Blending a healthy delicious smoothie is truly an artform. You need a mixture of just the right selection of fruits and vegetables to create that perfect frothy concoction. It shouldn’t be just good for you but it has to be really great tasting as well. Otherwise, what’s the point, right? Here at Z Living, we all know about the powers and benefits of a really scrumptious smoothie. We’ve been featuring some of the best mixtures in our #Smoothie Saturday recipe series.
So, now we’re upping the taste quotient and nutrition factor on what’s possible for these blended libations by sharing the five best smoothie boosts.
1. Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds are magic for any smoothie. They are loaded with antioxidants and a single ounce has more calcium than two glasses of milk plus it’s packed with Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Phosphorus, Magnesium and Potassium. And all of its carbs are fiber.What more could you ask for?
2. Flax Seeds
One ounce of Flax Seeds are chock filled of Omega 3s over 6000 mgs. An in addition to containing Protein and Selenium, these gluten-free seeds are also known to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive health, help with weight loss and assist with menopausal symptoms.
3. Organic Rocco's Protein Powder Plus
There are tons of protein powders on the market. Designer ones, store brand ones, discount ones, but there is only one amazing brand by star chef Rocco DiSpirito, host of Z Living’s upcoming new series Now Eat This. Unlike the competition, Organic Rocco's Protein Powder Plus is low carb, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free (no post whey consumption bloat or gas) and its fat free. It also has no added sodium or GMOs, probably because it’s made from the perfect mix of egg white protein and pea protein. And finally, it tastes great blended or sprinkled over your food or drinks. Now how many protein powders boosters can boast that?
Notice anything about these great smoothie booster ingredients? They are all incredibly messy (especially those teeny, tiny chia seeds) to add to your drinks. So the Optiscoop is not only a fantastic smoothie making accessory, its clever syringe style scoop funnel design fits any bottle, but its small compact size makes it easy to take on the go. It’s a great price and it single handedly gives all of your drinks the power and punch that they need.
You’re probably already noshing on a healthy bowl of oatmeal with fruit every morning to get your day started. But if you’re not adding this fantastic ingredient to your smoothie you are missing out on some tasty and really major health benefits. Good old oatmeal helps reduce weight, controls blood pressure, and reduces cholesterol. It also lowers the risk of colon cancer, stabilizes blood sugar and promotes antioxidant activity in the body. So see, mom was right. Add it to your mixture (as an alternative to the hot, steaming breakfast bowl variety) today.