4 Superfoods to Add to your Smoothie!

Turn your traditional smoothie into a super-healing machine by adding superfoods!

Superfoods are nutrient dense foods that have a host of benefits. Superfoods are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals to nourish your body, collect free radicals and fight disease.

The superfoods listed below have a combination of anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. These properties soothe and support the body in healing from any chronic inflammation or toxic build up, which many people suffer with.

Through our diet, we can use food as medicine to heal and upgrade our health. Try adding some of these superfoods into your next smoothie or protein shake for enhanced nourishment. Always consult your physician for personalized medical advice.

Also, It’s important to know that quality matters! Especially, with supplements. Many products on the market are low quality, highly processed and include different additives; claiming to be healthy and helpful when they’re really not. The closer to the source the better. The less processed the better. Pure organic compounds are best.

To help you navigate what is good and what is not, I’ve linked my favorite products below. The links are affiliated; meaning that if you purchase through the link, I will receive a small commission which allows me to continue to share educational information on how to nourish and support your optimized self.

Lastly, consistency. Although, we may hope for one, health has no quick fix. True health is achieved through consistent habits. To reap the benefits, consistency is key.

1) Spirulina

The green goddess Spirulina, is a micro algae. Spirulina is a great source of concentrated nutrients, especially trace minerals. Having proper mineral levels is crucial for hydration and preforming bodily functions.

Spirulina has vitamin B12, iron, complete amino-acid profile (think protein), nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), and chlorophyll (detoxication/liver support) (5).

Spirulina is great for people who are active, want to strengthen their immune system, follows a vegetarian or plant-based diet, wants to shed weight, and for general optimized health.

Spirulina can help to (5): 

  • Strengthen the immune system 
  • Lower cholesterol 
  • Lower blood pressure 
  • Decrease soreness/extend endurance 
  • Reduce cholesterol 
  • Ensure sufficient mineral storage
  • Curb appetite
  • Support detoxification
Not all Spirulina is created equal,
this one is great quality.

How to take Spirulina:

Spirulina can be found in a powder. You can add it to protein shakes, mix it with water to drink first thing in the morning, add it to your smoothie or even a matcha latte!

2) Mushrooms

I’m not talking about psychoactive mushrooms… Here, We’re talking about functional mushrooms and their host of benefits!

They have been called functional mushrooms because of their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-viral, anti-depressive, and neuro-protective properties (1).

If you’re not convinced already, mushrooms have been used as disease prevention and treatment for centuries in Chinese Medicine. So far, modern day studies show promising results to back up these claims too.

The benefits of functional mushrooms include(2):

  • Support gut health
  • Increased cognitive function
  • Eliminates free radicals
  • Rich in essential vitamins
  • Supports nervous system
  • Boost endurance and recovery

My favorite types of functional mushrooms are Cordyceps, Chaga, Lions Mane and Maitake.

How to consume functional mushrooms:

Functional mushrooms can be bought in a powder, which makes it wicked easy to add to your diet! Easily addable to your smoothies, coffee, latte, protein shake and more… Remember, quality and consistency are very important to reap full the benefits!

3) Maca

Maca is a rainforest herb native to Peru. Maca is part of the potato family and is harvested for the beneficial properties of the root.

Maca is known for (3):

  • Increased energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Balancing hormones
  • Endurance boost
  • Increased libido
  • Bone Health

Maca is also known as an adaptogen. Adaptogens assist the body in managing stress and regulating the nervous system. I’m sure we could all use a little bit of that these days!

FYI; when using superfoods and adaptogens, you want to rotate them about every 4 weeks. The body benefits from diversity and safe environmental change.

Bio-available micronutrients in Maca (3):

  • Amino acids (think protein)
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium (so important)
  • Phosphorus, Zinc (immune support)
  • Vitamin B, C and E

*Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin. To absorb the nutrients, you’ll want to consume it along with a fat like peanut butter or coconut milk. *

Maca can be bought in a powder form which makes it easy to add it into your smoothie, latte or protein shake. Not all supplements are created equal; make sure to buy great quality, like the powder above, to reap full benefits.

4)Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk is derived from seeds of Plantago ovata. Psyllium husk is a great source of fiber and is used as a supplement for easeful and regular bowel movements. Psyllium fiber is also a non-digestible carbohydrate that acts as a prebiotic for the microbiome and feeds good bacteria.

Psyllium husk is known to(4):

  • Ease and regulate bowel movements
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower and regulate blood sugar
  • Supports fullness and satiety
  • Prebiotic for gut health

When psyllium husk mixes with water it forms a gel in the body and increases its volume by about 20 times that of the dry powder. The psyllium gel draws water to the intestines which softens stool, promotes regular movements and supports a healthy colon by trapping and removing any tapped toxins or waste remaining in the intestines. (4)

Start small! Add one teaspoon in your smoothie. You may experience minor bloating as your body adjusts to more fiber. This is normal and should go away within a few days of starting as your body gets used to the increased fiber intake.

Turn your body into a super healing machine with superfoods!

The product links in this article are affiliated. Which means if you purchase through the link, I will receive a small commission which supports me in continuing to share educational information on how to nourish and support our optimized selves.

Comment below which superfood you’re going to try in your next smoothie!

Sources:

  1. Jayachandran M, Xiao J, Xu B. A Critical Review on Health Promoting Benefits of Edible Mushrooms through Gut Microbiota. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2017; 18(9):1934. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18091934
  2. Rathee, S.; Rathee, D.; Rathee, D.; Kumar, V.; Rathee, P. Mushrooms as therapeutic agents. Rev. Bras. Farmacogn. 201222, 457–474
  3. Peres, N. D. S. L., Bortoluzzi, L. C. P., Marques, L. L. M., Formigoni, M., Fuchs, R. H. B., Droval, A. A., & Cardoso, F. A. R. (2020). Medicinal effects of Peruvian maca (Lepidium meyenii): A review. Food & function11(1), 83-92.
  4. Jalanka J, Major G, Murray K, Singh G, Nowak A, Kurtz C, Silos-Santiago I, Johnston JM, de Vos WM, Spiller R. The Effect of Psyllium Husk on Intestinal Microbiota in Constipated Patients and Healthy Controls. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2019; 20(2):433. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20020433
  5. Ali, S. K., & Saleh, A. M. (2012). Spirulina-an overview. International journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical sciences4(3), 9-15.

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