‘Superfood’ is a term that is often applied to nutrient-packed foods with a capacity to benefit the body’s overall health and well-being. Though each one is different, all superfoods pack a hefty nutritional punch, containing high levels of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants, even when consumed in small amounts.
Why add superfoods to smoothies?
As many popular superfoods are most commonly available in powder form, they are an ideal ingredient to add to a fresh, tasty smoothie which is an easy and delicious way of consuming them, compared to simply stirring them into water or milk.
Making fresh and tasty smoothies containing any number of fruits and vegetables is a fantastic way to pack more fibre and nutrients into your diet and when you combine this with superfood supplements, they can help to provide even more health benefits.
Five great spring superfood smoothie recipes
These five smoothie recipes will keep you hydrated, refreshed and help to boost your health during the spring season, and they will help to provide a tasty way to incorporate popular superfoods into your diet.
Let us know which spring smoothie is your favourite!
Ashwagandha and banana smoothie
Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb that can help your body to combat stress. It may also help lower blood sugar levels in the body, could boost brain function and is thought to combat the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
For a delicious Ashwagandha and banana smoothie, use a blender or powerful hand-mixer to combine:
- 2 tbsp Superfood World organic Ashwagandha root powder
- 2 large bananas
- 2 cups of your favourite milk or milk substitute
- 2 cups of natural yoghurt or dairy-free alternative
- ½ cup of your favourite nut or seed butter
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of Ceylon cinnamon.
Sweeten with maple syrup or honey, if wished.
Ashwagandha should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Chlorella, apple and mint smoothie
Chlorella is one of nature’s most powerful and well-researched superfoods, containing an array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids vital for good health. Chlorella also binds to harmful metals in the body, making it easier for these to be naturally expelled.
Chlorella is also known to contain high levels of antioxidants, supporting a healthy digestive system, clear skin and good sight along with boosting brain health and strengthening the immune system.
For a fresh, zingy spring smoothie that’s ready in less than five minutes, blend:
Serve over crushed ice, garnished with fresh mint leaves.
Cacao and peanut butter smoothie
Cacao powder offers a rich natural chocolate flavour without the sugars and chemicals found in processed chocolate. Long regarded as a superfood, Cacao powder naturally contains chemicals produced by our brains when we’re happy and excited.
Cacao is also a rich source of iron and is stuffed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body along with helping to protect heart health.
For an indulgent, delicious yet healthy smoothie, blend:
Finish with a dusting of Cacao Powder to serve.
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
Turmeric has recently risen in popularity to become the highest regarded anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich superfood.
Supported by a solid base of research, Turmeric is widely known to support healthy joints, digestive system, clear complexion and to help boost overall good health.
For a super hydrating and refreshing Turmeric smoothie this spring, blend:
- ¼ tsp ground Superfood World organic turmeric powder
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 carrots
- 1 ½ cups of filtered water
- 1 cup of fresh pineapple
- ½ tsp fresh ginger
- 1/3 of a cup of carrot juice
- 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Serve over crushed ice.
Spirulina spring fruit smoothie
Spirulina is a blue-green alga that’s packed with powerful amino acids, vitamins, calcium, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, chlorophyll, fibre, iron and antioxidants. Consumed regularly, Spirulina is thought to boost energy levels, stabilise blood pressure, speed up your metabolism and support weight loss.
For a quick and simple spirulina spring fruit smoothie, combine:
- 1 tsp Superfood World organic spirulina powder
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups of seasonal fruits (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries are all great choices)
- ¼ of a cup of almonds
- 1 medium chopped apple
- 1 ½ cups of rice milk or milk substitute.