“Superfoods” have become trendy subjects of Instagram posts and health blogs over the past few years, but many of these foods deserve their time in the spotlight. These are just five of the most popular superfoods that that will give you amazing health benefits and make for delicious additions to any smoothie or berry bowl.
Acai berries are a delicious, energizing ingredient to add to any juice, smoothie, or snack. These low-calorie South American berries are densely packed with antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and protein. Not only do these berries add rich flavor and keep you feeling full, but they are also shown to help prevent high cholesterol and even kill cancer cells. There’s a reason acai is called a SUPERfood! Whether you add these berries to your routine in whole berry or powder form, we think you’ll love the kick it gives your smoothie.
Spirulina became popular last year when acai bowls exploded on Instagram and other social media platforms. Spirulina is powdered green algae that is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. It boosts immunity, relieves allergy symptoms, and even helps flush heavy metals from the body. While the taste may not be pleasant in high amounts – again, this is
pond algae – a teaspoon or two mixed into your smoothie is almost undetectable and gives you all of the same amazing benefits. All of these benefits while giving a beautiful, Instagram-worthy mint color to your smoothie? Sign us up.
You may have seen chia drinks at your local grocery store – bottles of juice filled with some odd, alien-like ingredient that looks all too much like caviar. These are chia seeds, yet another fantastic find from South America. These tiny black seeds are jam-packed with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. They are also gluten-free and high in protein which helps to reduce appetite and keep you feeling full for longer. Chia seeds are shown to help control blood sugar, lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and boost energy along with other great health benefits. Just add a few tablespoons of these seeds to your smoothie as a superfood staple!
Coconut oil has a high fatty acid content which helps to boost your metabolism, aiding in weight loss! Adding a tablespoon of the oil to your smoothie boosts its health benefits and adds a subtle, refreshing taste of coconut to your chocolate, berry, or green smoothie. In addition to tasting great, coconut oil lowers bad cholesterol, acts as an antibiotic, and has even been shown to help combat and reverse Alzheimer’s disease. So go ahead – go nuts for coconut!
Incorporate cacao into your smoothie to add chocolaty flavor and help curb your sugar cravings! Cacao, the seeds of the cacao tree, comes from – you guessed it – South America. Like many of these other superfoods we’ve mentioned, it is full of antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium which strengthens and benefits the bones, heart, and brain. Blend powdered cacao into your smoothie or top it with raw cacao for added crunchy texture. These superfoods add fantastic health benefits and delicious flavor to your smoothies. We hope you give them a try! For more tips for a happy, healthy, pain-free lifestyle, check out our other blog posts here