Summer is the perfect time to amp up your juice and smoothie routine. With so many different vegetables, fruits, fibers, seeds, roots, and berries out there, it’s practically overwhelming to make a grocery list of the essential ingredients you need to make healthy smoothies. Fortunately, there’s one group of foods that will supercharge your smoothies — superfoods.
On top of the 10 ingredients you should already be juicing (and really, you should be), superfoods are the easiest ingredients to add to your smoothies to boost the nutritional value. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that clear away the icky toxins we consume every day. While some of these foods might be intimidating to most, they can all be found in a health food store, and even some conventional grocery stores. All you need is a blender and some of nature’s best ingredients to get started.
[slideshow: We took advice from Julie Morris, the author of Superfood Smoothies, on the best superfoods to be adding to your smoothies; Morris includes her "super 15" superfoods in the book that have the most undeniable powers of holistic health. Here are some of the superfoods you should be blending up this summer, with awesome recipes from Morris and Superfood Smoothies. (You’ll never look at chocolate and kale again the same.)