Smoothies are an amazingly easy and delicious way to start your day off right. Whether you are eating well to lose weight, build muscle, or improve your overall health, these ingredients can take your morning smoothie from simply diet-friendly to over-the- top healthy and enjoyable.
1) Cacao Powder Full of antioxidants, cacao powder will lend a chocolatey flavor to your smoothie with none of the fat found in actual chocolate. It is also great for adding a little caffeine kick to your breakfast.
2) Acai Berries These dark little berries from South America work to protect your cells and enhance your natural immune response. They are reportedly just as delicious as the more common berries in your smoothie routine.
3) Cinnamon One of the easiest ways to improve your smoothie is a sprinkle of cinnamon. It accelerates the metabolism, eases carb cravings, and lends a wonderfully warm taste to your breakfast drink.
4) Chia Seeds An excellent source of fiber, chia seeds act as an appetite suppressant and deliver needed omega 3 fatty acids to your body. They are tasteless but chia seeds will make your smoothie super thick.
5) Coconut Water Need potassium but want to thin out rather than thicken your smoothie? The banana can move over for coconut water, which is both mildly sweet and packed with electrolytes like potassium.
6) Almond Butter If peanut butter is a great addition to your morning routine, almond butter is even better. Almonds are full of vitamin E, calcium, iron, and monounsaturated fat, making this nut butter a simple way to boost the nutrients in your smoothie.
7) Flaxseed Flaxseeds are one of the easiest ways to pack fiber and fatty acids into your diet. Blend a tablespoon of ground flaxseed into your smoothie-- you will hardly notice a change in taste or texture but will really feel the nutrients they provide.
8) Turmeric More often featured in curries than smoothies, turmeric or curcumin is an amazing anti-inflammatory that can ease joint pain and improve brain function while turning your smoothie a beautiful bright orange.
9) Blueberries and Raspberries Nearly every smoothie recipe calls for berries, but it is worth reinforcing: blueberries and raspberries are a great way to get the antioxidants you need to stay healthy.
10) Spirulina This blue-green algae is packed with nutrients, from B vitamins and beta-carotene to minerals and protein-building amino acids. Spirulina’s earthy flavor is easily balanced by your favorite berry.
11) Pineapple Pineapple is one of the best ways to make your smoothie more tropical since it contains more vitamin C than an orange plus the digestive enzyme bromelain. Bromelain aids digestion and can relieve the inflammation in aching joints.
12) Wheatgrass Of all the greens you can add to your morning, wheatgrass is among the best. Not only is it loaded with needed vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass also contains chlorophyll, which your body converts to iron. Many welcome its bright, grassy taste.
13) Parsley Use your smoothie as a chance to detox your kidneys by adding in fresh parsley. Not only can its diuretic effects leave you feeling less bloated, parsley also delivers a needed dose of vitamins C, A, and K.
14) Ginger You can take your smoothie in a different flavor direction with ginger. Blend a little fresh ginger into your breakfast for added spice, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, less inflammation, and more energy.
15) Rolled Oats Now you can double up on breakfast without even trying by mixing oats into your smoothie. They will thicken your drink and leave you feeling in control of your appetite throughout the first half of your day.
16) Dates Unconventional as far as smoothie fruit goes, dates are one of the most nutritionally balanced foods you can eat. Soften some in water and add to the mix for more fiber, calcium, manganese, copper, sulfur, iron, potassium, and phosphorous.
17) Kefir Whether its non-dairy or made from milk, whether you ferment your own or buy it already made, kefir is one of the easiest ways to add probiotics to your diet. Use it to boost your smoothie or as the base ingredient for better digestion and immune health.
18) Honey Sweet and basic, honey has its health benefits, too. Local honey can reduce your seasonal allergies while offering your body a host of immune-boosting benefits with its antibacterial properties, making it the perfect sweetener for your smoothie.
Now you can get creative adding a few new flavors to your typical smoothie mix or whipping up a whole new recipe with these ingredients. Then each morning you can be sure you are not only enjoying the first meal of the day but also drinking to your health.