Over the last years, we’ve all been getting accustomed to consume our fruits and vegetables in a blended version from time to time. This practice has been touted to increase nutrient absorption, as well as making healthy eating fun and convenient. But how about we take it up a notch and cram even more essential vitamins and minerals into a glass of delicious goodness? That’s why I came up with some superfood smoothie recipes for you.

So, why should they be any different or superior to all of the other smoothie recipes? If you think of fancy ingredients important from rural Chinese farms, don’t worry. Of course you can buy wheat grass powder, raw cacao, or mangosteen (please don’t even think about eating coconut oil with a spoon!). Most so-called superfoods can be found on our grocery store shelves and don’t cost a fortune for the most part.

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What classifies as a superfood?

Although there is no official or legal definition of a superfood, the term usually describes “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”. These nutrients are usually antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Antioxidants are molecules which protect the cells in the body from harmful free radicals, which come from sources such as cigarettes and alcohol, but are also naturally produced in the body. Too many free radicals in the body can result in oxidative stress and cause cell damage – which leads to diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Blueberries for example are one of the more popular and well-known superfoods, and have been studied frequently by scientists curious about their health properties. The berries’ high concentrations of a group of antioxidants (anthocyanins) have been reported to inhibit the growth of cancerous human cells, even killing them off. They can also prevent and reverse age-related memory decline.

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Other common superfoods are:
  • Almonds, Coconut
  • Avocados, Kale, Spinach
  • Flax seed, Chia seed
  • Ginger, Turmeric
  • Oatmeal, Quinoa
  • Oranges, apples
  • Spinach, Kale
  • ​Sweet Potatoes, Squash
  • Raspberries, Goji berries
  • Watermelon, Honeydew

No wonder we are told to eat more fruits, vegetables, starches, nuts, and seeds! This is exactly what a healthy plant-based diet should look like, it is what human beings thrive on. In fact, all whole foods in these categories are incredibly health-promoting and should be eaten on a daily basis. So don’t focus on “superfoods” alone if you want to get healthier – they can be very beneficial, but they cannot counteract all of the animal products and heavily processed food you might also consume.

Read More: Food Principles of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet

So if you are extra motivated today and want to boost your antioxidant, fiber, water, vitamin, and mineral intake... we got you covered. An easy and delicious way to consume more of these nutrient-dense healthy foods are by making superfood smoothies. Here are 4 of our favorite recipes!

1. Quinoa Raspberry Coconut

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond coconut milk
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 medjool date
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp dried goji berries
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut

Directions

1Remove the pit and put the date into your blender jar. Add in the rest of the ingredients (you can use almond or coconut milk instead of almond coconut).

2Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Refrigerate or drink right away.

2. Spicy Banana Oat

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric

Directions

1Peel the banana, chop it and put into your blender jar. Add in the rest of the ingredients.

2Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Refrigerate or drink right away.

3. Green Apple Ginger

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups kale
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp minced ginger root
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds

Directions

1Peel and cut the banana, then put it into your blender jar. Cut the apple and remove the kale stems. Mince your fresh ginger and add in the rest of the ingredients too.

2Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Refrigerate or drink right away.

4. Blueberry Avocado Chia

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup almond coconut milk
  • 1 medjool date
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder

Directions

1Skin and pit the avocado, then put one half into your blender jar. Add the fresh or frozen blueberries and the pitted date.

2Add the almond coconut milk (you can also use either almond milk or coconut milk) as well as the rest of the ingredients.

3Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Refrigerate or drink right away.

Have you ever tried implementing more "superfoods" into your diet? Did they make any difference? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Author

Alena has been eating a plant-based diet for 6 years and is passionate about sharing her learnings in the fields of nutrition, wellbeing, and vegan ethics. She is the co-creator of nutriciously and loves music, reading, nature, traveling, yoga & good food. Alena received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy, and social work.


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