Superfood Smoothies You Can Make at Home
by Yalla Mediterranean
November 29, 2017

For those looking to easily incorporate healthy and nutrient-rich foods into their diets, superfood smoothies are a blessing. In most cases, they’re a win-win-win situation — they’re easy to make, they’re good for you and most importantly, they taste great.

Smoothies can be consumed at any time of the day, but for most people with traditional work schedules, morning is the best time. You already know that it’s important to eat a nutritious breakfast, and a superfood smoothie is an excellent way to do so. They’re also great in the morning because they can give you that bolt of energy you need to kick off your day on the right note.

Here we’ll take a quick look at the benefits of superfoods, list some of the most common foods that fit this description and give you ten recipes for superfood smoothies that you can easily make at home.

What Are Superfoods?

There isn’t an official definition of “superfoods,” but it’s a term commonly used for foods that are beneficial to your health because they’re packed with nutrients. Some superfoods are relatively easy to incorporate into your diet, while others require a bit more creativity.

That’s where smoothies come in. One of the best things about superfood smoothies is they are typically a conglomeration of ingredients mixed in a blender. So it’s not only possible but very easy to include all sorts of different superfoods that you may not usually eat.

Superfoods Benefits

The benefits of superfoods can vary widely based on the individual food. Some are high in protein, others high in dietary fiber, while others still might have extraordinary levels of essential vitamins and minerals. A number of these foods are high in more than one nutrient.

As with most things in life, moderation and variety can be key. You want to change things up to make sure you’re don’t overindulge in one particular nutrient. For example, consuming ultra-high levels of Vitamin C isn’t inherently bad for your health, but it could cause discomfort in the form of nausea or diarrhea.

superfood smoothies you can make at home

Common Superfoods

There are a wide variety of superfoods to choose from when making a daily smoothie. There are some superfoods you won’t find on this list, however. For example, salmon is a great superfood that’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s not exactly something you’d want to include in a smoothie.

With that in mind, here is a quick list of common superfoods you may consider adding to your smoothies:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Blueberries
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Raw Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Flaxseed
  • Raspberries
  • Pineapple
  • Oats
  • Hemp Seed
  • Arugula
  • Almond Milk
  • Goji Berries
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Green Tea

How to Make a Superfood Smoothie

If you’re new to the smoothie game and looking for some of the best superfood smoothie ideas, there is no reason to be intimidated. All you need to jump aboard the superfood smoothie bandwagon is a blender and the desire to consume healthier foods.

Making smoothies is incredibly easy. In many cases, all you need to do is assemble your ingredients in the blender, and blend. That’s it.

Some ingredients may have special instructions, and if so, we’ll outline those in each recipe. Also, you may or may not want to include ice in your smoothies. This usually depends on if you’re already using frozen components such as frozen fruits or not.

Without further ado, let’s get into some healthy super food smoothies you can make at home.

Healthy Superfood Smoothie Recipes

Pineapple Kale Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale leaves, lightly packed and stems removed
  • 3/4 cup milk (your choice)
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Honey to taste (usually 1-3 teaspoons)

To Make

Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. You can add more liquid (milk or water) if you’d like it a bit thinner.

Health Benefits

Kale is great because it’s low in calories, has no fat and high in dietary fiber. Somewhat surprisingly, a cup of kale also has a healthy 3 grams of protein, not bad at all for a leafy green. A cup also only has 36 calories with more than 100 percent of the recommended daily amounts of both Vitamins A and C.

Not to mention, pineapple aids digestion, it boosts your immune system and can improve the strength of your bones and eyes. The fruit also promotes healthy tissue and cells and can aid in arthritis management.

ultra greens smoothie

Berry and Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/4 cup kale
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 medium beet
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 cup water (or coconut water)

To Make

Unless you have a high-powered blender, it can help to steam and cool the beet before using the blender. After that, combine the ingredients and blend, starting with the lowest speed and gradually moving up. This should take between 30 and 60 seconds.

Health Benefits

Bananas are known to be a great source of potassium, and they’re also high in Vitamin B-6, manganese and dietary fiber. Beets are great for boosting stamina, which can be especially helpful during a busy morning. And blueberries offer a number of benefits, including a good amount of Vitamin C and dietary fiber.

Ultra Greens Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 or 4 large kale leaves (stems and spine removed)
  • 3 chard leaves (stems and spine removed)
  • 1/2 cup flat parsley
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds

To Make

No special tricks here. Simply combine the ingredients in your blender and use the high setting until it’s smooth and creamy.

Health Benefits

Greens aren’t the most exciting food on the planet, but this is one of the best superfood smoothies to get a quick and healthy dose. Chard is similar to kale in that it’s low in calories but high in dietary fiber and Vitamins A and C. It also has a good amount of iron and calcium. Finally, hemp seeds are a great source of protein — the three tablespoons here should contain roughly 11 grams. The seeds are also high in iron, Vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.

Healthy Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen white grapes
  • 2 cups baby spinach, packed tightly
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed green tea, cooled
  • 1 medium avocado, ripe
  • 2 teaspoons honey

To Make

This is another straightforward one — simply combine ingredients and blend until smooth. As always, feel free to add liquid if you prefer a thinner consistency.

Health Benefits

Green tea is packed with antioxidants and can also help improve brain function. It also has some caffeine, which can be a welcome boost in the morning (particularly if you’re a habitual coffee drinker). Green tea has also been shown to promote fat loss and improve your metabolism.

Meanwhile, avocados are good for your heart and can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. They also contain healthy monounsaturated fat, a “good” fat that can help reduce cholesterol levels and prevent ailments such as breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.

banana oatmeal smoothie

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

To Make

Like most entries on this list, simply combine the ingredients in your blender and blend on high until it reaches your desired consistency.

Health Benefits

Oats are low in sodium and contain no cholesterol, and they’re high in protein and dietary fiber. The health benefits of oats include a lower chance of colorectal cancer and coronary artery disease, and they can help lower your blood pressure as well.

Greek yogurt is also high in protein, and it also has healthy amounts of calcium, Vitamin B-12, magnesium and potassium. Yogurt, in general, is known to have probiotic properties due to its “healthy bacteria” that can help your digestive system.

Orange Goji Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • 2 oranges, peeled and seeded
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup dried goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1 cup ice

To Make

For this smoothie, blend all ingredients except the ice until it reaches a smooth consistency. Then add the ice and blend until it becomes smooth once again.

Health Benefits

Goji berries are best known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They also have good amounts of fiber, iron, zinc and Vitamins A and C. And for fruit, they’re surprisingly high in protein — 3 grams per ounce.

Similar to hemp seeds, chia seeds are high in protein and offer a number of other health benefits, including omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, calcium and antioxidants. The seeds are known to help with aging skin, digestive issues, heart health and metabolism.

High Protein Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 or 2 raw eggs
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries

To Make

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.

Health Benefits

Because of the eggs, this could be considered a raw superfood smoothie recipe. Eggs tend to be underrated as a superfood because of their reputation for being high in cholesterol. That said, the health benefits easily outweigh the risks. One large egg has just 80 calories but contains 6 grams of protein to go along with healthy doses of Vitamins D and B-12. You should be aware, however, that eating raw eggs can be a risk. There is a chance they could contain salmonella and lead to food poisoning, which may include stomach pains, diarrhea and vomiting. The USDA does say it’s safe to use raw pasteurized eggs, but you should be aware that the risk is there.

chocolate superfood smoothie

Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup leafy greens, such as spinach or kale
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • Ice to taste

To Make

Combine the ingredients and blend, adding ice as you go until you reach your desired consistency.

Health Benefits

This is one of those superfood smoothies that make you feel like you’re getting away with something because of the chocolaty goodness. We’ve already discussed the health benefits of the main ingredients in this smoothie, including bananas, kale and chia seeds. It may surprise you, but raw cacao also has a number of healthy properties. It can help reduce heart disease, promote weight loss, improve your immune system and give you an energy boost. Further, cacao has been found to contain 20 times the antioxidant content of blueberries, and a whopping 119 times more than that of bananas.

Kale Ginger Detoxification Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups kale leaves
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey

To Make

Per usual, combine the ingredients in your blender and blend. You may need to add a bit more almond milk to help break down the frozen fruits.

Health Benefits

This smoothie isn’t guaranteed to completely erase your hangover, but it certainly helps. It offers all of the health benefits of bananas, blueberries, chia seeds and kale, with the addition of ginger. Fresh ginger has many health properties in its own right, including the ability to relieve nausea. It can also aid in digestion and reduce muscle pain, making this a great post-workout superfood smoothie recipe, too.

Pomegranate Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup greens, such as kale or spinach
  • Ice to taste

To Make

We’ll give you one guess how you make this smoothie. I bet you guessed “put ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth,” and you’d be right!

Health Benefits

You know the benefits of greens such as spinach kale, but we’ve yet to mention pomegranate seeds. Over the years they’ve become known as a weight-loss food because they’re high in fiber and can help suppress your appetite. Pomegranate seeds are also high in Vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system. Further, they promote lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, making for a healthy heart.

pomegranate coconut smoothie

Now It’s Your Turn

Now that you have ten solid superfood smoothie recipes at your disposal try out a few and see which work best for you. As a final tip, you can always add items such as chia or hemp seeds to any of these recipes to give your smoothie an added boost of protein and fiber.

Making smoothies is an easy way to garner the benefits of many types of superfoods. Once you get started, the hard part will be going a day without one.