If you’re looking for something with the nutrition of a salad and the taste of dessert, make yourself a smoothie! Pack your blender with a liquid (such as milk, yogurt or almond milk), healthy vegetables, fruits and herbs, and even one or two “super” ingredients—such as kombucha, flaxseeds or green tea, for maximum nutrition. Here are six nutrient-packed ingredients to supercharge your smoothie.
This popular tea boasts antioxidants that may have health benefits—research is looking at whether green tea may play a role in cancer prevention, sun protection and immunity, although more research is needed. Plus, the earthy flavor adds a unique twist. To use, brew a cup of hot green tea and let it cool completely before adding to your smoothie. Keep in mind that green tea contains caffeine, so adding it to your smoothie may give you an extra energy boost.
Silken tofu is loaded with protein, which can help you feel full longer and curb snack attacks midmorning. If you buy calcium-set tofu, you’ll also get a good dose of calcium.
Pomegranate juice’s high antioxidant content has researchers looking at how it may play a role in heart health. Look for a product with a high percentage of pomegranate juice; some varieties include a blend of apple or other juices.
Kefir is a liquid, drinkable yogurt that’s full of calcium and healthy probiotics.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is often lightly carbonated. It can be found in many supermarkets in a range of flavors as diverse as mango and cayenne-watermelon. As a fermented product, it has probiotics as well as antioxidants.
Flaxseed and flaxmeal (ground from flaxseed) are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid that’s essential to the body. Research is looking at how ALA may help to lower inflammation and increase blood flow in the body, which may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and blood clots.
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