Smoothies are the perfect way to kick off the morning, especially when so many fruits and vegetables are in season! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best smoothie add-ins to help you make the most of your morning shake. Be sure to follow the recommended serving sizes, and check out our Food Monster App for recipe ideas, too!
1. Organic VEDA Turmeric Powder
Turmeric has long been used as a dietary supplement thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. If you want to harness the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, pair it with a supplement like black pepper extract to make the benefits more bioavailable. Otherwise, turmeric can be an excellent dietary aid.
As one Amazon reviewer states, “Second order! Buying in bulk is so much better. Great product, fast delivery, and superior health benefits.” VEDA can be added to recipes like this Healing Turmeric Smoothie.
2. Nature’s Eats Almond Flour
Everyone knows that almonds are packed with health benefits. From vitamin E to calcium and iron, almonds are an excellent addition to smoothies – but they can tend to stop up the blender. The solution to this problem is almond flour, which is just almonds ground into a powder.
Adding a spoonful or two of Nature’s Eats Almond Flour will help add sweetness and nutrients to recipes. One Amazon reviewer said, “My first time trying almond flour. I made several different dishes, both sweet and savory, and my family loved it, which can be a tough sell at times. Will buy again and recommend to others!” Give almond flour a shot in recipes like this High Protein Vanilla Cashew Smoothie.
3. Nutiva Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is an easy source of Omega 3s and 6s, which are key in a vegan diet and excellent for skin and hair health. It’s also a great source of healthy fats, and studies suggest it can even help regulate hormonal balance in the body.
Ken Korczak on Amazon raved, “I highly recommend this natural, tasty oil. It’s organic, flavor is great and provides nutritious boost to your diet. Life’s simple pleasures are the best.” Try hemp oil in a recipe like this Protein-Rich Green Smoothie
4. Reishi Mushroom Powder
Reishi mushrooms have been lauded for their health benefits for hundreds of years in Eastern medicine, and for good reason: they’re immune system boosters and studies have shown they may even stop the spread of cancer cells.
One user says: “This stuff is phenomenal! I bought this product after reading reviews about how it helps with blood flow and thought perhaps it could be beneficial for my poor circulation. With me, my feet constantly feel cold and often my hands are too without even noticing. It doesn’t help that my job often requires me at a desk and not moving around. So what I’ve been doing is mixing this in with my oatmeal for breakfast. I’d say the day I started this product, I instantly noticed that my feet weren’t feeling as cold, despite the AC blasting in the office. For the first time in ages, I didn’t need to turn on my space heater or wrap my legs in a fleece blanket (something I get teased a lot for). Couldn’t recommend enough for individuals struggling to produce sufficient blood flow. Love love love!”
5. Maca Powder Organic Dietary Supplement
Ancient Peruvians grew maca nearly 3000 years ago, and the health benefits have stayed the same. Full of 20 different amino acids and antioxidants, maca is believed to provide an energy boost as well as hormone regulation.
Reviewer Lindsay says, “The cost and quality is absolutely work it and a much better deal than going to the store in the spice aisle I have found If you are into the health and fitness scene, highly recommend this product, especially if you are using it in drinks!” Try a spoonful of this powder at $11.99 per bag.
6. Lakewood Organic Pure Aloe
Aloe vera juice is not only an excellent hydration option – it’s full of antioxidants purported to help clear skin. It’s also packed with enzymes to help aid digestion, so it’s the perfect addition to a smoothie like this date-filled Vanilla Caramel Smoothie.
Try adding a splash of cold-pressed, GMO-free Lakewood Organic’s Pure Aloe to your next smoothie.
One Amazon reviewer said, “Definitely recommend for general health. If you have used fresh Aloe externally & seen the great benefits, then you can imagine how awesome it is internally.”
7. Luminous Organic Raw Cacao Powder
It might seem like cheating to add cacao powder to a healthy smoothie, but cacao is an anti-inflammatory found to help boost cardiovascular health and reduce bad cholesterol. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s full of magnesium and sulfur.
One Amazon customer said, “This cacao is just as described- high quality and delicious. I added to my smoothie yesterday and tried it in my coffee today.”
8. Anthony’s Organic Ground Ginger Root
Ginger smells amazing, but it’s much more complicated than that. Did you know that ginger can help soothe irritated skin? Ginger is also a widely-used supplement used for nausea relief, and it even has antimicrobial properties that can help get rid of pesky colds quicker.
Reviewer Jane on Amazon says, “After reading how good this spice is for you, my husband and I decided to give it a try. We drink healthy smoothies twice a day. I suggest you try a dash at first, because it can be overpowering.”
9. Indus Cayenne Pepper Powder
Cayenne pepper is a fantastic resource to help clear out your sinuses. It can also help to curb your appetite and speed up your metabolism, eventually helping with weight loss. Studies have also shown that the spice can improve circulation. Try a dash of certified organic Indus Organic Cayenne Pepper, which
10. Organic Wise Organic Ceylon Cinnamon
Cinnamon has been shown to be more than just your aromatic favorite spice. It can actually help reduce blood sugar levels and bad cholesterol. There’s promising evidence to suggest that it can help people suffering from type 2 diabetes, and it’s even being researched as an effective supplement for those with cancer and HIV.
One reviewer says, “Notably milder aroma than the regular cinnamon I buy at the local stores. Added some to my coffee and it was good. I am trying this because the warning posted using the other kinds of cinnamon which has higher coumarin in it which is not good for the liver. I want to use cinnamon more for it’s health benefits and this has great quality and price.”
11. Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast
Yes, you can add nutritional yeast into more than just vegan mac and cheese! Known for containing 18 amino acids and B vitamins, nutritional yeast is a true superfood for those following a vegan, gluten-free diet.
As Reviewer RuthAnn Darr said, “The containers last quite a while, and after I open the container, I store it in the refrigerator. The unopened containers just stay stored in my cupboard until I need them.”
If you love making smoothies and learning about the best add-ins, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App. It’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more! If you think being gluten-free and vegan is restrictive, do yourself a favor and check out the amazing recipes on the app.
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