Superfoods are the quickest and easiest way to fill your body with the nutrients that it needs most. What’s better than this is that they can be put into smoothies for speedy and delicious consumption.
Chia comes in the form of seeds. They are full of omega fatty acids that promote healthy brain function, and also fight high cholesterol and heart disease. Chia seeds boast many nutrients like fiber, protein, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, iron, antioxidants, and calcium. Use up to 3 tablespoons of these seeds in a smoothie for a thicker consistency and mild sweet flavor.
Hemp seeds contain omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, both are good for combating heart disease. They also have “super” fatty acids that are great for your skin and increase your metabolism, lower cholesterol, and decrease inflammation.
This root can be bought in pill, liquid, or powder form. A tablespoon or two will do the job. Maca improves energy and mood, lowers stress, and is said to increase fertility. It is rich in protein and B vitamins, vitamin C and E, calcium, iron, zinc, and more.
These are perhaps the tastiest on the list, and are known for their healing strength. These berries boast amino acids and antioxidants, as well as more than 20 vitamins and minerals. These berries have been used in Asian cultures to strengthen eyesight, fight viruses, put hormones into balance, and add longevity to life. ½ cup of these berries will sweeten up your smoothie when you’re feeling a bit ill.
This is an algae that is harvested from lakes. It has high amounts of B vitamins, protein, vitamins C and E, iron, magnesium and other trace minerals. It detoxes the body by removing heavy metals, and it also improves the immune system.
High in nutrients and antioxidants, it contains calcium, iron. Magnesium, vitamins A, C, and E. it is said to treat anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and so much more.
Known as a “super spice”, turmeric aids in weight loss, promotes, skin health, and is a powerful antioxidant among many other things. It contains vitamins A and C, along with iron and calcium.
Spirulina isn’t as exciting as the other superfoods, it’s actually made from pond algae. The taste isn’t that great, but it has an extremely high content of nutrients. The top two ingredients are omega fatty acids and protein. This comes highly recommended to anyone who has recently become a vegetarian. 1 to 2 teaspoons of spirulina in a daily smoothie is sufficient.
Avocados hold almost 20 vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds. Adding this to your smoothie will make it extra creamy, add a glow to your skin, and help you to feel full longer.
Full of protein and fiber, the berries keep you feeling full. Antioxidants boost the body’s energy and ability to focus. It has a creamy consistency and wonderful flavor, one tablespoon is all that you need.
Author Bio: Sasha Brown
Sasha Brown is certified herbalist with a zeal for the natural things in life. To live and promote a healthier lifestyle, she has injected pure naturalism into her diet by eating purely organic foods. She loves to garden and is a mother to one child. For more tips on healthy living, please join her on Twitter.