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The Best Smoothie Add-ins for Optimal Nutrition

Are you always looking for easy ways to boost your nutrition without spending a ton of time and energy? Smoothies are an incredible way to make sure you're getting all the nutrition and supplements you need in a day while offering amazing health benefits. Smoothies are also a great grab-and-go drink and can easily replace time-consuming breakfasts, snacks, and even lunches.

Whether you’re making your own smoothies or buying them from a juice store, what you put into your smoothie can help you get the extra burst of energy you need to have the best day possible.

The first thing you need to consider when making a healthy smoothie is the type of smoothie base you want to use. While many people only think of using yogurt or milk as a base, there are other options.

Understanding the Different Types of Smoothie Bases

·      Greek Yogurt – using yogurt as a base is a great way to add extra calcium and protein to your smoothie. This creamy, slightly tangy base adds nutrients without interfering with your healthy diet.

·      Almond Milk – while you can use regular milk, those with lactose problems or those avoiding dairy will love this alternative. Plus, almond milk is packed with protein and healthy fats, both of which are necessary for starting off your day.

·      Frozen Bananas – this ice cream like texture makes for the perfect creamy base while adding in essential fruit, potassium, and nutrients.

·      Ice – not a fan of milk or yogurt bases or simply looking for a less creamy option? No problem, just add ice or water to obtain a nice smoothie texture.

Next, you need to know what types of fruit, vegetables, and other add-ins to use. Seasonal fruit is always a great option, along with as many greens as you'd like (such as kale, spinach, celery, or even kelp).

To take your smoothie to the next level, you'll want to add in more nutritional (and delicious!) foods to boost your benefits. While there are many superfoods, herbs, and seeds that can be added to your drinks, let's concentrate on three of the tastiest and most powerful mix-in options: mint, ginger, and goji berries.

The Health Benefits of Mint

Mint is a favourite smoothie mix-in because of its refreshing taste. However, mint is also a super beneficial herb. Mint promotes better digestion, soothes upset stomachs, and can even relieve headaches. Adding mint to your smoothie can make sure your stomach and mind are off to a great start.

Also, mint is incredible for your immune system. Mint leaves have been linked to helping with coughs and respiratory problems, easing asthmatic symptoms, and combating fatigue and depression.

Mint goes great with chocolate or vanilla smoothies, as well as citrus smoothies (think, healthy mojitos!).

The Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is another herb that offers amazing health benefits and has a sweet, slightly earthy taste to it. While many people enjoy ginger for taste alone, there are more reasons to add ginger to your smoothie.

Ginger has been proven to help combat cold and flu symptoms, help with upset stomach pain, relieve heartburn pain, and help with migraines and inflammation. The great thing about fresh ginger is that it’s really strong, so a little bit goes a long way.

You can add ginger into smoothies with citrus flavours and green smoothies. Ginger also works very well with cinnamon and apples in your favourite frozen drink.

The Health Benefits of Goji Berries

If you're not familiar with goji berries, don't worry, you're not alone! Goji berries have only recently become popular because they've been deemed as a superfood; that means food rich in nutrients with powerful health benefits.

These super berries are known to lessen anxiety and promote calmness, improve overall sleep functionality, and even help with weight loss.

Goji berries are slightly bitter in taste but go very well with almost all fruit drinks or chocolate smoothies. They offer an excellent contrast in sweet drinks as well.

Smoothies can be an incredibly delicious way to add nutrients to your diet, but remember, they're only as good as the foods you're putting into them. Be sure to select the best base for your dietary needs, add in the fruits and vegetables you most enjoy and give them an extra pump of nutrients with mint, ginger, or goji berries.

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