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Top 10 Superfoods for Smoothies (that actually taste good)

I was never a big fan of superfood smoothie recipes when I started blending. I liked simple fruits and veggies that I recognized and could pronounce. Yet every few weeks, I’d get a new shipment of superfoods to my door from a company that wanted me to try their new product.

I started exploring this world of smoothie boosters. Some were good. Some bad. And some just nasty. Yet they keep coming because the market keeps growing.

Today, I want to help you NOT waste your time and money… and stick with only the best superfoods to enhance your smoothie. Honestly, the more fresh fruits and veggies you can use— the better. And when in a pinch or as a finishing touch, additional superfoods can take your smoothie up a notch.

What are the best superfoods for smoothies?

Superfoods are a quick and easy way to get some serious nutrients into your body, yet stepping into the world of ingredients to make superfood smoothies can be intimidating. I’ve wandered through the health aisles of the market in a daze… wondering if these so-called super foods could possibly be worth the “super price”. But what are superfoods?

Seriously, how super could they actually be? 


Turns out, pretty super. So let me break it down for you…

In short, superfoods are great for your body and great for our world. They’re all natural and are filled with many nutrients that our bodies crave but don’t receive. And because they are non-GMO + organic that means they are coming from hard working farmers who take care of their crops and the earth in sustainable ways. When using superfoods with a smoothie, the benefits are compounded by so much goodness.

Over the years I’ve prob tried them all in my green smoothies, and have quickly narrowed them down to my “go-to favs.” These ones taste the best and give me the results I’m looking for, which I will break down below. I’ll also share which ones I buy so you can check them out as well (hint: I like Amazon and I like affordable).

The Top 10 Superfoods for smoothies | Simple Green Smoothies

Jen’s top 10 superfood smoothie ingredients:

1. Chia Seeds

If you are looking for a green smoothie staple then you have come to the right place. These do-it-all superseeds are good for your head with their high content of omega fatty acids that increase healthy brain function, but have also proven to be good for your heart by fighting high cholesterol and heart disease. They even boast a wide variety of nutrients, such as: protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium and antioxidants. Use up to three tablespoons of chia seeds in your smoothie.

BLEND ::Post-Workout Green Smoothie

2. Coconut Oil

If you are exercising for weight loss, then coconut oil will be an important ingredient for you. The fatty acids in this superfood fight body fat by converting into energy that boosts metabolism as opposed to animal derived saturated fats that add body fat. Use one tablespoon of coconut oil in your green smoothie for breakfast.

BLEND ::Pineapple Kale Coconut Oil Green Smoothie

3. Avocados

Avocados are a big part of my diet and qualify as a super food at a super price (if you time it right). We toss them in smoothies, make guacamole and often just eat them by themselves. These green gems contain almost 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that will boost your smoothie real fast and make it extra creamy. They are loaded with heart-healthy fats that will keep your skin glowing and your tummy full longer.

BLEND IN :: SPA Cleanser Green Smoothie

4. Hemp Protein

At times it can be difficult to receive the proper amounts of protein and fiber that our bodies need in a healthy way. Hemp protein powder makes it a little easier boasting a whopping 50% protein content and much higher levels of fiber than soy-based protein powder. The hemp content is also kid friendly, as it encourages childhood growth through its amino acids. Athletes can also turn to this superfood for its ability to repair muscles. You can add one to four tablespoons of hemp protein, which has a much stronger taste. You can also buy hemp hearts and sprinkle one to two tablespoons of top of smoothies or add to your salads for a nutty, protein packed punch.

BLEND :: Cherry Pineapple Post Workout Smoothie

5. Cacao Powder

Cacao is filled with two things that we love: antioxidants and flavor! The antioxidants boost your immune system which helps to resist those nasty colds and sickness. The rich, chocolatey flavor is delicious and dessert-like which helps to resist those sugar cravings while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Blend two to four tablespoons of cacao powder with your daily smoothie and enjoy the warm flavors.

BLEND :: Shamrock Green Smoothie

6. Goji Berries

Perhaps one of the tastiest top ten treats are goji berries, known for their healing strength. The nutrients included in these berries are antioxidants and amino acids, but the real strength lies within their more than 20 vitamins and minerals. These precious nutrients have been used for centuries in Asian cultures to strengthen eyesight, fight against viruses, balance hormones, and even to assist with the longevity of life. Not feeling the best? Sweeten things up with 1/2 cup of these berries in your smoothie!

BLEND :: Goji Berry Orange Smoothie

7. Flaxseed

Flax seed is best known for its fatty acids and fiber. When talking about omega fatty acids it is better ask what they can’t do then what they can. This powder plays its part in proper cardiovascular and immune system health, brain function, joint function, soft skin, and more. The fiber in flax is also good for many things, but especially effective with eliminating toxins from your body. Add just one tablespoon of ground flaxseed or try whole seeds to your smoothie for a subtle, nutty flavor with more than subtle nutrition.

BLEND :: Raspberry Coconut Shortcake Green Smoothie

8. Acai Powder

A-what? This smooth superfood is popular for its mispronunciation (uh-sigh-ee), but even more popular for keeping you fiery and full. These Brazilian berries are loaded with antioxidants that boost your body’s energy and ability to focus. Their protein and fiber will also keep you feeling full making the Acai berry (or powder) a weight fighting superhero. Acai has a wide range of possibilities. Its creamy consistency and almost chocolatey flavor works well with both sweet and savory flavors by adding just one tablespoon to your smoothie.

BLEND :: Watermelon Acai Smoothie

9. Maca powder

This Peruvian superfood has been used in traditional healing for thousands of years. Maca is known to naturally support the body’s ability to adapt to stress and improve energy, vitality, and stamina— making it the perfect superfood for busy peeps. It has a subtle sweet taste and is a great endurance athlete superfood.

BLEND IN :: Pineapple Upside Down Cake Green Smoothie

10. Spirulina Powder

Of course, superfoods aren’t always made from glamorous plants. Sometimes they are made from pond algae, like Spirulina. Though its taste may be subpar (aka: horrible, to be honest), its high content of everything nutritious makes up for it. if you’re desperate to add more superfood greens to your diet (and don’t mind gagging it down), look no farther.

Just use a small amount to get the benefits without the pungent taste. Spirulina’s top two ingredients are protein and omega fatty acids. Use anywhere from 1/2 to two teaspoons of spirulina in your daily smoothie. I recommend starting with just 1/2 teaspoon to your favorite green smoothie recipe when getting started… if that.

BLEND :: Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie

Now, It’s Your Turn!

What is your #1 favorite superfood smoothie ingredient?  Mine is def chia seeds since they don’t alter the delicious taste of the fruits AND they add a protein + Omega 3 punch. Now that’s plant-power! I wanna know what yours is now.

Share in the comments below and let’s see what’s the most popular superfood.

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  1. john

    June 27th, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    We live in the Philippines and are fortunate to have found a great area to live abounding in natures fruits many of which I had never seen before and we are able to get some greens from a neighbouring organic farm but everything is different and we are still trying to understand the tropical greens. is there a good book on the subject?

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 27th, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Hi John,

    Interested in learning more about leafy greens? Make sure + check out our post here…


    We go over our favorites + they’re all great additions to your green smoothie!

  3. Alex

    October 16th, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    To what extent do you recommend mixing these? I currently have chia seeds, maca root , goji berries, and camu camu powder in the pantry but scared to mix them.

    I have had issues with the camu camu before too…. mouth sores? Have you heard of this?

  4. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 18th, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Hi Alex,

    How you mix and match superfoods is really up to you. Chia seeds, maca root, goji berries, + camu camu all offer your body different health benefits, so it’s totally ok to blend them together. I usually try not to repeat superfoods that give the same benefit. For example blending chia seeds, and spirulina all together as they all offer your body protein. Variety is the spice of life after all!

    Unfortunately I haven’t heard of mouth sores from camu camu, it’s actually suppose to help heal them. I’d suggest avoiding the superfood until reaching out to your local physical or nutritionist.

  5. Pam P

    December 6th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I mix chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed, açaí and goji berry powder along with spirulina- all together in my plain Green yogurt and then add to my smoothie. Too much?

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    December 8th, 2017 at 10:38 am

    HI Pam,

    That all sounds good! It’s all about finding the right mix for you + your body!

  7. Natalie

    January 1st, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I add sesame seeds! They’re very healthy. Can’t taste them. Also I recently heard this top but haven’t tried it yet: mashed, cooked sweet potato. Also add peanut butter if you need more calories.

  8. Natalie

    January 1st, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Also, aloe if you can find it in the health food store.

  9. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    January 4th, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Natalie! We always love hearing about how our community fuels their bodies!

  10. Deborah

    January 16th, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I have many plants. Can I scrape a teaspoonful fresh and use it ?

  11. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    January 17th, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Hi Deborah,

    What plants do you have on hand? We love changing up our leafy greens! You can learn more about our favorites here…


  12. Mark Wieder

    January 30th, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    My wife was concerned about rotating greens. We understand that part. But what about the other ingredients like spirulina, chlorella, mocha, maca powder, moringa, chia, flax, caoco nibs, etc. I saw you mentioned. Maybe not add Chia seeds with spirulina. What about other ingredients. Sometimes I don’t follow a certain recipe, I just dump these in a mixer and chug it. But is there guidelines to follow for the non-veggie non-fruit ingredients?

  13. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 9th, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Hi Mark,

    There’s no exact guideline, but I always follow the thought “variety is the spice of life”. You body loves receiving a variety of ingredients + nutrients – so change it up! 🙂

  14. Sue Martell

    February 5th, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Can you use flaxseed, chia seed, ginger powder, moingaleaf powder, Ceylon cinnamon powder and almond milk . With fresh fruits together in a smoothie

  15. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 9th, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Hi Sue,

    Everyone can benefit from different superfoods. Just take a peek at the benefits + see what your body needs. I usually try to fuel my body with a variety of superfoods.

  16. chasity

    May 29th, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    hello! I have just recently started making green smoothies.
    I have bought a protein (vega one) and have been putting different veggies and fruits together.
    is okay to use protein in the shake with chia and maca root? or is this too much of one thing?

  17. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 4th, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Chasity,

    I love using a variety of superfoods in my green smoothie. Variety is the spice of life after all. I just try to take a peek at each benefit to ensure I’m not repeating a benefit too much.

  18. Michele Lewis

    May 31st, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I grow my own greens indoors which is fun and convenient 🙂 I use the raw cacao every day. The problem I have with some of the other suggestions (like goji) is that it adds a significant number of calories. You can power up your smoothie to the point that it has 600 calories!

  19. Donna A

    June 1st, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Jen, Currently, my superfoods are whatever your recipes call for! I’m not one who will experiment, but I am one that will follow a recipe to the inth degree. Right now my superfoods are Hempseeds, Avocados, and Coconut Oil. I have to ask, is there such a thing as too many superfoods in one smoothie? How does one decide which superfood to use? Do too many superfoods, too often have any negative affects? Keep up the good work! Since starting and completing the 7-Day challenge and on my 3rd day of Thrive-Summer Cleanse, I am on a mission to get rid of my high cholesterol and acid reflux meds.

  20. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 4th, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Donna,

    I love using a variety of superfoods in my green smoothies. Concerned about using too many? Usually – I try to stick with 1-3 superfoods per smoothie and I take a look at each one’s benefits, as I don’t want to repeat them. So if I’m looking for a healthy fat + protein boost, I’ll reach for chia seeds + hemp hearts. Hope that helps!

  21. iris thomson

    October 17th, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I find the taste is very bad not at all pleasent.. is there a way to make it taste better.

  22. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 17th, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Iris,

    I am sorry that you had a bad experience! Have you tried switching up your greens and the super foods to make the best tasty option?! Trying a variety is really great to find what fits your specific needs and your taste buds 🙂

  23. Geraldine Watts

    November 26th, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Jen! I tried this but it was way too thick I had to eat it with a spoon. And even then it tasted very bad and I felt sick after. If this happens, should I add more coconut oil and avocado? Those seemed to be the only “wet” ingredients in this recipe. Thanks! -Geraldine

  24. Melanie Astin

    November 30th, 2018 at 10:59 am

    It sounds like you blended a smoothie out of all the ingredients listed in the article. You should actually add only one or two of these extras typically to a regular smoothie that’s based on whole fruit, greens, water or nut milk for liquid, etc. At the bottom of the blurb about the ingredient is a link to a suggested recipe to add the ingredient to. A note about chia seeds- they do thicken liquids a lot so start with a tablespoon to see how you feel about the consistency. Also whole flax seeds are only good for fiber- the seed coat is not digestible to humans so to get the omega 3 benefits, they must be ground. I hope your next smoothie is yummy so that good nutrition is enjoyable for you!

  25. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 3rd, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Geraldine,

    Thank you Melanie! You were exactly correct with helping Geraldine. The list here are suggestions to add to your smoothie you already drink so that you can get even more benefits out of it!

    Let us know how your next smoothie turns out 🙂

  26. Md. Shazzadur Rahman

    January 30th, 2019 at 12:12 am

    what a great site!! thank you #john

  27. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Hey thank you for that awesome feedback! We are so excited to have you a part of our rawkstar community!

  28. Md. Shazzadur Rahman

    January 30th, 2019 at 12:14 am

    the smoothie world #simple green thank you #SGS RAWKSTAR AMANDA

  29. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    You are welcome!!!


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