By: Dr. Francesca Vazquez
Everyone knows smoothies are a staple in the wellness world! They're the ideal way to pack large amounts of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, superfoods, and water into a meal or snack. There are thousands of smoothie recipes, yet it can take many trials to reach your ideal one! Whether you're in the mood for a thick breakfast smoothie, a hydrating post-workout drink, a fruity mid-day snack or a nutritious green power smoothie... adding these boosters will always take your smoothie to the next level.
These are some optional power boosters we recommend you try!
1. Add seeds
Including nuts and seeds into your daily diet is a good way to get extra "feel-good" nutrients. Seeds are usually high in vitamin Bs, boosting energy and balancing our mood. Try adding chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, or any other seed of choice. By just adding a tablespoon a day, you are bound to feel the difference.
2. Add Greens
We rarely get the necessary greens our body requires to function optimally. No matter the smoothie recipe you use, adding greens is always a good choice (even if it turns brownish!). Spinach tends to have a neutral flavor, meaning it will never change the taste of your drink! Spinach's high levels of magnesium and iron will boost your energy while calming your nerves. Try adding a few green leaves to your smoothie the next time you blend away!
3. Add probiotic powder
Probiotics have been found to improve gut health and help detoxify the body. They also protect us against the effects of stress and studies even suggest, they may be essential for mental health and mind-body balance. While starting to incorporate a smoothie habit into your daily routine, why not start taking probiotics while you're at it? By buying a probiotic powder to add to your smoothie (instead of taking capsules), it might be easier for you to incorporate this habit as well!
4. Add Almond Butter/peanut butter
Some people buy tons of protein powder for post-workout recovery and muscle gain. By just adding natural protein sources instead (such as almond or peanut butter), you are likely to receive the same benefits but from a natural source. Opt for organic almond or peanut butter for optimal results. In addition to protein, these butters improve skin, hair, and are nutrient dense.
5. Add oats
Oats are whole grains that help keep our blood sugar stable, helping avoid sugar crashes and sustaining energy throughout the day. To turn your smoothie into a meal, (preferably breakfast) try adding 1/3-1/2 cup of oats. Oats are high in essential minerals, aid in improving mood, help lower cholesterol, and optimize gastrointestinal function.
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