Smoothies are a great snack, meal or treat for anyone trying to pack some nutrients into their day. No matter what your health goals are, there's a smoothie that can get you where you want to be. Here are some suggestions on what you can do to mix up your smoothie game.
1. Actual spices.
You don't have to toss chili powder into your smoothie to get an extra kick out of your drink. Try adding some tasty spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ground ginger to help reduce inflammation and increase circulation. You can start by adding a little and increase the amount, to taste. It doesn't hurt that these wonder spices also happen to taste great too, but if you're looking for a flavorless way to punch up the nutritional value of your smoothie, consider adding some turmeric. Good for joint pain and blood sugar regulation, this spice will help you take on whatever the day throws at you.
2. Nuts and seeds.
Whether you're trying to bulk up, slim down or get some serious health benefits, adding nuts/seeds to your smoothie can work wonders. For those facing inflammation, digestive issues and fatigue, consider a tablespoon of chia or flax seed to get your body back to normal. If you're trying to add some extra protein and fat to your smoothies, throw in some whole or chopped cashews, almonds, peanuts or any other nut of your choice. For those in pursuit of a delectable, creamy treat, add a couple of tablespoons of your favorite nut butter and enjoy your guilt-free dessert.
3. Protein powder.
Want to turn your on-the-go snack into a meal that will actually hold you over until lunch? Just add a scoop of your tastiest protein powder to the mix. Protein smoothies are also a great post-workout option that will repair your muscles and feed your appetite. Of course, you should always try to incorporate healthy, clean protein blends into your diet and avoid the chemically processed options.
Whatever symptom you're battling, there's a tea for that. If you need energy, a mood booster or a slim-down sidekick, tea will be your best friend. Consider adding some tea to your favorite smoothie recipe and use it as a healthy way to replace coffee or aid digestive issues. This will also make the smoothie easier to blend, and smoother to drink.