Supercharge Your Acai Smoothie
Take your smoothie game to the next level with these ultra-healthy add ins that pack a nutritional punch.
Bursting with B vitamins, potassium, and tons of healthy monounsaturated fat to keep you full and satisfied throughout the day, adding ¼ to ½ of an avocado to your acai smoothie can turn it into an on-the-go meal with the creamy texture of a milkshake. Packed with nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, adding avocado to your acai smoothie is an excellent way to kick your superfood shake up a notch with this nutritional powerhouse. You can substitute the banana in your normal smoothie for the same amount of avocado, or add equal parts of both to get a double dose of potassium.
Experience two times the power of purple with beets, which are naturally sweet, high in fiber, and have been shown to increase the level of antioxidant enzymes in the body. Beets are also a great dietary source of glutamine, an amino acid that helps protect the immune and digestive system, as well as reducing inflammation. Some studies even suggest beets help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, making them a heart healthy addition to your super smoothie. Toss in a few cooked beets to your blender to give your acai smoothie an extra dose of natural superfood sweetness.
Raw Cacao Powder
The antioxidant power of acai gets a rich, cocoa boost from a spoonful of raw cacao powder, which contains antioxidant flavonoids that also have the potential to reduce the effects of LDL cholesterol and increase blood flow to the arteries. Because cacao contains caffeine, adding raw cacao to your morning breakfast smoothie can also give you the jolt of energy you need to start your day off right – and of course, who doesn’t want to start the morning with a little chocolate?
Hemp seeds are getting a lot of love these days and when you check out how much protein one serving contains, it’s easy to see why. Hulled hemp seeds contain 10 grams of protein per ounce, making a spoonful or two an excellent way to turn your acai smoothie in a protein power shake. Hemp seeds also contain omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, which play a role in controlling blood sugar and blood pressure. Hemp seeds are also a good source of important nutrients including iron and vitamin E.
Ginger, turmeric, and cardamom are all part of the same family of plants, known as Zingiberaceae, and prized since ancient times for their medicinal properties. Known to aid in digestion and reduce inflammation, adding a few slices of fresh ginger root to your acai smoothie will give it a distinctive, peppery note that also delivers big time in the health department. Pair it with some fresh squeeze lime juice, high in vitamin C, for a totally refreshing acai smoothie with a tropical kick.