Given the right ingredients, smoothies can be the best breakfast you can have to kickstart your mornings. A smoothie if done right can be a nutritional powerhouse, a perfect meal replacement that will give you all the nutrients you need.
When it comes to smoothie ingredients, you can never go wrong with superfoods! Nutrient dense in itself, these superfoods when combined with other healthy food choices in one single smoothie can boost your energy for the rest of the day.
Packed with all the nutrients you need for a power-boosting breakfast, here are some of the most delicious superfood smoothies you can make in under a few minutes:
The beauty of green smoothies is that you can do it with vegetables, fruits, or both. For your next green superfood smoothie, avocado will definitely do the trick. It’s a common enough smoothie loved by beginners and with good reasons too! As a superfruit, a portion of avocado alone has 20 vitamins, minerals, and a host of other nutrients. It is heart-healthy, cholesterol-free, sodium-free, and sugar-free. Beyond these, avocado is a nutrient booster. This means that it helps absorb fat-soluble nutrients faster and easier in the body. The list of avocado nutrients goes on and on and on!
Ingredients you can put in with the green smoothie: honey for sweetness; kale/spinach for additional nutrients; chia seeds for protein source.
Turmeric is a spice most commonly used in Indian medicine as a general tonic. Today, turmeric continues to rise in popularity due in part to tons of research supporting its health benefits. Of these, its antioxidant properties remain to be the most prominent, as it is singly one of the highest across a number of fruits and vegetables. It has anti-inflammatory and detoxification benefits.
Recently, studies on turmeric have shown that it helps minimize the risk of cancer. Another great thing about turmeric is that it only requires very minimal consumption to enjoy its health benefits.
Ingredients you can put in with the turmeric smoothie: honey to taste; ground black pepper for better absorption; fruits for added nutrients – mango, banana, or pineapple; chia seeds for crunch.
Multi berry smoothie
Why only have one berry smoothie when you can have multiple berries in one nutrient-packed smoothie? In general, berries are superfruits abundant in fiber and antioxidants, but each berry also contains a specific nutrient. For example, blueberries, one of the healthiest berries, packs some serious vitamin C content too. Raspberries have a mechanism that boosts leptin so you feel full fast. Strawberries contain manganese and folic acid. You can combine any of the berry varieties in one smoothie according to your preference.
Add ingredients you can put in with the multiple berry smoothie: Greek yogurt for protein; whole berries or chia seeds for added texture.
Kale and spinach are often pitted against each other – what’s the better green, what’s healthier, what’s more nutritious? But why not include both supergreens in one excellent and delicious smoothie? A comparison of both greens showed that it has, more or less, the same nutritional value. Rich in fiber, iron, vitamin A, B6, C and K, folate, copper, calcium and more, kale and spinach have a strong nutritional profile.
Add ingredients you can put in with the supergreen smoothie: Greek yogurt for a rich, creamy base rich in protein; a kind of berry for added flavor; chia seeds for crunch and protein too!
Drinking smoothies for breakfast does not mean that you need to drink more. So instead of taking second servings of the smoothie, incorporate some fiber-rich superfoods to make you fuller, longer. Smoothies are not only limited to fruits and vegetables, but experiment with flavors – spices, herbs, seeds, and nuts can also add a plethora of flavor to your drink.
So, if you’re ready to get started on those great mornings, supercharge your breakfast with superfood smoothies! Drink up!
My name is Sarah Burgess and I’m a health and nutrition specialist and enthusiast. I did my PhD at the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and finished in 2015 and now I’ve been writing for Slowfoodnation since 2017. Apart from writing on blogs about health, superfood and nutrition, I love to exercise, running and pilates are two of my true addictions! I believe we create our own luck and everyone have the potential to reach true potential and be the best version of ourselves.