Are You Adding the Best Superfoods to Your Smoothies?

 

If you’re stuck in a smoothie rut, there’s an easy way to change things up—and add some serious nutrition—with superfood smoothies. Check in at your local Native Sun store to stock up on these healthy additions to your diet.

The Top Superfoods to Power-up Your Smoothie

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Matcha

This superfood is filled to the brim with powerful antioxidants to help your body detoxify, support your immune system, and improve concentration.

Here’s what matcha brings to the blender:

  • Lowers the chance of developing certain cancers: Catechins are a powerful class of antioxidants found in matcha that have some potent cancer-fighting properties.

  • Reduces stress and anxiety: L-Theanine is an amino acid that helps decrease stress and promote relaxation.

  • Eliminates toxins: As the main food source for plants, chlorophyll also helps your body get rid of toxins.

At Native Sun’s organic juice bar, you can mix in the subtly sweet flavor of matcha with your favorite fruits and veggies. It makes a great compliment to ginger as well as other nuts and seeds.

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Turmeric

This little yellow spice has made quite a splash in the world of organic smoothies. It has a host of health benefits that make it a worthwhile addition to anything you make, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Curcumin is a bioactive compound found in turmeric that also happens to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

  • Protects your body from free radicals: Curcumin is such a powerful antioxidant that it offers extra protection to your cells from free radicals. There’s even some research that shows turmeric helps stimulate your body’s production antioxidant enzymes that protect your even more.

  • Improved brain function: Turmeric has medicinal properties that help reduce the risk of heart and brain disease as well as improve brain function.

Turmeric is paired best with cinnamon, ginger, and a little vanilla. If you can combine it with healthy fats, like those in avocados or coconut, it helps your body absorb the curcumin more effectively, giving you the maximum benefit.

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Cacao

Cacao is the rawest form of chocolate you can find, and everyone knows you can never go wrong with chocolate! Cacao also happens to be a powerful antioxidant as well as the highest source of plant-based iron on the planet. This superfood is:

  • Rich in minerals: Cacao is full of magnesium, copper, potassium, iron, and manganese.

  • Good for your heart: The levels of magnesium in cacao make it beneficial to your heart and your brain.

  • Protects your cells: The antioxidants in cacao help to protect your cells from damage and ward off disease.

Pair cacao with Vitamin C to help you absorb the most iron from it, which is great news for all you smoothie lovers out there! Add some oranges, berries, and acai to help ensure you get the most bang for your nutritional buck.

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Chia seeds

Chia seeds’ reputation has come a long way since they were grown as “pets.” Now, these ancient seeds bring a long list of health benefits to the table:

  • Heart-healthy fat: Chia seeds have a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of cardiovascular health.

  • Great for digestion: Just a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds have 11 grams of fiber, and they’re a fast, easy way to add more fiber to your day.

  • A super-source of vitamins and minerals: One tablespoon gets you well on your way of meeting the recommended daily values of calcium, potassium and phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Work chia seeds into everyday dishes such as cereal, soups and stews, salads and salad dressings, baked goods, puddings, and—of course!—smoothies.

Additional Powerful Smoothie Mix-ins

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Blue Majik

Blue Majik is derived from spirulina, a type of blue-green algae, and not only adds bright blue color, but is also nutrient dense, and packed with vitamins and minerals. Research points to its potential to support:

  • Healthy immune and cardiovascular systems

  • Healthy joints and flexibility

  • Antioxidant protection against free radicals

  • Post-workout inflammation

  • and more

You can enjoy Blue Majik in all three of our locations at the smoothie bars as an additional add-in to any smoothie, juice, or drink for $1.29—or pick up a 30-count box of single packs or a 50-gram jar from our shelves. Check out two of our favorite Blue Majik recipes.

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CBD Oil

Smoothies are also a good way to take advantage of the benefits of CBD oil, which is derived from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. Studies have shown that CBD may help with:

  • Sleep disorders

  • Inflammation

  • Chronic pain

  • Depression and anxiety

Not only will you find this non-psychoactive cannabinoid product on our shelves in the form of high-quality oils, spray, balm, drops, gummies and capsules, this powerful supplement is now also available as a smoothie add-in for $2.99 for 10mg of CV Sciences Plus CBD at our Juice + Bar at all three Native Sun locations.

 
Dan Nehring