Does your morning start off with a nutrient-dense smoothie?

Do you try to get in a daily superfood or two, from chocolate to quinoa, for your health?

Well why not do both at the same time?

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Rodale News thinks it’s just the thing to do, declaring, “The right superfood smoothie ingredients can energize your life!” Rodale lists the best ingredients for superfood smoothies, winning combinations of flavors and expert advice from chef Julie Morris, author of Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes.

Here are 10 suggestions for your next superfood smoothie:

1. Chia seeds

Chia, which thickens up smoothies, has a neutral flavor and is packed full of protein, trace minerals and essential fatty acids.

2. Goji berries

These antioxidant-rich berries contain 18 amino acids. Their slightly bitter flavor can be masked by other smoothie ingredients.

3. Kale

Considered one of the healthiest vegetables in the world, kale contains the compounds isothiocyanate and glucosinolate, which lower cancer risk. Kale can be added raw to your favorite smoothie.

4. Camu-camu

This tropical fruit contains mega-amounts of vitamin C, as well as calcium, potassium and protein. Its strong tartness can go undetected in a smoothie.

5. Cacao powder

The raw form of chocolate offers antioxidants, magnesium, potassium and iron. Cacao works well in creamier smoothies.

6. Maca

This Peruvian root is rich in essential fatty acids, amino acids and B vitamins. Maca has a slight butterscotch flavor.

7. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is chockfull of antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. A smoothie with added wheatgrass can help you detox while boosting your energy. Read more about the best energy boosting foods and drinks.

8. Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which helps protect the immune system. Combine with bananas and strawberries for a tasty smoothie.

9. Avocado

This fruit is loaded with vitamin E and contains protein. (And really, don’t avocados make everything taste better?)

10. Hemp protein powder

Hemp has all the amino acids to form a complete protein, and is a good source of zinc and magnesium. For a creamier smoothie, add shelled hemp seeds.

What do you include in your favorite smoothie?