The world is a busy place. People often skip sitting down to lunch or dinner and eat on the run. Drive-throughs have become the kitchen and the dashboard of a car, the dining room table. It’s led to a malnourished, overweight population. To accommodate a busy lifestyle and focus on health, smoothies made with superfoods have become popular. What constitutes a superfood? There’s no official definition, but it’s generally accepted that a superfood contains an extraordinary amount of nutrition. Beets, kale and avocados are just three, but there are many more.
They contain phytonutrients, healthy fat and enzymes, too. Many of these have multiple nutrients that work in synergy with the other nutrients to enhance each other’s benefits, providing more than you’d get taking each individually at different times. Blueberries have anthocyanin which is beneficial for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, viral infections, high blood pressure, and more. The nutrients work in synergy to make blueberries a superfood. Blueberries make a great addition to a smoothie providing more flavor and health benefits. Blueberries also work in synergy with other foods, like walnuts. A combination of blueberries and walnuts in smoothies can boost brain power.
You’ll get protein and healthy fat to fill you up when you add yogurt, plus creamy goodness and probiotics to aid in digestion. It contains calcium, B12, riboflavin and other B vitamins, plus phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and if it’s fortified, vitamin D. If you want a change of pace, but still want a creamy smoothie or are vegan, avocados can also provide that texture, and is also nutrient dense. Avocados are a good source of healthy fat—monounsaturated and omega-3. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels and is high in vitamins B6, C, E and K. It also contains niacin, pantothenic acid, magnesium, folate, and beta-carotene.
Herbs and spices add flavor and nutrition, but without adding additional calories. Turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and holy basil can boost the health benefits, too. Turmeric has a barely noticeable flavor, but it helps reduce inflammation. Cinnamon adds flavor and can help regulate blood sugar levels, provide heart-healthy benefits and is anti-inflammatory.
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