable when blended. So feel free to throw in some pea protein to up the creaminess factor and your protein intake!

Try our Green Protein smoothie.

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Pecans

Health Benefits

Ninety percent of the fat in pecans is unsaturated fat (the healthy kind), and they contain a good serving of oleic acid, otherwise known as Omega-9, which has been connected to lowered fasting glucose rates and better blood flow throughout the body.

Pecans are high in vitamins A, E and B, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They’re also relatively low in calories and carbs.

Taste

Pecans have a sweet, buttery flavor.

Best Blended With

We especially love pecans in creamy smoothies. Try pairing them with warm spices, nut milks, and banana for a wholesome sweet treat.

Try the Sweet Mulberry smoothie.

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Quinoa flakes

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Health Benefits

One of quinoa’s main claims to fame is the fact that it’s a “perfect protein,” meaning that it contains all 20 amino acids (which are necessary to create protein), including the nine amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own.

In addition to a healthy amount of protein per serving, quinoa is also full of fiber, with a 3.5 oz serving of cooked quinoa providing about 7g of fiber.

Taste

Quinoa looks similar to couscous and can be used in the place of rice for various recipes, but it has a richer and nuttier flavor than both of these grains. Quinoa flakes are the dried and flattened version of this grain, and are virtually tasteless. 

Best Blended With

Quinoa is great for increasing the creaminess factor, as well as the denseness, of smoothies. It blends easily, so add it to any green smoothie and get your fill of fiber.

Try our Green Kumquat smoothie.

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Reishi mushrooms

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Health Benefits

Dubbed “mushrooms of immortality,” reishi can help boost the body’s immune system. Studies have shown that reishi is a potential natural therapeutic cancer fighter, specifically for breast cancer. Other studies have linked reishi to improvement in brain impairments resulting from degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s.

Reishi is also great at lowering inflammation in the body, improving immune function, and helping with blood circulation. Finally, Reishi is known as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are compounds and plants that are said to help the body move toward equilibrium in times of stress, returning the nervous system back to normal.

Taste

Reishi is very bitter, which is why it is often boiled for a few hours, and then either dried and turned into a supplement or powder, or made into a tea with honey or other sweeteners.

Best Blended With

These mushrooms can be a bit bitter so pair reishi powder with sweeter fruits or strong citrus flavors like ripe pears or lemons.

Try our Kiwi Pear Power smoothie or our Almond Reishi Refresh smoothie.

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Rose Hips

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Health Benefits

Raw rose hips are some of the richest sources of natural vitamin C out there, making them great at helping to boost the immune system and keep wrinkles at bay.

They also have a nice serving of beta-carotene (another anti-wrinkle vitamin), lutein and lycopene (a phytonutrient that’s been studied for its cancer-fighting abilities).

Taste

With a flavor that can mostly be described as “slightly tart and rosy,” rose hips are completely edible

Best Blended With

Rose hip powder adds a delicate floral essence to green smoothies, making them an ideal addition to recipes with berries, mangos, or kiwis.

Try our Red Rose Lemonade smoothie.

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Sacha Inchi

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Also known as the Inca peanut, sacha inchi is the seed of a plant that grows primarily in Peru. Rich in protein, Omega-3s and Omega 6, vitamins E and A, and fiber, sacha inchi also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Taste

Sacha Inchi has a nice nutty flavor with a unique buttery finish.

Best Blended With

We like pairing the nuttiness of sacha inchi powder with citrus fruits or pineapple.

Try our Pineapple Sacha Inchi smoothie.

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Spirulina

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Health Benefits

Spirulina is considered one of the most nutritionally complete foods out there. It’s one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, it’s a complete protein, (ranging from 55-77 percent protein) and contains all essential amino acids. Spiruina offers an abundance of fatty acids, including one of the rarest forms, gamma linoleum acid.

Spirulina is also rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as the minerals potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron and magnesium. All of these nutrients make this superfood great at fighting symptoms of allergies and boosting the immune system.

Taste

Many people describe spirulina as tasting like the ocean, or seaweed.

Best Blended With

Due to its intense taste, we recommend starting with just a pinch of spirulina in your smoothies — you can always add more! We like to pair spirulina with sweeter fruits like pears or grapes to mask the flavor.

Try our Green Grape Hydrate smoothie.

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Tahini

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Health Benefits

Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is rich in the minerals phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium, and iron, but it’s also high in protein and a great source of calcium.

Taste

Tahini has a slight nutty taste.

Best Blended With

Pair tahini’s slightly nutty flavor with with bananas, strawberries, and raw cacao for a tahini banana split that will take you back to your childhood and leave you feeling satisfied and satiated.

Try our Tahini Banana Split smoothie.

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Turmeric

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Health Benefits

Turmeric contains the powerful compound curcumin, which helps with inflammation, aids in digestion, fights cancer, eases arthritis, and lowers the risk of heart attacks.

Turmeric has been shown to help protect the brain via the compound ar-turmerone. This potent compound is beneficial in repairing the brain’s stem cells and helps keep the brain functioning at its best and brightest.

Adaptogens like turmeric help your body naturally acclimate to changing environments. Adaptogens have evolved over thousands of years to support and improve the body’s ability to stay in balance and function optimally during times of stress.

Another way that turmeric can be useful is in easing joint pain, muscle fatigue and even arthritis.

Taste

Turmeric is mildly aromatic, and has hints of orange or ginger. It has a pungent, bitter flavor.

Best Blended With

Turmeric’s strong flavor is best complemented by creamier fruits like banana or mango. Consider blending it with coconut cream to create a “golden milk” smoothie.

Try our Carrot Mango Kiwi smoothie, or our Temple Turmeric Golden Milk smoothie.

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Thyme

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Health Benefits

Thyme is an excellent source of vitamin A, iron, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber.  It is also a powerful antioxidant that aids in digestion.

Taste

Thyme has a subtle, dry aroma and a slightly minty flavor.

Best Blended With

Thyme is complemented best by citrus flavors like lemon, grapefruit, or tomatillos.

Try our Half Thyme Show smoothie.

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Yacon root

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Health Benefits

Yacon root can help lower blood sugar, and some studies even suggest that it can aid in weight loss by helping individuals feel fuller for longer periods of time, and creating a very regular digestion cycle.

Additionally, yacon has a high amount of fructooligosaccharides, naturally occurring compounds that inhibit the body from absorbing any simple sugars. These fructooligosaccharides may be the reason behind yacon’s ability to lower blood sugar, since they actually lower the amount of glucose produced in the liver.

Taste

Yacon root has a mild, sweet taste that some describe as a mixture of watermelon, pear and celery all together.

Best Blended With

This root has a rich flavor and goes well with creamy ingredients like sweet potatoes, nut butters and banana.

Try the Maple Almond Apple Pie Smoothie.

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Walnuts

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Health Benefits

Walnuts have an abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to reduce excessive cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. Walnuts are also abundant in vitamin E (which is fantastic for the complexion), and in melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep.

Taste

Walnuts have a fairly mild, nutty flavor.

Best Blended With

Walnuts are especially tasty when paired with apples, cinnamon or other warm spices for cozy, autumnal smoothies.

Try our Spiced Zucchini smoothie.

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Wheatgrass

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Health Benefits

Wheatgrass contains more than 90 minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium, as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. It may help suppress appetite, reduce fatigue and improves digestion.

Taste

Wheatgrass has a strong green taste — kind of like grass!

Best Blended With

Like other ingredients with intense flavor profiles, we recommend starting with a small amount. We like to pair wheatgrass with citrus fruits or ginger to help cut the green taste. 

Try our Ginger Beet Detox smoothie.

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