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Weekends are our time off, at least for those of us in a 9-5, but that doesn’t mean you have to slack off with your healthy eating! The extra time you have during your weekend is a great opportunity to experiment with new healthy ingredients and recipes.

Like smoothies! Smoothies are a healthy eating staple, but sometimes we get stuck in the yogurt-fruit-ice cycle. Here is a list of 7 ingredients you can add to your smoothie to increase it’s nutritional value.

  1. Kale. One of the most popular healthy foods these days, add some kale into your smoothie for more greens!
    Pro Tip: If you don’t like the texture of blended kale, add some fresh kale juice instead.
  2. Flax seed meal. Flax seeds are a good source of fiber and omega-3’s. Fiber is an important part of your diet, both to help you feel full and promote digestive health.
  3. Protein powder. Trying to increase your protein intake? Adding it to your smoothie is an easy and delicious way to do it!
  4. Avocado. This is how you make your smoothie creamy without milk! Not to mention adding a healthy dose of omega-3’s and potassium. In fact, avocados have more potassium than a banana! (link article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/potassium-foods-banana_n_1898078.html)
  5. Chia seeds. We already talked about these last week, but they definitely make a great smoothie addition! (link article http://empoweredfit.com/5-delicious-ways-to-eat-chia-seeds/)
  6. Egg whites. Now, this one might seem a bit weird, but pasteurized egg whites are actually cooked enough to get rid of any food borne illness. Key word pasteurized, don’t use any other type! They are another great way to get more protein into your diet.
  7. Cacoa powder. For a touch of sweetness without the sugar, sprinkle in some of this! Add in a nut butter, like almond or cashew, for a heavenly combo.

 

Do you have a favorite smoothie ingredient? Let us know in the comments!