There are smoothies then there are smoothies! All it takes to turn an ordinary smoothie into something extra is one considered ingredient. Here are some power additions to boost your daily smoothie.
Nuts or nut butters
Nuts and nut butters add much needed protein to your smoothie, stabilizing blood sugar and keeping you fuller for longer. Nuts are also a good source of heart-healthy fats. If you prefer to use nut butters, choose natural nut butters with no added sugars, salts or preservatives. Remember, you only need a small serving of nuts or nut butter, too much can pile on the calories.
Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Flax Oil
Flax seeds add fibre to your smoothie along with protein. They also boost your Omega 3 intake. Other great options for omegas and protein are chia seeds or choose hemp seeds for a great source of protein, in fact they are a complete source of protein meaning they provide all nine essential amino acids.
Berries are the best fruit to add to a smoothie for added sweetness with less sugar. Berries are full of antioxidants but won’t spike your blood sugars as much as other fruits. They also freeze well making it super easy to just add a handful of frozen berries to your smoothie each morning.
Dark leafy greens
Low in sugar and calories, leafy greens such as spinach and kale, and even beetroot greens, are full of fibre, protein and iron. And enjoying them in your smoothie means you get your daily dose without having to eat lots of leaves in your meals, if you struggle with that sort of thing.
Flavour boosters: cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, raw cocoa powder
Spices and flavour boosters like cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and raw cocoa powder not only enhance the taste of your smoothie but each one brings a specific health benefit for example, cinnamon is great for regulating blood sugar and turmeric works as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.