The Top 5 Smoothie Boosters You Should Use To Supercharge Your Smoothie TODAY
It’s no surprise that smoothies continue to be a hot health trend in 2014. Recently, we gave you the low-down on how to build healthy, nutritious smoothies that’ll give you energy, boost your metabolism, and have you feeling great. But what if you’ve been making smoothies for a while and are looking to kick things up a notch?
There’s an overflow of powders, supplements, and pills claiming to be miracles in a bottle; most of which will do nothing other than completely drain your wallet. It’s time to sift through the garbage and placebos, and pull out the smoothie boosters — aka superfoods — that actually deliver what they promise. We’ve narrowed it down to five remarkably powerful supplements that can not only help you get lean, but also pack the best nutritional punch.
And if you’re looking for an easy way to use the list, we’ve got you covered — The Ultimate Superfood Smoothie easily squeezes in 4 of 5 for a massively healthy burst of nutrition. Break out of a green smoothie rut and try one (or all) or these smoothie boosters today.
*Pro Tip — Buy your smoothie boosters online. They’re significantly cheaper than what you’ll find in any health store.
1. Goji Berries
Goji berries are perhaps one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. Rich in vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) vitamin C, protein, and fiber, they’re widely revered in Chinese and Asian medicine.
Goji berries have been used to treat all sorts of illnesses ranging from chronic fatigue to even reversing grey hair. While I can’t personally promise either of those speculations, I can say that these little bundles of joy are bursting with not only flavor, but also carotenoids, antioxidants, and nutrition. There’s evidence that goji berries may reduce tumor growth, improve vision, boost endurance, and even increase libido. They’ve also been known to increase longevity because they are high in sesquiterpenoids, an anti-inflammatory agent that helps prevent chronic illness and promotes general health.
You can use a variety of goji products in your smoothies. I’m partial to using goji berry powder, but feel free to experiment with 100% goji berry juice, goji berry tea that you brew then cool, or even a few handfuls of raw goji berries — they’re delicious in Greek yogurt, on oatmeal, in trail mix, or blended up in a smoothie.
Get It — Amazon, Organic Goji Berries (1LB), $17.99
2. Raw Cacao
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There’s a reason the Oompa Loompas were obsessed with chocolate In Roald Dahl’s Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. Chocolate is the richest source of magnesium in the world. It’s not surprising that magnesium is the top mineral Americans are deficient in.
You might think, however, that Americans consume plenty of chocolate. Who hasn’t read somewhere that dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids and actually good for you? The problem is most of the beneficial health properties of chocolate are completely lost once cacao is heated. This should make you think twice before reaching for that dark chocolate bar. Even if it’s organic, dark chocolate with a ridiculous percentage of cacao, chances are the nutritional qualities that make cacao so great have already been lost.
Your best bet is to consume chocolate products that are raw. For smoothies, that means raw cacao nibs and raw cacao powder.
Get It — Amazon, Organic Raw Cacao Nibs (1LB), $11.49
3. Maca Root
Are you the kind of person that needs caffeine to start your day? If you’ve been looking to kick the caffeine habit for some time, maca root could be just the thing for you. Maca root is part of the adaptogen family, meaning it helps regulate homeostasis in the body across the board. For the fatigued and energy-deprived, this means even energy levels throughout the day — not the peaks and valleys you’re accustomed to.
Maca root has also been linked to improve chronic fatigue, anemia, memory loss, and even libido to name a few. Its main use is for managing stress and energy levels in the body. While it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find maca root in its original form, there are plenty of maca root powders to choose from that are excellent for smoothies.
Get It — Amazon, Organic Maca Powder (1LB), $15.49
When I say algae, you’re probably thinking of the gross algae swimming around your pool towards the end of summer. But plant algae has actually been a huge part of the human diet for thousands of years. In ancient history, the Aztecs’ primary source of protein was spirulina.
Containing as much iron as red meat, as many antioxidants as blueberries, and a day’s-worth of vitamins A/B12/K, spirulina is a true nutritional powerhouse. Its high levels of chlorophyll give it a vibrant green color that will surely amp up any green smoothie.
Spirulina is usually sold as a powder. Go organic when you can! Also be aware of spirulina “tablets.” Claiming to have the same potency of powdered spirulina, these tablets are often loaded with cheap fillers. Play it safe and avoid these products.
Get It — Amazon, Organic Spirulina Powder (1LB), $26.30
5. Bee Products
Some of you might think bees are just annoying little bugs that sting you when they’re mad. But bee colonies and bee products are actually a very valuable component to our ecosystem and health.
Bee products have some of the highest levels of B vitamins for plant-based foods. Foods like honey are considered to be antibacterial, antiviral, and even antifungal. You can enjoy bee products in a variety of ways in your smoothie. Try adding a tablespoon of raw honey for a dose of sweetness (like cacao, heat destroys the nutritional content of honey). Bee pollen powder and royal jelly are also some great options. Just a little goes a long way!
Get It — Amazon, Organic Bee Pollen Powder (1LB), $18.40
Head over to page 2 for our Ultimate Superfood Smoothie recipe — it’s a delicious way to pack each superfood into one amazing smoothie, without any hassle.
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