Smoothies are one of my favorite quick and healthy meals. Whether you are trying clean out your fridge or are in a hurry – smoothies are the solution. Smoothies can easily turn into sugar bombs if you aren’t careful. It’s extremely important to add some protein, fiber, fat, and essential nutrients to the mix! Side note: protein powder is another great addition besides the ones listed below. I keep all of these in my pantry at all times. They are good to have on hand for a variety of other uses.
Top 6 Smoothie Boosters
1. Oats – Oats add bulk and fiber to your smoothie. Per 1/4 cup you get about 4 grams of fiber. They won’t change the flavor and are a great source of manganese, copper, biotin, and molybdenum. Molybdenum assists in chain reactions in the TCA-cycle for energy.
2. Unsweetened coconut flakes – Coconut adds medium chain triglycerides and a nice tropical flavor. MCTs provide about 10% fewer calories than long chain fatty acids which are rapidly absorbed and metabolized as fuel. Instead of being stored as fat they are used as energy. Unsweetened flakes cut back on sugar and calories versus the sweetened flakes.
3. Chia seeds – Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help to decrease inflammation and promote glowing skin. They are responsible for cell membrane health which influences how much water is kept in a cell meaning healthier skin.
4. Ground flaxseed – Flaxseed is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Not only do they promote glowing skin, but they also promote heart health by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing your HDL (good) cholesterol.
5. Hemp seeds – Hemp seeds are a complete protein. This means they contain all of the essential amino acids. Three tablespoons provide 10 grams of protein! They also contain magnesium, iron, and vitamin E.
6. Turmeric – Turmeric is a spice from the ginger family. It adds an earthy, spicy flavor to your smoothie. It is a great source of antioxidants leading to anti-inflammatory effects inside the body. Antioxidants help fight free radicals which can decreased your risk for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.