Jazz Up Your Boring Smoothies With These 20 Fun Add-Ins

 

pink smoothie

Tired of the same old smoothies? Having a hard time breaking out of a rut? If you’re lacking brainpower, here are 20 scrumptiously nutritious smoothie add-ins to help you get creative!

  • Cacao Nibs

cacao nibs

Meet dark chocolate’s better-looking and less-processed cousin. This chocolatey powerhouse is packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, and fiber, improving mood and helping you relax.

  • Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds

Low on iron? Shockingly, most people are deficient. Boost your supply with this crunchy mix-in!

  • Sunflower Seeds

sunflower seeds

Need help seeing the sunny side? Help brighten your mood with this great source of magnesium, shown to help alleviate depression.

  • Hemp Seeds

hemp seeds

Small but mighty, hemp seeds are packed with fiber, healthy omega fatty acids, essential amino acids, and protein.

  • Honey

honey

Perfect for a sweet touch! Try adding 1-2 tablespoons to make your smoothie a tad sweeter or less bitter.

  • Spinach

spinach

This leafy green is packed with phytonutrients that reduce inflammation. Toss in 1-2 handfuls to enhance muscle and bone health.

  • Kale

kale

The ultimate brain food that supports a healthy mind and body! Try adding 1-2 cups of kale to your daily smoothie for extra fiber, vitamins, iron, antioxidants, and calcium.

  • Olive oil

olive oil

Adding healthy fats to your diet helps you stay full and focused and increases nutrient absorption. Throw a tablespoon of olive oil into your morning smoothie for flavor, fullness and added nutrition!

  • Green Tea

green tea

Add some Zen to your smoothie and your body will thank you. Brew a pitcher of this mental and physical performance enhancer to use as a base for your smoothies!

  • Peanut Butter

peanut butter smoothie

Need a creamy and delicious protein fix? Look no further. Remember to choose brands with no added sugars, and try to keep it to 1-2 tablespoons per smoothie. (Tip: Toss in blueberries for a PB&J flavor!)

  • Moringa

moringa powder

This leafy tree, grown in tropical regions, is an impressive source of essential nutrients that most people don’t get in their everyday diet. Made by drying the leaves of the tree, you can count on moringa to supply vitamin C, iron, protein, and B vitamins!

  • Oats

oats

Need to stay full? The fiber found in oats will keep you satisfied for hours. Add a cup to your smoothie for a boost in fiber and beneficial vitamins and minerals.

  • Turmeric

turmeric

Often called the “miracle spice,” turmeric helps fight against countless chronic illnesses. Plus, its zesty and fragrant flavor will jazz up any smoothie!

  • Beets

beet smoothie

Aside from their rich red color, beets contain naturally-occurring nitrates which improve your body’s oxygen supply. Try drinking a beet smoothie before or after your workout for improved stamina and recovery!

  • Dandelion Root

dandelion root tea

This add-in is most commonly available as a tea, which can be used as a base for smoothies to enhance liver function.

  • Instant Coffee/Coffee/ Espresso

instant coffee

To tame your morning caffeine craving, add a small amount of instant coffee to your smoothie. Make sure to read the serving size information so you aren’t bouncing off the walls!

  • Herbs (Parsley, Basil, Thyme, Mint)

herbs

For an intense flavor profile, herbs are your go-to. Have your own garden? Awesome! Throw in a few leaves and taste the difference.

  • Nutmeg

nutmeg

Did you know that nutmeg can promote better sleep? Toss a teaspoon or two into your end-of-the-day smoothie. Sweet dreams!

  • Avocado

avocado

If you love ice cream, avocados will give your smoothie this consistency! Blend in a small avocado for a solid source of fiber and healthy fats.

  • Coconut Water

coconut water

Say hello to electrolyte heaven! Beat the summer heat by refueling with this nutritious sports drink alternative. Coconut water is a fantastic base for blending your fruit!

Jackie Parker is currently a senior nutritional sciences student on the dietetics track at Texas A&M University.

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