After a tough workout that leaves your body burning, your skin sweaty, and your muscles achy – you need proper replenishment. An ice-cold, hearty, smoothie? Yes. Please! 

Smoothies are the perfect meal, snack, or supplement whether you’re looking for an extra protein boost, a nutritious breakfast, or a post-workout meal. The problem with smoothies, however, is that there’s a fine line between nutrition-packed goodness and a sugar-loaded treat. It’s important to limit your smoothie to only a few different types of fruit, use unsweetened non-dairy milk, and a clean protein powder mix. 

Aside from being sugar-conscious, there is a multitude of ways to pack in nutrients and stray away from your typical morning blend. Here are 5 healthy ingredients to include in your next smoothie.

SPIRULINA 

Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria derived from alkaline lakes in Africa and South America. It is packed with nutrients like Vitamin B1, B2, B3, Iron, quality protein, and it does wonders for gut health. Research shows that spirulina helps to maintain healthy gut bacteria and boosts the immune system. This is a no brainer! 

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CBD 

There’s nothing a little Resilience CBD can’t fix. Adding in their Orange Rise or Citron Zest CBD oil drops to your next smoothie will help reduce inflammation, promote energy and focus, as well as regulate sleeping patterns. Try it for yourself after your next workout…you’ll feel like a champ the next morning!

EGG WHITES 

The average egg white has about 4 grams of high-quality protein. It also doesn’t have much flavor, so it’s the perfect replacement for artificial protein powders that are high in sugars and additives. 

GINGER

Ginger is an overlooked, yet incredibly nutritious addition for smoothies. Not only will a little ginger root spice up your smoothie, but it’s a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Add some ginger to experience its healing effects when you feel a cold coming on, or after crushing it in the gym. 

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*COOKED* BROCCOLI 

The easiest way to avoid excess sugar in your smoothies? Veggies! We all know vegetables have extreme health benefits, yet 90% of Americans don’t eat enough of them. Broccoli is great for a myriad of reasons: Excellent source of Vitamin C, K, antioxidants, fiber, folic acid, and more. But we get it – raw broccoli in your creamy berry smoothie doesn’t exactly sound enticing. That’s why steaming it first is the key to sneaking in all those health perks.