There is nothing quite like smoothies for helping you get dense nutrition in a delicious package. But don't get stuck with the usual fare. While fruit and yogurt are nice, "nice” can get boring. Why not go for amazing!
To help inspire your creativity and assist you in boosting your smoothie's nutritional prowess, we've put together a special 2-part article on somewhat unusual (and very nutritious) smoothie ingredients.
Ready to get mixing? Here's the next set of super smoothie components. . .
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If you're a PB and J lover, you'll love adding nut
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Finally, for a real hunger-killer, try adding almond milk to your smoothie. In addition to its incomparable creamy taste, almonds seem to quell the hunger hormone ghrelin. A little almond may help your smoothie go even further to keep your appetite in check.
First a warning: Not everyone will feel safe with this ingredient. Raw eggs can bring on a bout of salmonella, a bacterial infection that can become fatal. Nonetheless, people have eaten raw eggs safely for generations. Many traditional smoothie recipes (like eggnog) have been built on a raw egg foundation. If you have access to eggs from a flock you know is healthy and feel confident about using eggs this way, you might like to try this favorite ingredient of prizefighters.
How to use them? Simply crack it on the side of the blender and add it in.
While it's a distant cousin to marijuana, hemp has none of its psychoactive effects - no matter how much you eat. Instead of recreational use, hemp has been used for fiber, rope and now food due to its good nutrition. Extremely rich in protein - with some of
A warning to smoothie makers: Hemp is also very high in fiber. This can help your digestion but it will also thicken up the smoothie if it sits for a while in the fridge. If you like eating your smoothie with a spoon, this may not be an issue. But for all smoothie-sippers, make sure you drink your hemp-infused smoothies pronto.
How about something earthy to balance out the light sweetness of fruits? Root vegetables offer the perfect solution.
How could you leave this nutrition powerhouse out of smoothie making? Especially when it has such a sweet side!
Carrots are known for bringing the bright orange antioxidant, beta-carotene to your diet. In fact, beta-carotene is named for carrots. Beta-carotene can be cleaved in half to make the true, natural form of vitamin A. Vitamin A has been linked to supporting skin health, immune
As long as they're kept humid and cool, carrots can store for a while and still maintain their good nutrition. To add them to a smoothie, if you have a powerful machine like a Vitamix, you can just drop them in. For other blenders, try grating them first.
Combine it with some creamy coconut and nutmeg and you'll have a cool carrot cake in a glass!
First, radishes bring some great nutrition power to the mix . . . Another member of the cruciferous family, they also contain sulfur-based compounds seem to help increase your body's cancer-fighting and detoxifying processes.
In addition, as suggested by their peppery bite, they help loosen up mucus-clogged passages if you're a little stuffed up.
On top of all this good healing power, radishes open the door to some new arenas in smoothie flavor combinations . . .
Some smoothie aficionados love their zing in traditional sweet and fruity combos. But they also invite you to try a more gazpacho-like approach to smoothie making. Instead of just going for sweet and mellow, consider adding radishes to tomatoes, kale, cucumbers and a little lemon juice for a more savory vegetable medley.
It's hard to beat beet's blood red appearance for drama. You can't help but wonder what beets do for your health when you see the stains they leave on the counter. And certainly, beets have special compounds we all could make good use of.
Research has linked beets to fighting inflammation and cancer. Beet juice has recently been discovered by athletes as a powerful way to extend stamina and power. And because beets increase your body's production of nitric oxide, they may help increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure.
Smoothies offer an excellent way to enjoy beets' nutrition. You lose out on beets' special antioxidants, betalains, the more you cook them.
A cousin to the antioxidant powerhouse, turmeric, ginger claims its own reputation as a powerful healing root. Not only does it improve circulation, clear up the respiratory system and soothe sore muscles, but it helps other herbs work better. 
Perhaps it's due to its circulatory boost, but ginger is known by herbalists as root that magnifies the power of other herbs. Imagine what this can mean for your smoothie nutrition!
You can add dried ginger spice to your smoothie. But for super spicy ginger flavor, consider adding the fresh root to your mix. Wash and peel it first. And if you don't have a power mixer, grate it first for best results.
Spice It Up
Once you've created a nice base, why not spice it up? Spices bring not only high notes of flavor but also symphonies of nutrition.
Orange turmeric has one of the world's best antioxidants - curcumin. In India, turmeric and milk (a smoothie precursor) is a common cure-all.
Cinnamon helps with blood sugar metabolism and nutmeg used in moderation helps with anxiety and concentration.
Make Your Smoothies Rock!
So don't get stuck in a smoothie rut. Let your creative juices flow as you mix and blend. With these somewhat unusual smoothie ingredients, you can blast open new avenues of taste and nutrition.
Ready to discover new tastes of smoothie heaven? Toss some of these in your blender!
About Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum, M.D.
Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum is a 35-year veteran and widely recognized pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine, alternative
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