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Recipe: Superfood Smoothies

Superfood Smoothie Recipes

Are you searching for super healthy smoothie recipes that actually taste good? Look no further, we’ve got you covered! Before you get started on crafting your own smoothie, here are some tips to ensure you make the perfect drink.

Firstly, make sure any fruit you use is ripe. Tthis means the smoothies will be naturally sweet and delicious with no need for any additional sweeteners. Secondly, if you don’t have a particularly powerful blender, you might need to allow your frozen fruit to thaw slightly before blending, but I would still definitely recommend using frozen fruit where possible to make your smoothies extra creamy. You can also add more or less liquid according to your preferences. Enjoy these smoothies on the go, or top them with fruit, nuts or granola for a filling smoothie bowl at breakfast!

 

Maca Peanut Butter Cup

2 frozen bananas

1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

1 tablespoon of peanut butter

1 tablespoon of maca powder

2 tablespoons of rolled oats

1 cup of your favourite plant milk

This smoothie is my go-to breakfast most mornings. It’s simple and healthy but most importantly, it tastes amazing. The frozen bananas blend into an ice cream texture, making the whole smoothie feel more like a thick chocolate milkshake! The maca powder not only adds a subtle caramel flavour to the smoothie, but it also packs in a variety of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids to your drink. This superfood is thought to possess a number of health benefits including increasing energy levels, boosting the immune system, and helping with hormone balance for both men and women.

Tropical Smoothie

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½ cup of frozen mango

½ cup of frozen pineapple

1 ripe banana

¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder

1 cup of coconut milk

Unfortunately, turmeric is a superfood which tastes pretty terrible (imo), but thankfully this is masked with all the sweet tropical fruit flavours of this smoothie! The spice contains a substance known as curcumin, which is thought to possess a number of powerful health benefits. Its strong anti-inflammatory properties have indicated an ability to alleviate pain and manage health issues such as arthritis and research over the years has also discovered its potential to destroy cancer cells, in addition to preventing further cancer cell growth. Turmeric is a superfood that I genuinely try to incorporate into at least one meal every single day – preferably alongside black pepper which dramatically boosts curcumin absorption in the body (if you’re brave enough, you could even add pepper to your smoothie… I do, and I honestly don’t taste the difference). If you follow Dr Michael Greger on nutritionfacts.org, you’ll know how highly he recommends this ultimate superfood!

 

Berry Protein Boost

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1 cup of frozen mixed berries

1 ripe banana

1 tablespoon of peanut butter

2 tablespoons of rolled oats

1 scoop of vegan protein powder

1 cup of vanilla plant milk

“Where do you get your protein?” – the question every vegan will be asked at some point in their lives. We all know it’s not necessary for vegans to use protein powders since plenty of plant foods contain more than enough protein to fulfil our daily requirements, but some of us just want that added protein boost for one reason or another. Some delicious tasting protein supplements  I would recommend are from Revolution Foods and Vega, both of which include various superfood blends within some of their powders for those added health benefits!

 

Green Powerhouse

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2 frozen bananas

2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder

1 large handful of spinach or kale

½ tablespoon of wheatgrass powder

½ teaspoon of spirulina powder

1 cup of vanilla plant milk

Wheatgrass and spirulina are well known superfoods, each packed with a plethora of micronutrients such as iron, magnesium, and vitamins E and A. These powerful powders are two of the most nutrient dense natural ingredients you could use, but I won’t lie… they don’t taste good. In this smoothie however, you honestly wouldn’t know they’re there! Make sure your bananas are extra ripe before you freeze them and their sweetness combined with the vanilla flavour of the plant milk will completely cover any ‘green’ taste. Also, if you don’t have a particularly powerful blender then it might be best to blend the spinach/kale with the plant milk first before adding the other ingredients.