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The smoothie has undergone an evolution - it is no longer just a few fruits & vegetables. It’s filled with endless potential, and, if done right, has the ability to provide you with a significant amount of vitamins and nutrients. It has turned into a powerhouse in a glass!
You might be asking yourself how it became so sophisticated. Well, it’s all about your supplements.

There’s an endless list of “superfood” supplements that can be added to your smoothies, from powders to seeds, oats, or specific fruits & vegs. Personally, I love to tailor every smoothie to what my body needs that day by adding the perfect supplements - it’s a failsafe way for me to ensure that I get what I need to keep me going strong.

Here are my top 5 favourite supplements, and a few honourable mentions:

Top 5

Cacao
Spirulina
Chia seeds
Goji berries
Hemp seeds

Honourable mentions

Active charcoal
Matcha
Maca powder

 

Cacao

What it is

Cacao is the raw form of dark chocolate made by crushing dry cocoa beans. Unlike the chocolate we know, cacao isn’t sweetened and has a somewhat bitter taste.  



Why you want it

Cacao is full of antioxidants, magnesium, and a compound called theobromine, which provides a boost of caffeine. It is a great way for me to skip an afternoon coffee without missing out on that boost that I so desperately need (especially on a Monday).

Spirulina

What it is

Spirulina is a blue-green algae found in both salt and fresh water. It is most commonly consumed in powder form or as a supplement.

 

Why you want it

Spirulina is high in protein, iron, B vitamins, and also contains other nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, and selenium. This algae is also an excellent vegan source of iron! Research has also suggested that Spirulina may be helpful for allergies and allergic reactions due to its ability to reduce inflammation that can lead to nasal congestion and other allergen issues. So if you’re combatting hay fever, make sure to add some Spirulina to your smoothies this spring!

Chia Seeds

What it is

Chia seeds are edible seeds of Salvia Hispanica: a flowering plant from the mint family native to Mexico. The Mayan and Aztec cultures ate these tiny black seeds for energy. The word “chia” translates to strength. These powerful seeds can be eaten in seed form or mixed with liquid to create a gel commonly consumed as a yummy chia bowl. 

Why you want it

Chia seeds are rich inomega-3 fatty acids, fibre, antioxidants, and calcium. And this powerhouse seed has so many other nutrients like phosphorous, protein, and calcium as well.

Goji Berries

What it is 

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are primarily grown in China & Tibet. The berries can be eaten fresh but are more commonly used in dry form. 


Why you want it

These berries are not to be underestimated - they are loaded with all kinds of goodness: vitamin A, B, C, and E, calcium, iron, selenium, protein, amino acids, fibre, and antioxidants. Studies have also shown that Goji berries can be beneficial for mental well-being, mood, sleep, athletic performance, and can protect the skin from UV damage.

Hemp Seeds  

What it is

Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, come from the Cannabis Sativa plant - but don’t worry, the seed has little to none of the THC found in marijuana. They have a mild, nutty flavour and can be eaten raw, roasted, or cooked.


Why you want it

This nutrient rich seed is filled with iron, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, B-vitamins, and zinc. It is also filled with high levels of omega-3 & omega-6, two fatty acids that help support heart and brain health, and may even help to regulate your metabolism. If you’re looking to add protein to your diet, hemp seeds are your friend, as more than 25% of their total calories come from high-quality protein.
I have fallen in love with the nice, crunchy texture of sprinkled hemp seeds on top of my smoothies or smoothie bowls instead of blending them in.

 

 

Ok so that was a rundown of my top 5 supplements.
Now let’s have a look at the honorable mentions. These bad boys still make their way into our family’s smoothies and I recommend not leaving them out of yours either!

 

 

Active charcoal

What it is

Activated charcoal is different from the charcoal bricks you use on the BBQ. Activated charcoal is an odorless black powder composed of carbon-based compounds, like sawdust, coconut shells, or peat hat that has been “activated” or heated at high temperatures to make them more absorbent. Activated charcoal has many different uses and can be used topically or ingested.
For consumption, always look for activated charcoal made from coconut shells or bamboo.

 

Why you want it


Activated charcoal is a great detoxifying agent; it traps toxic substances in the gut, thus preventing their absorption into the body. It also may help eliminate waste products like urea from the kidneys, and research suggests that activated charcoal may offer relief from excessive gas…yes, we all have our moments.
The jet-black colour is also a fun way to create cool looking smoothie bowls and bring some extra creativity in to your smoothie routine.

 

Matcha

What is it

Like green tea, matcha comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, however, it’s grown differently and has a unique nutrient profile. Matcha contains the nutrients from the entire tea leaf, which results in a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants than is typically found in green tea alone.

 

Why you want it

Matcha contains vitamins A, B, C, E, K, calcium, and a concentrated amount of antioxidants, which can help reduce cell damage and prevent chronic disease.
Matcha has been shown to improve attention, memory, and reaction time. It also contains caffeine and L-theanine, which can improve several aspects of brain function. And some studies have shown that green tea extract can help increase metabolism and fat burning, both of which aid in weight loss.

Maca

What is it

Maca is derived from the root of a cruciferous vegetable native to Peru, and is related to broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. The roots are dried and then processed into powder, typically taken as powder or in capsules.

 

Why you want it

Maca powder is loaded with vitamin C, zinc, iron, and calcium. It contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which studies have shown can help lower anxiety and improve mood, so why not add some maca to your next smoothie for a great pick me up.

 


So there we have it! My favourite supplements!
I’m constantly doing research and trying new supplements, so if you have any favourites that you think I should try, don’t be shy - I’d love to know!

Enjoy,
Nadine 


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