Are you making a smoothie every day and feel like you are always making the same? A smoothie is however a perfect way to pack it with (even more) of all the good stuff you probably already have in your kitchen. It is very easy to supercharge your smoothie with (more) fibers, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
How to supercharge your smoothie?
Green powders such as dried wheatgrass, spirulina and chlorella are amazing and the well known powders to add to any smoothie to give it an instant boost. Two tablespoons of spirulina will give you about 8 grams of easy to digest protein. Green powder is the first one you should think one if you want to supercharge your smoothie without thinking too much about it. A green powder is always a go-to in my smoothies, especially if my smoothie is super simple (think water, bananas, almond butter, and a date).
Hemp seeds are a great way to supercharge your smoothie with protein and healthy fats. Two tablespoons of hemp seeds contain about 6.3 grams of protein as well as healthy fats, fiber, vitamin A and I love the taste as well. You can even start off your smoothie by making hemp seeds milk. Hemp seeds will make your smoothie slightly creamy mildly nutty.
Probably one of my favorite superchargers is cinnamon. It is delicious and it seems it can stabilize the blood sugar levels. Just a few dashes are enough. Cinnamon is due to its delicious flavor very easy to use, so adjust to your taste.
Two tablespoons will supercharge your smoothie with protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Chia seeds also act as an internal ”broom” that helps to keep your digestive systems healthy and ”keep things moving”.
If you are fed up with water to start your smoothie with, then coconut milk is a great way to supercharge any smoothie. Coconut milk naturally contains sugar so it will make your smoothie slightly sweet while adding as well small amounts of electrolytes. Coconut milk will make your smoothie creamy without changing the flavor too much, and it also gives the smoothie a boost of healthy fats.
Cayenne in your smoothie might sound weird, but you will be surprised how well this works. Cayenne pepper adds a little bit of warmth and kick to any smoothie, from a green smoothie to a chocolate-based smoothie, just add a couple of tiny dashes to help you warm from the inside. This supercharger will also slightly raise your metabolism….just a little bit though.
Turmeric is the queen of spices and my holy grail in the kitchen. Almost all my warm meals contain turmeric, but you can also use turmeric in the morning or in a smoothie. Turmeric fights inflammation and a little can go a long way. Just add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric in your smoothie to start with and gradually add more, about ½ teaspoon is enough. But be careful, because if you overdo it you will taste the strong and bold flavor. Turmeric goes really well with citrus fruits.
Now we are talking about the big superchargers. Medicinal mushrooms are ”earthy”, and combine well with chocolate-based smoothies. They’re packed with nutrients that will help to fight inflammation and provide amazing antioxidants too (especially during cold season). Start with about ¼ teaspoon daily and gradually build up. Reishi and Chaga are my favorites.
What is your favorite smoothie supercharger?