Four superfood smoothies that are delicious and nourishing, from turmeric to green to pitaya.
While we enjoy smoothies year-round, I especially crave them in the summer. Thick, creamy, refreshing, and nourishing smoothies are my jam. One of my childhood friends recently reminded me that I was making smoothies when I was 12 years old. Smoothies are like an ice cream treat, only made with nourishing ingredients. Don’t you just love that? While smoothie shop smoothies are often bulked up with ice cream, these ones are made with real food ingredients.
I notice my family stays healthier when we are drink more smoothies. Not only do I have more energy, but my girls get fewer colds. It’s not surprising given the huge amount of nutrition that can be packed into one cup. I’m a believer that the best vitamins come from whole foods. Berries, greens, fruit, seeds like hemp, chia, and flax, and herbs like turmeric can make us feel so much better. I wanted to share four of my go-to superfood smoothies with you. Some of these I’ve shared here before but have made little tweaks to. I considered just posting the new video to Facebook and Instagram, but thought it would be helpful to post here as well. All four recipes can be printed at once at the bottom of this post.
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Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
Turmeric is used as a natural food dye, but has some pretty impressive health benefits too. It’s one of the key ingredients in Indian cooking and often used in curries. I have read that turmeric is more beneficial when combined with black pepper. Some people add a pinch of pepper directly to their smoothies. I prefer to have a piece of avocado toast on the side with a pinch of sea salt and pepper.
Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Smoothie
Pitaya’s vibrant fuchsia color alone makes me happy! This exotic fruit is loaded with antioxidants. Though it may be hard to find fresh dragon fruit, smoothie packs are now available next to the frozen acai packs and other frozen fruit at many grocery stores. This bright pink smoothie is one of my daughter’s favorites.
Green Superfood Smoothie
This one is my personal favorite, though my kids are still not big on green smoothies. For the girls I usually sneak some spinach into dark colored chocolate or berry smoothies. This tropical tasting green smoothie doesn’t taste too “green” so it’s great for green smoothie beginners.
Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
Woohoo, this one really tastes like dessert. This creamy dreamy smoothie is naturally sweetened with dates. For more sweetness feel free to add a few drops of stevia or a swirl of maple syrup. You can add the cocoa powder to the whole thing or just to half as shown here (just for fun). This is a very filling smoothie. After workouts I sometimes trade the oats for a scoop of protein powder and omit the dates.
Superfoods to add to smoothies:
- Hemp Hearts: high in Omega-3 and protein. May help with arthritis and joint pain, heart health, hair, skin, and nails, fight cancer, and more. source
- Flax: high in Omega-3, antioxidants (lignans), magnesium, and fiber. May help lower cholesterol, fight cancer, improve skin and hair, and more. source
- Spirulina: May detox heavy metals, lower cholesterol, boost energy, aid in weight loss, lower blood pressure, help prevent cancer, eliminate candida, and lower the chance of stroke. source
- Maca root: May help balance hormones in women and men, boost energy, memory and mood, and more. source
- Chia seed: High in fiber, Omega-3, protein, vitamins and minerals. May help treat diabetes, boost energy and metabolism, build muscle and lose weight, fight breast and cervical cancer, and promote dental health. source
- Turmeric: A powerful herb in fighting disease. Turmeric is prized most for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
*Please always consult with your doctor before starting any new supplements, especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or giving the supplement to a child.
Even More Superfood Smoothie Recipes
- 1 orange, peeled (or orange juice)
- 1 peeled and sliced frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 cup frozen peach chunks
- 1 frozen dragon fruit (pitaya) pack, removed from plastic
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1/3 cup favorite yogurt
Peanut Butter Cup
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 banana, peeled and frozen
- 1 tablespoon flax meal or hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup oats (gluten free if needed)
- 3 pitted Medjool dates (or maple syrup to taste)
- 1 tablespoon cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- handful of ice
- 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple and/or mango chunks
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 tablespoon flax meal or hemp hearts
- 1-2 cups spinach or kale
- 1/2 banana, peeled
- Add all the ingredients for your desired smoothie to the blender. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid if needed to turn the blender blade. Add more ice to make your smoothies thick and icy.
Nutrition will vary between smoothies.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300 Cholesterol: 0mg