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
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
Low on iron? Shockingly, most people are deficient. Boost your supply with this crunchy mix-in!
- 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
Small but mighty, hemp seeds are packed with fiber, healthy omega fatty acids, essential amino acids, and protein.
Perfect for a sweet touch! Try adding 1-2 tablespoons to make your smoothie a tad sweeter or less bitter.
This leafy green is packed with phytonutrients that reduce inflammation. Toss in 1-2 handfuls to enhance muscle and bone health.
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
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
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
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!)
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!
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.
Often called the “miracle spice,” turmeric helps fight against countless chronic illnesses. Plus, its zesty and fragrant flavor will jazz up any 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
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
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)
For an intense flavor profile, herbs are your go-to. Have your own garden? Awesome! Throw in a few leaves and taste the difference.
Did you know that nutmeg can promote better sleep? Toss a teaspoon or two into your end-of-the-day smoothie. Sweet dreams!
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
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.