Ingredients to use for more exciting smoothies

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hey There, Busy Bee. =0)
Smoothies are super popular for a reason: they offer a burst of wholesome and flavor, and make a great meal for a busy person, like you. They are also cool and refreshing – PERFECT for summertime!


But they can also get pretty boring when we use the same old ingredients, day after day. To help reinvigorate your smoothie’s pizazz, try mixing and matching new ingredients. Below are ingredients and tips that have helped me stay excited about my liquid lunches. =0)

Green Smoothie Recipe

Add any of these items to your smoothie for a yummy flavor bomb.

  • Turmeric Root (washed, unpeeled) – excellent anti-inflammatory.
  • Ginger Root (washed, unpeeled) – excellent anti-inflammatory & digestive aid.
  • Chili pepper (mild or hot) for digestion & pain relief
  • 1-2 Tbsp flax or fish oil (fruit-flavored)
  • Chia seeds
  • Spirulina powder
  • Spices: Cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, vanilla, clove, cardamom
  • Spice: Chili pepper, cayenne or radishes
  • Healing herbs, such as slippery elm (gut repair), ginseng, or rhodiola (stress adaptogen)
  • Fresh herbs, like parsley, cilantro, basil, mint
  • Sunflower seeds, almonds, or cashews
  • Rind of a clean Meyer lemon
  • Kombucha, plain yogurt or apple cider vinegar (just a dash for digestion!)
  • Aloe Vera Gel (great for your gut)
  • Sweeten with Stevia, ripe banana, 1-2 dates or licorice root
  • Tomato

Fun tip: Freeze your smoothie into a popsicle this summer. You could freeze it in a small yogurt container too, and eat it like a frozen yogurt.

Remember, less is more.

If you’re adding twelve different fruits and veggies, plus peanut butter, you’re going to end up with a wild ride – and that’s not always good.

I believe smoothies are more of an art than a race to smash as many “whole foods” into your blender as you can possibly fit.

We eat with our eyes first.

Keep in mind which ingredients play well together visually. For example, if you add carrots and kale, it turns into a yellow-green smoothie. That’s not very appetizing. Instead, try keeping carrots with white, yellow, and orange veggies. This will result in a brightly colored, visually appetizing smoothie.

Strawberry-beet smoothie

Smoothie topped with broccoli flowers.

Give these suggestions a try to get the most eye-appeal from your smoothie:

  • Blueberries almost always turn gray in a smoothie, so plan to drink your blueberry smoothie right away. Or add other ingredients that play well with blueberries, like blackberries and raspberries.
  • Greens play well with other greens. I try not to mix greens with veggies of other colors. Try using avocado with kale, chard, turmeric root and celery for a creamy, deep green smoothie.
  • Red plays well with red. Try adding beets with red berries and coconut milk.
  • Orange is so pretty when it’s alone. Try using carrot with ginger, orange beets, oranges, peaches, mangoes, pineapple, carrots or banana.
  • Top your smoothie with a little fresh mint, coconut, or edible flowers.

Here are a few of my personal smoothie recipes:

What do you love adding (or subtracting) from your smoothie recipes? Please let me know in the comments below!

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