Power Up Your Morning Smoothie with These 6 Unique Superfoods
Just when we thought we couldn't love making smoothies any more, we met these new kids on the block. Don't get me wrong: I'll never get tired of classic fresh fruits and veggies like strawberries, frozen bananas, or spinach in my breakfast smoothies, but these new superfoods pack some powerful health benefits and taste as good as they look. If you're in search of new ideas for ingredients that pair perfectly with fruit, yogurt, almond milk, and more, you've come to the right place.
The baobab fruit is a large, hard pod filled with fruit pulp and seeds. It has a delicious citrus taste with notes of pear, custard and vanilla. Considered to be one of Africas most important superfruits, baobab has been a part of the traditional diet for centuries. The prebiotic superfruit packs plenty of dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and an abundance of antioxidants.
To buy: $20, amazon.com
Lucuma is an exotic South American superfruit with a delicious taste across between maple syrup and citrus. It's a solid source of fiber and potassium as well as a host of other nutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium and antioxidants. Prized for its unique sweet taste, it has been traditionally used as a novel flavor for desserts and ice creams but works well in fruit smoothies, too.
To buy: $14, amazon.com
This is a light amber-colored syrup with a delicate, sweet floral taste. Yacon is a root indigenous to the Andes of Peru and Bolivia, also known as the Peruvian Ground Apple or Sunroot. It tastes as sweet as honey but has zero grams of sugar and is very low on the glycemic index. And as a prebiotic, Yacon aids in supporting gastrointestinal health and maintaining the optimal growth and balance of beneficial bacteria.
To buy: $28, amazon.com
Maqui berries have long been revered by the Mapuche, the indigenous people of Central and Southern Chile. The Mapuche attributed their strength, health and longevity to this small purple-black berry bursting with sweet, ripe fruit flavor. It's an excellent source of vitamin C and a host of antioxidants to boot.
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This is a spiral shaped green microalgae. One of the most nourishing superfoods known, it contains a host of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants including riboflavin and iron. And as a source of vegetarian protein, spirulina has all essential amino acids along with a fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid. Its vibrant green color comes from the concentration of chlorophyll and the antioxidant phycocyanin. Spirulina has a very mild flavor that pairs perfectly with kiwi, pears, or bananas.
To buy: $20, amazon.com
Sprouted Chia and Sprouted Flax
Here, the sprouting process improves digestibility of chia and flax seeds and allows for a greater absorption of their nutrients. Both seeds contain about 3 grams of omega-3 per serving and are a great source of calcium and iron. They're high in fiber, too.
To buy: $10, amazon.com