Welcome to Week 3 of our Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, which is all about the nutritious additives you can put in your smoothie!
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You are probably wondering, what can be more nutritious that a cup full of fruit!?!? Well today I'm going to tell you my TOP 5 NUTRITIOUS ADDITIVES when it comes to making smoothies!
Now if you are just joining in on the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, START HERE:
There are so many brands of protein powders out there. When finding one, I would suggest finding a natural, or plant based powder, here are two suggestions from previous reviews we have done: Skoop & Manitoba Harvest Both are plant based, and have great flavors.
I personally use protein powder in my smoothies because I use smoothies as meal replacements, and sometimes, post workout nutrition. When it is as a meal replacement, it's important for me so that I am able to stay full longer. When I am using a smoothie as a post workout drink, the protein aids in muscle recovery. (more about that HERE)
My two favorite green veggies to add to my smoothies are:
Kale is high in beta cartene and vitamins K and C. It also contains sulforaphane, and indole-3-carbinol.
Spinach is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, and B6, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium, and omega-3-fatty-acids.
So basically, adding greens to your smoothie is AWESOME FOR YOU!!! So DO IT!!
And don't be afraid of them! Just a handful of greens and you won't even taste them, your smoothie just might have a hint of green color to it! I love adding a handful to mine just because that means a little more vegetable intake for that day, and a whole lot more of GOOD NUTRITIONAL VALUE in my smoothie!
Same seeds used to create a CHIA PET! You know those little grass heads sold on TV Info-mercials in the 90's! These seeds are FILLED with Omega-3-fatty-acid and are also dietary fibers.
Some people even let these sit for a while, because as they sit in liquid, they become little jelly capsules, so they thicken up your smoothie! Yum! Or add them to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal!
Flax seeds are high in dietary fiber, micronutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids, and have about 800 times the amount of antioxidant lignans of any other plant.
I have used the ground version or whole seeds in my smoothies, but usually the whole seeds get grounded some by the blender anyways.
A balanced source of energy, and supplies all three macronutrients. About 13% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 72% fats. Great to add in for an extra boost of protein, but also be careful not to add too much, and go overboard with it.
Be sure to get natural peanut butter though. Many regular peanut butter brands actually have sugars added to them....why did they ever do that? I don't know, in my opinion, a natural peanut butter has plenty of sweetness to it! So GO NATURAL!
These are my TOP 5 most used Nutritious Additives in my Smoothies, but I asked fellow Health & Fitness Bloggers, and here's some others they often times add.
-Almond Butter -Full of nutrients and vitamins, and has different nutritional values than peanut butter.
-PB2-a low calorie powder form of peanut butter
-Bee Pollen -claimed to be nearly 40% protein and contain all nutrients required by humans
-Maca Powder - a Peruvian root powder that contains many vitamins, aids in energy, and more.
-Cacao Nibs -crumbles from whole Cacao beans, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers, and adds a natural chocolate flavor!
-Coconut Oil -claims to be easy to digest, and to help boost metabolism.
So in your adventure to become a Pro-Smoothie Drinker, I hope this helps!!!
Pick a couple of these on the list that interest you or seem like they would benefit your body and diet the most and go with it! You don't have to do them all!
What's your favorite Nutrient Rich Additive to put in your smoothie?
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& be sure to come back next week for more awesome smoothie recipes to finish off the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series!
If you missed the first two weeks of the series, check them out!
Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen
WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes
WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies
WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers...COMING NEXT WEEK!