As you probably know by now, we at the Conscious Cleanse L-O-V-E green smoothies. They’re the perfect, nutritionally-dense breakfast that takes less than 5 minutes to make and can even be enjoyed on the go! For a collection of our favorite green smoothie recipes, be sure to grab our Green Smoothies eCookbook here.
Part of what make green smoothies so amazing is they can be easily customized to fit your individual health needs by adding superfood boosters! Whether you need to add extra protein and healthy fats to your diet, or you’re looking for help with detoxification or blood sugar regulation, we’ve got a booster for you! Check out our list below for some of our top superfood picks to boost the health value of your green smoothie.
Here are 9 of our favorite smoothie boosters and their individual health benefits:
Maca is a Peruvian root known for its ability to help balance hormones and stabilize mood. It’s also an adaptogen, which means it can help manage stress levels, enhance strength and stamina, and increase energy and endurance. Add 1-2 TB. of maca powder to your smoothie to enjoy these health benefits.
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support heart and brain health. They also contain fiber, which supports gut health, and energy-sustaining protein. For best results, soak 1-3 TB. of chia seeds in water for at least 15 minutes before adding them to your smoothie.
Hemp seeds are nature’s perfect protein powder. They’re also one of the only plant-based complete proteins, meaning they contain all 9 essential amino acids. Add 3 TB. to your green smoothie for 14 grams of plant-based protein.
Coconut oil is rich in healthy fats, which support energy levels and healthy skin. Adding healthy fat to your diet can help reduce cravings, too! Use 1 TB. of oil to give your smoothie a boost. Olive oil is a good alternative if you are allergic or sensitive to coconuts.
Spirulina and Fresh Cilantro
Spirulina, which comes from algae, and fresh cilantro both help the body detoxify, especially from heavy metals like mercury or lead. Add about half a bunch of cilantro and/or 2 tsp. of spirulina powder to your smoothie to aid in detox.
Ceylon cinnamon is a specific variety of cinnamon that has been known to aid in blood sugar regulation. If you are sensitive to sugar or have other blood sugar-related issues, 1-2 tsp. of this booster is a great addition to your daily smoothie!
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats to help increase energy and reduce cravings, fiber to help digestion and gut health, and contain more potassium than a banana! Add ¼-½ of an avocado to your smoothie for these great health benefits.
Fresh ginger can help with mild indigestion, and also helps support a healthy immune system. Plus it adds a great spicy flavor to any smoothie recipe! Use a 1-2” piece of peeled fresh ginger root to your morning smoothie.
Flaxseeds are super high in fiber, which aids in healthy digestion and can help relieve constipation. They also contain the omega fatty acids that specifically aid in skin health. Add 1-2 TB. to your morning smoothie for glowing skin and smooth digestion.
What’s your favorite smoothie booster? Let us know in the comments below!
With love and superfood smoothies,
Jo Schaalman and Jules Peláez are co-authors of the book The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days, a best-selling, step-by-step guide to help you live your most vibrant life. Together they’ve led thousands of people through their online supported cleanse through their accessible and light-hearted approach. They’ve been dubbed “the real deal” by founder and chief creative director Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, beauty editor of the TODAY show.
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