I’m a big fan of smoothies. I live by the creed that your body can never get enough greens. At least mine can’t because I’m so challenged when it comes to getting in the recommended daily amount! Adding greens to my smoothie is a simple way to get a large amount of veggies quickly. I’m also a big fan of what I call SUPER SMOOTHIES. Super smoothies are full of nutrition and often have enough protein and fiber to be a meal substitute!
Over the years of smoothie drinking-I’ve found quite a few add-ins that make a smoothie even more healthy and as a bonus, these additives have little to no flavor! Each additive is nutrient dense, easy to find and quick to add. These 6 smoothie add-ons are what I call a huge bang for your buck! So let’s dig right in!
2 TBSP=140 calories
- Provide sustainable energy
- 1 ounce (2 tbsp) have 11 grams of fiber!!
- 1 ounce also contains 4 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat.
- They also contain Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
- Rich in antioxidants
- Chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram.
Find them HERE.
1 TBSP=38 calories
- Flax seeds are a healthy source of fiber and good fats.
- They are very high in Omega 3s which help reduce inflammation in the body.
- Flax seeds are full of B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
- They are rich in minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
- Flax seeds are also known to relieve constipation or diarrhea.
Find them HERE.
2 scoops=72 calories
- Firmer skin
- Increased moisture content in skin
- Improved bone and joint health
- Hormone balance
- Improved digestion
- Faster hair and nail growth
- Stronger hair and nails
- Improved sleep
- Possible cellulite reduction
- Improved circulation
- Faster wound healing
- Anti inflammatory
- Helps maintain healthy weight
Beware of this additive-it has 18 grams of protein per serving! Be prepared to not get hungry again for a long time! This is great for some and bad for others.
Find collagen HERE.
1 TBSP=20 calories
- Aids infertility
- Eases menopause
- Relieves hypothyroidism
- Nourishes the adrenal glands
- Supports healthy weight loss
- Raises sex drive
- Boosts energy
- Relieves stress
- Helpful for remineralizing bones and teeth
- Boosts overall health
2 cups=14 calories
- Powerful antioxidant-High in vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium
- Regulates inflammation
- High in Fiber
- Contains a large amount of Vitamin A which supports healthy skin
- High in vitamin K which helps with healthy bones
- Supports digestive health by protecting the colon against free radicals
- A great source of Iron
- Contains Lutein which supports eye health
- High in flavinoids which helps protect the body from cancer
I load in 2-4 cups in one smoothie-I promise, there is no flavor! Reap the benefits of spinach without the texture or taste!
Dr. Mercola-Organic Greens
The directions on Organic Greens is to use 1 scoop in 6 ounces of water and this is certainly the best way to benefit from this product but I find adding a scoop into my smoothie greatly ups my nutrition without adding taste to my smoothie. I highly recommend buying Dr. Mercola’s Organic Greens. Each tub gives you 60 servings and each scoop is jam packed full of antioxidants, adaptogens, minerals and vitamins.
- Gives you 5 servings of veggies and fruits!
- Contains organic chlorella and spirulina
- Boosts energy levels
- Mineral and vitamin rich
- Contains powerful antioxidants such as organic green tea matcha powder, apple powder, organic maca root and rhodiola
- Helps Support Your Immune System
- Sugar Free
Find Organic Greens HERE.
Where & What to Buy:
- Chia Seeds (find them HERE)
- Flax Seeds (find them HERE)
- Collagen (find HERE)
- Maca Root Powder (find HERE)
- Spinach (make sure it’s organic!!)
- Dr. Mercola’s Greens (find HERE)
- Bananas give lots of flavor and a creamy texture-plus they are high in potassium!
- I love frozen berries with the collagen powder. The collagen thickens up the texture perfectly!
- As for liquids-Cashew milk is my new fave and I love adding kefir-it’s like drinkable yogurt with live cultures!
- When you’ve got a calorie overload of a smoothie, sometimes water is just fine for the liquid.
- Cinnamon is my favorite smoothie additive-it adds so much flavor and pairs well with bananas, strawberries, apples and even pineapples!
- Don’t forget about toppings! Granola, frozen berries, drizzled honey or chia seeds are my favorite!
Jump on the smoothie train if you’re having a hard time getting the right amount of nutrition in your day. I find it easier then juicing and while we still need more servings of veggies then just one smoothie-this makes those 5 servings a day so much more doable!!