A while back, I did a post regarding a DIY Banana Date Smoothie, and want to let you lovely readers how to make your morning smoothie even healthier. While I usually start my day with a Green Smoothie (i.e. spinach and/or kale/chard/various green base), I also add various energy supplements and superfood powders to enhance its optimum health power and start my day right.
1. Green Superfood Powder
Taking a green supplement, especially when ingested in it’s powder form, is a convenient way to include your daily intake of green vegetables in your daily diet. Chlorophyll helps to aid in cell-repair, and helps to detox the damaging cells in your body. It also helps to reduce inflammation, aid in restoring a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body, and helps to neutralize free-radicals, among other benefits. Altogether, this helps to keep your energy levels up and makes your skin appear brighter and healthier.
2. Chia Seeds
They aid in weight loss by reducing food cravings and provide hydration for your body. They are the richest plant source in Omega-3, therefore reduce inflammation (ahem, bloating!), as well as protect against heart disease and arthritis. Although they are about the size of a poppyseed, once they are ingested, they expand in your stomach to make you feel fuller longer!
3. Maca Powder
Maca powder is rich is Vitamins B, C, and E. It is great for women, as it relieves mood swings, cramps, body pain, depression, menstrual issues, and menopause. As a bonus, it totally increases sexual libido and increases endurance. Not only so, it helps to balance your hormones and promote fertility. Another bonus for your skin: it helps to clear acne and blemishes, and will help to reduce sensitivity, which causes redness.
4. Acai Juice
The Acai tree is a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest. Brazilian natives discovered the healing properties of Acai thousands of years ago when they found it boosted their energy levels. It has extremely high antioxidant levels (more than blueberries, raspberries, or any other fruit), as well as contains the highest levels of anthocyanin, which is found in red and purple fruits (such as grapes and berries), than any other fruits. Also, it helps to boost immune and metabolic function and removes free radicals from our bodies. The Acai berry contains more protein than an egg, which helps to keep your hair shiny and skin glowing.
Some other great boosts to add to your smoothies:
Note: All or most of these products can be found at your local natural foods store (i.e. Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc.).
What are your favorite things that give you an energy boost?