Smoothies can make a delicious meal in a glass, but not all smoothies were created equal. Here are some easy additions to take your smoothies to the next level.
A nearly calorie free addition, matcha is packed with antioxidants, including EGCG, the same component found in green tea. Matcha can boost your metabolism, enhance mood and aid in concentration, and is rich in chlorophyll.
Flaxseeds are a great source of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, and aid with cardiovascular and immune health, brain function, joint function, and regularising digestion. A tablespoon of ground flaxseed will also make your smoothie thicker.
Add a chocolatey boost to your smoothie with cacao powder. Loaded with antioxidants, stress reducing magnesium, potassium, and iron, cacao is a nutritiously delicious addition to any smoothie. Add a tablespoon to your smoothie for a dessert like flavour, which satisfies your sweet tooth while reducing sugar cravings.
Peruvian superfood maca aids in enhancing energy, stamina, and memory by acting as an adaptogen to naturally support the body’s ability to adapt to stress and regulate energy levels. Maca has a subtle sweet malty taste and is especially delicious when added to banana smoothies.
MACROS tip: add ½ tsp of vanilla essence for a calorie free flavour hit.
Throwing in a scoop of protein powder is a good way to balance out the sugar content of a fruity smoothie, and if its vanilla or chocolate flavoured, it will instantly and easily up the flavour. Opt for pure protein powders like pea, rice, hemp, or whey, and look for an option without any added sugar (look for ones sweetened with thaumatin, monk fruit, or stevia – plant-derived sugar free sweeteners).
Small but mighty, neutral-tasting chia seeds will help thicken your smoothie and are packed with essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, and fibre, as well as a rich source of antioxidants. The omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds aid in raising HDL cholesterol (the good kind), which protects against cardiovascular issues.
DARK LEAFY GREENS
Add bulk to your smoothie by tossing in a handful of dark leafy greens like mildly-flavoured kale or spinach, or branch out and try swiss chard, bok choy, or mustard greens for a hit of fibre, folate, iron, and phytonutrients (health-promoting plant compounds) like carotenoids, saponins, and flavonoids.
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