The best smoothie add-ins provide your body with the nutrients it needs to build and maintain a fit, healthy body on a budget. We’ve compiled a short list of some of our favorite healthy add-ins to make the Atlas community even stronger!
1. Baby Super Greens
Treat yourself to a punch of vitamins, iron, and calcium with these mellow greens. If you’re new to drinking your veggies baby greens are a great place to start. Baby kale and spinach are a couple of personal favorites because they add needed nutrients without overwhelming your taste buds. You can ease yourself into the green drink craze by starting out with a small cup of these add-ins and building up as you become more comfortable with the taste.
Try this: Pinch of Yum’s colorful Holiday Detox Green Apple Smoothie is unique, delicious and great for the holidays.
2. Flax and Chia Seeds
These both carry impressive nutrients for such tiny seeds, lending fiber, protein, omega-3’s and so much more to any smoothie. While their nutritional facts do vary, the differences are really pretty small. One thing that certainly isn’t small is the price gap - chia seeds are usually much more expensive than flax. If you end up opting for whole flax seeds, make sure you break them down in a food processor before incorporating them into your diet so that your body can actually digest them.
We love: The Muffin Myth’s deceptively healthy Chocolate Banana Bread Smoothie.
3. Virgin Coconut Oil
If it seems like everyone and their mom has started inhaling coconut products lately, that’s probably because they have. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are a great source of immediate energy for your body, so virgin coconut oil makes an excellent addition to a pre-workout smoothie. However, it’s important to use this stuff in moderation and primarily before the expenditure of energy so your body gets the extra energy boost rather than storing these calories as fat.
Try it out: Oh She Glows' hearty and sublime Green Warrior Protein Smoothie.
4. Almond or Peanut Butter
Almond and peanut butter are both sources of fiber and protein, although a tablespoon of almond butter has more of the antioxidant Vitamin E, magnesium and iron than a tablespoon of peanut butter. While choosing between the two cost may be another significant variable, although either of these makes a great add-in in moderation.
Seriously, in moderation. Two tablespoons of either of these will constitute a third of most peoples’ daily fat allowance, so stick with one tablespoon.
Make it today: Fit Foodie Finds’ recipe for a nostalgic and filling Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie.
Fresh ginger adds warmth and spice to drinks but it also reduces inflammation, stems nausea and aids digestion. It is relatively cheap and available year-round in most stores, so there’s no reason to pass this one up.
You’ll make it over and over again: Pinch of Yum’s super simple Peach Green Smoothie (pssst, try adding a pinch of cinnamon to this one!).
6. Antioxidant-Heavy Berries
Cold and flu season has begun, so disease-fighting antioxidants are an especially valuable addition to your winter diet. One cup of fresh or frozen berries have the potential to provide all of the antioxidants you may need in a day, so lend your body a helping hand with a cup of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or strawberries.
We love: Deliciously Ella’s robust and vitamin-packed Kale, Berry, and Acai Power Smoothie.
7. Whey or Hemp Protein Powder
Protein powders come in a number of flavors and brands, so finding one that you like may take a bit of tinkering. Moreover, many people are now choosing between the traditional whey powders and hemp or plant-based ones. The most important thing when choosing any protein powder is to read the label - steer clear of extensive ingredient lists and products with unnecessarily high fat and sugar contents. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a scoop of whey protein powder should contain about 17 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fat, while hemp powders should pack 14 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat.
You should try: The Coconut Almond Ginger Protein Smoothie via Always Order Dessert
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