They’re more than just a pretty face. Smoothies and smoothie bowls can pack a ton of nutrition into a delicious package. We’ve created a list of some of our favorite smoothie ingredients and toppings to help keep your smoothie game strong.
You’ve seen it everywhere, and while it’s easier to find than pronounce, acai is a great smoothie ingredient. This Amazonian superfruit chock-full of antioxidants, zinc, iron, potassium, and other nutrients. Due to their short shelf-life, acai berries are often sold as a frozen puree, in powdered form, or as a simple fruit juice.
The popularity of this superfruit has gained momentum in the past few years and is now one of the most trendy smoothie bowl and smoothie ingredients. Not only is it’s bright, purple pigment Instagram worthy, but it’s high levels of anthocyanins protect and restore the body from damage.
Chocolate smoothies/smoothie bowls
A classic! You just can’t go wrong with smooth and creamy chocolate. With a clean protein base, these seemingly decadent concoctions are a perfect, healthy alternative for those who wake up craving sweets like French Toast or sugary cereal. So if you’re trying to quit your cereal cravings, or just looking for a chocolate treat for self-care Sunday, give one of our chocolate smoothie recipes a try: Easy Chocolate Berry Clean Protein smoothie or Chocolate Almond Sweet Potato Immune Boosting smoothie.
Green smoothie bowls
Get your greens! Green smoothies and smoothie bowls are the perfect way to sneak some extra veggies into your morning routine. They’re known for their immune boosting abilities, as well as the cleansing effect they have on the body. So if you’re looking to stay on track or get back into clean eating, try starting your day with our Clean Green Smoothie, loaded with all kinds of nutrients and tons of fiber so you’ll be covered until that mid-day meal. Want to pick your morning up a little and pack some extra protein into your breakfast? Then try our Easy Green Smoothie bowl. Get creative with toppings and grab your favorite granola or a couple scoops of chia seeds for added omega-3s.
Smoothies aren’t necessarily all about what goes in them, but what you put on top as well. All those Insta-worthy smoothies and smoothie bowls you see overflowing with delicious toppings and fresh fruit aren’t all for show. What you choose to put on top of your blended creations can add a whole lot of extra nutrition. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite smoothie toppings and what makes them worthy additions to the smoothie game.
Crunchy, sweet and savory goodness that keeps you full and energized? Why wouldn’t you want to add that to your smoothies?! The benefits of granola are a big reason why many people are beginning to include it in their daily smoothies and smoothie bowls. It offers added fiber, iron, and vitamins galore! And with many granolas having gluten-free and grain-free options nowadays, everyone can enjoy the health benefits.
A single ounce serving of chia seeds brings a lot to the table. 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 5 grams of healthy, omega-3 fatty acids–to be exact! These little superfoods really live up to their name and are the perfect topping to round out any smoothie or smoothie bowl. Need more reasons to incorporate these magic seeds? Check out Healthline’s list of chia seeds proven health benefits..
It seems as though you can make anything out of coconut these days; whether it’s yogurt, milk, flour, even Amino Acids, you name it and there’s a healthy, coconut-based substitute for it! So what’s with the coconutty hype? According to recent studies coconut meat, oil, and milk provides a low-carb, high-protein, and low sugar substitute for its many competitors. Although it does contain high levels of saturated fats, consumed in moderation, coconut oil is shown to provide a helping hand in increasing healthy cholesterol levels. That being said, shredded and baked coconut can add the extra protein and sweetness needed to your favorite smoothie bowl, without the added guilt.
What exactly is cacao? Cacao is an antioxidant rich, chocolate superfood, the benefits of which are endless. Not only do they provide a boost to your mood, but also improve memory function, reduce the risk of heart problems, and let’s be honest, taste great atop that morning Acai Bowl.
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