My top smoothie ingredients!
Banana – I mean obviously this has to make the list, not only is it sweet and delicious but it thickens up smoothies and makes it super filling. (I am so sincerely sorry for those who are allergic or hates bananas.) Learn more about bananas HERE!
Berries – My favourites are blueberries, strawberries or raspberries since they are more readily available… but any berry would do, or add in mixed berries! High in phytonutrients and antioxidant properties, they are not overwhelmingly sweet thus offering a very refreshing taste.
Apple – Another great sweetener for those who may not like bananas. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so add an apple in your smoothie!
Mango – Although I would much rather eat mangos, adding them in smoothies whisks me away to a tropical dream. It’s super refreshing, and has the perfect balance between sweet and sour. It’s also packed with vitamin A and C!
Pineapple – Another refreshing fruit that instantly turns your smoothie into a tropical paradise. Similar to mango, it is a great balance of sweet and tangy. It is also a great source of vitamin C and manganese.
Spinach – Definitely a staple green in my smoothies. It is super high in vitamin K and a major bonus on how green it turns the smoothies. Spinach is one of the more mild and bland greens so it is great for beginners who are adding greens into their smoothies.
Kale – One of the most nutritious greens, I loveeeeeee kale so much. Yes, it does take some getting used to in terms of taste, but I honestly love it. For a more milder taste, add the green curly kale into your smoothies. Learn more about kale HERE!
Celery – I know many people do not like to eat celery, but there are so many benefits to celery! As a result, adding them into smoothies is a great way to consume celery without having to physically chew and eat them. It also has a salty/savoury taste to it, which ties all the flavours together perfectly.
Cucumber -Okay, technically cucumber is a fruit because it has seeds in it, but I put it into the veggie category because most of use would consider it to be more of a veggie than a fruit. Nevertheless, similar to celery, cucumber is another great low calorie, highly nutritious, high fibre food that is great in smoothies. It is also super super hydrating!
Ginger – When you are feeling under the weather or just need a good pick-me up. Ginger is a fantastic ingredient to add into smoothies. Its spicy and pungent flavour is so good at boosting your immune system and tackling any inflammation and sinuses.
Maca – A powerful adaptagen that help boosts energy, improve athletic performance, increases sexual function, help boost the immune system and so so SO much more! I personally LOVE the taste of it, simply add around 1 tsp to even 1 tbsp to any smoothie!
Cacao – I most often add cacao powder which is the raw, least processed version (but research into the company though, because you never know). Cacao turns anything chocolatey… and I am a sucker for sweets and chocolate! Add around 1-2 tbsps to turn your smoothie into a chocolate shake.
Flax Seeds – High in omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fibre, this superfood has been found to reduce risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease, improve blood sugar levels, tackle inflammation…. do I need to continue? Feel free to add around 1 tsp to 1 tbsp. I most often buy ground flax seeds, so I would add around 1-2 tsp.
Chia Seeds – Similarly to flax seeds, chia seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids. They are also high in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium; high in antioxidants and protein! As a result some health benefits include healthy skin, improve digestive health, tackle inflammation, improve blood sugar levels, boost energy and metabolism, and so much more. I normally would add around 1/2 a tbsp or less, as I do not add much liquid in my smoothies as is; otherwise the consistency of the smoothie would be too thick for my liking.
Goji Berries – Goji berries are well known in Chinese medicine; they are considered both a fruit and a herb. They are high in antioxidants and known to help with diabetes, hypertension, cancer, fever, and more; however there are no clear evidence to confirm these claims… nevertheless I personally love just munching on these; adding it into smoothies (around a small handful or 1/2 a tbsp) gives it a little more tartness and earthy taste.
Cinnamon – I LOVE cinnamon, not only for the taste but did you know adding cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar? Yup! It’s the best.
Mint – Another great flavour I love adding into my smoothies is mint. Obviously adding fresh mint leaves would be better, but I often just add a few drops of peppermint oil/extract. The mint herb is super beneficial for digestion, relief from nausea, help with depression, fatigue, headache, and much more. Instantly gives your smoothie a more fresher taste and smell.
Hopefully that gave you some new ideas on what to add into your smoothies. Don’t worry though, my top smoothie recipes is on its way, as well as more smoothie recipes in general. Hopefully as a video… 😛
So, what are your top smoothie ingredients? Leave me a comment 🙂