If you have kids at home, you probably worry about them eating nutritious foods. But worry no longer: you can offer a delicious and nutrient-rich smoothie to sneak in all the goodness! Smoothies taste great and are made of healthy ingredients, and with added supplements they transform into a nutritional powerhouse.
One last tip: for thicker, sorbet-like smoothies, use more frozen fruit. For thinner smoothies (good if you’re making ice pops!) use fresh fruit. Now let's take a look at some simple smoothie recipes, then we’ll talk about awesome powerhouse add-ins!
Banana & Strawberry Smoothie
2 c Strawberries
1 Banana, peeled
1 c Milk (I prefer almond milk in this one)
1 c Ice
1 T Honey, optional
Strawberry Pineapple Banana Smoothie
1 c Strawberries
1/2 c Pineapple
2 c Orange Juice
1/2 c Greek Yogurt
1 c Spinach (optional)
Peachy Mango Smoothie
1 c Peach
1 c Mango
1 c Orange Juice
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Ginger
Very Berry Good
1 c Mixed Berries
1 1/2 c Unsweetened Almond Milk (or water)
1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Turmeric
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
Feel free to experiment with your favorite fruit and veg.
Now let's take a look at those supplements that can take your smoothie to the next level in nutrition. Supplements are an ideal way to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. Maintain a healthy immune system, high energy levels and a fresh appearance with these add-ins.
Hydrolyzed Collagen - Recently, collagen supplements have become popular for their anti-aging effect. Most are hydrolyzed, which means the collagen has been broken down, making it easier for you to absorb.
Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure, maintaining the integrity of cartilage and strengthening your bones, which helps prevent osteoporosis. It has also been proven to help reduce the risk of heart-related conditions and promote a deeper sleep.
Chia Seeds - Chia is an easy and enjoyable way to add dietary fiber and healthy Omega-3 and 6 to your diet. Chia seeds are also an excellent source of easily digestible plant-based protein. They promote healthy blood sugar levels, digestive health, brain health, and will make your bones stronger!
Smoothie tip: if you drink or freeze your chia-boosted smoothie right after blending, you’ll have a normal smoothie consistency. However, if you let it sit a few minutes in the fridge, the chia seeds will expand and give your smoothie a fun pudding consistency!
Acai powder - A rich source of protective antioxidants, omega fatty acids, amino acids, and dietary fiber, the acai berries’ nutrient content is mostly preserved in the freeze-drying process.
The powder’s rich dietary fiber content supports digestive health and keeps us feeling full longer. Calcium supports the development and structure of our bones, while Vitamin A protects the eye’s retina.
Acai powder is also notably rich in iron and vitamin E.
Probiotics - These microorganisms are an integral part of our digestive and immune systems. By taking a probiotic supplement, we help restore balance to our body’s natural microbial community, which aids nutrient absorption and forms the front line of our immune defense.
Go ahead and give these supplements a try. You will feel great knowing you are getting all your important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, all in just one blended glass of smoothie goodness the entire family can enjoy.