15 Unusual Smoothie Ingredients that you Haven’t Tried Yet
Smoothies taste great and can be very good for you but at some point you’re going to get bored of your ordinary ingreditents we’ve listed 15 smoothie ingredients you might have not tried yet.
Some ingredients need a litte more power to break up properly. We suggest a NutriBullet Pro900 as it is a high powered smoothie maker that will break anything up so it’s easy to drink. If that is out of your price range, the ordinary NutriBullet works very well too!
Juice (from a juicer)
Many people prefer using a juice base to sweeten up smoothies. Making your own juice in a juicer ensures that there is not any added sugar or preservatives. This also keeps your ingreditents fresh and rich in nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes. Juice made from home is also considered a whole food and has countless benefits to juice bought in a store. Local and organic is your best bet for the freshest produce to juice. If you don’t have a juicer you can also try coconut water as a substitute for juice, which is loaded with electrolytes and still gives you that sweet edge.
With the awareness of lactose intolerance on the rise, it’s important to find alternatives that still tates great. Lactose intolerance (or dairy intolerance) may seem like it’s becoming a more common digestive problem, but it’s actually always been fairly pervasive. While less than 5% of the UK population is affected, up to 50% of the populations of South America, Africa and Asia suffer from it. Almond milk tastes great and has a smilar texture in your smoothie!
With many different types of tea on the market, you can pick one that suits your tastes perfectly. To avoid confusion, you should brew the tea, leave to cool and then add to your smoothie maker to be mixed. You can leave the tea in the freezer for 30-40 minutues or until mushy to add some texture to your smoothie.
Your smoothie is a great place to add the extra nutrients your body needs. Coconut, sesame, even olive oil can easily be poured into your smoothie for added health benefits and can also for a subtle nutty flavor. you can even add other oils such as omega 3 if you please.
Chia, flax, and sesame seeds are all excellent options. Chia seeds, for example, are a complete protein and the highest plant source of omega-3′s. They are said to make you feel satiated longer too. Flaxseeds are another good one, loaded with good fats, lignans, and fiber to the max. Sesame seed are known to destroy phlegm and mucus, which is a huge cause of disease in the body. Tip: soak seeds overnight before use to make them easier to digest.
Dark Leafy Greens
If you are someone who can’t stand the bitter taste of greens – try adding them to your smoothie! Kale, chard, watercress, and parsley are great to use. And the cool part – you may not even be able to taste them. Greens are obviously packed full of essential vitamins and minerals and are considered one of the best foods for your health, period!
There are many great powders that have sea vegetables in them such as spirulina, wakame, and kelp. They contain lots of minerals, phytonutrients, and probiotics. Opt for brands that are organic, non-gmo and raw for optimum health.
Probiotics are so important for the immune system which kefir is famous for. If you are avoiding dairy, there are alternatives like coconut kefir that work just as well. Benefits also include better absorption of nutrients from food and increased digestive health. Kefir is also a great source of phosphorus, calcium, and B-vitamins.
Ginseng, burdock, astragalus, maca, turmeric, ginger and licorice are all roots as well as medicinals. These all come in raw or powder form for a dash of energy and immune and digestive system support.
Spices are a nice way to get added flavor and healing compounds into your drink. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and cayenne pepper are all popular and tasty choices to increase digestion and clean the blood. In Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science) to enhance the wellness factor of any meal, it needs to incorporate the ‘6 tastes’. Using spices is a great way to accomplish that.
No, not the halucinogenic kind (though that might be interesting), but good old fashion mushrooms. Mushrooms like reishi, maitake, and crimini are just a few known to boost the immune system, fight cancer and help heal arthritis. Kombucha is a kind of “mushroom tea” that can be an added kick to your morning ‘go juice.’
These anti-oxidant powerhouses should be regulars in your blended concoctions. Acai berries, goji berries, golden berries, and mulberries are new super berries that have a multitude of health benefits including anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Cucumber, celery, cabbage, bell peppers and zucchini are not typically what you think of when it comes to smoothies – however they are surprisingly tasty when blended. They also add another source of liquid and hold tremendous nutrition. These are all great sources of vitamin C and help with weight loss and fighting cancer to name a few other factoids.
This is an incredible fruit without the big sugar content. Avocados add a wonderful and unexpected creaminess to smoothies. They are also loaded with omega 3’s and have many health benefits such as increased heart health, blood sugar regulation and anti-aging properties.
Cacao, bee pollen, royal jelly, dragon fruit, maqui powder, camu-camu and moringa are all lesser known superfoods that can hype up your drinks’ wellness factor. According to Zach Alderman Founder and CEO of Nativas Naturals. “A superfood is a nutrient-dense fruit or vegetable that contains a high amount of protein, omega-3, antioxidants, minerals, fiber or other essential nutrients that have proven health benefits. Nutrient density is the ratio of micronutrients to calories – superfoods have a high ratio of micronutrients.” Who can argue with that?
I hope you’ve enjoyed our list of unusual smoothie ingredients. If you have tried any and want to share your experience or if you’ve tried any othe runusual ingredients, why not post below to share with us?
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