Superfood smoothies are one of the most nourishing smoothies as they are loaded with lots of nutrients. Some of them might be high in calories, but they are also very filling. This means that you will not be craving for other empty calorie foods in between meals.
You can use any type of fruit, berry, herb or leafy greens to make superfood smoothies. Superfood powders, such as raw cacao, maca, ashwagandha and acai, are also a great addition to any superfood smoothie.
Coconut oil and avocados work well in smoothies as they are very filling and can provide you with lots of healthy oils. They also provide a good texture for the smoothies.
Nuts and seeds also make for a super filling smoothie. They are loaded with healthy fats and lots of protein that will keep you going for a good while.
If you are using fresh fruit in your smoothie then you most likely will not need a sweetener, but if you are not using fruit then you can use a natural sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or stevia.
There are basically three types of superfood smoothies that you can make for extra nourishment, and they are green smoothies, fruit smoothies and hot smoothies.
Green smoothies are normally bitter, and thus you might want to ease your way into these. A good way to start on these smoothies is to add lots of fresh fruits in with the greens to help neutralize the bitterness of the greens. Another thing that helps with taking away the bitterness is lemon juice and lemon zest. A bit of sea salt will not only remove the bitterness, but it can also enhance the flavor.
Really, there are no rules as to what type of ingredients you can use; but in general, for a green smoothie you can add any kind of leafy green vegetable and fresh herbs. As for fruits, you want to do something sweet, such as blueberries, bananas, apples, grapes and mangoes. Just remember though, that it is a green smoothie and not a fruit smoothie. This means that you should always aim to put in just as much or more greens than fruit.
You can also add in some nuts and seeds, including almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and flax seeds, for a rich flavor. The oils in the nuts and seeds will also help with the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins. Other good oils to add to your green smoothies are chia seeds, avocados and coconut oil.
Fruit smoothies are very tasty, even for those who generally do not consume that many raw foods. These are very simple to make, and you can mix just about any fruits and get good results. Avocados and coconut oil are a very good addition to these smoothies, as they enhance the flavor as well as the texture.
Hot smoothies are a great way to begin or end your day. They are especially great on days when the weather is cold and rainy as they can warm your body to the core.
To make them, simply take some coconut oil and blend it up with hot water. Instead of using just plain hot water, you can also use your favorite herbal tea, warm nut milk or any other drink that you enjoy. Then add your favorite superfood powder, such as raw cacao or acai, and a natural sweetener, such as honey, agave or stevia.
You can also take your dry powders and mix them together to create your own smoothie powder mix. For example, take some raw cacao, maca, ashwagandha, kapikacchu and carob, or whatever you have on hand and create your own smoothie mix. You can also add dry spices, herbs and a bit of sea salt to this mix for even more flavoring. This way you have the mix ready and all you do is add a tablespoon of the mix to a cup of hot water along with coconut oil and your favorite sweetener whenever you want a hot drink. This will save your a lot of time in the long run.