This Superfood Smoothie is a powerhouse of antioxidants and nutrients. Made with only 6 key ingredients, it's the perfect post-workout smoothie or when you need that nutrient infusion to get through a tough day. This smoothie is soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free.
Superfood Smoothie is made of these ingredients
- Hemp hearts (seeds)
- Coconut water
- Lemon juice (optional, but recommended)
I used Redbor kale, but any kale (e.g., curly, red Russian, lacinato/dinosaur) or collard greens would work. Ice and lemon or lime juice are optional, but recommended.
Superfoods in this smoothie make this one of the healthiest...
The superfoods in this smoothie are the blackberries, blueberries, kale, and hemp hearts (seeds). Arguably, this is may be one of the healthiest smoothies I've had. It's one of our Top 5 Favorite Smoothies for weight loss. As a nutritionist and recipe blogger, I focus first on healthy recipes and second making them taste good, in that order. So when I pulled this one together, I was happy with the result. Let's break down the ingredients:
Blackberries and blueberries
Blackberries and blueberries provide a rich source of anthocyanins—a beneficial compound that provides the blue-violet pigment—helping to boost the immune system, improve heart and brain health, lower inflammation, and protective against cancer causing free radicals.
Redbor kale is typically used as garnish at a restaurant salad bar, or in culinary applications sautéed and served as a side dish. But this variety of kale is a major player when it comes to nutrient density. It's both a dark leafy cruciferous green rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, and has the added benefit of a rich purple color which provides a boost of anthocyanins. Lutein and zeaxanthin has been shown to improve eye health and may also help boost memory and brain function.
Hemp hearts (seed)
Hemp hearts or shelled hemp seeds provide a good source of healthy fats, omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. These tiny powerhouse seeds also contain lignanamides, compounds shown to be anti-inflammatory and possibly protective against chronic diseases like high cholesterol and certain cancers. Compared to other seeds, hemp hearts are a good source of protein. These seeds are also high in magnesium, zinc, iron, and other B-vitamins.
Banana and coconut water
Maybe not superfoods, but the banana and coconut water provides a nice sweetness and makes this smoothie an excellent source of potassium, a mineral associated with lowering high blood pressure and necessary for electrolyte balance.
Overall, the foods in this smoothie are among the healthiest ingredients you can put into a smoothie. The beautiful deep, rich purple-blue color provides clues to the health benefits of this superfood drink.
How to prepare this superfood smoothie
Making this smoothie is super easy. If you like your smoothie frosty cold, add some ice and all other ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Fresh lemon or lime juice is optional but recommended if you like a little acid to cut the sweetness.
It's okay to use fresh berries instead of frozen, but if you like it cold, you'll want to add ice.
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