The term superfood is one that gets thrown around a lot lately. There is no real standard definition for a superfood; most organizations tend to define it as a food high in antioxidants or some essential nutrients. But at this point, it is probably more accurate to say a superfood is just a food that has a surplus of any nutrient your body can make use of. Fruits and vegetables are typically considered superfoods for that reason. The best fruits and veggies will give your body more than enough nutrients in a single serving. Superfoods function best when served as close to raw as possible. The more you cook them, the more you tend to neutralize their inherent nutrients.
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That’s where the superfood smoothie comes into play. Smoothies are great ways to get the nutrients provided by consuming fruits and veggies without having to spend a lot of time actually eating them. Your body is also able to absorb the nutrients faster in liquid form than in solid form. Solids require a longer digestive time to break food down when compared to liquids.
Below are some great superfood smoothies that you can start making today if you have the ingredients, or tomorrow when you actually go buy the ingredients! Once you get used to drinking super healthy smoothies, you will absolutely never be able to stop! Don’t have the time to sit and enjoy a smoothie? Serve the smoothie in an insulated water bottle, pop it into your bag, and you are all set for the day!
1. Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
Let’s start this list out right, shall we? To be honest, the biggest reason for drinking a smoothie instead of actually eating vegetables is that it tastes better. With smoothies, you can get many of the vitamins and minerals you expect from the fruits and veggies, and still enjoy the experience. This chocolate smoothie takes that concept to the extreme, because what is more enjoyable than chocolate? Cocoa powder doesn’t just make things tastier; it also has its fair share of powerful antioxidants and is also a great source of dietary fiber.
2. Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe
Love pineapples? Then, pina colada is perfect for you! It is basically a pina colada without the alcohol and without the sugar, but it’s still just as tasty. It has quite a few powerful antioxidants that kill free radicals and give your immune system a much-needed boost. The only thing you have to watch out for when preparing this smoothie is that it can become a bit tart, thanks to the acidic profile of the pineapple. Try mixing in your favorite sweetener, or if you’re really bold, sprinkle in some pink salt. The salt will help the smoothie be more hydrating.
3. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe
November is here, which means it’s the time of the year to indulge in fresh pumpkin everything. If you are looking for a few fun recipes with pumpkin apart from your soup and regular Indian curries, then here’s what you could try today! Pumpkin spice lattes are not very healthy, but generally speaking, pumpkin is one of the healthier foods you can include in your diet. This pumpkin pie smoothie calls for a maple syrup sweetener and some almond butter which gives the smoothie a significant protein quotient. It works as a great after gym drink, but you can legitimately drink it any time of the day and it will be amazing while still doing wonders for your body.
4. Dragon Fruity Smoothie Recipe
If you’re looking for an interesting superfood smoothie that lets you stand out from the rest of the health food crowd, look no further than this dragon fruit smoothie. Dragon fruit, also known as, pitaya is one of the more interesting fruits to look at, yet alone eat. It’s now available in most stores across the country! It has a fuchsia colored skin and white flesh. It also tastes quite delicious, making it a top tier choice for smoothies. Like most citric based smoothies, it has lots of antioxidants that will keep the cells throughout your body healthy by killing free radicals.
5. Green Smoothie Recipe
When you’re talking health food smoothies, you can’t avoid mentioning the classic green smoothie. It’s a bit of a generic name, because there is no one green smoothie. Most green smoothie recipes simply call for you to choose your darkest, leafiest, green veggies you have and mixing them with a few sides. The best veggies to use are kale or spinach; they’ll definitely make sure your smoothie come out green and that you get some rare vitamins and minerals that can be hard to come by otherwise. The best way to drink this smoothie is to just down it, but it can be a little bitter for some people. If that’s the case, mix in a sweet apple.
6. Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Recipe
Back to the theme of smoothies that taste great but are also healthy for you. If you liked the chocolate smoothie, then this peanut butter cup smoothie will blow your mind. It basically tastes like you’re drinking a dessert in a glass. And you don’t have to feel bad about it because this dessert has lots of peanut butter in it. Peanut butter is an amazing source of protein and healthy fats, which is great if you like to hit the gym or are a physically active person. You need the protein that peanut butter has to offer to repair cells and handle physiological responses.
7. Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
Yes, adding spices to smoothies is the newest and greatest development in the smoothie world since it was figured out that chocolate work well in smoothies. Spices are packed with health benefits, so they’re a great way to turn any smoothie into a type of superfood smoothie. Turmeric in particular is great because it has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory properties. And, it actually tastes really great, so you really have no reason not to invest in his smoothie. You can further improve on the turmeric’s benefits by adding black pepper to the smoothie.
8. Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
This is a great starter smoothie for those new to the world of superfood smoothie making. Strawberries are amazing health foods to invest in. They have lots of health benefits, including the ability to eliminate free radicals, regulate blood pressure levels, and help to induce sleep. The best thing about strawberry smoothies is they have such a low prep time. You don’t have to use fresh strawberries to receive the health benefits; frozen strawberries work just as well and speed up the process significantly. You also don’t have to add extra ice if the strawberries are already frozen.
9. Avocado Mango Smoothie Recipe
Maybe we should call this smoothie, the Millennial breakfast? That’s a joke, every generation is allowed to enjoy avocadoes and mangoes, especially when they are combined into one amazingly powerful smoothie. Not only does this smoothie taste delicious, but it also has massive health benefits. Avocado is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and the mango is one of the best vitamin C fruit sources. Together, this combination stands above its peers as the ultimate health food drink. This is also a great vegan smoothie because avocado has a natural creaminess to it that lets you avoid having to add milk.
10. Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe
This mixed berry smoothie is a super simple smoothie recipe that you can prepare in literally less than a minute. It only has three real ingredients, milk/yogurt orange juice, and your favorite berries. All you have to do is toss them into the blender and you’ll be sipping on a delicious and healthy smoothie in less than a minute. It’s the perfect breakfast alternative for people who don’t have a lot of time in the morning but still want to get their day off to a good start. If you don’t want to use dairy products like milk or yogurt, you can replace the milk with unsweetened coconut milk or soymilk.
11. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Recipe
This should be a welcome surprise to all the matcha lovers out there. It is a known fact that people who love matcha, really, really love matcha! Matcha is a vivid green tea that comes in powder form. It is loaded to the brim with antioxidants that kill free radicals which can cause cancer and oxidative stress. It also has caffeine in it, the miracle compound that keeps you more awake and alert, and many of us cannot do without. This recipe calls for milk, but you can substitute it with any of your favorite dairy substitutes.
12. Banana Date Smoothie with Ginger and Cardamom Recipe
This bad boy is the height of delectableness. You are definitely going to want to take your time preparing this smoothie. It is completely different than a typical breakfast smoothie which should normally have a quick prep time due to the fast-paced nature of breakfast. This is your treat yourself smoothie. You want to make sure the flavors are balanced, because each one is strong in its own right, and can overpower the other. Once you master it though, you’ll want to treat yourself to it every day; not only are the ingredients amazing when mixed together, but each one has its own unique set of health benefits as well.
13. Coconut Mango Smoothie Recipe
This is the smoothie you drink to beat the heat and protect your body from heat stroke. It is as refreshing as it is tasty; the mango and coconut complement each other so well, that they must have been designed that way. Mangoes have a naturally high water content, and coconuts have a high electrolyte content which help your body to retain water more effectively. And to top it all off, the entire concoction tastes like a dessert in your mouth. It’s practically guaranteed that you’ll feel guilty for drinking it, because nothing that tastes so good should be considered healthy – even though it is.
14. Blueberry and Spinach Superfood Smoothie Recipe
It’s fair to say that the majority of people do not expect this interesting combination of blueberries and spinach, especially in a smoothie. But this combination is a real thing, and it not only tastes rather decent, but it’s also filled with health benefits. The spinach is a great source of B vitamins and vitamin K. B complex vitamins help with cell growth and red blood cell production, while vitamin K helps with blood clotting and the regulation of blood calcium levels. The blueberries on the other hand are some of the most potent sources of antioxidants available. You basically want to start drinking this guy the moment flu season begins to keep your body in tip top shape.
15. Watermelon Smoothie Recipe
Finally, we have the watermelon smoothie. It is another option that is defined by its expediency of preparation and its simplicity. You can spice this recipe up using yogurt, vanilla extract, and some maple syrup, but realistically, all you need to make a good watermelon smoothie is some fresh watermelon and some ice. Frozen watermelon works even better, but you work with what you have. This recipe can only be improved upon, because it will taste great no matter what you do to it. Your watermelon smoothie will also help you stay hydrated and moisturized for longer periods of time if you sprinkle in a little bit of salt.
You can make any smoothie a superfood smoothie even if the primary ingredients are not superfoods themselves. The beauty of smoothies is that they work wondrously well with addons. There are lots of superfood ingredients you can add to the smoothie to up its superfood profile. Seeds are the best choice for this. Hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds can be mixed into the smoothie at any time. They rarely change the taste and mostly only enhance it. They also provide texture to the smoothie which only serves to make it more interesting to eat. These superfood seeds are typically good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber, calcium, and antioxidants. The best part is how you can store these seeds in a storage jar, and you are all set for a smoothie add on, one that would just make your day!