5 Superfood Smoothie Add-Ins You Need Try
Smoothies are an easy way to pack in maximum amount of nutrients in one meal – and we agree, nothing beats a high-quality smoothie! And choosing to add in superfood boosters to your smoothie is another way for you to change up your smoothie routine, experiment with new flavors and textures, or simply double up on your nutritional intake.
But let’s face it: sifting through the huge variety of superfood boosters out there is a challenge! They can sometimes sound exotic, exciting or intimidating, and it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for our personal needs – what works best for a cold, what about boosters to aid weight loss, etc.?
Well, look no further, we have rounded up our five favorite smoothie add-ins for you to try – so break out the blender and start playing with these different superfood boosters to find your winning combination.
What can you add to a smoothie for Energy?
This booster that serves up a clean source of energy without the crash and aids in weight loss efforts by speeding up your metabolism.
Benefits: Matcha is a traditional Japanese green tea powder that is loaded with antioxidants, chlorophyll, and a kick of caffeine for a natural energy boost. The antioxidants found in matcha can boost metabolism and possibly promote weight loss, while fighting free radicals that speed aging and inflammation. Matcha’s amino acids create a focused, quiet alertness without the spike and plunge of traditional coffee, making it an ideal energy smoothie booster.
Tips: Add culinary-grade matcha to your green smoothies for a similar taste, or try mixing it into a creamier smoothie with plant-based protein for a pre-exercise kick.
Where to buy: Panatea Matcha
Check out our Matcha Green Tea Smoothie for a clean, energizing breakfast idea!
Looking for an Immune boosting smoothie add-in?
Try: CAMU CAMU
The high concentration of vitamin C in Camu Camu will work to keep your immune system functioning at its optimal level.
Benefits: Camu camu is an Amazonian fruit that contains the highest levels of vitamin C from a plant source on the planet! It boasts 30-60 times more vitamin C than an orange, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system. The phytonutrients and potent antioxidants in this super-fruit also support nervous system functioning, help to reduce inflammation, and act as a natural mood booster.
Tips: Add camu powder to your next smoothie for a tart berry flavor. Include it in your regular green smoothie for an extra dose of flavor and vitamin C. Or try it combined with a nut mylk of your choosing, a pinch of vanilla powder, and half a frozen banana for a superfood “Creamsicle.”
Where to buy: Navitas Naturals Camu Powder
you want to know What to add to your smoothie for Protein?
Try: HEMP SEEDS
Maximize your protein intake with hemp seeds in an after-workout smoothie or if you’re opting for a meal replacement shake.
Benefits: Hemp seeds are a rich source of plant-based protein that contain all of the essential amino-acids, making them a complete protein and the perfect addition to an active lifestyle. These little seeds have a protein content higher than those found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy, not to mention they’re more easily digested by the human body. Hemp seeds also contain Omegas 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, fiber, and chlorophyll.
Tips: When unsure what to put in a smoothie, start with hemp seeds! They’re relatively easy to find, great for you, and have a neutral taste. Look for organic, raw, shelled hemp seeds for the healthiest, most bio-available usage. Add a serving to your regular smoothie (like this hemp & tart cherry post-workout smoothie), or make hemp mylk out of them to use as a base for a creamier, protein-rich smoothie.
Where to buy: Nutiva Organic Hemp Seeds
Want a Detox booster for your smoothie?
A whole food-based supplement and highly detoxifying superfood, Chlorella serves up healthy dose of B vitamins and doubles as a plant-protein source.
Benefits: Chlorella is a micro-algae that supports detoxification by binding to and removing heavy metals & toxins from the body. It contains B vitamins (like B-12, vegans pay attention!) to support cell renewal most readily seen through healthier skin and hair. Chlorella is the highest plant source of chlorophyll on the planet and aids in detoxification, digestion, and hormonal balance as its packed full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Tips: Start adding chlorella into your smoothies little by little. It does have a grassy, pond-like taste to it that requires getting used to. START GRADUALLY and monitor how your body tolerates it – everyone is different. Try adding a small dose of the powder to your green smoothies (don’t forget to add some lemon to balance the taste), then work your way up to experience the amazing benefits!
Where to buy: Sunburst Superfoods
Try this detoxifying, breakfast smoothie with a simple, but powerful ingredient list.
Looking for Digestion Enhancing boosters for smoothies?
Found in fermented foods, you can also increase your intake of ‘healthy bacteria’ with a serving of probiotics in your morning smoothie and boost your gut health, enhance digestion & support your immune system.
Benefits: Probiotics offer an abundant source of good bacteria helping improve and maintain our gut health… and, in turn, promotes overall wellness within the body making it a no-brainer to put in your smoothie. Probiotics help digest the food that you eat and restore good bacteria that may have been destroyed through antibiotic use, environmental toxins, and poor food choices. These powerful bacteria can help heal conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Yeast Infections, and Autoimmune Illnesses.
Tips: Look for a refrigerated brand of probiotics with a colony forming unit (“CFU”) count above 25 billion with several different probiotic strains to ensure optimal absorption. To use, simply add the suggested dose into your smoothie. The brand we recommend is in a powder form, so it’s easy to scoop directly into your blender. If you choose a supplement form, open the supplement and pour it in, rather than dropping the outer casing in as well.
Where to buy: Ther-Biotic Complete Probiotic Powder by Klaire Labs
Want the scoop on blending & juicing tips to make your life easier? Read these easy-to-follow suggestions from Project Juice founder Marra St. Clair to step up your smoothie game.
Arielle Mandelberg is a self-proclaimed health foodie, travel junkie, animal lover, smoothie-bowl aficionado, pilates enthusiast, and working actress. Follow her day to day adventures on her Instagram @ArielleLikesToCook.