Every great-tasting smoothie starts with a liquid base. This allows you to blend all of the ingredients into a homogenous mixture that's easy to gulp down. You can use dairy-based milk, plant-based milk like almond milk, kefir, coconut water, tea, fresh juice, even iced coffee or tea.
Fruits are staples in every smoothie. Not only do they add vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your shakes but they also add sweetness. Beware however of the amount of fruit you add in your smoothie since too much can spike up the sugar and carbohydrate count of your beverage.
Add frozen fruits like bananas, berries, cherries, apples, mangoes, pears, avocados, kiwi, passionfruit, and even cooked pumpkin to your smoothie.
Adding a hint of leafy greens to your shakes not only boosts its nutritional value but also lets you sneakily consume more of the good stuff every day. These veggies are rich in chlorophyll, iron, and antioxidants that help rejuvenate the body, promotes good digestion, and protects you against oxidative stress. Try spinach, lettuce, kale, celery, dandelion greens, Swiss chard, rocket, or arugula.
Some people simply hate the idea of green smoothies because they think it'll make their shakes taste like dirt. If you're one of these people, you can add other veggies too that can add a bit of sweetness or will fade into the background but will still provide you with dietary fiber and nutrients. Adding cucumbers, bell peppers, fennel, or zucchinis to your shakes also lets you add fewer fruits so you can cut back on extra sugar.
Protein plays a crucial role in muscle building and recovery as well as in fat loss. You can add whole food options like 1/2 to 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, or chickpeas into your shake. You can also go for protein powders like whey protein, casein protein, pea protein, or brown rice protein. But be sure to check the sugar content of the protein powder you'll be using.
5. Plant-Based Fats
The truth is your body needs fat to function properly. It is a macronutrient that provides energy that sustains you every day, provides essential fatty acids, and helps curb overeating. Add 1 tablespoon of nut butters, seeds, coconut oil, flax oil, olive oil, or a quarter of an avocado to make your smoothie filling and loaded with heart-loving omega-3s.
Grains add a little more heft to your smoothie and turns them into a complete meal. They can add essential carbohydrates that refuel your glycogen stores which are crucial for post-workout recovery. You can try adding flaxseeds, psyllium seeds, oats, or chia seeds.
Flavorful add-ons make smoothies tastier, healthier, and more interesting,. You can add flavorings like cocoa powder, cinnamon, turmeric, matcha powder, and even superfood boosters like Oxy Greens which helps boost your smoothie's vitamin content, helps improve your mood, aids with proper digestion, and more!