Monday, August 12, 2013
12 Healthy Smoothie Add-Ins
Why stop there? Why not make it extra healthy? Smoothies are a great way of adding in things that you wouldn't normally consume on a daily basis or need to eat more of. From adding healthy fats, to sneaking in veggies, to adding spices that help your body there are lots of easy add-in that you should try!
Coconut Oil - But of course, coconut oil makes the list. Add about a tablespoon of this and you get a nice dose of healthy fats which are high in lauric acid and has a ton of benefits.
Coconut Flour - Yet another coconut product! Coconut flour is very high in fiber and protein. Great for those who are gluten-free!
Chia Seeds - We like to turn our chia seeds into "chia gel" first but in either form you get a ton of protein, fiber, iron, antioxidants and omega 3's!
Steamed Greens - I do not suggest eating green smoothies on a daily basis. For most people that is too many greens and too many oxalates. (There are times however when I do think it's beneficial like when fighting cancer). However, the occasional green smoothie is a great way to get those veggies in. I do recommend steaming your greens and then allowing to them to cool or even freeze them before blending as the steaming helps reduce oxalates.
Avocado - Talked about for their healthy fats, fiber, and potassium, avocados are being eaten by the dozens. Why not add them to your smoothie? Not only are they a healthy add-in but they add a creaminess to smoothies!
Cacao - Not to be confused with cocoa! I'll admit, I'm still using cocoa powder in my smoothies but after really looking into things, I think I'll make the switch. Cacao is high in antioxidants, rich in magnesium, iron, and other nutrients and it's a mood booster!
Cinnamon - Yet another lovely spice that can be a healthy add-in! Cinnamon can help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar. (Note: it can also thin blood which would not necessarily be a bad thing but those with low levels of Vitamin K or prone to nose bleeds and the like may want to avoid or use sparingly.)
Green Tea - Either make your smoothie with green tea or add a bit of matcha to it. Green tea is a great source of antioxidants.
Gelatin - A new add-in for our family. Gelatin is a great source of protein and is wonderful for digestion, skin elasticity, teeth, bones, and hair!
Nut Butters - Yet another way to add fats and protein to your smoothies! Just make sure your nut butter is the healthy variety without sugars or unhealthy oils.
Apple Cider Vinegar - I'm intrigued by this one and will have to try it out soon! Just add 1/2 - 1 tsp of ACV to your smoothie. It apparently kicks up the flavors as well as giving you the benefits of this amazing vinegar such as metabolism, lowering blood sugar, heartburn reliever, helps with seasonal allergies, and tons more!
Elderberry Syrup - In the cold months, we like to take our homemade elderberry syrup to help prevent and treat colds and the flu. You can easily add elderberry syrup to your smoothie for an easy way to keep you healthy.
Brittany Thomas is the founder and author of The Pistachio Project. A mother to four children, she began her journey of living green and crunchy because she wanted the best for her kids. However, she soon realized that natural living was a benefit to her as well. Now she continues The Pistachio Project to share with others how a green and crunchy lifestyle can benefit anyone.