But what most smoothies usually lack is the culinary touch. The extra special attention to detail that takes an ordinary recipe and transforms it into something so beautiful and tasty it gets you out of bed (at 5 o’clock in the morning). As a chef, I love to take seemingly simple ingredients and turn them into an epicurean experience—even if we’re only talking about a blender-made breakfast.
Despite popular belief, you don’t have to load up on unsavory add-ins, like the sugar, dairy, and concentrated juices you’ll get at most smoothie bars. In fact, I have a little secret for you… I achieve the best results with superfoods! Here’s how…
Upgrade Your Smoothies with 5 Superfoods
Maca Root: This powerful powder is an adaptogen, meaning it helps your body respond to stressors and stimulus. It’s also known to provide energy, improve memory, and balance hormones. Mixed into smoothies, maca is nutty and somewhat sweet. Just be sure to drink it right away, as maca can turn bitter if it sits too long.
TigerNuts: Made popular by the Paleo diet, TigerNuts aren’t nuts at all; they’re tubers. TigerNut powder is full of fiber so it acts as a thickener. In addition to leaving you full and satisfied, it also lends its unique signature sweetness.
Spirulina: A form of blue-green algae, spirulina is touted for its many benefits. It’s high in vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. It provides vital energy and helps your body eliminate toxins. From a culinary perspective, it adds an intense blue-green color that turns your smoothies into an ocean-colored masterpiece.
Pumpkin Seed Butter: Rich and thick, this butter is high in plant-based protein and Omega-3 fats. If your smoothies are thin and watery, try a tablespoon or two. It enhances the body and offers a creamy texture.
Cacao Powder: Yes, folks; chocolate is good for you. In its raw, unsweetened form, cacao powder is high in antioxidants and provides a boost of energy. It also imparts a lovable sweetness and bitter-chocolate kick. If you want something to crunch on, toss a few cacao nibs into your blended smoothie—they’re like chocolate chips without the intense sugar rush.
Try one of these glorious superfoods in your next smoothie and let me know what you think in the comments below. If you create something stunning, snap a picture and tag me on Instagram.