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Smoothie Boost with Superfoods

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I’ve been experimenting to create new smoothie recipes and in the process have I’ve been introduced to new superfoods and a few superfoods have made their way back into routinely made recipes.

From the food packaging and a little help from Whole Foods Market this is what I’ve learned about the super boost of nutrients I’m adding to smoothies:

Cacao Nibs and Powder is a top source of antioxidants, and it contains an abundance of magnesium and iron.

Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving. Hemp hearts also taste great as a little crunch on top of yogurt and fruit.

Goji Berries are rich in 20 amino acids, antioxidants and key minerals.

Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron; calcium; magnesium; amino acids; chlorophyll; and vitamins A, C and E.

Maca is an excellent, plant-based source of vitamin B12, maca provides 70% of your daily value of B12 (as cyanocobalimin). Per 2,500 mg dose, maca also provides a wealth of important minerals, including: manganese, calcium, iron and potassium. Maca is the one superfood that I can say I truly experienced the benefits.

Chia Seeds contain high amounts of protein, antioxidants, fiber (just 2 tablespoons has almost 25% of the recommended daily amount), and is an excellent plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Yay for long 4-day weekends! I’m off to take advantage of extra time and visiting one more yoga studio. I’m hoping this will be the one I walk in and know immediately, this is the studio for me.

Have a fabulous Friday!

What new superfoods have  you tried lately? What superfoods do you routinely add to recipes?

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  1. The only one of those I haven’t tried yet is Maca. All the rest are pantry staples!

  2. Not new, but enjoying lots of avocado lately!

    1. My superfoods started with Chia. Maca is wonderful. Let me know what you think if you decide to try it.

  3. I love Whole Foods market! Last weekend I tested out Hemp Hearts for the first time! I use them to coat fish or I put three tablespoons into my almond milk hot cocoa, before blending on the soup cycle in my Vitamix!

  4. I’ve been hearing a lot about hemp hearts and I’ve been wanting to try them! Where can you buy them?

  5. I’m jealous you get 4 days. We only get 3 and I am still working this weekend. :-/ Anywho I am also working on smoothie recipes and have been thinking about incorporating goji berries and more superfoods that fight free radicals to thwart the aging process. I know it has to happen just not now. LOL

    1. I’m obsessed with super boosting smoothie nutrient density 🙂 Goji berries work best in smoothies if you soak them first. #smoothietip

  6. Looks delicious! I use chia seeds and hemp harts regularly, but I will need to look at incorporating some more of these bad boys!

  7. I finally tried hemp hearts for the first time last weekend and put it on top of yogurt with blueberries and nut butter and I LOVED the crunch. It was so good and will definitely be picking some up next time I go to Costco! 🙂

    1. Oh, hemp hearts on yogurt with blueberries is amazing!

      Your Costco posts inspired me to take my superfood eating habits to buying bulk at Costco. We haven’t shopped there in years 🙂

  8. I’ve tried all but the maca + wheatgrass, but have always been curious about em’! 😛 I love throwing chia seeds + hemp hearts into my smoothies! :]

    1. Chia is where my superfood life began! Right after reading Born to Run of course 🙂

  9. Maca is the one I have on my list to try and write about soon. I’m glad to hear you had some clear benefits. I’m kind of excited to try it.

    1. Highly recommend Maca Melissa! Some are iffy with the flavor but I like it. It’s kind of malt-ish tasting.

    1. It’s so easy to super boost the nutrient density of smoothies! Cacao is one of my newest additions.

    1. Hi Hayley. I think the price is what stopped me from trying goji berries sooner. Now I’m hooked! How do you use the cacao nibs? I love them but it’s one superfood that takes just the right combination of ingredients to make them enjoyable.

  10. I love adding these things into my smoothies. So many don’t taste like anything but having that lasting power and healthiness to them. I love chia seeds and spinach added to mine!

    1. It’s so easy to super boost the nutrient density of smoothies! Chia and spinach are long time favorites.

  11. I love adding Chia Seeds to my smoothies and my overnight oats. I actually just picked up some Cocao Nibs that I need to try out in something soon! Happy Friday!

    1. The crunch of cacao nibs is awesome but it’s one superfood that you have to find just the right ingredient combination to make them enjoyable. Happy weekend to you Tricia 🙂

    1. The wheatgrass is surprisingly good Megan! My regular use of superfoods started with chia 🙂

    1. I’ve been eating the cacao nibs with almonds but with goji berries sounds even better!

  12. I just started using spirulina in green smoothies instead of protein powder, which makes them less grainy an more refreshing!

    1. Hi Bri. What smoothie recipe do you use with the Spirulina. A little goes a very long way!

  13. I’ve had a love affair with goji berries for years. I have a friend who buys me a big container for my birthday every year. Love it!

  14. I started adding maca to some of my smoothies a few months ago, and while I do notice some benefits associated with it, the taste is -still- something I’m trying to get used to. I don’t know if it’s just the brand that I buy, but it’s crazy bitter and I end up having to mask it with something else like cocoa powder. I do love adding the cacao nibs for a little crunch, though!

    1. The taste is one of the things I like about Maca. It’s kind of malt-ish. Love the crunch of Cacao but it’s one superfood I find hard getting used to. It takes just the right combination of flavors.

  15. NICE!!

    I’ve been wanting to try hemp hearts and cocoa nibs. IT always takes me forever to try those foods that aren’t super easy to find, and have weird names. The name just intimidates me for awhile. Hemp hearts?? My mind can’t even grasp that haha.

    Have a great weekend Jill!!!

    1. HI Kirtley, I was the same way about cacao nibs and nori wraps haha! Have a fab Friday!

  16. I have been dying to try wheatgrass shots for too long! I have heard they are actually really good! I have been adding alfalfa sprouts to salads and I am a fan… Have a great weekend! 🙂

    1. Wheatgrass shots are surprisingly good! Let me know what you think when you try it.

  17. I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds in my smoothies.

    1. Hi Amy, if you soak the chia seeds about 5 minutes before you put them in the smoothie to blend they add a little thickness to the texture. #yumminess

  18. I haven’t ever actually tried a green smoothie. Mine always tend to be avocado or banana and mixed fruit with the most natural protein powders I can find.

    I want to try green ones, but I just haven’t ever bothered to grab a recipe and give it a go. I probably should!

    For that matter, I should probably mix in chia seeds like you mention, too. I love anything else that has them in it, but I’ve never chucked them into my smoothies.

    1. You have to try green! Here are 2 good beginner recipes

      If you’re looking for natural protein I highly recommend Skoop. It’s plant based and has the best texture and flavor of all that I’ve tried. You can get more info here

      Chia will give your smoothie a thicker texture. Yum 🙂

      Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Hi Julie, chia was my probably my first regularly used superfood. Right after I read Born to Run, of course 🙂

  19. Yay to all of those superfoods! I also like to put acai powder in my smoothies. I’m not a big fan of the chia texture, but I made a breakfast berry cobbler a couple weeks ago and put in some chia — winner!

    1. Hi Jennifer. I saw Acai powder at Whole Foods but have never tried it. Does it work well in recipes other than smoothies?

  20. Very informative post! I really don’t have any of those super foods in my diet so it’s nice to know what they are at least 🙂 Hoping to add them to my diet (or at least a couple of them) this year!

  21. I have some of those superfood add ins! I am going to start working on my smoothie skills when I am home after my surgery- it will give me something to work on 🙂

    1. You have so much you can do and think about recovery will be over before you know it!

  22. These are some great additions! I usually add spinach and kale, but once the whole30 is over I would like to get more creative. Enjoy your long weekend!

    1. Spinach and kale are my go to greens. I like using dandelion greens too. WTG with the Whole30 Lisa!

    1. Jennifer, is Shakeology any good? I always want to give them a shot, but they’re so expensive that I can’t really justify the enormous cost to get it blind. I

  23. I love chia seeds! In smoothies and oatmeal are my favorite ways to use them!

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