5 Amazing Additions to your Smoothie
Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to get a dose of nutrition throughout your day! They’re a great breakfast, snack, or beverage, they’re quick to make and very portable, and they’re full of things that your body needs—all while tasting great. Fruits and veggies are the common foods to put in a smoothie, but beyond that there are so many amazing supplements you can add to give your smoothie that extra boost of pure goodness. Here are five products to mix in:
Ground flax seed is an easy and great addition to your smoothies. Flax seeds are packed full of nutrients, and are a great source of omega-3s, fiber, minerals, and protein. They’re good for your hair and skin, support digestive health, and can help lower cholesterol. Plus, they have a slight nutty flavour that can taste great in a smoothie. Our bodies are unable to digest the seeds in their whole form, however, so buy them in powdered form or grind them up before adding them to your smoothie—1 tablespoon is a good amount that will give you the health benefits you want.
This is a one-celled fungus called saccharomyces cerevisiae, used in making beer and bread. And though it’s flown under the radar in the world of smoothie-making, it’s an excellent nutritional supplement. It’s a source of B-vitamins, minerals, proteins, and chromium (which helps maintain normal blood sugar levels). As well, it’s a probiotic, which helps your digestive system. Brewery yeast can help strengthen your immune system, boost energy levels, and keep your skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver healthy. Don’t take too much—just one tablespoon daily added to your smoothie will give you all the benefits of this supplement. And if you have diabetes or Crohn’s disease, or if you’re taking medications, do consult with a doctor beforehand.
Add an extra boost of goodness to your smoothie by putting some (cooled-off) green tea in your smoothie instead of water. Green tea is incredibly good for you, and comes with a whole list of health benefits. It contains antioxidants, which are good for your heart and helps prevent cancer. This, plus the nutrients green tea is full of, means green tea helps your heart with high blood pressure and other heart-related issues, lowers cholesterol, improves blood flow and brain function, and boosts your metabolism—to name just a few of its many benefits. As well, it does contain some caffeine, but not too much, just enough to give an energy boost without any of the side effects that coffee can have.
Hemp seed is very high in protein and very nutritious, containing fibre, Vitamin E, minerals like zinc, iron, and calcium to name a few, essential fatty acids, and all 20 amino acids. As well, it’s full of the healthy fats veggies and fruits won’t provide in your smoothie. It can benefit your skin, hair, heart, digestive system, and immune system, for just a few examples. It has a nice subtle nutty flavour that can add to the taste of your smoothie. When adding it, make sure to buy finely ground hemp powder. A few tablespoons—2 or 3—is good, and can make your smoothie nice and creamy.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar can benefit your health in a whole variety of ways. Containing minerals and Vitamins B and C, it can help sooth stomachs, indigestion, and sore throats. Some studies have shown that it may help lower cholesterol, and that it may help with losing weight and getting rid of acne. Best of all, it’s an all-natural energy booster—no caffeine involved! It has a strong tart flavour that can really add to your smoothie. One tablespoon will do the trick—just don’t drink it plain, because it’s not good to have too much.