What’s better than waking up to a cold, refreshing summer smoothie during these hot months? We absolutely adore our superfood smoothies, and that’s why we put together this list of superfoods to help up your smoothie game.
Different superfoods will obviously taste better in different recipes. Try experimenting and seeing which ones you love. You really can’t go wrong if you’re picking your ingredients from the list below!
Stevia is sweet in more than one way—it may control blood sugar and lower blood pressure. Different glycoside compounds in stevia help to eliminate free radicals in the body, which can help prevent cancer. Plus, it’s low-cal and up to 300x sweeter than sugar, which means it can help you out with weight loss too.
2. Chamomile Tea
From preventing insomnia to boosting immunity to treating colds and period pain, chamomile does it all! Try replacing your milk or OJ smoothie base with some brewed chamomile tea for an extra nutrient boost.
Besides being delicious, almonds are great for warding off heart disease, lowering cholesterol, and controlling blood sugar. Need another reason to drop a scoop of almond butter into your smoothie? A 2015 study found that people who consumed almonds had their breast cancer risk reduced by 2-3 times.
Okay, wait, what the heck is that?
Chlorella is a single-celled algae that has perhaps the highest chlorophyll content of any food. Chlorophyll has all kinds of health benefits such as weight loss, cellular detoxification, liver support, and immune function.
5. Red Reishi Mushroom
Found in SUTRA Black, red reishi packs a big health punch for being such a little plant. It’s an adaptogen, which means it helps your body deal with the negative physical effects of stress such as inflammation and hormone imbalances. It’s also a great immune booster and helps your liver out big-time.
We typically think of mint more as a flavor enhancer than a superfood, but it is also awesome for calming down an upset stomach and aiding with digestion. It may also support healthy cholesterol levels.
7. Chia Seeds
One word: antioxidants. Chia seeds are full of them, along with as much Omega-3 fatty acids as 4 ounces of salmon! And if you’re looking for a protein and calcium fix, look no further.
These little known fruits are starting to enter the limelight because of their incredible health benefits. Camu camu berries have vitamin C for days, along with a pretty impressive list of other nutrients: potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, amino acids, and carotenoids.
9. Coconut Oil
Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? Studies have shown that coconut oil is great for reducing belly fat, protecting skin and hair, and improving organ function. Plus, an Indian study found that coconut oil is more effective in treating inflammation and healing arthritis than the leading medications.
Avocados are packed with good fats, which are important for everything from weight loss to brain function. And because they contain more potassium than bananas, they make a great substitute for bananas in smoothies.
Sure, it’ll make your smoothie smell delicious, but did you know vanilla also supports heart health and prevents cancer? On top of that, it reduces inflammation in the body, prevents acne, and even helps anxiety symptoms.
12. Pea Protein
If you’re trying to decide on a protein powder to throw into your protein shakes, this is it. Pea protein contains omega-3’s that are great for your heart. It also cleanses the colon and reduces sugar cravings…not all protein powder can boast that!
Have IBS or digestive issues? Try making a pumpkin-spice-esque smoothie and throwing in some cardamom! It’s been proven to be effective in treating everything from heartburn to intestinal spasms.
14. Cacao Powder
Cacao has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries and more calcium than cow’s milk, and has been found to be an effective mood elevator and anti-depressant. Just make sure you’re using actual cacao rather than cocoa, which is more processed and contains fewer nutrients. For an instant cacao fix, throw a packet of SUTRA Black into your next smoothie!
15. Coconut Milk
We could rave about coconut milk, but suffice it to say, it’s in both of our SUTRAs for a reason! It’s great for heart disease, healthy skin and hair, immune system health, and weight loss. Plus, have you tasted the stuff?
Cinnamon is a big part of the anti-inflammatory goodness that is SUTRA Gold. It’s also an appetite suppressant, which can be super helpful with weight loss.
Ever had an acai bowl that wasn’t absolutely delicious? Throw some of these berries in your morning smoothie for a big antioxidant boost, along with healthy fats and fiber.
Calling all athletes—maca powder is thought to improve energy and stamina. It’s also a fertility and sex drive booster while improving menopause symptoms. Throw a packet of SUTRA Gold into your smoothie for a boost of this incredible superfood!
Hate veggies but love their nutrients? Well, say hello to spirulina—this stuff has almost three thousand more beta-cerotene than carrots, and 3900 percent more iron than spinach! It also helps prevent cancer and lower blood pressure, and it boosts energy to the max.
20. Coconut Flakes
This may be one to skip if you’re already getting lots of fat in your diet, but if you find yourself not getting enough healthy fats, try coconut flakes! Use them as a light sweetener by sprinkling them on top of your smoothie after blending.
If you ever wake up feeling nauseous or sore in the morning, this is a must-have for your breakfast smoothie. Ginger soothes the tummy, reduces muscle pain and soreness, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Try dropping a packet of SUTRA Gold into your smoothie for instant anti-pain, anti-inflammation goodness.
22. Goji Berries
This flu season, treat yoself to some goji berries—they’re amazing for your immune system. Your eyes and skin will also thank you, since goji berries are loaded down with mega antioxidants.
23. Flax Seeds
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, these are your perfect fix of plant-based Omega-3’s. Even if you’re an omnivore, eating flaxseeds is a super easy way to increase your antioxidant intake and reduce your risk of certain cancers.
Lucuma is a nutrition Peruvian fruit with incredible health benefits and even better, maple-like flavor. It is thought to improve cardiovascular health as well as skin health and digestion.
If you’re on your way out the door to endure a long business meeting or take an exam, you’ll want to include some matcha in your breakfast smoothie! It enhances mood, increases concentration, and calms the mind and body. It’s also an antioxidant superstar and metabolism booster.
Nutmeg works as a detoxifier, pain reliever, and powerful antioxidant. It also prevents cancer and supports oral health. Try sprinkling some into a fall pumpkin spice shake along with cardamom and some SUTRA Gold!
27. Peppermint Oil
A potent stress and pain reliever, peppermint oil will help you get through the tough days! You’ll also find relief for digestive issues and joint pain.
The beautiful thing about oats is that you can grind them up and blend them up in any smoothie or shake for a great taste and satisfying texture. They have been found to be helpful for weight loss and keeping blood sugar under control.
29. Pea Protein
Pea protein is naturally allergen free and low-glycemic. According to one study, pea protein supported muscle thickness gains at the same rate as whey protein, making pea protein an effective plant-based substitute for whey.
30. Bee Pollen
Do seasonal allergies have you down? Try bee pollen! If you start taking it in low doses a few weeks before allergy season, you’ll find your allergies substantially alleviated. It’s also full of antioxidants and good for your intestinal flora.
31. Blue Green Algae
If you’ve been feeling sort of…blah lately, consider trying blue green algae! It’s known to be a mood booster, alleviate depression, and increase energy and mental alertness.
32. Activated Charcoal
We absolutely love activated charcoal for it’s detoxifying power. Charcoal absorbs toxins in your GI tract and scrubs away what is harmful to our bodies. It also prevents damage to the kidneys and liver by cleansing toxins and chemicals out of the body. You can get activated charcoal from lots of different places, but our favorite is from a packet of beautiful SUTRA Black!
It wouldn’t be a true superfood list without kale. Kale is high in fiber, antioxidants, iron, and vitamin K. It’s also great for cardiovascular support and for just helping you feel full.
Wheatgrass is high in nutrients that boost immunity and detox the body. It may help kill cancer cells and aid in blood sugar regulation. Just know that if you have celiac or a gluten sensitivity, you should ask your doctor before eating or drinking wheatgrass.
35. Aloe Vera
Not just for burns anymore! Aloe is antibacterial and helps treat constipation. It lowers blood sugar levels and might even prevent wrinkles.
Turmeric is a superstar when it comes to reducing inflammation in the body and treating arthritis. It also has tons of benefits to offer for people with cancer, depression, or Alzheimer’s. Plus, it’s what makes our SUTRA Gold so beautiful!
37. Black Pepper
Black pepper helps with the absorption of turmeric, making turmeric and black pepper a match made in chai heaven. Black pepper may prevent weight loss, and it’s chock full of antioxidants.
Drop a spoonful of tahini, or sesame seed butter, into your morning smoothies for healthy skin, muscles, iron levels (people with anemia, take note!), and hella vitamin E and B vitamins.
39. Greek Yogurt
If the smoothie you’re making is for post-workout recovery, you’ll want to throw in some Greek yogurt. It contains protein, calcium, B12, and probiotics, all of which are beneficial for a healthy lifestyle and workout recovery.
Good news for anyone looking to lose a bit of weight, the capsaicin in cayenne may boost your metabolism! Cayenne can also help reduce hunger, lower blood pressure, relieve pain, and reduce cancer risk. We love it so much, we included it in both of our SUTRAs.
The foundation of any good green smoothie, spinach is a great way to up your nutrient intake. It improves eyesight, is great for your brain, and protects skin from the sun’s harmful effects.
42. Hemp Seeds
Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide, and hemp seeds help prevent it. They may also be helpful in treating eczema and dry, itchy skin. If you are a woman who happens to be going through menopause, good news—hemp seeds can reduce those not-so-pleasant menopause symptoms!
Pomegranate boasts similar health benefits to many of the superfoods above—antioxidants, cancer prevention, reduced inflammation, and protection against heart disease—with the added benefit of not tasting like a vegetable! Try adding some pomegranate to your next smoothie, or using pomegranate juice as a base.
44. All Spice
If you are a victim of digestive issues, try allspice! It’s great for aiding diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and constipation, while promoting regularity. Allspice is also an anti-inflammatory, which is a Godsend if you wake up with stiff muscles in the morning.
Thyme is a smoothie additive for the adventurous, but if you’re willing to try it out you have all kinds of health benefits coming your way! Thyme improves circulation, protects your heart, is a stress reliever, and can help improve vision.
Walnuts can boost your metabolism, prevent cancer, and prevent inflammation. They’re also ah-may-zing for your skin and for promoting a healthy sleep cycle.
47. Green Tea
Another one for the athletes out there, green tea increases fat burning and improves physical performance. Green tea can also lower your risk of certain types of cancer and protect the brain against Alzheimer’s. Use it, brewed and chilled, as a base for your morning smoothies!
Throw one in your next post-workout shake! Bananas are super helpful when it comes to building lean muscle and recovering from workouts. They are also mood boosters and great for easing stress. Plus, since bananas stabilize blood sugar, they’ll help cut down sugar cravings.
The obscure powder no one really talks about is exactly the one we should be eating! It helps ease joint, knee, and back pain, improves skin elasticity, and builds beautiful nails. You can buy it as a supplement and drop a scoop in your smoothies a few times a week!
50. SUTRA Black and Gold
You may have noticed that our SUTRAs contain a ton of these superfoods! They come in cute, single-serve packets ready to throw into your morning smoothie. Consider these little packets your one-way ticket to superfood smoothie bliss.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the superfoods found in SUTRA Gold and Black!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jenna Martin
I’m a college lifestyle blogger on a mission to inspire other college kids to seek out adventure and live healthy, positive lives. Ever since about tenth grade I’ve been obsessed with all things health and fitness, and I love teaching what I’ve learned. In my free time you’ll probably find me writing, lifting, or doting on my handsome cat. Click here if you want to know more!