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Add superfoods to your morning smoothie and reap the nutritional benefits. Photo: Claudia Soares//Unsplash


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Smoothies are my favorite post-surf snack. They’re quick. They’re easy. And if you make them well, they can be loaded with nutrients. Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that maximize nutritional benefits at a low calorie count. If you’re looking to sneak some extra vitamins and nutrients into your morning smoothie, consider adding these superfoods for a quick health boost.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. They contain omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, which can contribute to weight loss. Diets rich in fiber have been found to improve heart health, reduce cholesterol levels, promote intestinal health, and help prevent colorectal cancer. Chia seeds also absorb thirty times their weight in water, so they are extremely hydrating. Sprinkle a handful on your smoothie or acai bowl as a topping or blend into your smoothie.

Hemp Seeds

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For a tiny seed, hemp seeds pack a nutritional punch. Hemp seeds are protein rich — three tablespoons contain approximately 9.46 grams. Additionally, hemp seeds are loaded with fiber, fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, and essential amino acids.

Avocados

Many are fans of avocados on toast or tacos, but they make a great addition to smoothies as well. Avocados are loaded with vitamins including vitamin C, E, K, and B6, as well as riboflavin, magnesium, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and potassium. Additionally, they contain lutein, beta carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. Avocados are also high in fiber, which can help improve digestion and promote natural detoxification. Blend them in fresh or keep a bag in the freezer to add to your smoothie.

Matcha

Matcha has grown in popularity in recent years and for good reason. It’s high in antioxidants, which can help stabilize free radicals and in turn, ward off chronic diseases. Matcha is also packed with L-theanine, an amino acid that has been found to increase alpha wave activity in the brain, which can help reduce stress levels. Additionally, matcha is packed with chlorophyll, allowing it to work as a natural detoxifier.

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is incredibly nutrient-rich: it contains over 250 biologically active substances including vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbs, lipids, fatty acids, enzymes, and antioxidants. Due to its high nutrient profile, it has been found to help lower heart disease risk factors, boost liver function, boost immunity, and prevent infections. Sprinkle it atop your smoothie for an added burst of color and nutrition.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are available in golden and brown, and both offer immense nutritional benefits. Flax seeds are packed with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals — the combination of which works to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar levels, and manage weight.

Turmeric

Originating from the root of the curcuma longa plant, turmeric is extremely anti-inflammatory and works as a natural pain reliever. Additionally, turmeric’s antioxidant properties work to improve liver function and prevent damage from toxins.  Through the combination of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, turmeric can help aid in digestion as well.

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