Top Energy-Boosting Superfoods to Add to Your Smoothie
Smoothies are already a great way to add an energy boost to your day, but you can make them even better for you by incorporating superfoods. These powerful ingredients contain extra-high amounts of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help fuel your busy, on-the-go lifestyle. Best of all, they're easy to add into smoothies and blend well with your favorite fruits and vegetables in your Oster® Pro™ 1200 Plus Smoothie Cup.
Here are the top energy-boosting superfoods to add to your smoothie:
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds may be small, but they can really put some pep into your step. Research has shown that chia seeds can have energizing properties, thanks in part to the fact they are a complex carbohydrate and contain a large amount of fiber, which the body takes a long time to digest and break down. In addition, chia seeds are also believed to be high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help support heart health and strong skin, nails and hair.
Chia seeds are easy to incorporate into a variety of smoothie recipes because just a tablespoon or two of the seeds can help add nutrients to your smoothie. In addition, they have just a slightly nutty taste, which makes it easy to combine them with a variety of flavors. Sprinkle a few spoonfuls of chia seeds on your favorite smoothie in the morning for a much-needed energy boost that will help you power through the rest of your day.
2. Goji Berries
These bright red berries are an exciting superfood to start adding to your smoothies. According to food historians, they were used in ancient Chinese medicines to help boost energy and support overall health, and are a frequent ingredient in energy bars today. Goji berry also contains very high levels of Vitamin C and important antioxidants. Studies show that they can help promote blood circulation. Goji berries taste like a slightly sweeter version of cranberries - try adding 1/4 cup goji berries to smoothies containing strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. They can also help sweeten up green smoothies containing more bitter vegetables like kale or broccoli.
3. Cacao Nibs
Chocolate bars may give you a brief burst of energy, but they're loaded with fat, sugar and calories - and will leave you feeling even worse after you come down from your sugar high. Instead, get your chocolate fix, without the calories, by adding cacao nibs to your smoothies. This superfood has delicious chocolate taste as well as a super-high antioxidant content, as well as natural sugars that will give you a boost of energy. Because of their strong chocolate flavor, similar to that of dark chocolate, cacao nibs are best used in small doses - add two tablespoons of chopped raw cacao nibs to your favorite type of fruit smoothie. The more yogurt or milk you add to your smoothie, the creamier the chocolate taste will be.
4. Hemp Protein
Hemp protein is another great superfood to add to your smoothies. Hemp protein, typically found in powder form, boasts a very high level of fatty acids that are efficiently metabolized by the body - so instead of feeling weighed down, you feel a great energy boost. Hemp protein also contains a lot of fiber, which takes a long time to process by the body, therefore making you feel fuller for longer. Like chia seeds, hemp protein has just a slight nutty flavor, so it can blend well with a variety of fruits, vegetables, yogurts and other smoothie ingredients.