Smoothies are one of my favorite go-to snacks or meals. They’re quick to make, you can mix up just about any combination of flavors and most importantly, they are an easy way to get lots of nutrients.
If you’re really looking for your smoothie to pack an especially healthy punch, the below items are simple add-ins with big nutritional value.
One of my personal favorite ways to whip up a healthy breakfast is by making a green smoothie. I use tons of spinach or kale which is great for vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, folate and iron. You could also add in spirulina, which is a blue-green algae loaded with antioxidants and inflammation-fighting compounds.
Second to greens, I love adding a dash of cinnamon to my smoothies – especially in the fall and winter. Cinnamon is fantastic for helping to regulate blood sugar and full of antioxidants.
Turmeric has become one of those buzzy ingredients in the last few years in the wellness world and for good reason. It’s known as a potent anti-inflammatory, but just know its flavor is pretty strong, so be careful when adding it to your smoothies – fresh or powdered.
OK, collagen might actually be my favorite healthy smoothie add-in. You can’t taste it at all (you can even mix it with a plain glass of water and not taste it) and it gives your hair, nails and teeth a major boost. It also helps with signs of aging like wrinkles, which definitely puts it at the top of my list for go-to smoothie ingredients.
Chia, flax or hemp seeds
Seeds in general are very underrated sources of vitamins and nutrients, but these three should be considered super seeds. Chia seeds are a great source of plant-based protein while hemp seeds are loaded with omega-9 fatty acids and flax seeds omega-3 fatty acids among other nutrients. Basically you can’t go wrong adding any one of them to your next smoothie.