Superfoods goji berries hemp hearts bee pollen cacao nibs

How To Give Your Smoothie Superpowers

Superfood. You’ve probably heard this popular buzzword making the rounds lately, but what does it even mean?? And with names like cacao, hemp and goji, it might seem even more perplexing. Well, there’s a reason these foods have earned their super title. They may be small, but they are mighty, packing an endless assortment of vitamins and minerals that tout benefits ranging from boosting the immune system to fighting off free radicals. Basically, they’re so nutrient-rich that no other food even comes close in terms of health benefits. And guess what! Now you can add them on to any of your Nekter favorites for an extra little superfood boost. Need some ideas on how to incorporate our new superfood add-ons? We asked the pros to share some of their winning combos:

Goji Berries

goji-berriesLong used in Chinese medicine, this tiny, antioxidant-loaded pink berry is also an excellent source of beta-carotene and other vitamins that produce healthy, glowing skin, protect the eyes and boost your immune system.

Pro Tip: Alastair, Store Manager, Nekter Del Mar Highlands, CA: “I like to add goji berries to the top of my Peanut Butter Acai Bowls. The flavors blend together really well.”

Bee PollenBee Pollen

Simply put, bee pollen is mother’s milk to a young bee. Considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods, it’s about 40% protein and contains nearly all the nutrients required by humans. Even better, about half of its protein is in free amino acid form, which means that it’s easily put to good use by your body. High in amino acids, vitamins, B-complex and folic acid, just to name a few, it supports digestive health and serves as a natural energy booster.

Pro Tip: Lindsey, General Manager, Nekter Dana Park, AZ: “I enjoy adding bee pollen into The Buzz – it adds a nice floral flavor to the drink as well as helping with allergies. We have a customer who does this, and I was intrigued and definitely recommend it now. Plus, it’s a fun play on words.”

Cacao Nibs

Cacao NibsThe most natural form of raw chocolate, these little nibs are not only loaded with free- radical-fighting flavonoids and antioxidants, they’re also packed with fiber and potassium, and are one of the best dietary sources of magnesium, which helps your body synthesize protein and regulate blood pressure. Even better, they’re a known mood booster – and given that they provide a chocolate fix without the added sugar, we definitely can’t dispute that one!

Pro Tip: Denette, General Manager, Nekter Santa Monica, CA: “Sometimes I like to suggest peanut butter or almond butter mixed into a smoothie with the cacao nibs, like a Reese’s peanut butter cup.”

Hemp Hearts

Hemp HeartsThese light, nutty seeds are rich in omega-3s and contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs, so they benefit the brain, skin, joints, heart, hair, skin, metabolism and reproductive system. In fact, they even serve as natural PMS relief (score for the ladies). Bonus: they’re a great source of plant-based protein for all our vegans out there.

Pro Tip: Lindsey, General Manager, Nekter Dana Park, AZ: “Hemp hearts have a nutty flavor that I enjoy and recommend adding into anything with our nut milk. It really helps bring out the flavor, and with true superfood benefits, how can you go wrong?”

Turmeric Shot

TurmericUsed for centuries in both Asian medicine and cooking, this vibrant orange herb is one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in history. A powerful anti- inflammatory, antioxidant and metabolism booster, it also helps promote healthy joints and muscles – all the while adding unparalleled flavor to your cooking. Sounds pretty super to us.

Pro Tip: Samantha, General Manager, Nekter Tempe Marketplace, AZ: “Customers are really loving adding our Turmeric Shots into a Toxin Flush. The Turmeric Shot is definitely on the sweet side and it tastes AMAZING with the sweetness you get from our Toxin Flush!”

How will you use our new superfood add-ons?? Let us know in the comments!

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