It’s piping hot out there so we’re continuing the conversation on healthy smoothies. You know what takes a smoothie from basic to badass? Superfoods. Today we’re shouting out our top 5 superfoods that not only up the health factor, but that make smoothies taste dyn-o-mite. Superfoods can really kick your snack or meal up a notch, so we’re sharing our favorite ways to use them. PSA: read allllll the way to the end because there’s something big time in it for you. We’re super excited to partner with Navitas Organics for this blog post – we’re giving away a pack of all five of these bad boys. (Update 7/17: Giveaway closed!)
Cacao nibs (or cacao powder) is probably a superfood you’ve heard of before. Packed with antioxidants, these little buggers are so great at powering up a meal or snack. They have a dark chocolate taste without the sugar, you can add them in whole for some serious crunch or blend them for a cocoa infused smoothie. LOVE them paired with mint / berries / beets and more.
Chia seeds might be Megan’s fav superfood of all time…also known for their omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds have a good amount of protein, antioxidants, magnesium, and fiber and will keep you energized for the day. Also? Great for staying regular. Add to salads, smoothies, oats, energy bites…the list could go on forever!
Hemp seeds are an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids and a complete protein (meaning it contains all nine amino acids which is hard to come by in the plant world). It’s also packed with antioxidants and iron. They will add a mild nutty flavor and in general go well with everything. Such a people please these little guys. Add these to energy bites or a smoothie to make them protein packed. They also add a great little crunch to smoothies.
Maca is an adaptogen. Adapto-what? Instead of targeting one part of the body, adaptogens help balance out the body as a whole. Maca will directly support your hormones and in turn will give you a) energy and b) a strong libido. Who doesn’t want more of that? *crickets* We throw maca in just about everything but to get you started, it’s great in coffee, smoothies, and banana n’ice cream. Nom.
Mulberries are basically raisins on steroids. The good kind of steroids though…they are low in sugar and high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Also, dried mulberries are freaking delicious and and well liked as opposed to raisins which people are such haters on. They are DIVINE sprinkled on smoothie bowls.
Navitas Organics has generously offered to giveaway each of our favorite superfoods to one lucky winner! Here’s what you’ll get:
- 1 bag of cacao nibs
- 1 bag of hemp seeds
- 1 bag of chia seeds
- 1 bag of maca
- 1 bag of mulberries
All you have to do is leave a comment below sharing which superfood is your favorite (or which you’re most excited for) and what you’re going to make with these! One winner will be selected at random from our Facebook, Instagram and blog comments on Monday, July 17th. Good luck!
UPDATE 7/17: Giveaway is closed! The random winning comment was on Instagram.
Who’s ready for a smoothie bowl?!