With all that’s going on in your day-to-day life, it can be difficult to find the time to get in a quality, nutrient-rich meal, especially when you’re a busy bee! This Superfood Smoothie Recipe is a perfect meal replacement and can be made ahead of time so you have a quick grab-and-go meal when you’re on the run.
Superfood Smoothie Ingredients
This Superfood Smoothie Recipe is jam packed with yummy and healthy ingredients. Here are a few of the key players that you’ll definitely want to include for maximum health benefits and satiation.
Perfect Yogurt for Superfood Smoothies
The yogurt you choose for your Superfood Smoothie Recipe is vital. Think of your yogurt as your main base – it will provide a few things such as protein, fat and probiotics.
Here are a few things to look for when choosing a yogurt:
Low Sugar Yogurt
Choosing a low sugar yogurt is best for overall health. The key is to find a yogurt that has no added sugar. All yogurt contains natural sugar so it will be impossible to find one that contains no sugar, so focus on no added sugar.
Full Fat Yogurt
When it comes to fat, don’t skimp on this part!
A full fat yogurt is always best. Not only does fat keep you fuller longer and keep sugar cravings in check, but the yogurt will have a cleaner ingredient profile.
When you strip the fat from a food, you’re removing flavor. To make a low or non-fat food taste better, food manufacturers often add in ingredients back in such as sodium, sugar and other artificial ingredients and sweeteners to make it taste better.
Choose a full fat yogurt and you’ll be choosing a clean liquid base for your Superfood Smoothie Recipe.
Yogurt with Live Active Probiotics
When it comes to probiotics, not all yogurts are created equal. When a yogurt nutrition label claims it contains “live active cultures”, “cultured milk” or something to that effect, it’s not always clear if the cultures are still alive.
It’s always best to find a yogurt that lists the actual strains of probiotics on its ingredient list.
For instance, the yogurt I use lists the strains: S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, B. bifidus, and L. casei.
This Superfood Smoothie Recipe calls for fresh spinach. Spinach is a widely used green in smoothies not only for the nutrients, but also because it’s difficult to taste when it’s blended.
If you prefer another type of green, the possibilities are endless. You may use kale, romaine, collard greens, etc.
Fiber is important in your Superfood Smoothie Recipe, so make sure you definitely add your greens. Not only will the extra fiber keep you satiated longer, but it will also slow down the metabolism of the sugars found in the other ingredients.
I chose frozen blueberries as the superfood berry of choice in this Superfood Smoothie Recipe.
Blueberries contain a ton of antioxidants, they are vitamin-rich, and low in calories. Plus, they’re easy to find in the grocery store!
Blueberries are lower in calories and nutrient-rich, so it’s a win-win to include them in your daily smoothie.
If you’re not a fan of blueberries, or you don’t have them on hand, choose your favorite berry such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or cherries.
The remaining ingredients, including optional boosters can be found in the recipe card below.
CBD Oil Superfood Immune Booster
CBD oil is very beneficial for many things. From soothing achy joints and muscles to easing anxious feelings to supporting your immune system, CBD oil is a featured ingredient in this Superfood Smoothie Recipe.
The best way to take CBD Oil is sublingual (under the tongue). This allows CBD to enter the bloodstream directly rather than having to be metabolized by the liver first.
For some it’s not possible to keep CBD oil under the tongue due to the strong flavor of a phytocannabinoid-rich hemp CBD oil.
A Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a perfect addition to smoothies so it has made its way into the ingredient list for this Superfood Smoothie Recipe!
Superfood Smoothie Booster Ingredients
If you want to boost your smoothie with more healthy ingredients, here are a few more to choose from:
Depending on how much protein you need and whether or not your yogurt and other ingredients give you sufficient amounts, consider adding in extra protein.
There are plenty of plant-based protein powders to choose from.
If you prefer whey protein, one of my favorite powders is made by Jarrows.
Their protein powder is super clean with only a few ingredients and it’s unflavored so you get to control how your smoothie tastes rather than being married to either vanilla or chocolate.
Plus, they also have a grass-fed whey protein for those who prefer an even better protein source!
If you want to add in a bit more protein, fiber or fat consider chia or pumpkin seeds.
Chia seeds are great for absorbing liquid, so if your smoothie happens to be a bit runny, your chia seeds will help thicken it up.
Plus, chia seeds have a whole host of health benefits. They are filled with fiber, healthy Omega-3 fats, and minerals.
Because Chia seeds are protein and fiber-rich, they will help keep you satiated.
Pumpkin seeds are another great superfood perfect for topping your smoothie. Pumpkin seeds are high in minerals such as Magnesium and Zinc, so they are a heart-healthy and immune-boosting superfood.
For any types of seeds, including chia and pumpkin, my go-to brand is Terrasoul Superfoods.
Blenders for Making Smoothies
You don’t necessarily have to buy an expensive blender in order to make yummy smoothies. Some fancy name-brand blenders can reach several hundred dollars and it’s not needed.
However, you don’t want a cheaply made blender either. When I say cheap, I mean a blender with a motor that will blow in a matter of a year or so.
I use the Ninja Master Prep that comes with a small food processor. I’ve had this blender for several years and it’s still going strong.
Smoothie Blending Tip
The number one tip I’d recommend is to freeze your spinach before you need it. Pre-portion out your 1 cup of fresh spinach, place it in an air tight container or sealable bag, and freeze the servings individually.
When you’re ready to blend your Superfood Smoothie Recipe, take the spinach out of the freezer and immediately blend. Having your spinach frozen ahead of time actually allows the spinach to blend into a very smooth consistency rather than chunky bits of greens.
Best Practices for Meal Prep Smoothies
I personally love a freshly blended smoothie. For me, it tastes better when you drink it right after making it.
However, I realize we don’t always have time to make a meal, so here are a few ways to save a bit of time making your smoothies in advance.
How to Freeze Smoothies
If you have extra time to meal prep your smoothies on a weekend, make your individual smoothies for the week ahead.
Place your prepared blended smoothies in individual servings using sealable freezer bags. Place your smoothies in the freezer flat so they freeze in a thin layer for easy storing and thawing.
When you’re ready to have a smoothie, take your frozen flat smoothie bag out of the freezer the night before and allow it to defrost in the refrigerator over night.
You’ll have a yummy frozen fruit smoothie ready for your grab-and-go breakfast or lunch.
Freeze Smoothie Ingredients for Quick Blending
Another way to speed up the blending process is to place your pre-measured greens, frozen blueberries, flax and hemp seeds in individual servings in sealable bags in the freezer.
When you’re ready to blend your smoothie, simply add the frozen ingredients into your blender in one full swoop, and add your liquid bases (yogurt and almond milk) along with your fat (almond butter or coconut oil) and Busy Bee’s CBD oil and blend away.
How To Store Pre-Made Smoothies in the Refrigerator
If you want to make a double or triple batch of smoothies at a time and keep the leftover smoothies for the following days, place your prepared leftover smoothies in air tight containers, such as a mason jar with a lid, and place them in your refrigerator.
Leftovers will last a few days if sealed in air tight containers. Make sure you shake up your leftover smoothie before drinking as you may see a bit of separation of ingredients.
When you make this Superfood Smoothie Recipe, I’d love to know how you liked it and what superfood boosters you added. Plus, I’d love for you to come back and review the recipe below.
If you’re on social media, make sure you tag me @busybeeswellness so I can see your pretty smoothie! Enjoy!
- 1 Cup Plain or Greek Full-Fat Yogurt
- 1/4-1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, as needed
- 1 Cup Fresh Spinach
- 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
- 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter or Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Golden Flax Seed
- 1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
- 1 mL Your Favorite CBD Oil (1 dropper)
- 1 Scoop Protein Powder
- 1 teaspoon Chia Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Bee Pollen
- 1/2 Banana
- Place yogurt, 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk and spinach into blender and blend until spinach is smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients into your blender and blend for 2 minutes, or until smoothie is at your desired consistency.
- Add additional unsweetened almond milk if your smoothie consistency is too thick.
- Optional - top with your favorite boosters (chia or pumpkin seeds)
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