Have you heard about different ‘superfoods’ that can be added to smoothies to make them even more healthy?
There are many great powders, spices, herbs and foods that can supercharge your already supercharged smoothie; so many that it’s easy to get overwhelmed in the land of superfoods.
I always recommend keeping things simple, but I can understand the urge to test out something new, especially if there are health benefits attached to it.
I’ve put together a short list of my favourite smoothie boosters, for those of you looking to add more pep to your smoothies. Check them out …
4 ways to boost your smoothie
1. Maca powder. Known for its hormone balancing effects. Maca has been studied to help normalize the symptoms of premenstrual/menstrual symptoms, as well as the symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, cramps, fatigue and lethargy. Look for gelatinized maca for easier digestion and absorption. Add 1 tsp.
2. Cinnamon. Popular for its blood sugar lowering effects, but also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and immunity-boosting abilities. Great way to naturally sweeten your smoothies as well. Opt for Ceylon over Cassia (aka “fake”) cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon contains a higher amount of coumarin, a natural plant chemical that can be toxic to the liver and kidneys, and it may also be carcinogenic, in large doses. Add 1/2-1 tsp.
3. Cacao nibs. These little guys are loaded with antioxidants, even more so than tea, wine and blueberries! In addition, they are a high source of magnesium, iron and fibre. A great way to add extra nutrition and crunch to your smoothies. Stir in 1 tbsp.
4. Sea salt. Not only will a high-quality sea salt enhance the flavour of your smoothie, but it will add life-giving nutrients. Sea salt is rich in trace minerals that are hard to obtain from food due to the lack of nutrient-rich soil. Sea salt can help promote vascular health, healthy pH & electrolyte balance, as well as increase energy, regulate sleep and improve symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Look for Pink Himalayan or Celtic. Add a pinch.
Check out some of my favourite brands below.
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