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Smoothie Ingredients: Superfoods, Supplements & More

The concept of “superfoods” may be in flux, but there’s no denying that there are a lot of healthy, nutrient-packed, good-for-you things out there that you should try to incorporate into your diet.

Here are a few of my favorite smoothie ingredients and supplements – From roots to berries to algae! 🙂

Maca – This is a root from the Andes that has been used for thousands of years, but is new to Western countries like ours. It helps regulate hormones, energy levels, and boosts your immune system. I love the taste, it’s similar to a light, natural butterscotch. I add it to smoothies, oats, or chia seed puddings. While it is available as a supplement, I’ve only ever tried the powder.

Goji Berries – These little powerhouses are high in antioxidants, vitamins & minerals. I like topping oats, banana ice cream & smoothies with dried goji berries, or adding the raw, organic powder to smoothies. Note: The dried berries get VERY COLD when you add them to a smoothie, so be careful of your teeth.

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Noni – This is an antioxidant rich fruit that helps boost your immune system and has been touted as having anti-aging benefits. You can find it in three forms: Noni juice, noni powder & noni supplements.

Chlorella – This fresh water algae is packed with protein, Vitamin A, B2, B3, Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc, and helps with detoxification. Tastes AWFUL but this is seriously good for you. Comes in powder form or supplements. Most smoothies will mask the taste, but you can slowly increase your “dose” until you’re used to it. J Very similar to spirulina, another blue-green algae (which also comes in supplements or powder).

Wheatgrass – High in vitamins & minerals, wheatgrass is also extremely rich in protein, contains 17 amino acids & has a huge amount of chlorophyll. This one also does not taste great, so I recommend the capsules over the powder.

A few other highly nutrient dense goodies that I always have around are – Chia Seeds, Cacao Nibs, and Hemp Seeds.

What goes in YOUR smoothies? Do you have any superfoods you love to add to your meals?

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Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

It’s that time again… Time for all the new ad campaigns for Spring 2012 that make us swoon and wish the weather would hurry up so we can throw on sundresses and gorgeous resort wear. Sigh. Tom & Lorenzo have the lowdown on Valentino, Harper’s Bazaar previews the fabulous Burberry video featuring Poppy’s younger sister Cara Delevingne, Mama’s A Rolling Stone has gorgeous photos from the 2012 campaigns for Lanvin, Chloe and Balenciaga, and My Dress.My High Heels.My Style shows off the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign with the lovely, tan Natasha Poly, a breathtaking Mila Kunis for Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2012 and great mixing and matching of prints in the DKNY Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign where Ashley Greene giving great face on New York rooftops.

Looking for something light and entertaining to read this weekend? Try Simon Doonan’s Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, see Harper’s Bazaar’s review here. Not your typical fashion tome, that’s for sure.

Need some ideas for comfy clothes and cozy accessories as this latest cold weather front moves through? WhoWhatWear has the breakdown on outerwear worn by everyone from Ashley Olsen to Rooney Mara, Frugal Fashionista has the lowdown on snowboots under $100 and FabSugar has 5 ideas on how to mix and match your feminine, warm-weather wear with cozy pieces for winter.

Need some extras to finish up your daily looks these days? 10 sweet winter accessories under $50, China Glaze creates a Hunger Games inspired line of nail polish, 7 pairs of nerd-chic glasses and leopard print scarves.

Health & Fitness:

Personally, I don’t own a scale, I’m much more interested in how my clothes fit. One reason? Muscle mass is important for your health. Is bulking up at the gym one of your fears? Fit Bottomed Girls discuss common fitness fears.

The girls over at Tone It Up give great daily updates – check out their great suggestion to keep you healthy and moving all day at work. Need some more motivation to get you going? FitSugar has you covered with quotes and mottos to get you up and out the door.

I can’t decide what I want to make first next weekend: FitSugar’s black & white bean sweet potato soup, The Wannabe Chef’s tofu stirfry or The Hungry Hungry Hippie’s clean food cornbread.

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Looking to add some new foods to your diet to increase your health? You could try hemp seeds, antioxidant-rich foods, green monster salads, “cheesy” veggie quinoa Quiche and some of the newly popularized superfoods of 2011.

Hope you had a great weekend!

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