July 27 2017
Fats, proteins and carbs get all the love—here are the other things your body needs to run fast, far and forever.
*Courtesy of POPSUGAR Fitness
If your diet is lacking in enough nutrients, adding a smoothie can help immensely. Toss any of these seven ingredients into your next smoothie along with your favorite fruits to get their nutritional benefits without sacrificing taste.
The fiber-rich vegetable helps keep you full without changing the taste of even your favorite smoothie combinations. You can use raw broccoli or steam it quickly first for a smoother consistency.
If you’re looking to start the day right, add a tablespoon of chia seeds to every smoothie. The high-fiber seeds are also a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, so you’ll feel full and ready to take on your morning.
Want a little energy boost in your smoothie? Add strong, cold green tea to any smoothie instead of water for a subtle caffeinated pick-me-up.
For a smoothie that’s got heft, add some flaxseeds to the mix. High in omega-3s and fiber, flax helps promote bone health, lowers cholesterol, and keeps your digestive system healthy. The healthy fats in flaxseeds also help relieve inflammation.
If you hate the taste of kale or spinach, adding a cup or two to your morning smoothie is the way to reap their many health benefits. Once blended with the rest of your smoothie, the taste is imperceptible, but you’re still getting a hefty portion of crucial nutrients like calcium, vitamin A, manganese, and vitamin K.
Not a banana fan? Adding coconut water to your morning smoothie helps you get the electrolytes you need to feel energized and bloat-free.
For a dairy-free protein kick, blend some silken tofu into your diet. It’ll give your smoothie a creamy consistency without any Greek yogurt.