Smoothie and Smoothie Bowl Add-Ins

Adding a variety of ingredients to your smoothies can enhance their flavor, texture, and nutritional value. I always try to add some ingredients that add a healthy boost, from superfoods to toppings such as hemp seeds.

Here are some ideas for things you can add to your smoothies!

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Fruits

Fruits generally serve as your base, and you can mix and match different fruits for a variety of flavors and colors.

~Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries add antioxidants and vibrant color.
~Pineapple adds a refreshing, tangy taste.
~Avocados add extra creaminess and healthy fats.

Vegetables

Vegetables are a great add in, getting in a serving of vegetables in your smoothies.

~ Spinach has a mild flavor that blends well and adds nutrients (a popular “hidden” vegetable!)
~ Kale is slightly stronger flavor than spinach, and is rich in vitamins.
~ Carrots adds sweetness and a nutritional boost.
~ Beets add a vibrant color and earthy flavor.

Liquids

Liquids serve as your base or a way to adjust the consistency of your smoothie.

~ Almond or soy milk
~ Coconut water is very hydrating and adds a hint of tropical flavor.
~ Orange juice adds a nice citrusy kick and a great source of vitamin C.
~ Green Tea adds antioxidants and a subtle flavor.

Protein Sources

~ Greek Yogurt adds creaminess and protein.
~ Silken Tofu is a great plant-based protein boost with a smooth texture.
~ Protein Powders such as whey, pea, hemp, or soy protein
~ Nut Butters such as almond, peanut, or cashew butter, and also adds in healthy fats

Healthy Fats

~ Chia Seeds adds omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and a slight thickness.
~ Flaxseeds are another source of omega-3s and fiber.
~ Hemp Seeds adds protein and healthy fats.
~ Coconut Oil creates a creamy texture and tropical flavor.

Sweeteners

~ Honey adds natural sweetness and a bit of flavor – look for local honey!
~ Maple Syrup has a rich, caramel-like sweetness.
~ Dates adds sweetness and a bit of fiber.
~ Agave Nectar is a good low-glycemic sweetener option.
~ Stevia is a calorie-free sweetener (you can use powder, or also use stevia leaves)

Superfoods

~ Acai Powder adds antioxidants and a deep purple color.
~ Spirulina contains protein and nutrients, and a green hue.
~ Maca Powder adds a malty flavor and energy-boosting properties.
~ Matcha Powder has a dose of antioxidants and a slight caffeine boost.
~ Cacao Nibs adds crunch and a chocolatey flavor.

Flavor Enhancers

~ Vanilla Extract adds a warm, sweet flavor.
~ Cinnamon is a warm, spicy kick.
~ Nutmeg adds a subtle spice, you can pair with cinnamon
~ Ginger gives smoothies a zesty, spicy flavor.
~ Mint Leaves adds a refreshing taste

Natural Color Enhancers

These natural color enhancers add a great pop of color to your smoothies!  Be careful, as most will stain!

~ Beets or beet powder – red / pink
~ Pitaya powder – pink
~ Acai – pink
~ Turmeric – yellow
~ Spirulina – blue or green
~ Matcha – green

By mixing and matching these ingredients, you can create endless variations of smoothies to suit your taste preferences and nutritional needs.

Enjoy experimenting with different combinations to find your favorite blends!

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