One healthy habit that can keep you on the track to wellness is starting your day fresh with a nutrient-dense smoothie. A great on-the-go option, smoothies are perfect for busy lifestyles. Need some inspiration to mix it up (pun intended)? Make a top-notch nutritious juice or smoothie with these mix-ins.
Great news for chocolate lovers! Cacao nibs, which are chocolate in their purest form, are full of both antioxidants and flavonoids. Cacao also stimulates the brain, triggering the release of phenylethylamine, a neurotransmitter commonly referred to as “the love drug,” which elicits feelings of contentment and alertness. There might be a reason for our chocolate love affair after all.
A pinch of ground turmeric rootspice is great in juices and smoothies. Part of the ginger family, turmeric adds a warm spice flavor to your smoothie or juice while providing powerful anti-inflammatory benefits and antioxidants.
Maca’s health-boosting properties have been used by the native Andean people in Peru for thousands of years. Rich in carbohydrates, protein and a variety of essential minerals, maca enhances endocrine function, regulating metabolism, fertility, sexual function, energy levels and the nervous system.
A true superfood, goji berries contain natural antioxidants that support healthy skin. Beyond antioxidants, they also boast 18 amino acids, carotenoids, vitamins A, C and E. In fact, per ounce, goji berries tout more vitamin C than oranges!
Powdered Peanut Butter
Enjoy the taste of traditional creamy or chunky peanut butter in smoothies by mixing in powdered peanut butter. Just like the traditional version, powdered peanut butter is loaded with protein, potassium, niacin and folates. Blend with cacao nibs, almond milk, whey protein and bananas for a healthy twist on a chocolate and peanut butter smoothie that’s friendly for the waist.