Can we just go ahead and admit that smoothies are the best thing since sliced bread? I might even go so far as to say they’re the perfect meal: healthy, delicious, fuss-free and easy to eat on the go. Heck, if it weren’t for my husband who requires “real food” once in a while, we would eat smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But despite my obsession, smoothies can be notoriously high maintenance. Between the gathering, washing and chopping (every. single. time.) they can get tiresome real fast. But that’s where smoothie bombs come in. These pre-portioned smoothie boosters drastically cut down on prep time. And they add a dose of superfood nutrition to your smoothie. Simply toss ‘em in a blender with a little fruit and some water and blend.
HOMEMADE SMOOTHIE BOMBS
You can make smoothie bombs with pretty much anything: coconut oil, hemp seeds, chlorella, cacao, you name it. I highly recommend playing around with flavors and switching things up to make sure you’re always getting different nutrients in your diet. This berry blend is one of my all-time favorites. It’s packed with superfoods like goji and acai berries, as well as low-sugar raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. I also add some coconut and flax seeds for additional vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats.
Here’s how it works.
Goji berries maintain consistent blood sugar, detoxify the liver, and provide a plethora of beneficial antioxidants that help protect eyes and skin.
Acai berries have antioxidants that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. They’re also said to help guard against diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries
Just one cup of berries has 3 grams of fiber, more lycopene than a tomato and more vitamin C than a medium orange. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, folate and potassium.
Flax seeds are chock full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been shown to have heart-healthy effects.
Coconut can be considered a complete food as it’s incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals, and calories. It’s also a good source of lauric acid, the most important saturated fat provided by coconuts.
Because these are so nutrient-dense, you might notice a decrease in cravings for unhealthy foods. Smoothie bombs have enough vitamins and minerals to help correct nutritional deficiencies that cause cravings. Especially if you eat them at breakfast, your body is less likely to try and fill in the gaps with unhealthy, calorie-rich junk foods when you’re tired or depleted.
Berry Smoothie Bombs
Combine everything in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. To get the different colors like I did, simply play around with the ratio of berries. More acai powder will make darker smoothie bombs, while more goji powder will make lighter smoothie bombs.
Pour the mixture in an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer for several hours or overnight.
Once frozen, transfer to a an airtight container and store in the freezer indefinitely. Add 3 or 4 bombs to your next smoothie and blend as usual.