Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get some nutrients into my bod. I have one almost every morning for breakfast, after the gym. That being said, they aren’t the most filling thing on the planet, unless you know some smoothie add-ins that help to make them more filling and more nutritious. Today is your lucky day… because I do!
I’ve tried adding everything but the kitchen sink to my smoothies in an attempt to supercharge them. The three superfoods I’m sharing with you below are my go to smoothie add-ins.
Healthy Superfood Smoothie Toppers
Did you know that “Chia” means strength in the Mayan Language? That’s because these little guys are chock full of nutrients to keep you energized, full, and strong. Mayans used to say that one handful of chia seeds could keep them going for a full day. I have to say, I don’t agree with that, but times are different now, stomachs are bigger….probably? Anyway they are one of my favorite things to add to smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal because they really do keep me full and energized until lunch. That’s because they contain lots of fiber, protein, healthy fats, calcium, magnesium, and a bunch of other vitamins!
Now this stuff is new to me. But shit, let me tell you, it’s pretty amazing. I’ve been on the honey train for a while now because I believe it can cure pretty much any ailment you may have. But being introduced to bee pollen has seriously changed my life. This is one amazing superfood. Check out all the benefit here. Not only did it immediately help to control my nasty seasonal allergies but it also contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. I hate taking vitamin supplements so adding this into my smoothies or yogurt gives me everything I need! Here’s a list of the nutrients in bee pollen…it pretty much contains it all:
Vitamins: Provitamin A, B-1 Thiamin, B-2 Riboflavin, B-3 Nancin, B-5, B-6 Pyridoxine, B-12 (cyanocobalamine), Pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, F, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin H, Vitamin K, Vitamin PP, Folic Acid, Choline, Inositol, Rutin.
Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Iodine, Zinc, Sulfur, Sodium, Chlorine, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Boron, Silica, and Titanium.
Other: Amino Acid, Carbohydrates, Fatty Acids, Enzymes & Co-Enzymes, Fats.
Good ole fashion granola. Sorry granola, bee pollen is a tough act to follow. But Granola can be great if it’s not that sugary crap loaded with horrible for you things. If you’re eating granola with added sugar in it then you might as well eat candy for breakfast. If you go to your local grocery store find a granola labeled “sugar-free” & “organic.” This is the good stuff. And make sure you read the ingredients, don’t let them trick you. Sugar sneaks its way into everything and granola shouldn’t be one of those things, but that’s a wholeeee nother blog post. If you don’t understand the ingredient, don’t buy it. Easy rule of thumb.
My favorite granola is from those help yourself dispensers in Whole Foods. It is sugar-free and chock full of oats, nuts, and seeds. The good kind of granola is a great superfood smoothie topper because nuts and seeds contain loads of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals that keep you going throughout the day. This is also the most filling of my smoothie toppers so when I’m extra hungry in the morning, it’s is my go to.
Why wait? Start incorporating more of these superfoods into your life now! What is your favorite smoothie add-in? Let me know by commenting below! 🙂