Five Smoothie Add-Ins that Pack a Nutritional Punch

Looking to shake up your typical smoothie? Here are five great options to try!

Your first thought might be – what? Wouldn’t that taste … weird? As surprising as it might sound, avocados are a surprisingly versatile addition to your smoothie. Mixing in a few slices of avocado will add healthy fats, B-vitamins, fiber, Vitamin E and, best of all, their smooth texture will make your smoothie extra creamy.

Ground Cinnamon
Remember that spice that you use twice a year when you’re baking? Well, it turns out you can use it a lot more often! Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that may lower blood sugar. Delicious, cheap, and healthy – just what we’re looking for! Cinnamon adds a sense of sweetness to recipes.  Here’s a recipe for a healthy apple pie smoothie that we love.

Chia Seeds
Chia seeds burst onto the food scene several years ago and have been touted as a “superfood.” Packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium, chia seeds are a heart-healthy and delicious way to up any smoothie’s nutrition profile.

Fun fact: Chia seed roots can be traced back to Mexico, dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. (Source: WebMD)

Pumpkin Seeds
These seeds are another great way to add fiber, healthy fat and protein to your smoothie to keep you feeling fuller longer. They also provide a nutritious hit of vitamins, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Find this Fall-approved food year-round at your local grocery store or roast your own after you carve a pumpkin. If you buy them from the grocery store, seek out those that are lightly salted or unsalted.

A Handful of Spinach
Smoothies are a great way to add nutrients into your day, and spinach is chock full of good stuff – including vitamins K, E, A, C, and folic acid, magnesium, iron and phytonutrients such as beta-carotene. Spinach is not only nourishing, it adds a fresh taste to smoothies. If you’re looking for a way to up your veggie intake, adding spinach to your next smoothie or meal is a great option!

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