Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are praised for providing concentrated doses of vitamins and minerals which are essential for optimal health. Superfoods are a legendary addition to any smoothie because they bulk up the nutrient content, while delivering unbeatable flavours (when blended with the right ingredients).
The trick to crafting an epic smoothie is knowing how to mix and match your superfoods - it's not as simple as throwing every superfood you can find into a blender and hoping for the best. To eliminate the guessing game, Craft Smoothie carefully selects the best tasting combinations of the organic superfoods listed below to complement our fresh fruit and vegetable-based smoothie recipes. These smoothie ingredients are delivered direct to your door, so you can craft our healthy smoothie recipes at home and get a varied nutrient boost every day. Find out what to expect in a Superfood Smoothie Box from Craft Smoothie. Or if you're interested in an alternative to superfoods in smoothies, check our the brand new range of Instant Superfood Breakfast Pouches from Craft Breakfast which can be served as an instant porridge or easy bircher muesli.
Now let's introduce you to some of our favourite wholefood heroes, so you can find out why these superfoods are so super for you and your smoothies...
Packed with powerful antioxidants from the Amazon rainforest, acai berries are absolute legends of the superfood world. Acai has one of the world’s highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) scores, meaning it can be used effectively by the body to help prevent oxidation and fight disease-causing free radicals.
For a super antioxidant-dense blend, try combining cacao and acai together in a banana smoothie with an added source of protein and healthy fat, like cashews.
Not only is this detoxifying superfood packed with powerful antioxidants, Matcha also packs a punch of metabolism-boosting and mood-enhancing properties. So if you're looking for a superfood that supports immunity, detoxifies the body, calms the mind and improves concentration, matcha is a must!
What are the health benefits of matcha?
Matcha has a subtly sweet flavour, making it a super versatile smoothie ingredient. We love the energising kick matcha brings to our green smoothie recipes when blended with complementary superfoods like ginger combined with super nuts or seeds.
When it comes to vitamin C, you’ll be hard pressed to find a superfood that packs in more of this powerful antioxidant than camu camu. The cherry-like berries of the camu camu shrub are found in the Amazon rainforest and are becoming rising stars of the superfood world because of their numerous health benefits.
Camu camu is a super versatile superfood that can be blended in any smoothie for an added vitamin C kick to help protect your immuity. We love including camu camu in our winter smoothies to give you the best chance of defense against pesky winter bugs.
Cacao is an antioxidant powerhouse, which also happens to be one of the highest plant-based source of iron! It’s the purest and rawest form of chocolate you can get, so it’s packed with the antioxidants which are lost in the processing of cocoa.
Plant-based sources of iron (like cacao) contain non-heme iron which needs to be combined with vitamin C for optimal absorption. Good news for smoothie lovers - superfoods like goji berries and acai, or fruits like oranges and berries, are awesome sources of vitamin C and blend deliciously with cacao to ensure you get the maximum benefits of its iron forces.
Goji berries are a super source of vitamin A and vitamin C, which are both essential for a healthy immune system. They’re also loaded with the beta-carotene pigment, which helps promote healthy skin.
Try a goji berry and orange blended smoothie with a sprinkle of coconut for a satisfying breakfast smoothie and a decent dose of vitamin C! Or get crafty and top off your favourite detoxifying green smoothie with a goji flower.
Hailing from South America, maca is praised for enhancing energy levels, mental clarity, and sex drive. It’s also considered an “adaptogen” because it can help the body adapt to stressful scenarios like a busy schedule or a demanding job.
Maca powder blends brilliantly in smoothies with other South American superfoods like cacao or acai. Just add one teaspoon of maca to your breakfast smoothie for an energising superfood booster that tastes awesome too!
Maqui berries pack a serious health punch, thanks to their anthocyanins - the plant compounds found in purple foods which act as antioxidants to fight free radicals. With a subtle sweetness and a touch of tart, these super berries have a similar taste to blackberries but can only be sourced from the Patagonia region of Southern Chile.
We include maqui berry powder in our superfood smoothies, blended with a superfood protein source, such as nuts or chia seeds, and other organic superfood powders like acai, blackcurrant or cinnamon.
The almighty almond is one of the world’s best whole food sources of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which helps protect our cells against free radicals and slows down the ageing process. Consumption of almonds has also been linked to lower levels of bad cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease.
Almonds are a delicious addition to any smoothie, especially when blended with cacao and dates. You can't go past an almond and banana blend for a good source of potassium, which is necessary for optimal blood pressure and heart function.
Carob is all-round champ of a superfood. Why? Because it’s the only superfood brave enough to rival the taste that chocolate brings to the table. Plus it’s naturally sweet so it can help calm your farm when it comes to sugar cravings.
If you’re a chocolate milkshake fan, try blending a smoothie with carob, banana, dates and cashews, and you’ll never look back!
Lucuma is a nutrient-dense super fruit harvested in Peru that's rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B3 and protein. Referred to as the ‘Gold of the Incas’, lucuma is praised for its immune-boosting health benefits and ability to speed up the body's natural healing process. Lucuma has a caramel, maple-like flavour with a low GI index, making it the perfect superfood for creating nutritious salted caramel-flavoured smoothies!
For a salted caramel superfood smoothie, we love to blend lucuma with banana and superfoods like mesquite, vanilla, and cinnamon, plus nuts like cashews or almonds. It’s a game-changer!
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Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, cashews are king. Consumption of these super nuts has been linked to effective weight management and enhanced heart health.
Blend calcium-packed carob with magnesium-rich cashews and you’re in for a nutritious treat! Calcium and magnesium work closely together to regulate blood pressure and maintain a normal heartbeat.
Don’t underestimate the superpowers of these super tiny seeds! Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which promote a healthy heart and brain. They’re also one of the richest plant-based sources of protein, ideal for those wanting to boost their protein intake without relying on meat.
With a subtle nutty flavour, chia seeds can give your smoothies a serious nutritional boost without overpowering the other ingredients. Blend with cinnamon or ginger for an added anti-inflammatory kick! Or add to green smoothies to achieve a desirable smoothie consistency.
As a highly concentrated source of vitamin C, blackcurrants earn superfood status for their powerful antioxidant properties. Blackcurrants also contain health-boosting anthocyanins, the compound that gives these super berries their rich purple colour.
We love using organic blackcurrant powder as a substitute for blueberries in any berry smoothie recipe, or as a substitute for acai in an acai smoothie bowl. They blend brilliantly with banana smoothies, or when combined with other purple-powered superfoods like acai or maqui berry.
Rich in fibre, antioxidants and nutrient-dense fats, coconuts are nutritional powerhouses which can help support digestive health and immunity.
Coconut adds a nutritious twist to any superfood smoothie - blend with banana, berries, and cashews for satisfying summer breakfast.
Leave it to the linseeds - they’re the richest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for a healthy heart and brain. Studies have also linked the consumption of linseeds to improved digestion, clearer skin, lower cholesterol and reduced sugar cravings. Super or what?!
Combine the healing properties of ginger with the omega-3 fatty acids of flaxseed and you’re in for a smoothie that’s beneficial for a healthy body and heart!
Power to the pumpkin seeds! Packed with many a mineral, including phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper, pumpkin seeds are also an awesome source of protein. They’re rich in healthy fats and antioxidants like vitamin E, which help protect against disease and reduce inflammation.
Pair some pumpkin seeds with cacao for a decent dose of magnesium, which is vital for a healthy immune system and bone health. Cheers to that!
Packed with vitamin E and folate, sunflower seeds are big supporters of a healthy heart. They’re also a good source of selenium, a mineral which works with vitamin E to help protect cells from damage. The magnesium and copper make-up of sunflower seeds means they’re good for your bones too, and can help ease arthritic pain and inflammation because they’re loaded with antioxidants.
Bring on a deliciously creamy smoothie while increasing your intake of the essential mineral, copper, by blending sunflower seeds with cashews!
Turmeric is the yellow spice that you seem to be hearing more and more about these days - and for a good reason! Turmeric hosts a wealth of health benefits that make it a worthwhile addition to your smoothies. The secret to the powerful medicinal properties of turmeric is curcumin - the main active ingredient. Curcumin is responsible for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which make turmeric a superfood and an awesome addition to your smoothies.
Just like a turmeric latte, we love blending our turmeric smoothies with ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla for added antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The bioavailability of turmeric is increased when you combine it with healthy fats and black pepper, so we like blending ours with coconut to help the body absorb the curcumin and reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of a turmeric smoothie.
While vanilla is not typically considered a superfood, we’re here to convince you otherwise! Most people love vanilla for its distinctive aroma and sweet taste, but it has impressive health benefits too - provided you’re using the real deal. We only use 100% ground organic vanilla beans in our superfood smoothies, it’s not cheap or easy source, but it’s the best out there. Our vanilla bean powder is made from dried and powdered vanilla beans, without added sugar or alcohol.
Vanilla is an awesome addition to almost any smoothie and complements ingredients like coconut, avocado, cacao, lemon or lime particularly well. For my all-time favourite smoothie with vanilla, check out these avocado smoothie recipes.
Brazil nuts are cherished for being the world’s richest known food source of selenium, which acts as a powerful antioxidant for fighting inflammation and protecting your immunity. Although often referred to as nuts, Brazil nuts are actually seeds from the Brazil nut tree, one of the largest growing trees found in the Amazon.
Just two Brazil nuts a day is all that’s recommended to provide a good intake of selenium, so they’re a beneficial addition to almost any smoothie recipe and complement other superfoods like coconut or cashews nicely!
Psyllium is becoming an increasingly popular superfood, best known for its ability to aid digestive health and healthy weight management. Psyllium is a soluble fibre derived from the seeds of Plantago ovata plant. Being a soluble fibre, psyllium absorbs water as it passes through your digestive system and becomes a viscous compound which promotes regularity, stable blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and can aid in weight loss.
Psyllium husk powder has a mild flavour and therefore can easily be added to any breakfast smoothie recipe to bulk up the fibre content and support your digestive health.
Cinnamon is a delicious super spice that has been cherished for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. We use organic Ceylon cinnamon (aka 'True Cinnamon') in our superfood smoothie boxes, derived from the inner bark of the plant Cinnamomum verum - which is unlike the cinnamon you’ll find in most supermarkets.
The delicately warming and mildly sweet flavour of cinnamon makes it the perfect addition to almost any breakfast smoothie recipe - whether it’s a super green smoothie or a strawberry smoothie, it’ll add a delicious antioxidant kick.
Mesquite is a mineral-rich, low GI superfood which is made from the dried pods of the North American mesquite tree. Ground mesquite powder has a sweet, slightly nutty flavour with a hint of caramel and contains iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and the amino acid lysine - making mesquite the perfect smoothie booster.
Mesquite blends especially well in superfood smoothies made with cacao, maca and mesquite.
Rich in unsaturated heart-healthy fats, high in magnesium, calcium and vitamins B and E, hazelnuts are a delicious super nut that can help reduce the risk of cancer, and aid in muscle, joint, skin, bone, and digestive health.
If you’re looking for a nutritious alternative to Nutella, you can’t go past a hazelnut smoothie blended with cacao, banana and dates!
Ginger deserves super status for all the right reasons and has long been used in traditional medicine to aid digestion, ease nausea and support the immune system. It’s one of the world’s healthiest spices and is loaded with important bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
Ginger is the perfect ingredient for a natural detox, especially when combined in a green smoothie or blended with superfoods like matcha, turmeric and/or cinnamon.
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