This Superfood Smoothie is chock full of superfoods and antioxidants that aid the body’s healing process and give the immune system a boost. Top Superfoods List can be easily added to smoothies to give us a kickstart as we jump into eating healthier. But we also know they can be a great way to help our bodies heal, too.
Packing nutrition into a daily smoothie isn’t hard to do. Yet superfoods can take that smoothie’s nutrition, and your health, to the next level.
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.
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Health Benefits in Superfood Smoothie
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 superfood smoothie below, along with their research.
The zest of citrus fruits (organic only please!) contain flavonoids that penetrate brain cancer cells and facilitate their death by apoptosis. They also lower the potential for the cancer to invade neighboring, healthy tissues. Citrus juice contains vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that aids the liver in detoxification of carcinogens.
Also, orange and lime juice can help increase alkalinity in the body.
Bananas are full of magnesium and potassium. These two minerals release energy slowly to prevent blood sugar spikes. Also, bananas are full of vitamin B6 which can help keep blood levels stable during chemotherapy. The natural sweetness from banana gives this superfood smoothie a delicious boost, while also providing great nutrition.
Goji berries aren’t new. They’re a superfood used in ancient medicine all over Tibet, India, Mongolia, and regions of China. They contain polyphenols which stimulate detoxification of blood, and also the elimination of carcinogens in the body.
Healthy fats, protein, alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid from hemp hearts give the lymphatic system a boost. This superfood is gaining in popularity, and can be found in most grocery stores (and is the main ingredient in my protein powder recipe).
Chia seeds add sustainable energy, antioxidant power, slow absorption of sugars, and add protein. Mayan warriors and tarahumara ultra runners both use chia seeds for endurance support.
Coconut water is hydrating and replenishes the body, 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.
Also, one of the most amazing ingredients in this orange smoothie is TOCOS, short for Tocopheranols and Tocotrienals. TOCOS is stabilized rice bran solubles. They contain numerous vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D, E, Folic acid, Biotin) and minerals like Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, and other Trace Minerals.
TOCOS are a potent form of Vitamin E that work as a cancer fighter. They also add a creamy, vanilla flavor which turns this into a powerhouse smoothie that tastes amazing too.
How to Make a Superfood Smoothie
Making a smoothie as super as this does take some time to shop. Some superfoods are specialty items that are nutrient-dense and sometimes harder to find. To help, I recommend checking out Thrive Market, the online supermarket where I get the best deals on organic, non-GMO superfoods.
Not all superfoods have to be special ordered though. Here are some of my fav plant based options, which can all be found at my local grocery store:
- Cacao powder/nibs
- Sweet potato
- Maca powder
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More Superfood Recipes
Here’s 5 more recipes that use superfoods to enhance the healing process and boost the immune system naturally.
Don’t forget to rate + review this recipe once you’ve tried it. I’d love to know what you think!
Orange Superfood Smoothie
- 1 orange peeled and seeded
- ½ banana
- ¼ cup coconut water
- 1 tbsp goji berries
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp TOCOS soluble rice bran powder
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- ½ cup ice
- 1 serving homemade protein powder optional
- Blend the oranges and other ingredients, except the ice, until smooth.
- Add the ice and blend again.
- Use 1 frozen fruit to make this smoothie cold (the banana is a great option!)
- Add up to 1 cup of leafy greens for added nutrients.
- Swap coconut water with regular water.
I made this with unsweetened shredded coconut instead of the seeds and skipped the tocos. I also had 1 tbsp collagen powder instead of homemade protein powder. It turned out great!
This is such a fun smoothie! Love the color + flavor.
Same here! It’s definitely a great one. 🙂
Can you recommend a good smoothie for type 2 diabetes ?
Hi Frankie! Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest to any member of our community with health concerns they speak with their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. We want what’s best for you, and your personal physician can help you determine what’s best for you + your body. In the meantime, here’s a link to our favorite low-sugar fruits. It may be a great resource to share with your doctor. 🙂 https://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits
Hi there! I found you through google search and im intrigued and excited to try some of your smoothies! I am just a bit of a loss as to where can I find TOCOS? I’m doing research on smoothies because my 2 and 4 year old boys love them and they are a great way to sneak in all the good stuff they need to grow big and strong. Thank you for all the information you share! This is a very neat website!
Oliver’s and Sebastian’s Mama
Hi just another mom of 2 and 4 year old boys, looking for a better way to fit nutritious foods into my kids diet! Was just going to let you know you can find TOCOS on Amazon.com for around $18!
Yes, what Amanda said! You can get these right off Amazon.
I have frequent stomach pains, do you have any problem to solve this problem? Thank you
Oh no! I am so sorry you’re suffering frequent stomach pains. I wish I could offer more, but unfortunately because I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, I’m not the best person to help. But I’ll definitely be sending plenty of healing vibes your way + hope you feel better soon!
Hellomy sister has been diagnosed w glioplastoma brain cancer .what is the best smoothie that can reduce the rapud growth of this cancer. .she has to wIt 2 weeks before she s seen for treatment
My husband was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Do you have any specific recipes you’d recommend?
I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s diagnosis. We’ll be sending plenty of healing vibes your way!
You may be interested in reading Amanda + Matt’s story + their green smoothie story.
Also, this is a recipe Amanda made for her husband while he was going through cancer treatment…
Hi I just got diagnosed with lymphoma and begin radiation soon, I had a question about the smoothies, should these be meal replacements or additions to my daily diet? Thank you.
Spending plenty of love + healing vibes your way! Our recipes can be used as a healthy snack option in addition to your regular diet or as a meal replacement. When using your green smoothie as a meal replacement we suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…
i’m trying to find new recipes with goji berry powder. I find the taste of goji berries strong and not fond of it but it is good for you so do you have any other recipes that hide the flavor of goji berries?
While we don’t have any other goji berries at this time, goji berries are the perfect compliment to our Cucumber Grape Punch Green Smoothie!
Also, what about juicing an orange versus putting the peeled orange in the smoothie? What’s the difference there?
Thanks for reaching out. We love blending the entire fruit, so you don’t miss out on any of the fruit’s healthy benefits. When juicing you’re missing out on the fruit’s fiber that helps your body feel full + satisfied.
What happens if you leave the seeds in fruits like oranges?
Great question! Citrus seeds can be pretty tough on your blender, so we suggest removing them to ensure your smoothie is blended to creamy perfection. Also, some seeds may have small amounts of toxins (to prevent them from being eaten by birds or other animals) which can be tough on your digestion.
Hope this helps!
Hi! I live in a very small country and there are a lot of ingredients that are very difficult to find!!
How can I substitute hemp seeds and TOCOS?
Feel free to swap out the hemp seeds and TOCOS for another healthy fat + protein :). Here our some of our favorites:
Amazon.com is also a great resource for any hard to find ingredients!
Just made this (minus the TOCOS, thinking about ordering) and O M G was it amazing! Seriously, way better than I was expecting (and I love smoothies!). Try this out whether you have the TOCOS or not!
Thanks for taking the time to reach out + share your smoothie love!
Not a fan of the coconut water. It has a diuretic effect on me. I replaced it with green tea, and while it is also a diuretic, it wasn’t so extreme. How does that affect the nutrition combination?
We love switching up our liquid base options + green tea is a great option for this recipe! It contains a high concentration of polyphenols, which are a specific type of antioxidant. These antioxidants are also known to rejuvenate skin cells and give you a clearer complexion. The caffeine kick will also help if you’re trying to kick a coffee habit!
Learn more about our favorite liquid base options here…