By now you should know that I’m a big fan of the smoothie. I have one just about every day to replace a meal. Smoothies have helped me to eat more fruit and yes, vegetables too. They’ve helped me to add more quality to what I put in my body.
Over the years of creating smoothies of my own I’ve found a few smoothie secret weapons, ingredients that give my smoothie a boost.
Here at my top three smoothie secret weapons:
Matcha powder is something fairly new to my smoothie arsenal. Not only does it give my smoothies a boost but it gives me a boost too.
With more than 100 times the nutrients of brewed green tea, Matcha Powder packs a punch with vitamins A and C, Folic Acid and Manganese. Let’s not forget the caffeine, there’s plenty of it in Matcha Powder.
It’s great at detoxifying the body and full of antioxidants, again 10 times more than brewed green tea.
Matcha Powder also helps to boost the metabolism, which will help burn some calories, which can help drop some weight.
I know a lot of people who don’t like the taste of green tea and Matcha Powder is a great way to get some of the great benefits of green tea without the taste.
Spinach has been a smoothie staple of mine for years. It packs a big nutritional punch with a low caloric price.
With about 20% of a day’s fiber in one cup it help keep you feeling fuller longer. It also aids in digestion.
Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse with Vitamins A and C, Iron, Folate and even a little bit of calcium. As a woman who is growing older, calcium is becoming more and more important for my bone health so it’s nice to know I’m getting a little more in each smoothie.
Finally, as I try to get five servings of fruits and vegetables, adding spinach to my smoothies helps me check one off and it doesn’t leave my smoothie tasting “green”.
Flax oil is one of the ways I add healthy fats to my smoothies.
Omegas 3, 6 and 9 are all in flax oil. 3 and 6 are essential fats, with 3 being found primarily in seafood, something I don’t eat. Flax oil is a great way for me to get these healthy fats in my diet without having to swallow a fishy pill.
Flax oil has about 55% of the daily requirement of omega 3 fats.
Some studies show that flax oil is good for the heart and can reduce the risk for fatal heart attacks. Who wouldn’t want to avoid one of those?
Good for the hair, skin and nails, flax with have you looking better inside and out. And it also can aid in weight loss efforts, that’s why I like it.
Again, it’s not something that you can even taste when it’s in your smoothies but you can enjoy it’s benefits.
Those are my top three smoothie secret weapons, the things I add to my smoothies to make them work a little harder for me.
Do you have any smoothie secret weapons you’d like to share? Leave a comment and let me know about them.