My 9 Favorite Smoothie Boosters
In the summer months in Minneapolis – you will find me having a smoothie every single day. I think they are so satisfying and when you add smoothie boosters – they’re extra filling and nutritious. I make one for breakfast almost every day and it keeps me full well beyond lunch time. I have had enough practice making smoothies by now that I know what I will be adding for both a health boost, and flavor! More often than not, my smoothies include all of the things on this list, oops.
From the months of May – September you’ll usually spot me eating my Chocolate, Banana, & PB Smoothie Bowl for breakfast or brunch. It tastes like chocolate ice cream and has all of the 9 boosting foods below in it – making it EXTRA good.
Keep in mind that these are just my personal go-to 9 favorites. The list of added smoothie boosters GOES ON. But this is a great place to start if you’re a smoothie newb and wondering where to start!
I put collagen in just about anything that I can. Coffees, smoothies, oatmeals, you name it – it’s probably in there. Collagen is a great protein to supplement as our bodies slowly decrease in production until it essentially doesn’t produce it at all anymore on its own. This happens around the late 20’s. Collagen is great for skin, hair, nails, and joints. It makes my nails grow like crazy. My go-to is the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. It dissolves in anything and is completely odorless and tasteless, but packing a nutrient punch!
2. GROUND FLAXSEEDS
I started incorporating flaxseeds into my smoothies when I was dealing with some hormonal issues post-birth control. Healthy fats are the building blocks for healthy hormones and flaxseeds are no shortage of omega 3’s. Filled with healthy fats, fiber, and cancer fighting properties, these became a staple in every single smoothie that I make. The healthy fats are essential when looking for a smoothie to keep you full! 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed goes into the blender – every time.
This is the secret to getting the creamiest, dreamiest smoothie ever. If you don’t like avocados, don’t worry about it. The flavor is non-existent – it’s just added for it’s health benefits and how much it improves the texture of a smoothie. Avocados are loaded with Omega-3 healthy fats, so great for skin, hormones, hair, and keeping you full for a longer period of time. I add 1/4 – 1/2 an avocado to every smoothie I make. This is probably my favorite smoothie booster of all.
4. HEMP SEEDS
Hemp seeds are a staple in my kitchen. I add them to as many things as I can. With their slightly nutty flavor they work well with a variety of foods – smoothies, oatmeal, egg scrambles – they are by far one of my favorite seeds. Hemp seeds offer 10g of plant protein per 2-3 tbsp and contain Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids that will help fight inflammation and protect your immune system.
Who doesn’t like chocolate? While raw cacao powder is quite bitter, when paired into a smoothie with something sweet like berries, banana, or a little pure maple syrup, it turns into a much sweeter chocolate flavor. This is what I use in my Chocolate, Banana, PB Smoothie Bowl and it is so. dang. good. Cacao is packed with fiber, iron, and flavonoids – which help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. It also is a strong anti-inflammatory. Inflammation in the body results in diseases such as cancer, Alzheimers, depression, diabetes, and arthritis.
A seriously underrated spice! This simple spice packs a ton of health benefits and adds such a warming flavor profile to dishes. It is great to have some cinnamon first thing in the morning, as it is a strong blood sugar balancer, so will help you avoid crashing later in the day. I add it to my smoothies and oatmeals in the morning, always. It also is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Cinnamon can improve skin conditions such as acne, by killing the bacteria that clogs and inflames pores.
7. CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are magical little beads that contain a bit of everything you could ever want – fiber, antioxidants, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids to name a few. They don’t have any flavor but they DO get stuck in your teeth with is super awkward sometimes. If you don’t like that, they do have powdered chia seed which works well or use a high powered blender (like a Vitamix) to make sure they get ground up.
8. NUT BUTTERS
Adding a tablespoon of peanut, almond, or cashew butter is a great way to step your smoothie up a notch. It makes them taste even more delicious by adding depth, creaminess and a nutty flavor. It is packed with protein and healthy fats to extend satiation. The great news is that there are so many nut butters available on the market – so finding one that you like shouldn’t be a problem. The bad news is that many of them contain hidden oils and added sugars. Whatever nut butter you decide on, make sure to read the label before purchasing it. The nut butter should contain nuts, and that’s it!
9. FROZEN CAULIFLOWER RICE
This is the one that usually weirds people out the most – but trust me, you cannot taste it. I add usually 3/4c of frozen cauliflower rice to just about every smoothie that I make. It sort of acts the same way ice would, except it doesn’t melt and leave your smoothie watery. This helps it be thick and stay thick – just like we like ’em. Not to mention, cauliflower is packed with fiber, a strong antioxidant, and high in Choline – an essential nutrient that many people are deficient in.
Did I forgot one of your favorite smoothie boosters? Let me know in the comments below what you add to your smoothie to take it up a notch!