Blending is a daily affair in our household. It’s a quick and easy way for me to trick my family into eating their fruits and veggies. We’ve discovered some super delicious smoothies that I can even pass off to my kiddos as dessert. Once I realized they had a taste for my creations, it was time to boost up the nutritional content.
Bring on the add-ins!
While certain add-ins like vitamins can take away from the flavor of your smoothie, there are many other ingredients that are ah-mazing!
So, here it is: my top 5 favorite smoothie add-ins!
Ground flaxseed adds healthy fat (Omega-3!!!) and fiber to your smoothie! Flaxseeds also contain Lignan, which is a huge help in the fight against cancer. There is also some evidence that flaxseeds may help reduce your risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Wheat Germ is one of the best sources of folic acid. For those of us who suffer from anemia, or are pregnant, folic acid is a must! Wheat germ also contains a phytonutrient called L-ergothioneine, which is a powerful antioxidant. And hurray for another source of fiber!
Researchers at Cornell University have found that 2 tbsp of cocoa powder contains nearly three times more antioxidants than a cup of green tea. Cocoa also contains magnesium, which is key for battling diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s also been used for centuries to help breast milk production, and increase libido!
Tofu (soft or silken)
Tofu adds a rich, creamy texture to your smoothies and a ton of protein! It’s great for lowering your lousy (LDL) cholesterol, and it can even help alleviate symptoms of menopause. Tofu also contains isoflavones, which prevents premature aging! What I love most about tofu though is that it’s flavorless, so it takes on the essence of whatever you’re mixing it with.
The three main versions of protein are whey, hemp, and soy. They are sold in plain and flavored powered versions and can be mixed in with any smoothie. Whey protein is milk based and is my personal favorite. According to Dr. Mike Moreno, a dietician, it’s the best protein out there. Whey protein is loaded with amino acids and thanks to its high levels of leucine, it promotes fat loss, all while keeping your muscle lean.
Simply sprinkle the powders into your favorite smoothies, or try one of these recipes!
Flax Tofu Mango Peach Smoothie
- 2 servings of silken or soft tofu
- 1/2 cup rice milk
- 1/2 cup soymilk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed
Add liquids to blender, followed by the tofu, frozen fruits and flaxseed. Blend and enjoy!
Wheat Germ Smoothie (from Dr. Oz!)
- 6 oz Greek yogurt
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 cup blueberries
- 4 strawberries
- 1/4 banana
- 1 tbsp wheat germ
- A few ice cubes
Add Greek yogurt, almonds, almond milk and ice to blender and blend to desired consistency.
Add berries, banana and wheat germ and re-blend until smoothie is completely mixed.