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Superfood Smoothies

Superfood Smoothies: Give Yourself a Boost

SuperFood Blueberry Smoothie

Superfood Smoothie

What is a super food smoothie? There is no set definition of what ingredients need to be included to make a super food smoothie. However, one thing is a must: it must be bursting with nutrients! A lot of smoothies these days are loaded with dairy products and sugar, yet ingredients like this will not allow you to get the most out of your smoothie. A better base would be water, coconut or nut milk. A super food smoothie is an easy way to get loads of extra vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into your diet on a daily basis and it will not take long for you to feel the benefits.

Superfood Explained

If you are feeling daunted by the term superfood you needn’t be. A superfood is quite simply a food that is full of the nutrients that are good for the body. Blueberries are a well-known super fruit; this is because they contain rich concentrations of vitamin C, anthocyanans, and manganese, and have a low calorie content. Other examples of super foods include broccoli, spinach, pumpkin and tomato, all because of their high nutrient content.

There are loads of superfoods out there and it is just a case of doing your research. Even fruits such as banana and pineapple have the vitamins and minerals within for them to be classified as superfoods. The term superfood is not commonly backed by scientists and is considered by many to be nothing more than a marketing campaign; this is because the term can be used to describe any food that has health benefits. This is not a negative, however, because thanks to the fact there are numerous different superfoods, there are numerous different ingredients for your superfood smoothie.

Vegetable Superfoods

Green leafy vegetables such as kale or brussel sprouts are considered superfoods for their nutritional value. Nuts and seeds have also long been thought of as superfoods, as well as citrus fruits, berries in general, vegetables with dark or intense colours (such as beets), peanuts, lentils, beans, dark chocolate and porridge. Basically a superfood is one that is calorie sparse and nutrient dense.

Green superfoods are good for you because they have the highest concentration of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds and vitamins and minerals needed for repairing our bodies. They are also packed with protein and good bacteria to help build muscle mass.

Fruit and Nut Superfoods

Fruit and nut superfoods are high in antioxidants and are therefore generally good for fighting the free radicals in the body. They can also help aid digestion and can help to improve the skin. They will certainly have a high vitamin and mineral count and often claim to boost energy levels. Superfoods do not have to be exotic and expensive fruit and veg. In fact something as simple as an apple can easily fit into the category.

Experiment with your superfood smoothie by trying different ingredients together. It is a fun way of learning about healthy food, and a tasty way to start the day.

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Green Superfood Smoothie

Apple aka Superood

The key ingredient in this smoothie is spirulina. This superfood is high in various nutrients and also high in protein.

Ingredients:

1 Apple
1 Cup of Kale
½ Cup of Coconut Milk
1 tsp. of Spirulina
2-3 Ice Cubes

Steps:

1. Cut the apple into chunks
2. Add all the ingredients to the blender
3. Blend until smooth

Superfood Smoothie Tip: Try adding a banana to this recipe for sweetness and more nutrients.

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Blueberry Coconut Smoothie

So small yet so ‘super’…

The key ingredient in this smoothie is coconut oil. While it has no taste to it, coconut oil is a great add in for a smoothie due to its superfood characteristics such as aiding in weight loss and helping the immune system.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. of Coconut Oil
½ Cup of Blueberries
½ Cup of Spinach
1 Cup of Coconut Milk

Steps:

1. Add all of the ingredient to the blender
2. Blend until smooth

Superfood Smoothie Tip: Try adding a tablespoon of flaxseed for texture and more super food benefits.

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Bluebery Acai Smoothie

Super(erb) Acai

The key ingredient in this smoothie is acai berry juice. This superfood is high in antioxidants and known to improve digestive health.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Acai Juice
½ Cup of Almond Milk
½ Cup of Blueberries
½ Cup of Strawberries
3-4 Ice Cubes

Steps:

1. Cut the strawberries into halves
2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender
3. Blend until smooth

Superfood Smoothie Tip: For a different texture try adding a tablespoon of chia seeds, which are a protein rich super food.

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Bee Pollen Smoothie

Super Bee. Super Smoothie.

The key ingredient in this smoothie is the superfood bee pollen. Bee pollen is an all around superfood that can increase energy, aid in digestive health, and even help with allergies.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Spinach
½ of a Banana
½ Cup of Pineapple
¾ Cup of Coconut Milk
1 tbsp. of Bee Pollen

Steps:

1. Cut the banana into half ½ inch slices
2. Cut the pineapple into chunks
3. Add all of the ingredients to the blender
4. Blend until smooth

Superfood Smoothie Tip: To add sweetness while keeping this smoothie nutritious, try adding a tsp. of natural honey

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