Sometimes your usual strawberry-banana smoothie just won’t do!
Why not try some simple additions to your smoothie and reap the health benefits while enjoying some delicious new flavors!
Just add any of these simple additions into your smoothie while blending.
Feel free to let us know in the comments if you have other favorite healthful smoothie additions not listed here—we know there are more!
First up we have honey. Honey is an all natural sweetener so even if you are a paleo kind of gal, you can add this to your smoothie without the guilt.
Honey is a sweet, thick, golden liquid that is made by bees from processing the nectar of surrounding plants. Honey has tremendous health benefits including countering seasonal allergies. If you consume local honey, you are ingesting some of the pollens that cause your allergies.
When ingested in small amounts, this will help you to build up an immunity to those offending pollens! As an allergy sufferer myself, that is some very good news!
Why stop there?
Honey in it’s raw form, commonly called raw honey is a pure, unheated, unpasterurized and unprocessed food. Although it may be more difficult to find in your local market, it is truly worth the trouble.
Raw honey contains a type of antioxidant called polyphenols. These powerful antioxidants have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Have you been fighting a lingering cough? Raw honey has been shown to be as effective as over the counter cough syrup! One or two teaspoons of honey in place of your regular cough medicine has been shown to decrease mucus secretions as well as your cough.
Avocado is the fruit of the avocado tree native to Central America and Mexico.
However, avocado is not just for guacamole anymore! Avocados are a low carb food which is high in good fats. That makes it a very satiating food which means your stomach won’t be growling after eating it!
Because it is so rich in monounsaturated fats, it has a creamy and smooth texture. As a comparison, most fruits do not contain any fat at all let alone good fats. Good fats have been linked to lower levels of inflammation within the body as well as lower risks of certain cancers.
This fruit adds an unbelievable creaminess to any smoothie and blends very well. Aside from being so yummy and filling, avocado has powerful health benefits. Avocado contains the antioxidant lutein which is beneficial for healthy eyesight.
The consumption of lutein has been linked to a decrease in macular degeneration and cataracts.
Kefir is a fermented milk product which tastes like a drinkable yogurt. This drink boasts a probiotic punch and can help immensely with digestive issues.
The good bacteria in kefir can actually colonize in your gastrointestinal tract and provide help with stomach issues such as regularity and gassiness. Consumption of kefir can also help with treating debilitating stomach problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Crohn’s disease as well as ulcers.
If you are looking for a protein boost, one cup of kefir provides 11 grams of protein! You’ve probably already tried yogurt in your smoothie, why not give kefir a try in your next one!
Just swap in out in place of the usual liquid in your smoothie for a new, tangy flavor combination.
4. Matcha Tea
Matcha tea is a powdered green tea with many antioxidant benefits. Matcha tea is great for an energy boost similar to a strong cup of coffee.
Matcha has been known to increase concentration as well as boost memory. There are basically 2 grades of matcha tea, ceremonial and culinary grade. The ceremonial grade is the one you will want to get for drinking purposes as the culinary grade is more for baking and will produce a different flavor.
A quick search will show you that there is a wide range in pricing for this type of tea. While we believe you do get what you pay for when it comes to Matcha, even the lower grade stuff is generally good. The higher end teas usually have a finer grind and lighter color, which makes for an almost milky jade type of texture.
Have you heard about the new smoothie bowl craze? A smoothie bowl is having your smoothie a little thicker in a bowl with a spoon as opposed to a straw. You then top it with nuts and seeds and other fruits and toppings like granola and enjoy.
5. Cayenne pepper
Yes, you read that right!
Cayenne pepper can be very beneficial addition to your smoothie for weight loss. This is because capsaicin, an active ingredient in these type of peppers can temporarily boost your metabolism.
Capsaicin causes your body to produce extra heat which has a positive effect on your metabolism. Add up to a ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper to your smoothie for a sweet and spicy boost. Cayenne pepper is also known to help clear nasal passages as well helping with upper respiratory infections.
But don’t just load it on! This stuff is hot,hot,hot!
You won’t need to add much, start with ⅛ of a teaspoon and work your way up to a ¼ teaspoon. Like the flavor combination of sweet vs spicy? Cayenne pepper can help here!