9 Healthy Ingredients for the Ultimate Fitness Smoothie: Part II
In today’s article, we’re going to take a deep dive into some of the most interesting, fringe, or tastiest superfood ingredients I’ve discovered to truly bring your smoothie taste and nutritional benefits to the next level.
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In last week’s article, you got the exact recipes for two epic smoothie ideas, and exactly what my current morning smoothie recipe looks like. In today’s article, we’re going to take a deep dive into some of the most interesting, fringe or tastiest superfood ingredients I’ve discovered to truly bring your smoothie taste and nutritional benefits to the next level.
9 Essential Healthy Smoothie Ingredients
Golden berries are considered to be one of the lost crops of the Incas, and one of the small selection of foods grown at the ancient mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. A nutritional powerhouse, golden berries contain vitamins C and A, iron, pectin, beta-carotene, protein, bioflavonoids and niacin, and have a mouth-watering, tangy sweetness that you'll love (and kids love them too!) I’ve tried a lot of golden berries, and Sunfood’s are by far the best. They’re soft and plump and sweet. They’ve got a delightful chewy quality, and a complex floral citrusy flavor, like kumquats and tangerines and roses.
In a recent podcast interview with Kevin Rose, we dug into some of Kevin’s favorite superfoods, and his top recommendation was a special raw cacao bar made in New York City. After interviewing him, I just had to try the Fruition chocolate for myself, and began to break up a quarter bar into my morning smoothie as an alternative to cacao nibs. Kevin wasn’t wrong: this is some of the most flavorful, antioxidant packed chocolate I’ve ever tasted in my life. Fruition cacao hails from the Dominican Republic and Peru, their 100% cacao-only bar is not for the faint of heart who might be used to eating the average Hershey’s or Snicker’s bar, but once your palate adjusts, you will find this bar crackles with vibrant flavors. These bars are organically produced, bean to bar production, and havethe most wonderful chocolate flavor you’ll ever experience.
Spirulina, Arthrospira platensis, is a fresh water micro-vegetable that gets its name from its microscopic spiral shape. Spirulina has been eaten by many cultures throughout history and if you could go back in time to visit the Aztecs you would find them using ropes to skim spirulina from the surface of lakes and ponds. They would then set the algae out to dry and make small, nourishing superfood cakes.
A breakthrough in molecular gastronomy has occurred on a little algae farm in Costa Rica, resulting in a product that isunprocessed super-healthy spirulina, but tastes like Pringles potato chips. Yeah, you heard correctly. Remember years (or weeks) ago, when you used to eat these oh-so-processed salty fatty chips without much remorse? Those days might be over, but you can now indulge daily and proudly in these spirulina crunchies, which somehow manage to explode in the mouth with the exact same flavor profile as a Pringle.
These crunchies are crunchy little bits of 100% pure spirulina. Spirulina is one of nature’s most perfect, nutrient rich foods and there has never been a more delicious way to get high quality nutrition into your body. Spirulina is a renowned source of protein, chlorophyll, trace minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and is also a world class immune system booster. Plus spirulina is known to protect against and detoxify radioactive particles and can help balance your body’s pH (alkalinity).
Spirulina Crunchies are 100% non-GMO and are grown and processed without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and are rigorously tested to guarantee that they are free of pollutants such as pesticides and heavy metals and bacteria.