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It seems like every day there is a new antioxidant or cleansing remedy that we must explore as it may change our lives in one way or another. And while the list of healthy ingredients is ongoing, a lot of the praise is well-deserved. Some items are simple, like the benefits of ginger and turmeric for reducing

inflammation, while others, like flaxseed–another basis filled with Omega 3’s (good fats!), antioxidants and fiber, may be lesser known. Here are a few good ingredients to have handy when making smoothies or meals, plus some benefits and recipes to match.

Spirulina

This algae is high in protein and is a great source of antioxidants and vitamin B. The high iron content makes it a great source for vegetarians, as well as a great immune system booster.

Try this recipe from Well and Full

  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1½ Tsp Spirulina
  • ½ Cup Frozen Blackberries
  • 2 Cups Plant Milk
Optional Toppings
  • Bee Pollen
  • Chia Seeds

Chlorella

This is another algae! It is said to boost the digestive system, increase the body’s production of good bacteria, encourage bowel movements, and can also help with certain metabolic syndromes. It’s available as a tablet, or you can use the powder in your smoothies. Or…

Chlorella Pistachio ice cream via Organic Burst

  • 2 cups cashew nuts, soaked
  • 1 cup unsalted pistachios
  • 1 cup rice malt syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tablespoon Organic Burst Chlorella
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Kefir

This is basically drinkable yogurt–it’s a fermented dairy drink made by culturing fresh milk with kefir grains. It’s known for containing gut-friendly bacteria and enhancing the immune system. You can drink a glass of it for breakfast, or use it as a milk substitute in a smoothie.

Peach Cobbler Smoothie via Mountain Mama Cooks

  • 1 large peach, pitted and cubed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain kefir (or plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • handful of ice cubes

Hemp seeds

These  are packed with amino acids, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. You can sprinkle hemp hearts on salad, yogurt or blend them in your drink. You can even use them as a breadcrumb substitute if you have a gluten allergy. One serving (2 tbsp) has 10 grams of protein! You can refrigerate or freeze an opened bag to extend its shelf life.

Chocolate hemp overnight oatmeal smoothie via Running With Spoons

  • 1/2 cup (40 g) rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp (20 g) shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 Tbsp (10 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 – 1 cup (180 – 240 ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt (optional)

By Alexis Bendjouia

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  1. Sylvia says:

    Fantastic superfood drinks ! x