There’s no doubt that smoothies are a fantastic way to get a delicious hit of nutrition. A smoothie that is thick and creamy is fun to make and delicious to eat. If you use the right ingredients a smoothie will keep you full for longer – staving off those pesky cravings – and deliver what your body needs to keep functioning healthily.
Yogurt is an absolute go to when it comes to getting the silkiest, creamiest smoothies. If you want to avoid dairy then almond or coconut yogurt is a perfect alternative.
2. Vegetable Puree
Any variety of vegetable puree like butternut squash, carrot, pumpkin or sweet potato makes for a dense yet soft and smooth consistency. Sweet potato smoothies can taste like ice cream!
The flavor of avocado is easy to hide if it isn’t your favorite, but the texture of the fruit helps to make a nice creamy smoothie base that is the perfect consistency.
4. Frozen Fruit
Frozen fruit is the key to getting thick, milkshake like smoothies every single time. Obviously banana is the perfect starting point, but you can also experiment with mango, apple or peach.
5. Milk Ice Cubes
A little bit of advance preparation can make such a difference, as making milk ice cubes to use can add a lot of creaminess to which every smoothie you make. And you don’t have to just use cow’s milk. There are now so many non-diary milks.
6. Cottage Cheese
If dairy is something that you do eat, then half a cup of cottage cheese is an easy way to get both protein and thick creaminess in to your daily smoothie.
7. Coconut Flesh
Coconut flesh is wonderful for thickening your smoothie because it is super soft and super gelatinous. You can buy frozen coconut flesh to make it last longer.
8. Nut and Seed Butters
Nut and seed butters including cashew, almond, hemp, sunflower and hazelnut are a wonderful base for making a plant-based smoothie just the right texture.
9. Silken Tofu
The clue is in the name when it comes to silken tofu! It is dense, rich and soft, and it is the perfect creamy addition for a plant based smoothie.
10. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are incredibly popular in the world of smoothie making, and can be best added by making a smooth chia gel.
11. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 and fiber, and are also very effective at thickening liquids, which make them the perfect choice for a creamy smoothie.
12. Soaked Nuts
Nuts contains all of the healthy fats and nutrients that you would want in a smoothie, so to make sure your drink stays extra smooth, make sure to soak your cashews, almonds or macadamias beforehand.
13. Gluten Free Flour
Gluten free flours like coconut, almond, tapioca, amaranth, rice and chickpea are perfect adding creaminess to your smoothies.
14. Rolled Oats
Because of their soluble fiber, rolled oats a perfect for a breakfast smoothie, making it nice and thick and filling.
Jams are a great way to thicken and sweeten smoothies. One spoonful of seedless raspberry, seedless strawberry, peach, apricot or any other flavor will do the trick.
Many people see quinoa as the ultimate ingredient when it comes to meal replacement smoothies because of its ideal texture and delicious flavor.
17. Psyllium Husk
It might sound bizarre, but psyllium husk is a great source of soluble fiber that can be bought either pre-ground or in handy powder form.
Now you have no excuse not to have a silky creamy smoothie every time. What are you favorite smoothie ingredients?