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Supercharge your smoothies

Over the last few years, fruit smoothies have seen a huge boom, with a smoothie maker being a staple item in most people's kitchens (whether or not it gathers dust alongside the breadmaker remains to be seen!) Most people accept that whizzing up fruit, milk and yoghurt in the morning is a pretty good way to start the day. Previously the territory of bodybuilders and gym addicts only, protein shakes also seem to be incredibly popular lately, with lots of people picking up protein powders to throw in smoothies or even mix into pancakes and baking.

I'm definitely a huge smoothie fan, and my staple smoothie recipe usually involves soy milk or coconut milk, banana or frozen fruit, protein powder and a glob of peanut butter.  So when Indigo Herbs got in touch about whipping up some smoothie recipes, I was excited to try out a few new combinations.  Little did I know that they'd be sending me some ingredients that would change my smoothie making forever!

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Indigo Herbs are a family run business based in Glastonbury who are passionate about organic, wildcrafted and quality assured health products, including herbal teas, powders and tinctures, superfoods, whole foods and lots more.

They sent me a hamper full of smoothie ingredients - including a banana and a mango, but also some rather intriguing super-foods to add to my smoothies to really supercharge their health benefits.  I've listed some of these, along with their amazing benefits (I know this might seem a bit like a yawn-some science lesson but I wanted to include their benefits so you can see just how much of a punch these powders pack).

Wheatgrass ~ is a natural source of Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, the B group vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and panthothenic acid and minerals manganese, zinc, magnesium and iron.  Many claim that wheatgrass has a higher nutritional content than any other vegetable, protects against inflammation, builds red blood cells and improves circulation (Wheatgrass Powder, £4.39)

Acai Powder ~ helps to increase your antioxidant levels to aid in neutralising damaging free radicals, boosts your energy levels, supports your immune system and helps to promote a healthy digestive system. (Acai Powder, £7.99)

Spirulina ~  is a nutrient rich blue-green Algae with many health benefits.  It is a natural source of functional vitamins & minerals, high in Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and a good source of B12.  It is also high in protein with 64.2g per 100g, and to add to that a vegetarian source of protein! (Spirulina Powder, £8.99)

Purple Corn Extract ~ contains a variety of plant nutrients including massive amounts of phenolics and anthocyanins.  Studies show that a diet rich in polyphenolic compounds is associated with reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. Recent research in both animals and humans have shown that increasing polyphenol intake can protect against atherosclerosis, lower blood pressure, reduces blood clots and elevate antioxidant capacity of the blood. (Purple Corn Powder Extract, £9.99)

Banana Powder ~ made from Red Bananas, banana powder includes B vitamins, is a source of carbohydrates, provides an energy boost, and is a good source of potassium (ensuring healthy nervous system, brain and heart function) and a concentrated source of nutrition. (Organic Raw Banana Powder, £4.49)

Beetroot Powder ~ contains high levels of important vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, calcium, copper, phosphorous, sodium, iodine, boron, soluble and insoluble fiber. Beetroot is a rich source of carbohydrates and protein. (Beetroot Powder, £7.99)

You can add this powders easily into smoothies - when you think that putting a tablespoon of powder into a smoothie in the morning could help lower cholestrol, improve circulation, promote healthy digestion, reduce the risk of cancer and give you an amazing hit of nutrition and vitamins, I think it's a bit of a no-brainer!

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Here are a couple of my favourite smoothie recipes, adding some ingredients to supercharge them courtesy of Indigo Herbs...

Green smoothie 
Small avocado
Handful of almonds
150ml coconut milk
1 tbsp wheatgrass powder
1 tbsp banana powder
1 tsp grated fresh ginger

Berry and banana bonanza
One banana
250g blueberries
75g plain yoghurt
1 tbsp wheatgrass powder
1 tbsp Acai powder

Bounty 
One banana
Handful of cashews
150ml almond milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp purple corn extract
1 tbsp raw cacao (or organic cocoa powder)

This morning's was a chopped peach, a chopped nectarine, coconut milk, strawberry flavoured protein powder, banana powder and acai powder.  It was so fruity and delicious - perfect for summer!

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What are your favourite smoothie combinations? Have you tried any of these superfood powders? Make sure you check out Indigo Herbs so you too can supercharge your morning smoothies!

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16 comments

  1. Really interesting recipes! My go-to smoothie recipe is just some soy yoghurt with fruit, mixed and coconut powder. I never add anything special like the additions you described but I may have to try one out soon! x
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  2. I wish I could drink smoothies. Fed up of being fibre-less!

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  3. Definitely going to give some of these a try- they sound fantastic!

    Cat from OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

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  4. Wow, thanks for reminding me about wheatgrass! My Dad used to put that into juices and smoothies when I was a kid, and I'd completely forgotten about that until now! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  5. Oh wow these look yummy. I'm still yet to invest in a smoothie maker, because I love a smoothie! And think they'd be great to replace my cereal breakfast in the morning.

    CAT xo
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  6. So many great tips and ideas! I love smoothies so much, wheatgrass is amazing! So healthy :)

    Hayley-Eszti | www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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  7. Sounds yummy and very healthy at the same time

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

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  8. what you mentioned about the no brainer putting in a scoop each morning, well you're dead right really. in an ideal world these things would be cheaper but you pay for what you get, so I'm going to check out these and maybe pick up one bag. I've not even heard of a few of these! Banana powder? Do they also act as a good source of protien too or not? I must admit I'm a sucker for milk, banana, peanut butter and honey.

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  10. I do love smoothies, but I'm not organised enough with my shopping to remember to buy the right ingredients.

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  11. bananas pb and spinach with soy milk is my absolute go to with added flax and chia, YUM! used some of these but not all in the past- defo going to try! xx

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  12. I`m a big fan of a healthy foods lately and this post was quite interesting for me. Thanks for sharing! Definitely going to try some of these smoothies.
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  13. I've just this week got into making smoothies....I know, where have I been?! And I've really been enjoying them, and I've been so surprised that they actually have been keeping me full till lunch. Haven;t yet progressed past strawberry, blueberry and banana yet though so these have got my interest piqued! Gotta expand my repertoire :)

    Caroline xx

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  14. Acai is one of my all time favourite things, but never tried it in powder form. I use super greens powder in juies though for added healthy-ness (and super laziness)

    hannah bee

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  15. I really like the idea of adding super-foods to smoothies. Think I'll check out those ingredients! The 'bounty' recipe sounds amazing! I'll definitely be trying that one :) My favourite smoothie is peanut butter, banana, soya milk and spinach, but I also love strawberry, banana and coconut milk. I'll sometimes chuck in some protein powder if I feel I won't be getting enough of it from other sources that day. xx

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  16. These look delicious! I think I have a blender, somewhere... I've always wanted to try green smoothies so I'll have to dig it out and give some of these recipes a whirl x

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