While my smoothies typically have one or two superfoods in them, today I’m whipping up this Superfood Smoothie with four superfoods! I love it when a superfood smoothie recipe can taste delicious and do a whole lot of good in one jar.
Let’s learn how to use superfoods to give our bodies the boost they need.
Packing nutrition into your daily smoothie isn’t hard to do. Yet superfoods can take that smoothie’s nutrition, and your health, to the next level.
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Rawkstars Matt and Amanda entered one of our giveaways a few years ago. They shared how Amanda started making superfood smoothie recipes to help Matt, her husband, in his battle against brain cancer.
Amanda’s research led her to new ingredients that she began adding to their daily smoothies. In addition, our community requested some of their recipes and they graciously shared their favorite smoothie below, along with their research.
Recipe Ingredients + Health Benefits
This citrusy fruit smoothie recipe was created to maximize health benefits as well as be something that Matt could easily gulp down. Here’s what they’re blending:
- Orange and Lime: The peel of oranges (well washed, please!) contain three times the amount of vitamin C than the inner fruit. Crazy, right? The peel also contains polyphenols, which can help with chronic conditions like Type II Diabetes and Alzheimer’s. The inner fruit of citrus provides large amounts of vitamin C, fiber and several other vitamins and minerals that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
- Bananas: Bananas are full of fiber, magnesium and potassium. These minerals release energy slowly to prevent blood sugar spikes. Also, bananas contain vitamin B6 which can help keep blood levels stable during chemotherapy. And bonus! The natural sweetness gives this superfood smoothie a delicious boost.
- Coconut water: Coconut water is hydrating and replenishes the body, containing 16% of the RDI of electrolytes, which Amanda says is important for Matt during chemo. She buys the Symbiosis Brand brand because it’s free from preservatives and additives. In addition, it’s also not packaged in boxes lined with BPA.
- Goji berries: Goji berries aren’t new. They’re a superfood used in ancient medicine all over Tibet, India, Mongolia, and regions of China. They help stabilize blood sugar and protect the skin. This study found that drinking goji berry juice can help battle depression.
- Hemp hearts + chia seeds: Healthy fats, protein, alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid found in hemp hearts give the lymphatic system a boost. Both of these superfoods are gaining popularity and can be found in most grocery stores (and are the main ingredients in my protein powder recipe). Chia seeds add antioxidant power and slow absorption of sugars, and protein. Mayan warriors and Tarahumara ultra runners both use chia seeds for endurance support.
- TOCOS powder: TOCOS, or tocotrienols, are super-charged with vitamin E. Studies show that forms of vitamin E have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why Amanda started adding this powder to Matt’s smoothies.
As you can see, this orange smoothie is a powerhouse of benefits. Yet if you feel like adding even more then go for it! Toss in some spinach or kale to get in your daily dose of leafy greens. Add turmeric root, ginger root or fresh ground cinnamon for a flavor and nutrition boost.
Blueberries, strawberries or blackberries can work alongside goji berries, or replace them if you aren’t able to find the more uncommon goji berries at your grocery.
Bananas can be replaced with avocado or cauliflower to keep the creaminess level high and lower the natural sugar in this superfood smoothie recipe.
How to Make a Superfood Smoothie
Grab your blender and whip up this dairy-free smoothie in minutes! It’s super easy to make, especially if you’re using a high-powered blender.
- Add all ingredients except for ice to your blender and blend on high until smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides as needed to eliminate any chunks. If you aren’t using a high-powered blender, be sure to peel the citrus fruit well as the white pith won’t blend up as easily.
- Add the ice and blend again. Alternatively, use a frozen banana or frozen berries in place of the ice for a refreshingly cool beverage.
Be patient if you want a chunk-free result. It will happen! Feel free to top your smoothie with a few extra chia seeds or hemp seeds.
Yes! Smoothies made with whole fruits and vegetables and boosted with foods like hemp hearts, chia seeds and more can add healthy fat and protein along with a wide variety of nutrients. Stick to real ingredients, minimally processed, for the best results.
Honestly, the healthiest ingredient in a smoothie depends on the person! Make smoothies with a variety of fruits and vegetables vs. making the same smoothie every day. Variety is most important! Choose different colors of fruit, try a leafy green from another family, boost with hemp hearts one day and chia seeds or avocado another.
There are so many great superfoods that can easily be added to smoothies. Hemp hearts, chia seeds and flaxseed add fiber, healthy fat and protein. Other seeds and nuts can add a wider variety of nutrients targeting specific needs you have like brain health, help with inflammation, the ability to lower blood sugar and more. And in different berries for even more nutrition, cacao for natural energy (and a chocolatey treat). Play around and find combinations that taste good to you as well as advance your health goals.
More Superfood Smoothie Recipes
Here are five more recipes that use superfoods to enhance the healing process and boost the immune system naturally.
- Flaxseed Smoothie: A protein smoothie to start the day with energy.
- Vanilla Matcha Smoothie: An afternoon pick-me-up that can easily replace that energy drink or third cup of coffee.
- Peach Probiotic Smoothie: Drink to your gut health with this unique smoothie recipe.
- Cherry Beet Smoothie: While this may not sound appetizing, you’ll be surprised how delicious it is!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie: Another recipe that will give you natural energy and healthy fats through nut butter and cacao powder.
Don’t forget to rate + review this recipe once you’ve tried it. I’d love to know what you think!
Orange Superfood Smoothie
- Blend the oranges and other ingredients, except the ice, until smooth.
- Add the ice and blend again. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- Use one frozen fruit to make this smoothie cold (the banana is a great option!). Learn how to freeze bananas so you’ve always got some on hand.
- Add up to one cup of leafy greens for added nutrients.
- Swap coconut water with regular water.
- TOCOS powder is added for its high concentration of vitamin E. Swap with pumpkin seeds, almonds or peanut butter.