Awesome Superfood Ingredients for The Ultimate Smoothie

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Humans need to socialize to thrive. Healthy social interactions improve how people see the world, influencing their physical and psychological health. Birthdays, graduations, weddings,  weekend getaways, leisure activities of all kinds… life is full of customs that bring people together in social situations, and in almost every gathering, food is a central element. Eating together is good for the soul, but in the spirit of festivity, people too often lose their equilibrium and give in to the temptations of salty, sugary, and fatty foods. Uncontrolled indulgence can lead to serious negative consequences. 

Making smoothies and cold-pressed juices staples of your diet will bolster your system. How? For one, these are densely nutritious but “low bulk” foods -- they flood your system with beneficial nutrients. And the uptake of beneficial nutrients into the bloodstream happens quickly and efficiently, since superfood smoothies and cold-pressed juices rate high in terms of the “bioavailability” of nutrients -- because the ingredients are prepared (by blending and pressing) they function a bit like “predigested” foods, making smoothies and juices easier and faster for the digestive system to process. 

Of key importance to the topic of this article, raw superfood smoothies and cold-pressed juices have great nutritional value, and when your body is receiving good nutrition, it doesn’t send messages to the brain that create unhealthy cravings. People who consume superfood smoothies and cold-pressed juices always remark upon the fact that their cravings are much reduced as a result. Making sure your body is satisfied with nutritious but low bulk food is a winning strategy to use when you know you’re heading into social situations where large quantities of unhealthy foods are being offered. You can also make these flavourful and colourful beverages part of your celebrations so that everyone can benefit from their goodness! 

Smoothies & Juices For Every Celebration

The great flavours, simplicity, and goodness of smoothies and cold-pressed juices have captured the interests of many.  benefits These are easy to prepare for crowds (juices can be made a short while ahead of time), and they provide truly fast and easy nourishment and immune system support, unlike a lot of holiday foods that are hard on body systems. With no gluten, no added sugars, and no unhealthy fats, just raw fruits, vegetables,  nuts, and seeds -- the ingredients in smoothies and juices are pure, whole, natural, and nutritious, but presented in the most convenient form. If your recipes are good, you will amaze people that you can create such great flavours and feel-good effects with a single glass containing nothing but pure raw plant ingredients blended together. Getting dosed  with smoothie and juice medicine is very easy, and more so today than ever before due to new products on the market that offer frozen prepared ingredients, or even complete healthy smoothies that only require the addition of liquid and a blender to prepare  

Below we describe the two main ways you can approach adding smoothies and juices to the menu, for the benefit of yourself and your loved ones. 

The Traditional Way of Preparing a Smoothie: From Scratch

Some people get a lot of satisfaction from putting effort into accomplishing a task.  The preparation of smoothies from scratch is one example of a task that can be very enjoyable if you are the type of person who likes working with ingredients and experimenting with the different flavours and colours of foods. Immersing yourself in the process might put you at ease, especially if you are the ‘chef’ in the family. For some, it is of utmost importance to retain control and certainty,  knowing that all ingredients you’ve added to the blender or juicer are safe and nutritious.

The traditional way of preparing whole  food smoothies is  ideal for people who have  some time on their plate, as it requires energy, organization, and attention to detail to maintain a store of healthy ingredients, do the required prep and clean up. . The step-by-step process is as follows: 

1. Wash 

To eliminate potentially harmful bacteria and pesticides and reduce the chances of developing food-related illnesses, choose organic smoothie ingredients, and wash them under running water. Porous fruits and vegetables should be washed for 10 to 20 seconds, while there is no need for you to soak ingredients with peels for more than 10 seconds. Many people choose the additional safety measure of using a soap specially designed for washing produce. If you use produce soap, be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.

2. Chop

Cutting your ingredients into smaller chunks is essential because although most blenders are relatively powerful appliances,  blenders are not built for certain jobs and will not be able to liquefy everything. A case in point is the use of dried fruits, like apricots --  their leathery surfaces and sticky interiors can stick to the blades and miss getting chopped. Even if you are using high-powered blenders like those made by VitaMix, mincing smaller smoothie ingredients can save you from the possible hassle of needing to stop blending, stir, and restart the machine. With most cold-pressed juicing machines designed for home use, chopping into small pieces is also essential, for a similar reason -- you don’t want the machine jamming up during the process, and failing to extract the maximum goodness out of your fine produce.

3. Add  Base Liquid 

If you are juicing, you’ll only be using fresh produce, but healthy smoothies are more complex, combining liquids with fresh, frozen, and dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and sometimes even yogurt or kefir for added creaminess and tang. Adding liquid at the start of the process can reduce jamming, preserve the sharpness of your blender blades, and reduce motor strain.  Many liquids make suitable liquid bases for smoothies, including coconut water, milk,  cold tea, coconut milk, raw fruit juice, or dairy-free milk from nuts, seeds, or rice. Avoid using concentrated and pasteurized juices, and also beware of added sugars in other liquids, and yogurts and kefirs. You can also add watery fruits like watermelon, orange, and pineapple to add some liquid goodness. 

4. Add Fruits and Vegetables

The heart of your smoothie starts here. When adding the main fruit and vegetable ingredients, I start with softer fruits such as banana, mango, melon, berries, and grapes, followed by sturdier ones such as apple, pineapple, peaches, and pears. Add zucchini, cauliflower, bell peppers, kale, spinach, or other leafy vegetables for a broad nutritional profile. Use a mix of frozen and fresh produce ingredients. Pay careful attention to flavour and colour matching... some combinations work better than others! For the most appealing colour, group like ones together. To avoid an unappealing brownish colour, for example, don’t reach for greens when your other fruits and vegetables are more in the colour range of red, purple, and pink. This colour and flavour matching rule is also important in selecting juicing ingredients. Fruits that work well with green juices include yellowish and light ones like pineapple, pear, and apple.

5. Add Superfoods for Protein, Healthy Fats, and More!  

Now is the time to boost your smoothie’s taste, texture, and nutritional profile with these “premium” ingredient additions! You can add different nuts -- we like cashews, walnuts, and almonds. Seeds such as chia, sunflower, and hemp are wonderful in smoothies. Many people like the taste and texture added by a nut and seed butter. Powdered superfoods such as maca, ashwagandha, and acai berry make excellent additions, but go easy on powdered ingredients as they can adversely impact flavour and texture -- this applies to protein powders, too. Research the therapeutic applications of your ingredients, and also pay attention to contraindications if you have health conditions that require caution.  

6. Add Ice or Frozen Fruit   

If your recipe does not include a sufficient amount of frozen ingredients to produce the frostiness you desire,  you can use ice to achieve this. Put ice in the blender last, as it facilitates more even mixing. If you do not have ice, consider increasing the proportion of frozen fruits and vegetables. Many grocery stores now stock a fantastic array of frozen fruits and vegetables that are perfect for making smoothies. 

7. Blend Low to High  

Start your blender at a low setting. Once the firmest ingredients are minced, you can then gradually increase the speed until smoothie ingredients become liquefied and well blended. If your machine is having trouble breaking down some of the ingredients, stop blending. You can move ingredients around with a non-metal spatula or a long wooden spoon.    Or you can add more liquid! Before you pour, give the contents of the blender a quick stir to check that all ingredients did indeed get properly blended.

Note that consuming your smoothie right away maximizes its nutritional values. However, if you cannot drink it all in one sitting, you can put it in a sealed glass container and refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight. 

Nutes: Superfood Smoothies are now Super Convenient

You have probably experienced lots of those challenging moments when you end up rushing and fumbling around your kitchen,  bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, trying to prepare food to energize and sustain your body for the start of another busy day. . This is an even more common occurrence for parents, who typically juggle numerous responsibilities every day.  When literally every minute counts, you need Nutes!  With Nutes Frozen Superfood Smoothie Pucks on hand, you can rev up the quality and speed of a breakfast meal without spending more than a minute or two of your precious time. .  Nutes are made from balanced and delicious recipes that use only whole food ingredients. Nutes Superfood Smoothie Pucks offer a completely enjoyable and healthy superfood smoothie experience, supplying your body with needed nourishment and energy in 3 quick and easy steps: 

1. Pour Liquid

Pour water of plant-based milk into your blender. You can use soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or almond milk to get started. We recommend 8 oz for 2 pucks, but you can change the amount of liquid to obtain the desired consistency.

2. Puck It

Place your chosen Smoothie Pucks in the blender with your liquid. Nutes Superfood Smoothie Pucks are a complete superfood smoothie experience, offering satisfying flavours and broad nutritional profiles. Nothing but liquid needs to be added. But you might also choose to boost your smoothie with ingredients on hand, like a handful of walnuts, an extra bunch of spinach leaves, those slightly mushy berries you don’t want to waste, or your favourite protein powder. 

3. Blend and Enjoy

Breathe and enjoy a moment of stillness, as you do not have to rush your morning anymore! Nutes are a perfect breakfast hacks that free up more time to converse with family members or ready yourself properly before setting your foot out of the door to hustle through the busy day. These readily-made complete Superfood Smoothie Pucks are vegan, gluten-free, and made from whole food ingredients, and, most importantly, they are YUMMY!

Nutes is raw convenience, and the final result is a smoothie that’s just as fine in taste and quality as one made from scratch! What more could you ask from a food product innovation? It’s the height of practicality, indeed! 

Nutes brand also offers frozen bottled cold-pressed juice in several wonderful blends. Their elevated ingredient combinations make for an almost magical drinking experience -- enjoying a good cold-pressed juice blend is one of life’s greatest pleasures… and 100% natural and healthy!

More and more busy people are discovering how much they love letting Nutes do the bulk of the shopping, chopping, and cleaning involved with making superfood smoothies and cold-pressed juices!

Superfood Smoothies For Your Health

Your choices determine the kind of life you have. Whether you are up for a more meticulous process of preparing your smoothies from scratch or prefer to rely on a prepared frozen smoothie product like Nutes, making superfood smoothies a staple of your diet is the best way to increase your raw plant food intake without eating up the limited time you have for completing all the other tasks on your plate. However you approach smoothie making, this is a food type that will help you acquire a substantial amount of recommended nutrients to help you make the most of your day. 

Nature deserves a big hand for so generously providing humanity with a bounty of amazing plant ingredients that we can use to build the best healthy smoothies.

Superfood Smoothie Ingredient Overview

As the major component in most smoothies, fruit ingredients are an excellent source of nutrients, plus, they are rich in antioxidants that prevent diseases like cancer, arthritis, heart diseases, stroke, respiratory diseases, and immune deficiencies and disorders. Part of the reason that smoothies have recently become so popular, however, is due to how easily one can use a wide range of healthy ingredients in addition to fruit. Below is an introduction to a few of the ingredients we like to use in our healthy smoothies.

Bananas

Bananas often serve as a primary smoothie ingredient, t and so it is great to know that they are a heavyweight when it comes to nutrition. Bananas are grown in tropical countries such as South America, the Philippines, Africa, and some parts of the Caribbean. This fruit is relatively cheap and also very accessible.

To create a healthy drink,  you can combine bananas very well with a wide range of beneficial ingredients.  A super simple and yet nice tasting breakfast smoothie, for example, might include nothing more than ground flax seeds, almond milk, and fresh spinach -- with some ice cubes tossed in to achieve that appealing frosty effect!

The health benefits of banana include:

Rich in potassium: This aids in the maintenance of blood flow. A single banana gives you 13% of your body’s daily potassium requirement. . Potassium is known to reduce the risk of stroke. It also strengthens your bones as you age.

Loads of fiber: A medium-sized banana contains 3 grams of fiber. This amount is 10% of what our body needs every day.  Fiber is also known to lower the risk of heart diseases. It also aids the digestive system and reduces inflammation in your body, which is is the cause of many diseases and disorders.

Good for mental health: Tryptophan is a protein found in bananas. This chemical, when converted to serotonin, aka happy hormone, can strengthen mental/emotional resiliency and balance,   and promote relaxation.

Açaí Berries

Açaí berries are native in the rainforests of Central and South Africa. These round fruits that have dark purple skin and yellow flesh grow on acai palm trees. The taste is often associated with the taste of blackberries and unsweetened chocolate. Açaí berries are getting a lot of attention these days. They are recognized to have one of the highest Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC). The body absorbs açaí berries well and uses their power effectively in the fight against free radicals. In smoothies, açaí tastes good when combined with cacao, cashews, and bananas. Further health benefits these mighty berries  offer include:

Amino acids: Acai berries contain 19 different amino acids that serve as building blocks of proteins. Over 7% of this fruit's pulp has amino acids. Your body will consume a heaping amount of 8 grams of protein for every 100 grams of frozen berries. 

Plant Sterols: The top three plant sterols found in acai berries are B-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol. These phytosterols are known to keep your digestive system and heart-healthy.  

Essential Fatty Acids: Acai berries are one of the primary sources of omega-6 and omega-9. These two acids are beneficial in the maintenance and reduction of cholesterol levels. 

Goji Berries

These red and orange berries are more than just a sweetener when added to your smoothies.  Beyond sweetness, this tiny ingredient is rich with anti-aging properties, vitamins, and minerals.

Native to Asia, this fruit has been a staple in households there for over 2000 years. Over time,  news of the goji berry’s medicinal benefits reached beyond Asia and piqued the curiosity of people, so that it has now become available not only in Asian Supermarkets and drugstores but also in regular grocery stores and health food stores in n the western world. 

Goji berries have a fairly mild flavour and combine well with any ingredients that you might pair with strawberries. Try goji with raspberries, almond milk, mango, and coconut. Below are some of its extra health benefits.

Prevents eye problems: Because of the presence of zeaxanthin, people who often consume goji berries can prevent the deterioration of eyesight caused by UV lights, oxidative stress, and free radicals. 

A notable study has also found out that this fruit staves off hypopigmentation of the macula (central area of the retina) and softens the fatty protein deposits in the eye area. 

Boosts the immune system: Goji berries are rich with vitamins A and C that are vital in forming a healthy and hefty immune system. These nutrients help the body fight common problems such as colds, and also more complicated ones like cancer. 

Promotes healthy skin: The antioxidants found in this powerhouse ingredient can help maintain youthful and glowing skin.  Goji berries reduce skin inflammation such as acne and have anti-aging properties.  They help the skin retain moisture,  and that helps to create a consistent tone and supple texture. 

Apples

One easy and commonly overlooked smoothie ingredient is the humble and ubiquitous apple. According to historians, this fruit came from the mountains of Kazakhstan. It has served for ages as one of the primary go-to snacks of fitness lovers and health-conscious people.  The apple has even bagged the title of being the world’s healthiest food.  Its delectable taste is just the beginning…  below, allow us to introduce just a few of the remarkable benefits it offers the human body.

Aids weight loss: The rich quantity of fiber in this smoothie ingredient helps people diminish overeating as it helps make them feel satiated. Fiber also aids digestion.

Protects bones: Apples contain flavonoid phlorizin that helps prevent bone loss associated with menopause. It is also rich in boron that helps treat osteoporosis. Its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds help promote bone strength and density. 

Increases brain power: Studies have shown that an intake of apples reduces the onset of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. It is a leading source of quercetin that protects your brain cells, keeping an active flow of your mental juices. 

Blueberries

This is one of the most popular ingredients in home-made smoothie recipes.  Blueberries are lauded for their helpfulness in combating and preventing diseases, and they can help deter age-related loss of memory. Below are some health benefits that blueberries offer to your body systems.  

Prevents heart disease: A daily intake of blueberries can help prevent cardiovascular diseases as blueberries reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

Fights diabetes: This superfood smoothie ingredient is rich in antioxidants and fiber that are beneficial in managing diabetes. Blueberries help control glucose processing, weight loss, and insulin sensitivity.

Prevents Cancer: This fruit is abundant in vitamin C, vitamin A, and the various phytonutrients that protect your cells from damage. Blueberries also contain folate,   which discourages the formation of cancer cells.

Supplemental Ingredients of Superfood Smoothies

If you are the type to mix and match different ingredients to create yummy superfood smoothie recipes,  we salute you!. Here are some additional superfoods you can add to your beverage. 

Matcha

This powder is more than what meets the eye. This green superfood originally came from China before it became popular in Japan. Like all types of tea, matcha is reaped from the plant Camellia Sinensis.

The leaves are built up below a shade two to three weeks before its harvest. Then, they are carefully steamed, dried, and grounded into a powder.  With its strong flavor, matcha is a unique ingredient in drinks, especially in smoothies, and requires careful pairing to work well. It tastes great in combination with banana, ginger, flax seeds, and coconut milk. It is worth the effort to find a matcha smoothie recipe that you like, as its benefits are impressive. Below are a few of its health benefits.

Rich in catechins: This potent class of antioxidants, specifically the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) has cancer-fighting properties. These compounds are also scientifically proven to fight free radicals from pollution, UV rays, and chemicals that can damage cell DNA. 

Supports weight loss: Matcha is a common ingredient in weight loss supplements as it speeds up metabolism and boosts fat burning. The catechins in this ingredient activate the body’s thermogenic fat-burning activity. It results in a lower BMI and reduced body fat mass. 

Promotes heart health: Some studies have shown that consuming matcha or green tea reduces the levels of total and bad LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides. It can also prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of stroke.

Cacao

Lovers of chocolate are everywhere. But not everyone knows that this sweet delight comes from a superfood called cacao. 

The dried seeds grow in one of the most common nut trees in the world called the Theobroma Cacao, which translates to “food for the gods”. Although chocolate is usually associated with being “too sweet” and “unhealthy,” when consumed in moderate quantities and without added processed sugars and milk ingredients, it is extremely healthy! 

This superfood smoothie ingredient is delicious when combined with cherries, raspberries, coconut, nuts, seeds of all kinds, and even cinnamon.  Cacao offers the following benefits:

Loaded with iron: Cacao has more iron than red meat. It is a perfect iron source for people on a vegan diet! The right amount of iron in the body is essential to maintain your energy and focus throughout the day. 

Filled with theobromine: Along with caffeine, this bitter alkaloid is present in cacao. It energizes the body by promoting wakefulness, lowering blood pressure, and boosting concentration. 

Contains one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants: This superfood is known to have 10x more antioxidants than blueberries, 20x more than green tea, and 30x more than red wine! These compounds improve blood flow and have anti-aging properties.

Maca

The maca plant, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is native to the Andes of Central Peru. This plant is usually located in high altitude areas (above 13,000 feet). Although the entirety of the plant is utilized in various ways, the root is the most edible part. 

Maca root is dried and consumed in powdered form. It is also available in liquid and capsule shape. The majority of its consumers prefer to blend it into their smoothies because it has an earthy and nutty taste that partners well with bananas and many other smoothie ingredients.  It tastes good paired with cacao, acai, and pineapple.

This superfood is tagged as an “adaptogen” as it helps the body’s nervous system adapt to stress and changes.   Maca’s extensive health benefits include: 

Increases sex drive: Out of all the benefits that maca offers, its ability to increase libido in men and women is perhaps its most famous therapeutic effect. . As people age, their sex drive typically decreases. A study from 2002 found that men who took 1.5 or 3 grams of maca per day showed an increase in their libido compared to those who took a placebo. It is known to help sexual function in women, as well. 

Relieves symptoms of PMS and menopause: PMS and menopause symptoms are often uncomfortable and stressful. However, this superfood is proven to offer significant help in reducing hot flashes and insomnia in women who are in their menopausal stage. Maca aids hormone regulation, which can mean it helps reduce PMS symptoms, as well.

Boosts energy and endurance:  Maca can be beneficial for those seeking to gain muscle, boost energy, and improve workout performance.  These are the reasons why you will commonly find athletes consuming it.

Almonds

Almonds go well with almost anything.  This multipurpose nut tastes wonderful in ice cream, salads, and of course, smoothies. But it has more to flex about than its gentle nutty flavor and crunchy texture, as this nut is one of the most nutritious superfoods out there, with 15 available nutrients! 

Although they are native to the Middle East, the United States has been widely producing and exporting this nut for quite some time already. You can find almonds in most places. Usually, you can buy them either raw or roasted. Raw is generally considered healthier. Aside from being a yummy topping and ingredient for smoothies, almonds are used to make oil, butter, flour, milk, and paste -- several of these almond products are used in superfood smoothie recipes  Almonds taste great served with cacao, banana, dates, leafy greens… in fact, it is hard to think of a smoothie ingredient that would clash with almonds! Among  the health benefits of almonds are the following 

Loaded with nutrients:  Almonds stand above many other ingredients because they are incredibly nutrient-dense. Consider that 28 grams of this superfood contain the following:

  • Fiber: 3.5 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams
  • Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated)
  • Vitamin E: 37% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 32% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 20% of the RDI
  • A significant  amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and phosphorus

All of these benefits, and only 161 calories and 2.5 grams of digestible carbohydrates! Almonds are also rich in phytic acid that is essential for retaining minerals that the body needs. 

Rich in Vitamin E:  Almonds are the world’s best source of vitamin E. With only 1 ounce of almonds, you will get 37% of the recommended daily intake. The presence of vitamin E is also vital for healthy skin and immune system. 

Helps control blood sugar: Nuts are low in sugar content but are rich in healthy fats, protein, fiber, and magnesium. Magnesium is considered a vital nutrient that lowers blood sugar and improves insulin function.

Chia Seeds

Chia is a flowering plant of the mint family. These oval-shaped seeds grow best in tropical countries such as Mexico, Ecuador, and Australia. 

These nutrient-rich seeds are a good source of α-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid), fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Chia seeds have a mild flavour and work well combined with most other smoothie ingredients, including apples, berries, mango cinnamon, ginger, banana, pineapple, and cacao.  Chia’s evident health benefits include: 

Packed with nutrients: Just like almonds, chia seeds administer vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your body. Chia seeds are also known to have low calories in large amounts of servings. For 28 grams or two tablespoons serving, you will only get 101 calories. Some nutrients include:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDI.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI.
  • Significant amounts of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine), and vitamin B2.

 

Rich in fiber: For every 28 grams of chia seeds, 12 grams are carbs. However, 11 of those are considered fiber that has significant effects on your body. One of these positive effects is the improved health of the digestive tract and metabolism. Because of its high fiber content, this is an ingredient that keeps you feeling full. It also slowly absorbs your other food,  resulting in reduced calorie intake. 

High in bone nutrients:  Vegans love chia, as it contains a fair amount of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein that all aid in creating healthy and strong bones. People who are not into dairy due to following a vegan diet or suffering allergies ) will find a good source of calcium (18% of RDI) in this superfood.

Cinnamon

This spice has been popular for centuries. Because of its medicinal properties, people have used this ingredient to make soothing drinks for colds and coughs. Some also use cinnamon to apply directly on inflamed skin. 

Cinnamon’s rich components include antioxidants, calcium, manganese, and dietary fiber, all of which can work wonders on your body. Cinnamon n pairs well with cacao, berries, nuts, and banana. 

Cinnamon nourishes  your body as follows: 

Rich in antioxidants: Cinnamon has a rich source of polyphenols that help in digestion problems, weight management, and diabetes. It even goes head-to-head with garlic (another superfood) for its antioxidant component. 

Prevents bacterial and fungal infections: Another medicinal feature of cinnamon is the presence of cinnamaldehyde. This component plays a significant role in addressing various kinds of infections such as fungi, eczema, and diaper rash. Studies show that cinnamon inhibits the growth of some bacteria like Listeria and Salmonella. 

Anti-diabetic properties: This superfood is quite well known for its capacity to lower blood sugar because of its ability to decrease the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream. It can also lower fasting blood sugar levels by 10 to 29%.

Spinach

Spinach earned its superfood title because of the high amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties it contains. Although most people prefer to cook this delicious veggie, studies show that you can get the most of its nutrients when it is consumed raw, and blending it into smoothies is a fantastic way to consume raw spinach. This is especially important to know when you are responsible for feeding finicky eaters, like many children. We know many children who will never eat spinach off a plate, but happily consume it in the form of a bright green smoothie! Pair with yellow and light orange fruits to get the most from its lovely bright green colour -- red fruits with spinach can turn your smoothie an unappetizing brown, which could defeat the purpose as an unappealing colour might turn off those finicky eaters you are trying to nourish!

Spinach combines very well  with bananas, pineapple, mango, chia seeds, coconut, and almonds. . Some of its health advantages are  as follows : 

Offers high levels of nutrients: Spinach is not only a tasty plant but also one of the healthiest. With its plenitude of vitamins and minerals, it’s no wonder why spinach is a staple food for many health-conscious families.

Look what a mere 7-calorie serving of spinach offers:

  • 0.86 grams of protein
  • 30 milligrams of calcium
  • 0.81 g of iron
  • 24 mg of magnesium
  • 167 mg of potassium
  • 2,813 international units of Vitamin A
  • 58 micrograms of folate
  • Good source of vitamin K, fiber, phosphorus, and thiamine

Along with all this goodness,  spinach is also rich in iron, magnesium, and calcium,  vital minerals to strengthen bones, muscles, and nerves.

Helps manage diabetes: Because of the presence of alpha-lipoic acid, this superfood lowers glucose levels and increases sensitivity to insulin. The flood of nutrients it offers the body even when consumed in relatively small quantities is also highly beneficial to help curb cravings for sweets and reduce overeating.

Maintains healthy hair and skin: Spinach is also high in vitamin A. This component moderates the production of oil in hair and skin. Excessive oil builds up in the skin and may cause acne. Vitamin A, on the other hand, makes sure that there is only enough oil to effectively moisturize the face and body.

Superfood Smoothies: At Home, or Wherever You Go

We believe that everyone should make superfood smoothies part of their health routine. Superfood smoothies have proven health benefits and are simple and quick to prepare, so there is no need for second-guessing -- along with making them a core part of your daily diet, especially at breakfast time, you can feel good about including them in your plans for any delightful event or celebration.  Superfood smoothies can be a real lifesaver for your health, especially in the fast pace of everyday life,  when you are heavily focused on all your responsibilities and you don’t have the time and energy to make your health the topmost priority.

And if you find yourself too busy and/or stressed (or perhaps simply disinclined because you dislike shopping for and organizing storage of foods) to maintain a useful inventory of healthy superfood smoothie ingredients to make your own recipes from scratch, consider sourcing and stocking the freezer with a prepared complete superfood smoothie solution like Nutes Frozen Superfood Smoothie Pucks!

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