While we can never knock the gratification of a delicious slice of pizza, we have to celebrate the fact that more and more people are jumping into healthier lifestyles when it comes to food and drink. After all, it’s important knowing what we’re putting into our bodies!
With summertime here and health on our minds, we decided to jump into the smoothie boost trend. More specifically, we’re breaking down the different boosts people are adding to their drink orders and the subsequent health benefits.
Green tea used to be just a hot morning drink that happened to have some healthy bonuses, like antioxidants (specifically, catechins which are flavanols that act as antioxidants in the body). Nowadays, it’s a popular flavor in things like cakes, ice cream, and — you guessed it — smoothies.
If you’re already a green tea fan, you probably know that matcha is just a ground-up, powdered version of young green tea leaves that are whisked with hot water. However, since you’re actually ingesting the entire leaf (rather than just steeping it), you’re getting exponentially more antioxidants than a regular cup of green tea. Research has even suggested that the concentration of certain catechins in matcha could be up to 137 times greater than regular green tea!
Try it as a boost in your green tea smoothie, or check out our other Ways to Add Matcha to Your Diet.
Protein powders are best as a smoothie boost for people who are working on building muscle and making the most of their workouts. But with so many different options, how do you know which one to use? Whey-based protein is typically the number one contender. It’s a “complete” protein, so it contains all the amino acids your body can’t make on its own, and has been shown to help build muscle mass and help with recovery.
Here’s a new, trendy option that you may not have heard about before. Baobab (pronounced bey-oh-bab) comes from Africa’s “Tree of Life”, and it produces fruit similar in size and shape to a coconut. This fruit is chock-full of good stuff, and we mean seriously chock-full of it — It’s rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, magnesium, electrolytes, calcium, and iron. It’s not surprising that it’s become a popular smoothie boost! Learn more about the health and nutritional benefits here.
Read more about baobab and other trendy foods we’ve been hearing about here.
Sometimes you just need a jolt of energy, and who’s to say coffee should always be your go-to? An energy boost in your smoothie contains about 100-120mg (roughly the same amount as your cup of joe). So, if you’re feeling fatigued, an occasional energy booster in your drink may be the way to go.