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.
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.Credit: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tzZYJmHVqSc/T71Af0IPGZI/AAAAAAAAEQI/EPgkFCmEovg/s1600/cacao_photo.jpg
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.Credit: http://www.jessainscough.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/chia-seeds1.jpg
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.
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.
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.Credit: http://blog.letstalkhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/spinach-et-kale.jpg
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.