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Top 5 Healthiest Ingredients To Add To Your Smoothies

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 Smoothies are one of the best things you can incorporate in your diet for everyday, weight loss, or muscle gaining. There are many healthy ingredients that can give your fruit or veggie smoothie that extra boost that can be very beneficial and nutritional to your body. 

1. Cocoa

  By adding raw cocoa into your smoothie, you are adding a ton of antioxidants, much more than blueberries (though blueberries are a very good fruit to eat), and give you a lot of energy in just a tablespoon added to your smoothie.

 Also, raw cocoa is high in many B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, protein, fibre, and flavonoids. 

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2. Chia Seeds

  Chia seeds are small black seeds that are easy to add to any smoothie since they don't have a flavour at all, and can be extracted by your blender. The seeds contain a lot of fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, protein, and tryptophan.

  Chia seeds also can help improve blood pressure, combat belly fat, improve bone and teeth strength, and help you feel fuller faster, ultimately helping you to lose weight. 

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3. Matcha Powder

 We all know that green tea is great for boosting metabolism and aiding in weight loss. Matcha powder is made from ground green tea. It is high in antioxidants, burns calories, boosts immune system, riche in fibre, lowers cholesterol, detoxifies, and also contains vitamin C, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. 

 

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4. Aloe Vera

 Obviously, not the aloe vera you use when you get a sunburn. Try any health food store or anywhere where they sell organic foods, and you should be able to find pure, raw aloe vera. Or, if you want to, you can actually extract your own aloe vera gel from the leaves of the plant. 

  Aloe vera is high in many vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, as well as calcium, zinc, magnesium, sodium iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. 

Also, aloe vera contains amino acids and fatty acids, and it helps improve digestion, resist infection, reduces allergy symptoms, detoxifies, lower cardiovascular complications, and can help aid in weight loss. 

 

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5. Anything Green (Spinach, Kale, etc.)

   Anything green, as in vegetables, is good for you. Dark green vegetables especially are high in many vitamins. Though when blended don't offer a lot of fibre, adding them into smoothies is a good way to get your daily intake of vegetables, as the other fruit you add will overpower the taste of them. They are low in calories but are very filling. 

  Also, green vegetables provide lots of energy and are good for digestion. 

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Of course, anything you put in a smoothie will be healthy and good for you, provided it's not something like sugary fake juices or processed or refined fruits. Fruits, vegetables, and ingredients like mentioned above added to a smoothie once a day will do your body good, and provide it with tons of vitamins and minerals, and a ton of other goodness your body needs. 

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Comments

May 8, 2014 2:21pm
Coryames3
Hey! Awesome article, I'm a daily smoothie person myself.

I don't happen to put Matcha in my smoothies however, I usually just brew tea.
Do you find the Matcha powder to be a powerful overwhelming flavor in your smoothies? Or do you feel it is masked?
May 8, 2014 4:05pm
ashleyseville
if you put a lot of fruit in it, it's not bad haha both are good though.
May 8, 2014 3:18pm
stuartseville
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May 11, 2014 8:22pm
tdupuis2012
I cannot wait to pick up some of these ingredients! I have hit a "wall" so to speak in my weight loss process and maybe this is what I need to get over the hump. Great Article.
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