1. Fresh mint
Fresh mint is one of the best ingredients to add to your morning smoothie. Mint promotes digestion and it has healing properties. Even if you add just a few leaves of fresh mint, it will give your morning smoothie a unique flavor that you will definitely like. You can also use frozen mint, if you don’t have the fresh one.
Since ginger increases the absorption of essential nutrients in the body, using it in your morning smoothie will help you reap all the wonderful health benefits your smoothie has. Ginger speeds up your metabolism and helps reduce bloating and relieve stomach pains. Ginger is one of the healthiest ingredients to add to any morning smoothie.
3. Cayenne pepper
Perhaps, this is the most unexpected ingredient to add to your morning smoothie. In fact, it’s always great to mix up the flavors in your morning smoothies and cayenne pepper may come in handy. You can use cayenne pepper in water based smoothies and green smoothies. Cayenne pepper helps increase your circulation, speed up your metabolism and improve your digestion. However, make sure you avoid the seeds.
4. Pure vanilla
If you don’t like the taste of a green smoothie, try adding pure vanilla to it and you’ll feel the difference. Not only will vanilla make your morning smoothie more delicious, but it will also make your smoothie much healthier. Vanilla boasts plenty of amazing health benefits. It helps fight stress and reduce anxiety and it helps regulate the menstrual cycle. So if you have irregular periods, consider using pure vanilla in your smoothies.
5. Cashew nuts
Using cashew nuts in a morning smoothie is especially beneficial for people with diabetes. Cashew nuts are high in the monounsaturated fats which can help promote healthy triglyceride levels. High triglyceride levels can raise your risk of heart disease, so adding a few unsalted cashew nuts to your morning smoothie could be a lifesaver. You can also add a little cashew butter, but make sure it doesn’t contains any additives. Since cashew nuts are high in calories, don’t use too much of them, unless you are trying to gain weight.
Add sweetness to your morning smoothie without any calories by using cinnamon. Cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. If you are going to add plenty of spinach or kale to your morning smoothie, add a little bit of cinnamon to your smoothie to make it tastier and more flavorful. Since cinnamon has a very strong taste, I don’t recommend you to use too much of it.
7. Ground flaxseeds
Although whole flaxseeds are great ingredients for many smoothies, I recommend you to use ground flaxseeds in your morning smoothie. Ground flaxseeds are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s perfect for people who are trying to boost their fiber intake. Start by adding only half a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds to your morning smoothie and build up to a tablespoon. Both whole and ground flaxseeds help lower the risk of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women.
8. Chia seeds
Another healthy and delicious ingredient for your morning smoothie is chia seeds. Chia seeds are high in omega fatty acids as well as iron, fiber, protein, and zinc. They reduce food cravings, lower blood pressure and help you stay hydrated. Chia seeds are also high in antioxidants that help protect your body from free radicals, premature aging and cancer.
9. Raw cocoa nibs
Unrefined, raw cocoa nibs are perfect for a morning smoothie. They are rich in magnesium, iron, powerful antioxidants and flavonoids. Raw cocoa nibs taste yummy and they will add great flavor and complexity to your morning smoothie in a jiff.
10. Bee pollen
Bee pollen is probably a new ingredient for your morning smoothie, but it’s a really healthy smoothie ingredient. Bee pollen is high in protein, carotenes, B complex, lecithin, and vitamins C, D, E. It improves general well-being and helps prevent numerous illnesses. Just make sure you add a little bit of bee pollen to your smoothie.
A morning smoothie is quick and easy to make and it’s a healthy and nutritious breakfast. If you don’t have some ingredients, get creative and add something you like or have at home. You can use your favorite fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, the possibilities are really endless. What’s your favorite morning smoothie?