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We love our smoothies both pre and post workout, and sometimes even just for a snack. The NACafe and Kelly Jones, NAC RD have worked together to provide you with healthy RD approved smoothie options. Detailed below are some of the healthy additions.

Smoothies with more protein are better post-workout, like Health Nut. Smoothies containing maca root are beneficial before your workout.

Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3, are a plant source of complete protein (all esential amino acids), and also provide calcium and soluble fiber, the type of fiber that keeps you feeling full and can reduce blood cholesterol.

Hemp seeds have a desirable ratio of our omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are also rich in fiber, contain protein, and are a good source of iron and magnesium.

Flax seeds, when ground are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as soluble fiber (see above w/ chia). The high lignan content is beneficial as these compounds have been associated with a reduced risk for breast, prostate and colon cancer.

Maca root is known to support hormonal health and increase energy levels. It adds a sweet flavor to foods without added sugars.

Cacao powder is non-alkalized cocoa. Since it has not been heated or had its pH altered, it contains many more antioxidant phytochemicals than cocoa powder. Cacao has a high content of iron which supports blood health and metabolism. It’s antioxidants are known to benefit heart health, reducing inflammation and maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Some studies even show it can reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol and improve blood flow.

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. By reducing inflammation it can increase blood flow, reduce joint pain and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. It also has excellent benefits for the gastrointestinal tract and is used as a treatment for nausea, motion sickness, stomach pain and bloating.