A round-up of my favorite superfood smoothies that I make on the regular. Plus, I am sharing my go-to healthy smoothie ingredients to help you create your own smoothies.
I don’t know about you, but the minute 4 o’clock hits I start craving something sweet. I have no idea where it is coming from but after a long day of working, I feel like I am entitled to splurge on a decadent dessert. During the wintertime, I mostly dream about having a big slice of cake or a muffin whereas during the warmer months I find myself wanting a big bowl of ice cream. Sadly, neither one of those are good-for-you-foods that I can splurge every day.
Thankfully, there are healthier ways to help me satiate my cravings when I am in the mood for something sweet. While my wintertime favorite is a big slice of my Almond Flour Chocolate Cake, during the summer months my favorite treat is a healthy homemade smoothie made with superfoods.
Over the last few years I shared so many of my favorite healthy superfood shakes that I thought it would be nice to put them all in a post and share with you.
Below are my favorite superfood smoothie recipes that I make over and over again. They are all vegan and naturally sweetened. With the list, I am also sharing my favorite superfoods to use in your smoothies you as you make your own.
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List Of Best Superfoods For Smoothies (Superfoods To Add to Smoothies)
I find that vegetables that are sweet in nature are also great superfoods to use in smoothies. I also think that best vegetables for smoothies are usually what is currently in season.
Some of my favorites are cucumbers, carrots, beets, and pumpkin especially during the end of summer. I usually buy them from the farmer’s market and make it a point to incorporate into our breakfasts to consume more of them outside of salads and dinner dishes.
Below are a few great superfood breakfast smoothies you can try. They are all vegan and naturally sweetened.
Minty Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie
Immune Boosting Multi-Colored Beet Smoothie
Banana-Free Carrot Cake Smoothie
Green Leafy Vegetables
Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to incorporate green leafy vegetables and like kale and spinach (aka smoothie superfoods) to your diet. While most of the time I serve salads with lunch and dinner, I find that adding a cup of leafy vegetables into a smoothie is such an easy way to increase your intake of daily greens.
Additionally, if you have picky eaters in your family I find that it is easy to disguise the greens, especially when you blend them with other superfoods. Here is one of my favorite superfood green smoothie recipes to incorporate green leafy vegetables into your diet:
Kale Pineapple Smoothie
I will be the first one to admit, I am always game when it comes to chocolate and chocolatey desserts. Thankfully, when you mix cocoa powder with fruits it is sweet enough to make it taste super rich and chocolatey. Additionally, unsweetened cocoa powder is extremely high in antioxidants and is a good source of dietary fiber. You can read more about the benefits of cocoa powder here.
Below is my favorite chocolate superfood smoothie recipe. It is made with blending roasted hazelnuts with cocoa powder, dates, and pear. If you are a lover of Nutella like I am, you owe it to yourself to give this recipe a try. I promise it won’t disappoint.
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
Fresh and Seasonal Fruits
If you think about it fruits are a given for smoothies. They are the “sweetening agent” when it comes to superfood smoothies. I am a big fan of turning well-known and liked recipes like banana split and pina colada into healthy homemade smoothie recipes.
Below are my go-to dessert-like vegan superfood smoothies that I usually make to treat myself for breakfast:
Vegan Banana Split Smoothie
Pina Colada Smoothie
Vegan Banana Smoothie
Peach Mango Smoothie
Spices like cinnamon and cardamom are also considered as healthy smoothie additions. Not to mention, in my opinion, they immediately upgrade the smoothie and turn it into a dessert.
If you don’t mind the spiciness, adding a pinch of cayenne pepper is a very good idea as cayenne peppers are known to reduce pain and help boost metabolism. Last but not least, fresh ginger and turmeric are known for their powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
Nuts, Nut Butters and Nut Milks
Unsalted and raw nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, and brazil nuts are an easy way to add healthy protein and Omega-3 fatty acids in your smoothies. They are also considered as healthy fats (both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats).
I find that using nut milk in smoothies is the easiest way to make them vegan. I usually go for unsweetened almond milk, but any of your favorite plant-based milk is ideal for making delicious healthy smoothies. All of the smoothies you see above are made with plant-based milk.
Peanut Butter Spinach Shake
You can’t make a list of healthy things to put in smoothies and not mention chia, hemp, and flax seeds.
Chia seeds are one of the healthiest superfoods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Similar to chia seeds, hemp seeds are also rich in healthy fats, protein, and soluble fiber.
The best part is that they don’t have much of a taste so by adding just a tablespoon you get all those benefits without even tasting them.
A FEW TIPS FOR THE BEST SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES
- Frozen Fruits To The Rescue: During the summer months when berries are at their peak, I buy a bunch and freeze them in freezer bags to use throughout the year.
- Green tea for extra goodness: You can play with the liquid you use and use a strongly brewed green tea as “the liquid” for making Weight Loss Smoothies.
- Meal prep-style smoothies made with superfoods: Once a week (mostly on Sundays), I individually prep my superfood smoothie packs by distributing ingredients in reusable storage bags (affiliate link) to save on time during the weekdays.
A Favorite Superfood Smoothie Recipe
Immune Boosting Multi-Colored Beet Smoothies
- 2 small or 1 big beet – red yellow, or both – peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 (14 oz.) can of whole coconut milk
- 1 frozen banana in small pieces
- 12-14 red seedless grapes
- 1 tablespoon lime juice freshly squeezed
- 1 cup baby spinach or kale rinsed (optional)
- 1 cup ice
- Place beets, coconut milk, banana, grapes, lime juice, spinach (or kale) and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Divide it in between 2 glasses and serve immediately.
Mentioned all of my favorite Superfood Smoothies that we can make for our family. They are all gluten-free, vegan and naturally sweetened. I really love it for my breakfast as well.
Happy to hear that you liked it Pamela. Thanks for coming by.
I just love how everything you put out is so detailed. All these smoothies are just packed with good stuff. I love that they are vegan and naturally sweetened. Everyone in my family loved the ones I tried so far.
Aww Megan. This note makes me so happy. Thank you so much your kind words. I am so happy to hear that your family loved it.
Love this list. Just made your chocolate smoothie and you were so right, it tastes just like Nutella.
I want to try them all now. Thanks for sharing.
I know, right? That chocolate smoothie is the best. It is literally my favorite smoothie ever!
I hope you try them all. Thanks for coming by Sam.
I am new to the whole “Organic/Natural” Healthy Eating Lifestyle and have been doing a lot of research on recipes & ingredients that can be bought when you’re on a very strict financial budget. I am so blessed to have came across your website that is Packed Full of great information, as well as very interesting recipes! I will be commenting on my experience with these recipes in the near future!
I am so thrilled to hear that you found my site to help you with your healthy eating lifestyle. That is exactly what I am trying to do here; create and share healthy recipes made with everyday ingredients that don’t break the bank.
Thanks for your kind note. Cheers!
Great unique smoothie recipe list Aysegul. Just pinned it. -Anna
Thanks Anna. I appreciate you coming by.