Add these ingredients to your blended bevvies to kick up your energy, promote relaxation, and fight aging
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These Brazilian super-boosters are now commonly found in the frozen section of health food stores. The berries are packed with anthocyanins and flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that may help aid in the prevention of cancer and the boosting of skin health. Consuming berries like açai may help fight aging by fighting free radicals (unstable atoms that can damage cells) in the body. Açai berries may also reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, thanks to their plant sterols, and may improve weight loss due to their high fiber content. These berries are delicious paired with coconut water and spinach in your a.m. smoothies.
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A holistic remedy, bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, protein, and a massive amount of amino acids. It may help the digestive system, boost the immune system, support the cardiovascular system, and aid in prostate and infertility problems.
Dark Cocoa Powder and Cacao Nibs
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Naturally packed with antioxidants, cocoa may aid in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, which can lead to a healthier heart. Cocoa/cacao may also help to improve circulation and release feel-good chemicals, such as serotonin and endorphins. It contains essential fats and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, and iron. Studies even show that chocolate can mimic the same happy feelings as kissing. Um, hello chocolate make-out session! [Tweet this!]
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This is one of my big sister’s favorite oils to add to her morning smoothies. Also known as linseed oil, flax oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid (which may help boost immunity), and vitamin E. I like to add one teaspoon to some of my blended beauties to reap all these health benefits.
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Green Superfood Powder
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Green superfood is bursting with vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Plant sources include wheat grass, alfalfa grass, parsley, barley grass, oat grass, and spinach. There are many green powders on the market, but I like Energy Green SuperFood by Amazing Grass and Genesis Today’s GenEssentials Greens.
Green Tea Powder (Matcha)
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Matcha, or green tea powder, may aid in the prevention of cancer and can be used as a fat burner. Green tea contains a large amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids, and may help boost metabolism. It also has relaxing qualities (very Zen!), helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and can naturally detoxify the body. Check out Ito En for a great selection of teas/powders.
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Hemp Protein Powder and Hemp Seed
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A nutty and earthy powder or ground meal, hemp is a complete protein (meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids) that’s also rich in iron, magnesium, and omega-3s, which can help prevent heart disease, dementia, and inflammation. Hemp also helps to repair and develop lean body mass. I’ve always been a fan of Bob’s Redmill.
Maca Root Powder
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Maca, a tuber grown in the Andes Mountains of Peru, may help improve female and male libidos (wink, wink), enhance your mood, lower stress, help ease tension, and increase energy. [Tweet this!] It has also been used in holistic medicine as a pain reliever. Just sprinkle in a little and see if it does wonders for you too.
Pea Protein Powder
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My favorite vegan protein is high in lysine content; it may help lower cholesterol and promote a healthy immune system. Pea protein also helps aid in muscle recovery and contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. I like Vega and Growing Naturals brands.
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Probiotics have been shown to aid digestion and boost the immune system. I purchase probiotics like acidophilus as capsules and prefer to sprinkle one or two into my smoothies as needed. They are virtually impossible to detect in any beverage. Or you can opt for yogurt or a liquid acidophilus product. I’ve been drinking these live-active cultures for years; they help keep your immunity up and your digestive system happy.
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Also referred to as the “fountain of youth,” resveratrol—with its unique blend of seven plant sources—contains white, red, and Concord grape juices as the delicious base flavor. The Genesis Today brand combines resveratrol with Japanese knotweed extract, grapeseed and grape skin extract, aloe vera powder, and red wine extract—all without the hangover! Of course, if you prefer a glass of red wine, that also has anti-aging properties! Cheers!
Rice Protein Powder
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This vegan protein is isolated from carbs in rice and has a mild flavor. It is commonly combined with pea protein. Rice protein is gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and provides essential amino acids and fiber. Growing Naturals makes a delightful-tasting rice protein powder that blends beautifully into smoothies.
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Spirulina, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. This blue-green algae is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants that fight off free radicals. It’s also rich in beta-carotene, which may aid in the prevention of cancer and helps prevent aging (sounds fabulous!). This superb organic source of vitamin B12 may help decrease bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure, prevent infection, and naturally cleanse your system. Spirulina may also increase stamina (perfect for the gym and bedroom!) and help build sexy, lean muscle mass. Plus, it is a compete protein. Sounds like the most incredible superfood out there, right? Look for powdered varieties in your local health food store. I prefer Pure Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica by Nutrex.
Whey Protein Powder
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A byproduct of cheese production, whey protein promotes muscle growth, contains essential amino acids, and may have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also help you lose weight, reduce high cholesterol and asthma symptoms, and lower blood pressure. (Contains dairy.)
Even More to Renew & Restore Your Body
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Adapted from my new book, Clean Green Drinks. Click here to find hundreds of tasty, simple recipes for a leaner, happier and more fulfilled you.