Last updated on September 21st, 2023.
We’ve been hearing a lot about superfoods. People are swearing by fruits like blueberries, acai berry, and dragon fruit and vegetables like kale, collards, and spinach because they are dense with nutrients, and fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines all due to their heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. And, if you’re looking for a healthy meal or snack to enjoy after a great workout or successful yoga class, a superfood smoothie…with fruit and veggies, not fish, of course…is a great choice! In fact, some gyms and yoga studios have smoothie bars in them; if not, there is usually a smoothie bar nearby.
But, even if you don’t have a smoothie bar near you, you can still make delicious and healthy superfood smoothies at home. They are quick to prepare, you don’t have to dirty any pots and pans, and you can enjoy them on the go. Plus, it’s much less expensive to buy the fruits and veggies and make your own smoothie than buy a ready-made smoothy. And, you’ll be able to find all of the ingredients you need in a well-stocked grocery store or farmer’s market.
The Top 5 Superfood Smoothie Recipes
Individuals are realizing the health benefits of superfoods. But, it’s hard and time-consuming to cook a complete meal filled with superfoods every day. With our busy schedules, we just don’t have the time.
Plus, we sometimes don’t even have the time to sit down for a healthy meal. You may be running in from work and then have to take the kids to soccer practice. Or, your office may only give you a half-hour for lunch. Or you may have a full day of meetings and you just can’t take the time out for a meal.
So, it is definitely easier to throw a bunch of fruits and veggies in a blender than have four pans going on the stove, trying to create a meal. Plus, making smoothies is easy enough that you can get your kids to help. Not only will it allow them to become familiar with kitchen work, it will also teach them about different fruits and vegetables and why and how they are good for them.
Busy lives call for easy food options, and making your own smoothies is simple and quick. And not only can you make a smoothie in a flash, you can also get your vitamins and even lose weight from drinking smoothies. You can think of enjoying superfood smoothies as taking a step to practice self-care. Making a superfood smoothie recipe will mean you won’t be in the kitchen on your feet for an hour. You can blend and go. And, you’ll be doing something healthy for yourself. In this busy world, you may need to squeeze self-care in.
Keep reading as we discuss the proper equipment you’ll need if you want to make your own smoothies. And then, we’ll give you a handful of smoothie recipes to get you started. We’ve got a few green superfood smooth recipes when you need a boost of health. And, then, if you’re working on a weight loss goal, we have a couple of superfood smoothie recipes for weight loss. And, they’re not just great to help you lose weight; they taste good, too!
Lastly, we’ve got a list of some of the most popular superfoods that you can put into your smoothies. Helpfully, the ingredients the list, as well as the ingredients in our recipes below, are all ones that you will be able to find easily. Plus, we offer all of the great benefits you can get from each superfood on our list, from lowering your risk of getting diabetes to strengthening your heart to improving your digestion.
Our Favorite Superfood Smoothie Recipes
We’ve told you that making your own superfood smoothie is hassle-free. Now let us show you. First, what you need is your favorite superfood smoothie recipe. No worries if you are new to superfood smoothies and don’t have one yet. We’ve given you some great recipes below to try.
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If you’re thinking about making superfood smoothies yourself, you’ll also have to get a good blender like a Ninja Nutri with Auto IQ technology, a Vitamix Explorian or a Magic Bullet. And fruits like blueberries can get kind of expensive. One trick to buying inexpensive fruit (and veggies) is to go to your farmers market right before it closes. The farmers don’t want to take their leftover stock home, so they’ll likely sell it to you for a discount! Or, if you make smoothies daily, you can find large bags of frozen fruit and vegetables in your grocery store’s frozen food section. And, if you want to really go for it, you can start a garden outside filled with your favorite vegetables and fruit! Not only will growing your own superfoods be healthier and more rewarding, it will also save you money. Once you’ve got your fruits and veggies and a great blender, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying some healthy superfood smoothies!
The 3 Best Green Superfood Smoothie Recipes
There’s nothing better love having a Green Superfood Smoothie right after a long run or Ashtanga yoga class. After a vigorous workout, why not go home and whip up an ice-cold superfood smoothie to get your energy back? And, you may not want something sweet to eat after a workout. So, that’s where Green Superfood Smoothies come in. They’re refreshing, have great health benefits and won’t make you feel like you’re backsliding by eating a dessert.
So, we’ve done the research and found three great-tasting Green Superfood Smoothies for you. They’re all pretty easy to make and don’t require any ingredients that you’d have trouble finding at your local grocery store. Take a look at these awesome recipes below and you’re sure to find your next favorite superfood smoothie recipe.
Turmeric Energy Booster Smoothie
6 ice cubes
1 cup almond milk
3 kale leaves, large stems discarded, leaves chopped
1/4 cup flax seed meal
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons chopped fresh turmeric root
1 tablespoon almond butter
1/4 teaspoon stevia
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch ground black pepper
Put ice cubes in blender and blend for 30 seconds.
Add to blend the almond milk, banana, kale, flax seed meal, ginger, turmeric root, almond butter, stevia powder, cayenne pepper, and ground black pepper. Blend for a further 30 seconds or until smooth.
Green-Berry Superfood Smoothie
1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 clementine or tangerine, peeled
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup baby spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Place almond milk, clementine or tangerine, raspberries, spinach, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, blueberries and protein powder in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds.
The 2 Best Superfood Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
Superfood Smoothies great as after-workout treats. Plus, they are also great tools to help you lose weight. Many superfoods offer high fiber, antioxidant and antidiabetic properties to help people lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, especially if they’re accompanied by a healthy lifestyle.
If you make your own superfood smoothie, you’ll know exactly what you’re eating, unlike if you choose packaged or restaurant food. There could be hidden ingredients in the food that you buy that could make you tired and bloated and cause significant weight gain. So, if you are educated on what you are putting into your mouth (see our list down below of some popular superfoods and their benefits) then you’ll find yourself dropping those annoying pounds or you’ll find it easier to maintain a healthy weight. And, when you feel healthier, you’ll have much more energy and you may find that you are happier with life. You could even have a more positive attitude about the world around you.
We’ve got two Superfood Smoothie recipes for weight loss below. They’re cool and refreshing and won’t weigh you down or make you feel sluggish. Use them in place of a meal or when you’re on the go!
Skinny Black Forest Smoothie
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup frozen cherries
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet stevia
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Place baby spinach, cherries, almond milk, rolled oats, cocoa powder, and sweetener in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into a glass and top with chia seeds.
Fat-Burner Superfood Smoothie
1 cup baby spinach
2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup brewed green tea, cooled
1/2 large grapefruit, peeled and seeded
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 large avocado
Place spinach, mint, celery, green tea, grapefruit, pineapple and avocado in blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
You should know that “Superfood” is not a scientific word, however, and not recognized by the FDA. But the science is there: Food packed with nutrients can only improve your health when eaten in proper amounts. And nutritionists agree that people should eat a variety of superfoods for a healthier lifestyle. That’s where superfood smoothies come into the picture.
If you’re entering the world of superfoods, you’re going to want to make the right choices. You may not want an eye-opening energy blast smoothie when you’re going to bed soon. And you may not want a high-caloric smoothie if you’re trying to lose weight. So, here is a list of the 10 most popular superfoods that you can use in smoothies, as well as their physical health benefits. And free to use any of these ingredients in your next favorite superfood smoothie recipe.
The 10 most popular superfoods for smoothies
- Avocado – Has heart-healthy monounsaturated fat to control weight gain
- Blueberry – One of the most nutrient-dense berries, filled with fiber to aid digestion and antioxidants to protect your heart
- Ginger – Settles upset stomachs and is an anti-inflammatory
- Raspberry – Contains antioxidants boost your immunity; contains less sugar than most fruits
- Chia Seeds – Rich in fiber, which can regulate blood sugar, high in omega-3 fatty acid, which helps the heart and brain, and can be anti-inflammatory, and they’re full of protein
- Greek Yogurt – High in protein and full of probiotics to boost your immune system, help your digestion and offer anti-inflammatory benefits
- Cinnamon – A super superfood that is an antioxidant, antidiabetic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It does it all!
- Coconut – The fruit is full of fiber for healthy digestion and the water is rich in electrolytes. And coconut has MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) that helps with weight loss, fuels your brain and burns fat
- Black Pepper – Helps the body absorb healthy nutrients and keeps your heart and your brain healthy. May also help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels
- Kale – This green (or purple) leafy green is jam-packed with beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C. Kale is also full of antioxidants and micronutrients
Take Care of Your Health and Well-being
You may be the type of person who is always giving your time to others. Perhaps you work overtime a few nights a week. Or you shuttle your kids from baseball practice to swimming practice to ballet. Or you yourself are holding down a full-time job, maintaining a house and taking online classes at night. One thing is for sure, you probably don’t have any time to cook a well-balanced and healthy meal. And, eating fast food on the go can lead to a decline in health, and cause a higher risk of diabetes, inflammation and poor digestion.
But, with a little careful shopping (check out our list above of popular superfood smoothie ingredients), a good blender and some of the tips, tricks and recipes we’ve offered, you’ll be well on your way to boosting your heart health, increasing your brain function, lowering your risk of diabetes and more.