5 Superfood Smoothies You Need to Try

Superfood Smoothies

Superfood SmoothiesLooking for a simple way to pack in some healthy calories as well as solid nutrition into your diet? Then these five superfood smoothies are for you!

What are Superfoods?

First things first – what exactly is a superfood? Well simply put, a superfood is a food that contains a high level of nutrients. These foods are deemed “super” because of their vitamin and mineral content as well as the health benefits they provide the body. Superfoods provide beneficial compounds like antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, boosting areas such as heart health and even defend against aging.

They also happen to taste pretty fantastic!

The following five superfood smoothies are packed with flavor, nutrients, and health benefits, but are super simple to make and only require a few ingredients. They also taste incredible, which means you won’t have any excuse not to make them!

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie – Serves 1

Chocolate can’t be healthy, can it? Well, chocolate is actually very healthy, if you get it in its unprocessed, raw form. Raw cacao is used for everything chocolate, but its nutrients are often stripped and additives are used to create the chocolate candy we know from store shelves.

Raw cacao contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body and boosts overall health. Raw cacao has been shown to lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and improve brain function.

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • more ice if needed

Chia Berry Smoothie – Serves 1

Chia seeds are quite literally tiny nutritional powerhouses.  A little strange to look at, these tiny seeds pack a wallop in heart healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as fiber, making them an excellent smoothie addition. Chia seeds also provide a good amount of natural protein.

This tiny superfood can help to manage blood sugar, prevent blood clots, reduce high blood pressure and inflammation, improve digestion as well as boost energy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup reduced fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Coconut Pineapple Dream Smoothie – Serves 1

Coconut oil has long been feared for its fat content, but thankfully those days are long gone.  Instead, coconut oil has now become a sort of health elixir, with health benefits ranging from weight loss aid to Alzheimer’s treatment.

Though some of its benefits still need more research, one fact about coconut oil is true: it’s fatty acid content is unlike any other. Packed with heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, coconut oil is definitely one incredible superfood!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • stevia to taste

Goji Blueberry Smoothie – Serves 1

Goji berries may resemble a raisin in appearance, but this super berry is far from it. Packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and more antioxidants than any other berry, goji berries are considered to be the healthiest berry in the world. Its nutrients can help to protect you from heart disease, improve eye health and boost your immune system.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

Hemp Seed Banana Smoothie – Serves 1

Hemp often gets a bad rep due to a certain drug, but these seeds won’t give you any sort of a high.  Packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that combat heart disease, hemp seeds are also high in protein and fiber.  Hemp seeds have shown to improve immune systems, brain functioning as well as regulate blood sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Each of these smoothies offers a superfood ingredient that will be sure to supercharge your smoothie. Try one today and find out which superfood is your favorite!