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.

orange superfood smoothie in a glass mug topped with goji berries and hemp hearts.

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.

Table of Contents
  1. Health Benefits in Superfood Smoothie
  2. How to Make a Superfood Smoothie
  3. Superfood Meal Planner
  4. More Superfood Recipes
  5. Orange Superfood Smoothie Recipe

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.

orange beverage in a glass jar surrounded by sliced ingredients.

Citrus fruit

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

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.

2 smoothies with paper straws on a counter surrounded by ingredients.

Hemp Hearts

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

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

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.

Blended orange superfood smoothie with goji berrries.

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:

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Cacao powder/nibs
  • Berries
  • Sweet potato
  • Flaxseed
  • Acai
  • Maca powder
  • Avocado

Superfood Meal Planner

If you’re interested in embracing a plant based diet to supercharge your health, check out Rawk the Year. This meal planner gives you access to 400+ tasty plant-based recipes, which include smoothies, snacks, meals and desserts. You can customize your weekly meal plan to work best for you and your family.

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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!

a delicious superfood smoothie packed with plant based nutrients
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Orange Superfood Smoothie

This refreshing citrus superfood smoothie is paired with the natural sweetness of banana and soluble rice bran powder.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 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.


Calories: 275kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 72mg, Potassium: 665mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 424IU, Vitamin C: 81mg, Calcium: 172mg, Iron: 3mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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    1. Hi Ann,

      We love adding raw maca powder to green smoothies! Not only will it add a slighty, sweet, malted flavor to your smoothie, but it also works as a natural pain reliever and mood and energy booster!

      Try adding some raw mighty maca powder along with creamy ingredients like bananas and avocado to your next green smoothie. And just an FYI: taking too much maca may throw your hormones out of whack, so make sure to consult with your health care provider before incorporating this into your green smoothie routine.

      After consulting your health care provider, we suggest adding 1/2 tsp to your smoothie.

      Cheers 🙂

    1. Hi Sam,

      Thanks for reaching out! Our recipes will keep in your fridge for up to two days in an airtight container. We suggest adding a small amount of lemon juice to help preserve all of their green goodness!

      Cheers 🙂

  1. Hello ladies! Saw you on the Drs. today. I have been trying to figure out a healthy choice for breakfast in the morning. Really want it be healthy, filling and easy. The green smoothie looks like it fits the bill! I’ve been avidly reading your information on this webpage. Can the green smoothie be made the night before?

    1. Hi Patty,

      YAY! We’re so excited to hear you saw us on The Doctors today! Our Goji Berry Orange Smoothie is a power-packed recipe! You can turn any of our recipes into a delicious, healthy, simple + quick meal replacement by adding protein + healthy fats. We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Check out our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

      You can definitely make our recipes the night before! They’ll keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to two days. Adding a small amount of lemon juice will also help preserve all of their green goodness.

      Cheers 🙂

  2. hi
    I noticed this recipe has coconut water but I am sure I read somewhere that people with kidney disease shouldn’t drink coconut water. My husband has kidney cancer and I just wanted to make sure it was safe for him before giving it to him.


    1. Hi Gianna,

      We’re green smoothie lovin’ rawkstars all right, but we’re not doctors or nutritionists. We suggest you talk with your doctor about any health concerns— I’m sure they can help you decide what is best for you and your husband.

      Cheers to health + happiness!

  3. I am really interested in the Tocos! I went to Amazon and read reviews and one person said it is high glycemic load. Are you able to post information on this? Loving all of your recipes…trying new ones is so fun!! Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura,

      The Chalkboard has a great post on Tocos! Check it out here…

    1. Hi Fenna,

      Thanks for reaching out! We love TOCOS because it’s packed with Vitamin B + D, and it’s delicious vanilla flavor. Looking to substitute TOCOS but still get the same benefits, adding avocado + oats is a great option! Add a splash of vanilla extract if you want to get the same flavor!

      Hope this helps!

  4. Hi,

    I found this recipe to be a bit bitter, was it b/c of the orange zest? If I didn’t add them or added only zest of one orange maybe it won’t be as bitter.
    Otherwise, the rest of the ingredients are pretty good.

    1. Hi Christina,

      You may be right. Adding zest is a great way to pack this smoothie with nutrients, but the flavor can be overpowering. If you’re finding the recipe too bitter, cutting back to one orange zest or simply using the oranges for their juice may help! You can also balance the flavors by adding a little bit of a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, banana, or dates.

    1. Rawesome! Thanks for blendin’ with us, Sabine! 🙂

  5. Hi.
    Thanks for alll these wonderful ideas. I’m a juicer. I have been using the nutribullet everyday for the past year. These posts just keeps me motivated to experiment with different ingredients.
    I notice that you dont have many recipes with honey. Any particular reason?

    1. Hi Shanaaz,

      We love honey, it’s a great natural sweetener and the perfect addition when you’re looking to sweeten up any recipe. Learn more about our favorite natural sweeteners here…

  6. Haha for some reason when I saw “soluble rice bran powder” out of the corner of my eye I read soluble brain power! Woot! I will definitely be trying this smoothie =]. Love all of you recipes AND the cleanse. Will be buying your smoothie book soon :D.

    1. Hi Shelby,

      I bet this recipe will give you some great brain power! Enjoy this recipe + thank you for your support! We can’t believe our book will be hitting shelves in just a few days!

      Cheers 🙂

  7. Just made this and it is fabulous. I get canker sores with too much citrus so couldn’t do it every day but I sure enjoyed it for lunch today.

    1. Hi Robin,

      YAY! Thank you so much for reaching out + letting us know you enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

    1. Hi Meaninc,

      Pick up TOCOS on through the link here…

    1. Hi Shalu,

      Thanks for reaching out! We love TOCOS because it’s packed with Vitamin B + D, and it’s delicious vanilla flavor. Looking to substitute TOCOS but still get the same benefits, adding avocado + oats is a great option! Add a splash of vanilla extract if you want to get the same flavor!

      Hope this helps!

  8. Hey this Recife seems super-tasty and nutritious!
    But very superfoody too.
    Could you recommend swabs due to me not having everything in the House yet?

    1. Hi Sydney,

      Of course! Which ingredients are you looking to substitute?

    2. I would like to sustitute the gojis and the TOCOS.
      Through about swapping them with other type of berries ans Vanilla Extrakt.

    3. Hi Sydney,

      You’re definitely on the right track! When looking to substitute gogi berries, other berries like raspberries, blueberries and strawberries provide great antioxidant benefits! You can also use acai (however this isn’t cheap either). Raw cacao powder would also provide some similar phytochemicals as well as essential minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc.

      We love the vanilla flavor + major vitamin boost TOCOs adds to your green smoothie, but if you don’t have it on hand or not a fan of the price tag, vanilla extract is a great option!

      Hope these tips help!

    1. Hi Marsha,

      Bioflavonoids are important for boosting immunity in your kidneys. The citrus in Amanda’s Goji Berry Orange Smoothie will add some major support for your kidney health!

      Cheers 🙂