I create superfood smoothies everyday.,twice a day if truth be told.
Trying to get good nutrition into your kids can be a challenge, but when you add superfoods to your smoothies, it becomes a great science experiment of color, texture and taste! Plus, you just boosted the nutrition of your smoothies.
My special needs son has a history of gut-challenges, muscle tone issues, and food intolerances, so good nutrition is key for both his emotional and physical health. He loves watching and tasting the changes I make to his daily superfood smoothies.
I always make smoothies with seasonal fruit and vegetables which I have, but I typically throw in superfoods for a change in color, but also for a nutritional boost. Plus, there have been times when I needed to add supplements or medications so this has been my go-to for getting in the needed supplements into my sons’ bodies, what his tastes and senory issues disagree with.:-) I aim for superfood smoothies with a thicker texture, and add flavors through ingredients which boost my family’s nutrition.
Follow these steps to a good quality smoothie and then add your superfoods. The kids always find this entertaining if you make it a fun science experiment!
Steps to Make Superfood Smoothies
Currently, we use milk, which makes the shakes quite frothy. However I have also used coconut milk, which makes the smoothie rather thick and smooth and I have used almond milk, which makes the shakes thinner and more liquid, like a milk.
I went through a season, where I avoided excessive fruit sugar, using berries and apples or pears. However, now, we are no longer afraid of fruit sugar and use seasonal fruits of all types. Watermelon makes shakes thinner. Most fruit, if it is just fresh and not frozen will add color and flavor to your shakes. However, if you want more of a smoothie, freezing your fruit before you add it will make it almost an ice cream.
We go green when we can. I add anything from kale to Swiss chard to our smoothies and shakes. My son now even requests the kale! The greens add tons of extra vitamins and, mixed with the fruit, they make for a well-balanced boost to your family’s diet.
Thickeners come in different forms. Use the milk to thicken, or add a boost of yogurt or banana. Frozen fruit always creates a smoothie with a nice cold frozen thickness. Chia seeds will also thicken your smoothies. Choose one thing while you collect your ingredients that will thicken your beverage.
Superfoods for your Superfood Smoothies
It is here that I also throw in herbs. I prefer powders for shakes and smoothies, however, I have thrown in tea leaves for good nutrition. Berry powders and seeds such as flax seed add omega 3s and of course, chia thickens up the liquid and provides a nutritional boost.
Add these superfoods to your smoothies:
Added in a powder form, beef gelatin not only repairs the gut, but it thickens and adds a boost of vitamins and amino acids your body needs everyday.
Not only does it taste wonderful, but cinnamon is also anti-viral, aids in digestion, and increases the flow of urine. Its warming properties also enhance mood and add a light brown color to your shake.
Raw cocoa powder
Raw cocoa powder, the pure form, adds an antioxidant element that is actually healthy for your body. Without all of the thickeners used in commercial cocoa powders, raw cocoa is a powerful superfood, and turns your superfood smoothie brown. Can you say, How now brown cow?!
Any berry, fresh or in powder form will change the color as well as provide great nutrients to your smoothie. Berries such as strawberry, blueberry and raspberry provide a boost of antioxidants and vitamin C.
While you can add this in its whole form, you can also slip the root powder undetected into shakes and smoothies. However, use very little with your little ones, as it has a spicey flavor. Add it to pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon and make a pumpkin pie smoothie!
If you never embarked into the land of a sweet potato smoothie, you are missing out! Cooked sweet potatoes thicken a smoothie, and adding the additional cinnamon and ginger make your smoothie a delicious sweet potato pie!
Flax seeds or meal are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. Add this to any smoothie for a nice drinkable texture.
Chia seeds are are rich in fiber, iron and protein. Plus, they contain omega 3 fatty acids.
Add some kelp powder to your shakes and smoothies to provide a boost of omega 3 fatty acids, along with an extra boost of iron. All this comes in the color of pure green.
What superfoods do you add to your smoothies? Do you have some favorite combinations?