Healthy Smoothie Ingredients – Additives

These are some things you can add to your healthy breakfast smoothie to increase the nutritional value.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria) that are similar to beneficial bacteria found in your digestive system. They are also called “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria.” Many people take probiotics in a supplement form or in yogurt or juice. There are some probiotics you can get in powder form and would be a great addition to your smoothie

Protein Powders

Protein powders are basically an additive that include proteins, branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), glutamine, essential fatty acids and other ingredients. The come from many different sources, whey being the most common. Whey is derived from the process of making cheese from milk. Because of this people wishing to avoid diary should try a different source. There are many sources available, even hemp protein powder. Currently in our household we use a brown rice form.

Ground Flax SeedGround Flax Seed

Flaxseed offers the benefits of fiber, protein, Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and SDG Lignans. Fiber promotes normal digestive function and a positive effect on cholesterol. ALA is an Omega-3 essential fatty acid the supports heart health and SDGs exhibit antioxidant properties. Not only is flaxseed loaded with plant omega-3s, it also has more lignans (compounds that may prevent endometrial and ovarian cancer) than any other food

Yogurts

Yogurts are a great way to make the smoothies creamy and also to add protein to your drink. To me to be healthy you want to go with a non-fat plain yogurt. The flavored and fruit yogurts are going to add unwanted sugars. To me the best kind to use is a plain greek yogurt for max protein. Now if you are a vegan or just trying to avoid dairy there are soy based yogurts as well. Of course some would like to avoid soy as well, now there is also a rice based yogurt that would be great for your smoothie