The humble smoothie has had an upgrade. No longer just an excellent way to take on board your recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables, everyone – from business executives on their way to work, to kids eating breakfast before school, to people kick-starting a new health regimen – are adding supplements to their smoothie to create a powerhouse of nutrients and vitamins they’re not getting elsewhere. Smoothies make it easy to load up on all the essential goodness your body needs in one handy drink. They taste delicious, they blend easily, and you can even gulp it down in one if you want. If you’re jumping aboard the smoothie trend, here are five supplements you can take that will elevate your morning shake to superhero status.
Red Superfood Powder
Red superfood powder encompasses the very best nutrients you would usually get from eating colorful fruits and vegetables, all converted to a handy (and tasty) concentrated powder format you can easily add to your breakfast smoothie. Packed full of antioxidants that protect against free radicals and aging, you’re filling your body with everything it needs to defend itself against the oxidative stresses of everyday life. You’ll feel more energized and alert and ready to face the day.
Green Superfood Powder
You’ve had your daily dose of reds; now it’s time to add in the greens. Green superfood powder is a hyper-concentrated dose of everything great you’d expect from green vegetables, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. Many people use green superfoods as a supplement to the greens they eat daily rather than to replace them. There are only so many ways you can cook with spinach, after all. Greens help boost your immunity by upping your vitamin C levels, and some people even say they can reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Collagen holds bodies together. As simplistic as that sounds, it’s the truth, and many refer to it as human scaffolding. It’s the most abundant protein created in the body, and you’ll find it in muscles, tendons, skin, and bones. Most well-known for its anti-wrinkle properties (it promotes skin elasticity, preventing skin from sagging), many people who use it found they benefited from less painful joints, freer movement, and healthier hair and nails. You can put collagen straight into your body, or you can take supplements that encourage your body’s natural collagen production instead.
Spirulina is an algae that’s high in protein and vitamins, which makes it particularly beneficial for anyone who follows a vegetarian or vegan diet. You can take it as a shot on its own, but many people prefer to add it to a smoothie to disguise its earthy, slightly muddy taste. Nutritionists have long placed spirulina on a pedestal as it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and also supports a healthy immune system – all in one handy scoop of vivid green powder. It’s small but mighty; as little as one gram can be an effective dose, although most people opt for three grams.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you can get past its overpowering taste – remember, it is vinegar – the benefits of apple cider vinegar more than make up for its shudder-inducing flavor. Many take it mixed with water, but a smoothie is an excellent vehicle in which to introduce it into your diet, especially if you use a strong-tasting fruit like a banana. Apple cider vinegar kills harmful bacteria and helps promote a healthy digestive system; so much so, many people use it as a cleanse or detox. More recently, however, it has risen to prominence for its ability to make you feel fuller, helping people lose weight, especially when taken first thing in the morning.
A supplement-packed smoothie really does make breakfast the most important meal of the day, so change-up your morning routine and give yourself the best start. Try different fruit variations to mix it up a bit and have some fun – after all, healthy doesn’t need to be boring.