I love love love smoothies! Cool, refreshing and the combinations are endless. They’re pretty much my go-to breakfast or snack. And as the buyer for supplements at Well.ca, I’m always sampling something new in my blended concoctions.
Endless options are mostly a blessing but can be a curse – because where do you start? Here are my top 11 picks to upgrade your smoothie:
For me, the first building block of a hearty smoothie is the protein. I’m partial to plant-based proteins and have been enjoying this hemp protein from Manitoba Harvest. It’s highly digestible so it doesn’t hurt my stomach, and with all 10 essential amino acids and omega – it’s a nutritional powerhouse. I also like that it isn’t flavoured or sweetened so it doesn’t add anything to my fruit and veggies mix – just a smooth neutral taste.
2 and 3. Greens (More Specifically, Spirulina and Wheat Grass)
I like a big heap of greens in my smoothies – honestly because I feel guilty for rarely have fresh greens around to add. My two favourites are spirulina and wheat grass.
Spirulina, like Progressive’s unflavoured powder version, is blue-green algae that is safe for humans to consume. Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, spirulina helps support energy production and mental alertness – perfect for morning mixes.
Wheat grass powder, like Organic Tradition’s organic and non-GMO version, comes from the young, nutrient-dense grass of wheat (long before it would be harvested as a grain). Wheat grass providers an antioxidant-packed boost and it’s high alkalinity helps balance acidic pH levels.
I know, I know – “Kaitlyn you’re obsessed with maca”…(see here and here). But hear me out! It’s delicious, it’s amazing for energy and, if you pick a gelatinized version like Organika’s, it’ll be easy on your stomach. For me, it’s a must add. ?
It might sound a little odd, but functional mushrooms are perfect for adding to smoothies and many have amazing health benefits. There’s Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and — my favourite — Lion’s Mane, which is great for keeping your mind focused and razor sharp. I like Four Sigmatic’s Lion’s Mane Mushroom Elixir, with bonus rhodiola, rosehip, and organic peppermint! Yum!
6. MCT Oil
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) are a category of brain-boosting fats that are a quick source of energy for your body. These quality fats can support your metabolism and keep you feeling full. Well.ca carries quite a few great options including Bulletproof Brain Octane. I’m currently trying something a little different – St. Francis Herb Farm Ghee & MCT Oil combines coconut MCT oil and liquid ghee.
Prebiotics are food for your gut! They encourage growth and activity of your friendly gut bacteria, which improves your gut function. There are lots of whole foods you can add to your diet but if you’re pressed for time, a prebiotic powder is the way to go. I love love love the new line that Genuine Health put out that includes 3 flavours of fermented organic gut superfoods. Each has 22 fully fermented plant-based super foods, and prebiotics to nourish a healthy gut flora.
8. Powdered Peanut Butter
9, 10 & 11. The Finishing Touches (Chia Seeds, Coconut Chips, and Cacao Nibs)
When I’m feeling fancy (read: lazy on Sundays), I’ll add a few sprinkles to the top of my morning smoothie. And there are some great natural options out there. For fibre, try chia seeds. For flavour, try coconut chips. And of course, if you want a hint of chocolate (because you always deserve chocolate), try sweet cacao nibs!
What are your favourite ways to upgrade your smoothie? Let me know in the comments below! I also filmed a video with our CMO Erin on Smoothie Boosters – check it out here.