Have you joined the smoothie hype yet? If not, we think it’s time. There’s really nothing like good superfood smoothies that entice the taste buds and supercharge energy levels simultaneously.
Or perhaps you do make smoothies, but haven’t quite cracked the code to creating something both healthy and worthy of your cravings.
Regardless, follow these quick smoothie-making tips, and you’ll be chowing down on ice cream-like superfood goodness in no time.
Superfood Smoothies Taste (And Feel) Best with Both Fruits and Vegetables
We’ve seen two categories of smoothie makers: the ones who pile in only fruits (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing sometimes) for the sweetest taste, and the ones who are going for the gold with plenty of veg, but are then left with a not-so-tasty looking swamp water that looks somewhat like salsa.
We believe in the healing power of both fruit and veg, thus we advocate for using both when possible in smoothies. So what might this look like? Perhaps the best way is to show you with a recipe. Check it out:
Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Recipe
- 1 banana fresh or frozen
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ avocado
- 1 medium leaf of chard
- 3 slices of raw zucchini
The first thing you may notice about this healthy smoothie recipe is that it tastes nice despite the presence of chard and zucchini. The banana, blueberries, and avocado do a nice job of masking the taste of the vegetables. Also, the avocado, despite it’s technical classification as a fruit, serves a similar nutritional profile as a vegetable in that it doesn’t have too much sugar and offers an impressive nutrient profile.
Sneak in the Superfoods
Adding superfoods to your smoothies won’t make them unappetizing. Reason being, strange flavors will easily be masked by the rest of the smoothie ingredients. There are even a few examples of superfoods that make smoothies taste better.
Here are the powders and things we suggest adding to optimize your smoothies!
- Cocoa powder is an example of a superfood that will make your healthy smoothies taste amazing. It’s also chalked full of magnesium, iron, and other nutrients particularly beneficial to the brain. Our Wild Cocoa Powder is a single-origin powder from small farmers in Peru. Try it out!
- Medicinal mushroom powders such as chaga mushroom powder have tastes that are easily masked by other ingredients within smoothies. Chaga mushroom, often referred to as the “king” of medicinal mushrooms, contains many impressive benefits for immunity and reducing inflammation.
- Bee pollen, like cacao, is a tasty addition to smoothies. We recommend topping your smoothie with the pollen as well as some cacao nibs and coconut flakes for awesome taste and texture! Bee pollen, according to research, is absolutely jam-packed full of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other beneficial compounds. Bee pollen has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and even contains wound healing properties.
- A good superfood powder such as our Wild Reds Powder blends nicely into smoothies, especially smoothies that contain plenty of berries and cacao. This particular Reds powder is great to consume prior to physical activity. It increases nitric oxide production in the body, thus aiding in blood flow, energy levels, and recovery. For an extra boost, the powder also contains kale, spinach, acai, spirulina, and pomegranate.
Focus on Texture
Did you know that chewing is an extremely essential part of the digestion process? The salivation you experience at the sight or smell of a good meal is nature’s way of releasing digestive enzymes. That’s right, your saliva contains enzymes that begin breaking down your food before being swallowed. So properly chewing your food can really do your stomach and the rest of your digestive system a solid.
This is why we’re suggesting you blend your healthy smoothies thick and spoon them out of a bowl. Truth is, smoothies are not DRINKS, they are FOOD. So don’t use a straw, use a spoon.
Lucky for you, a thick texture means ice cream-like goodness that doesn’t seem like it should be healthy (trust us, it is).
A recipe like the one we offered above should taste pretty good when blended thick (use the smallest amount of liquid possible). Enjoy!