Superfood Smoothie Toppings 101

Since I’ve been posting a lot about smoothies recently, I’ve been getting some questions about what types of toppings I like using. So today, I thought it would be fun to share with you my seven favorite superfood smoothie toppings, plus one topping that I’m dying to try very soon. 

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Alright, let’s get into the list. 

Superfood Smoothie Toppings via Simply-Nicole.com

1. Chia Seeds

First up are chia seeds. I go through so many bags of this stuff, that I should really start buying it in bulk. My favorite brand is Mamma Chia, because it’s organic and inexpensive. Chia seeds are perfect because they don’t have any real flavor, so they won’t impact the taste of your smoothie. But don’t let these little seeds fool you. They are packed with Omega-3s, antioxidants, protein and fiber!

2. Flax Seeds

I love combining seeds on top my my smoothie bowls, so next up are flax seeds. Similar to chia seeds, flax seeds contain a high amount of Omega-3s. Foods high in omega-3s help lower the risk for heart disease and reduce inflammation, and are needed for proper neurological function, mood regulation, hormone production and more. They are also high in fiber, which helps digestion and promotes healthy hair, skin and nails. 

3. Hemp Hearts

When I first tried hemp hearts, I wasn’t sure about the nutty flavor, but it has grown on me. I love that they add some crunch to my smoothie bowls. Hemp hearts help regulate your metabolism and reduce inflammation.  

4. Coconut Flakes

Gosh, I love all things coconut – soap, oil, perfume, milk, water…  so it’s no surprise that I love topping my smoothie bowls with it! Coconut flakes are deliciously sweet, but make sure you’re buying high quality stuff. Be careful with the brands you buy, because you don’t want something with added sugar. Coconut flakes are already naturally sweet! I personally like the Let’s Do Organic brand, because it has no added sugars, no preservatives and no trans fats. 

5. Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs are nature’s chocolate chips, and who doesn’t love chocolate? They are made from pure cacao beans that come right from the tropical cacao fruit. They are packed with antioxidants and fiber, as well as important minerals like magnesium and iron. 

6. Raw Honey

Sometimes when I make green smoothies, they aren’t as sweet as I’d like. You feel me? In those cases, I like to add a few drizzles of raw organic honey to the mix. Surprisingly, honey is packed with nutrients, but you’ve got to make sure you’re buying it RAW. As honey is processed, it loses it’s intensity of vitamins A, C, D, E and K, various B vitamins, calcium, potassium and magnesium. 

7. Cinnamon

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that I used to have a huge aversion to cinnamon. I still can’t stomach fake cinnamon candies or Big Red gum, but overtime I’ve been able to have real cinnamon without gagging. Cinnamon is great because it keeps your arteries healthy, reduces inflammation and manages blood sugar levels. I love the heat it has! So sprinkle some on your next smoothie, and let me know what you think. 

8. Dried Goji Berries

Goji berries are the only item on this list I haven’t yet tried, but it’s definitely on my next shopping list. I’ve been seeing them all over Instagram lately, and I’m curious to see how they taste. The goji berry is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth. It’s packed with protein, essential amino acids and vitamin A. 

// What are some of your favorite smoothie toppings? 

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