The term “superfood” is used to describe nutrient dense foods that are believed to promote good health. The ingredients in this New Year’s Superfood Smoothie recipe often appear on top superfood lists. (Go ahead and google “top superfoods” and see what you find!)
As the holidays draw to a close many of us are looking to eat cleaner in the new year. (Lose weight is a popular resolution.) Even relatively healthy eaters can get a little sloppy around the holidays. (I may have enjoyed too many energy bites and glasses of vegan eggnog.)
This superfood smoothie offers a healthy way to kick off 2016. It’s also a nice option for folks who aren’t crazy about bananas. Many smoothie recipes feature banana. This one does not. Instead, avocado adds a thick, creamy texture and dates offer a touch of sweetness. The smoothie contains six superfoods in all:
- Avocados have loads of health benefits – including weight management.
- Kale is a good detox food. It’s also rich in calcium.
- Walnuts may help fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and dementia.
- Blueberries top just about every superfood list. And they might help you fight wrinkles as well as disease!
- Dates are a healthy sweetener. They offer numerous benefits – including reducing the effects of seasonal allergies.
- Ginger eases aches and pains, settles upset stomachs, and fights infection and disease. And here’s some good news for lazy cooks – in most cases, dried ground ginger offers the same benefits as fresh.
New Year’s Superfood Smoothie
While health benefits are important, they don’t trump taste. You are more likely to eat healthy if you enjoy it. So while this New Year’s Superfood Smoothie is loaded with healthy ingredients, more importantly, it tastes good! The dominant flavors are blueberry and ginger – with lovely sweet nutty undertones. It’s also thick and creamy.
Note: I do not include nutrition information with my recipes because I subscribe to the theories presented in the book Whole and believe we should focus on eating a variety of whole foods instead of counting calories or keeping track of individual nutrients.