Do you love drinking smoothies? If so, you might be curious about adding more health to the smoothies. Superfoods are a wonderful way to start increasing the nutrients of your smoothies, starting with chia seeds.
About Superfoods in Your Smoothies
Smoothies are a great way to get all of your nutrients in one easy to drink meal. You can stuff them full of fruits, vegetables, superfoods, and even protein powders to give yourself the massive boost you need. You can also use them to fill the void you may have with vitamins and certain minerals throughout the day. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the many ways you can make smoothies to fit your dietary needs or tastes. Here are a few easy methods for how to make a smoothie and how to change up your superfood smoothies to give it a different flavor.
Why Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are something you may see in different drinks, health foods, and even in yogurt. This is due to chia seeds having an enormous amount of benefits including 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 30% of the daily requirement of magnesium per serving. Though chia seeds are included in a number of foods, you may be wondering how you can include them in your own daily diet without having to buy expensive pre-mixed options. Here are a few ways you can use today.
Adding More Chia Seeds to Your Diet
Add Them to Your Smoothies
If oatmeal isn’t something you enjoy, you can consider using the chia seeds in juicing and smoothies. The concern for many people is the hard nature of the seeds and how they will break down in the smoothie or juice. If the texture is a turnoff for you, consider soaking the seeds overnight. You can do this in filtered water then drain the seeds and add them to the juice or smoothie. You can also soak the seeds in a juice if you like to give them a less watered down flavor.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet is to add them in overnight oats recipes. The mistake many people make with this is to use the chia seeds with a quick cook oat. You must use regular rolled oats for the recipe to turn out properly. Remember, you can add the chia seeds at night as a topping or on top in the morning and you can heat the oatmeal if it is easier for you to digest. The seeds will become softer if you use them as part of the full overnight recipe, but can add a crunch in the morning if you choose to add them at that time.
Other Ways to Incorporate Superfoods
Here are some more ways to add in more superfoods to your smoothies.
Smoothies with Milk as a Base
When you hear milk based smoothie, you may think about typical dairy milk. The truth is, you can use any type of nut milk to make a smoothie and to fit with vegetarian or vegan eating habits. These smoothies are usually creamy and offer more of a milkshake feels to them.
These are ideal bases for fruit based smoothies and early morning smoothies where you need to gain a calcium or protein aspect to your drink. These are fairly easy to make and require only a small amount of milk. Ideally you will be adding your fruits or vegetables to the blender first and adding one quarter cup of milk to start with. You can also drizzle your milk in throughout the blending process until you reach the consistency you want from the smoothie.
Smoothies with Yogurt as a Base
Yogurt based smoothies generally use greek yogurt that is thicker and has more superfood properties. Some of these yogurts already have some fruit added and are ideal in cases when you may want a certain fruit, like blueberries, but are unable to get them out of season. These smoothies usually use about a half cup of yogurt, or small yogurt serving, per blended smoothie mixture. If you feel that the consistency is too thick, consider using regular yogurt that is not as thick or more water based fruits and vegetables.
Smoothies with Juice as a Base
Pure juice smoothies tend to use things like bananas as the base to replace the yogurt or milk. A banana, apple, and berry or mango smoothie is a prime example. To add liquid, you would use water until you reach the right consistency. Alternatively, you can also add fruit juice that has been premade or bottled.
These are only three of the ways you can use to make smoothies. There are many other ways that fit different eating habits such as vegan, vegetarian, and even flexitarian diets.