22 Nov Five Superfoods You NEED to Try in Your Smoothie or Juice!
Smoothies and juices are both an extremely convenient way to pack in a large amount of nutrients at once. Now, add in a superfood and you’ve got an extra plus to gain even more nutrients that vitalize your body and help it perform at its very best!
With the substantial amount of superfood boosts out there, it can be tough choosing which ones to add in. What helps fight a cold? What’s best for energy, weight loss, brighter skin…? Some may sound exotic, intriguing or maybe even intimidating! But fear not, we have compiled together our five favorite superfoods to try (in either a smoothie, juice, or both!) all jam packed with nutrients to fuel your body!
IF YOU’RE FIGHTING A COLD…
Try: Camu Camu
Move aside OJ, there’s a superfood out there that provides 30-50 times more Vitamin C than a cup of orange juice. In just half a teaspoon, Camu Camu provides 400% more Vitamin C than the recommended Daily Value! In addition to its powerful healing property, Camu Camu is also loaded with phytochemicals and amino acids like beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, serine, thiamin, leucine, and valine. Working together, these help to boost immunity, lower inflammation and balance mood.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR PLANT BASED PROTEIN…
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that has become known as quite the all-around superfood. It accelerates detoxification in our bodies with its unique combination of phytonutrients. Spirulina is also made up of over 65% protein in weight, more than any other food including meat and fish, making it an ideal supplement for vegans and vegetarians. All essential amino acids are also found in spirulina and help the body maintain and repair tissues, sustain growth and produce the right hormones. Additionally, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, Vitamins C, D and E, calcium, and copper can also be found in this powerful algae!
IF YOU WANT YOUTHFUL SKIN..
Try: Goji Berries
The goji berry, also known as the wolfberry, comes from a shrub native to China. Buddhist monks used to implement goji berries into their diet to promote longevity. This powerful superfood is loaded with tons of anti-aging properties. Beta-carotene is a pigment found in goji berries that work to promote healthy skin by giving a youthful glow. Vitamin C and Vitamin A found in goji berries help to also maintain a healthy immune system while the high levels of antioxidants work to combat free radicals that can cause damage to your skin.
IF YOU’RE HAVING A HECTIC DAY…
Apart from being high in antioxidants, increasing your metabolism and boosting energy levels, this green tea is known to enhance calmness. Japanese Zen Buddhist monks and Chinese Daoists used Matcha Green Tea to relax, yet stay alert, while meditating. The amino acid L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain, which creates a relaxed state of being without causing drowsiness.
IF YOU NEED A BOOST OF ENERGY…
Try: Raw Cacao Powder or Cacao Nibs
Unlike standard cacao, raw cacao comes from un-roasted cacao beans. Leaving the beans in their pure form protects its nutritional value. Consuming raw cacao helps to stimulate endorphins and increases blood flow to the brain, both of which heighten energy levels. How? Raw cacao is actually the richest dietary source of magnesium found on Earth. Magnesium optimizes our body’s use of oxygen to boost energy and burn calories. It also aids in balancing brain chemistry, and helps to build strong bones. PEA, or phenylethylamine, is also found in high amounts in raw cacao. This increases energy levels, alertness, concentration and heightens libido.