The Best Superfoods For Smoothies To Keep You Healthy
Give your taste buds and your health a boost with these superfoods for smoothies! These healthy superfood powders are loaded with nutrients to boost your gut health and immune system. While not intended to replace healthy, whole foods, these superfoods can definitely give your body a boost.
What Are Superfood Powders?
The word “superfood” has been tossed around so much that it’s almost a moot point. Technically, all fruits and vegetables are superfoods.
Superfoods are exactly what the name entails: a superior food.
For the purpose of this blog post, we’re going to be focusing on superfood powders. These powders are nutritionally dense and loaded with immune support.
However, we’re also going to be focusing on the plain superfoods and not combos.
There are a zillion “green” powders out there you can purchase. And while many of them are amazing, these superfoods are of the actual food (or root, herb etc).
Remember though: these supplements are not listed to diagnose or heal. I am not a doctor. I use these superfood powders myself to improve my health.
What Are The Healthiest Things To Put In A Smoothie?
There is no perfect food. The healthier foods are ones that you’ll eat consistently!
Thus, when learning to build healthy smoothies (here’s a step-by-step guide), you want to focus on superfood powders that you’ll enjoy and ones that will improve flavor.
Tip: try not to mix and match your superfood powders in a smoothie. Many powders are potent in terms of flavor and mixed together will create an ungodly taste.
All of the powders below can be worked into a smoothie and taste delicious. However, like any other food source, remember to rotate! You’ll get the best bang for your health if you use a variety of ingredients.
What Are The Best Superfoods
With so many superfood powders out there, the best ones can be hard to find! However, here is what to look for in a superfood powder:
- no additional, unnecessary ingredients. Try your best to stick to the actual food and not a concoction
- find quality brands that don’t add fillers
- the best superfoods are nutritionally dense, a little bit will go a long way
- use superfoods that are specific to you and not just because someone told you to
The superfood list below are ones I use personally and geared towards general health. Each one comes with its own set of benefits.
Where To Buy Superfoods For Smoothies
You can buy superfoods just about anywhere nowadays! However, remember to choose quality brands.
My favorite brands are below:
- Organic Traditions (can be bought at your local bulk store, health food store, or online)
- Perfect Supplements (use code mamabear10 to save!)
Cacao powder not only makes everything chocolate but it also boosts magnesium, iron, and calcium!
Learn more about the benefits of cacao powder and the best ways to use it.
Cacao powder is chocolate in one of its purest forms. The powder itself is bitter-tasting. However, mixed with maple syrup or honey it’s utterly delicious.. and healthy!
This superfood powder works well in smoothies but also in oatmeal, overnight oats, chia pudding or a late-night protein pudding!
Our favorite way to use it: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb Smoothie
Turmeric is a root that has been studied time and time again. Its most potent benefit is that it’s anti-inflammatory!
You can use turmeric powder in anything from eggs to smoothies and lattes to easy dinner recipes.
It does have a potent flavor, almost spicy so don’t throw it in without some consideration. Likewise, start small (1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon).
Our favorite: Peach Turmeric Protein Smoothie
Chlorella Or Spirulina
Both of these superfoods are freshwater algae. Which are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. They can help with energy, muscle recovery, and your immune system (learn more about why you should include algae daily!)
You can grab both the powders from Perfect Supplements and start adding them into your smoothies.
However, some of the reading talks about chlorella being “too much of a good thing”. Basically, be careful intaking a lot of this superfood if:
- You’re pregnant
- Have iodine allergies
- Have clotting disorders
Basically, do your own research!
Both powders are potent if you smell them and very potent taste-wise. If using them for a smoothie, you only need about 1/4 of a teaspoon.
Our favorite: Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
Matcha or Moringa
By now, you’re probably heard of Matcha Tea! Matcha is a POTENT tea full of ECG’s and so many other vitamins and minerals. It’s been shown to help boost the metabolism, detox your body, perk you up, lower cholesterol.
One of the easiest ways people consume Matcha is by drinking it. And don’t get me wrong, a coconut matcha latte isn’t too bad. However, sometimes it’s just easier to add matcha (or Matchinga which is matcha + moringa) to a smoothie.
Adaptogenic coffee is used in a tasty smoothie or chilled coffee. You can even add some protein powder to give it more of a fueling boost.
Mushrooms are loaded with health benefits (antioxidants, immune system boosts, etc). However, coffee with lions mane and chaga also has an added benefit of needlepoint focus.
Mamas, if you need some extra energy check out the Chaga & Lions Mane blend from Four Sigmatic.
You can learn more about why to include this superfood in your smoothies (or just daily life) as well as just what kind of potency it can provide.
Ideal for smoothies, dairy-free yogurt, oatmeal, or anything else you can think of.
One of the reasons homemade bone broth is so good for you is because it’s full of collagen. Bone broth is actually one of the three best foods for toddlers and this is why.
This superfood helps your skin and nails grow and replenish. It heals your gut, it improves your joints, the list goes on.
Why Not Just Use Bone Broth?
While using bone broth would work also, it can be demanding to make and not the best choice for a smoothie.
Collagen is a pure source of protein, it has no flavor or odor. I get my collagen powder from Perfect Supplements because it’s sourced from grass-fed cows (quality is important!).
Collagen works as an addition to just about everything (it makes energy balls much more fueling!) so don’t hesitate to add it.
Our Favorite: Energizing Breakfast Smoothie
This medicinal herb is a powerhouse for women!
Ashwagandha can boost brain function, help lower cholesterol but is most known as a hormone balancer. It’s classified as an adaptogen and essentially helps manage stress.
It has a bit of an off-flavor so pair it with sweeter smoothie ingredients. However, it works well in both chocolate, green or fruit-based smoothies!
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Other Amazing Superfoods To Boost Health
While these superfoods for smoothies are geat health-boosters, they’re not the only ones! Below are a few other common superfoods that can help give your body the nutrients it loves.
- Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea
- Maca root powder
- Acai powder
- Beet crystals
How To Use The Superfoods In Smoothies
Using these superfood powders is easy! All you need to do is learn to build a healthy smoothie and then add in your chosen superfood.
These superfoods can be added to any smoothie. Though it’s best to use a small amount, to begin with. Superfoods tend to have very strong flavors and can change the flavor of the smoothie.
Likewise, if you’re finding you need some help working them into your smoothies, check out my E-book: Sunday Smoothies!
Nutrient-Dense Smoothie Recipes
If you’re looking to make healthy eating simple, look no further than my e-book Sunday Smoothies where I’ve gathered 15, tasty, superfood-based recipes perfect for busy moms.
Moreover, there is every flavor from classic green goddess smoothies to indulgent chocolate, kiwi to chocolate cherry. These healthy smoothie recipes all share a few things in common:
- They are healthy and simple to make
- All the recipes are dairy-free and gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients and not fillers
- They’re loaded with extras in the form of superfoods
My girls and I have a smoothie every day. Mainly, because it makes it simple to load up on healthy fuel while running out the door!
Make healthy eating LESS stressful and feel like you’re eating ice cream more often by grabbing your copy of Sunday Smoothies (when you click on the button a new window will open that will take you to securely process payment)