I don’t know about you guys, but this crazy weather has my energy levels running low this week. I swear I want to take a nap minutes after I get up in the morning. (Though I might be able to contribute that to being pregnant plus having a VERY active eighteen-month-old.) To try to boost my stamina levels I decided to make an energy boosting smoothie and I swear it really helped! This berry filled, superfood smoothie had me feeling much better on the days I decided to give it a try and I hope it really helps you guys too!
Let’s start by talking about what the heck is a “superfood” anyways. I hear that word thrown around all the time and it always gets our attention. Unfortunately, I don’t think very many of us know exactly what that means per say. According to Webster’s a super-food is a “food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health. Superfoods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases.”
So what the heck does that mean? A superfood is a food that is densely packed with a bunch of really good for you components. Because all this really good for you stuff is in such high quantities in these foods you get a boost of energy plus all the benefits of the “good stuff” without having to eat a ton of the superfood.
What’s in this Superfood Energy Boosting Smoothie?
The full recipe for this smoothie is below, but first let’s talk about each superfood for a minute. This recipe includes blue berries, raspberries, blackberries, flaxseed, and chia seeds.
Flaxseed is full of a bunch of different nutrients that are essential for your body. The biggest nutrient that exists in flaxseed that makes it a superfood is Omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids support a healthy cardiovascular system and are also essential to brain development in infants and young adults.
Chia seeds are packed full of iron, magnesium and zinc. Also, they contain more of that awesome omega-3 fatty acid as well as a huge dose of fiber.
Blue berries are one of the most commonly mentioned superfoods. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants such as vitamin-C and potassium. These antioxidants combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals, left unchecked, can increase the risk of heart disease and even cancer.
Raspberries and blackberries are also awesome superfoods. They contain vitamin C, vitamins B1-3, folic acid, iron, copper and magnesium!
An added bonus is it gives you a huge boost of energy!
If berries aren’t your think feel free to check out my Healthy Peaches and Cream Smoothie instead!
What are you favorite smoothie ingredients?
- 1 Cup mixed frozen berries (berry mix should include blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.)
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- ½ frozen banana
- ¾ cup 100% orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- Add all ingredients into blender. Be sure to add juice and yogurt to blender before adding chia seeds and flax seed to prevent clumping. Blend until completely smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender to ensure all is incorporated. For a thicker smoothie you may use ½ cup orange juice instead of ¾ cups.