A refreshing smoothie on a hot summer day is the perfect way to cool off, curb your hunger cravings, and give your body a boost of nutrients. To maximize these benefits, try incorporating superfoods—some of the healthiest foods you can eat—into your next blended beverage. But what exactly are superfoods, and how can you make a superfood-packed smoothie?

While not strictly defined, superfoods are generally considered to be exceptionally nutrient-dense foods. According to the National Library of Medicine, their rich nutrient content can help reduce disease risk and improve overall health. Incorporating these nutrient-rich foods into your diet is always beneficial, and adding superfoods to your smoothies is an easy and delicious way to do just that.

Of course, not all superfoods make good smoothie ingredients (we probably won’t add salmon or garlic to our smoothies anytime soon), but some examples fitting for a delicious smoothie include leafy greens, berries, seeds, and cinnamon.

With these superfood ingredients in mind, let’s look at some delicious, easy-to-make superfood smoothie recipes you can try today.

1. Avocado Berry Smoothie

This paleo-friendly smoothie is made with frozen blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, avocado, chia seeds, and cashew milk, packing a whole heap of superfoods into one glass. Combining avocado and berries into a superfood smoothie gives your body a huge nutrient boost. Avocados are full of fiber and healthy fats, and research shows that they are linked to weight management, better cardiovascular health, and improved cognitive function. Berries have similar benefits, helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, preventing age-related cognitive decline, and assisting in weight loss.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup cashew milk

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

2. Raspberry-Peach Swirled Smoothie

This Raspberry-Peach Smoothie is a sweet treat that tastes just like sorbet but without all the added sugar. Plus, you’ll get superfood benefits from ingredients like raspberries. Studies show that raspberries can help improve immune function, and their powerful antioxidants, anthocyanins, may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions:

  1. Blend the raspberries and half of the almond milk until smooth.
  2. Separately blend the peach, Greek yogurt, honey, and remaining almond milk.
  3. Swirl both mixtures together in a glass and enjoy!

3. Creamy Paleo Green Smoothie

You can’t beat this simple green smoothie for its superfood benefits. It uses just a handful of superfood ingredients, each packed with nutrients. Spinach can help lower blood pressure, reduce disease risk, improve gut health, and slow cognitive decline. Flaxseeds contain protein, fiber, and healthy fats and help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

4. Acai-Berry Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl combines superfood ingredients like berries, acai, nuts, yogurt, and chia seeds. Chia seeds contain fiber, protein, healthy omega-3 fats, and antioxidants, making them a surprisingly powerful superfood. According to a Food Science & Nutrition review, these little seeds can help reduce inflammation, fight oxidative stress, and improve cardiovascular health.

Ingredients:

  • 1 acai packet
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Toppings: sliced fruit, granola, nuts

Instructions:

  1. Blend the acai packet, berries, banana, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
  3. Enjoy with a spoon!

5. Berry Cauliflower Smoothie

This creamy, protein-rich smoothie uses just a few simple ingredients, but each adds plenty of nutritional benefits—especially the blueberries and chia seeds. Blueberries are powerful superfoods that can help protect against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive decline and aid in weight management.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup oat milk

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

6. Chocolate Coconut Banana Smoothie

Good news for chocolate lovers: dark chocolate is considered a superfood! In this Chocolate Coconut Banana Smoothie, you get the benefits of dark chocolate alongside other nutrient-rich ingredients like coconut and banana. Dark chocolate contains plant compounds called flavonoids and polyphenols, which research shows have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-diabetic properties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

7. Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie Bowl

The combination of dark chocolate and cherries in this smoothie bowl is a superfood win. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that can help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of disease. The antioxidants in cherries can reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Toppings: dark chocolate shavings, cherries, nuts

Instructions:

  1. Blend the cherries, cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, almond butter, and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
  3. Enjoy with a spoon!

These superfood smoothies are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients that can boost your overall health. Whether you’re looking to cool off on a hot day, curb your hunger cravings, or simply enjoy a tasty and nutritious treat, these recipes have got you covered.