Have you found yourself stuck in a smoothie rut, eating the same smoothie ingredients day after day? Not only will this lead to boredom, but you could also be missing out on some really important nutrients. There are plenty of smoothie ingredients to jazz things up, ranging from herbs to unconventional liquids and even spices. Try any of these cool and fun ingredients to take your smoothie to the next level.
1. Fresh Parsley
Many of you think parsley belongs in salads or spaghetti sauce, but did you know it actually makes a pretty tasty smoothie ingredient? Parsley adds a vibrant flavor to your smoothie that will instantly wake you up. Parsley can be one of the more intense smoothie ingredients, so start with just a few tablespoons and work from there. I like pairing parsley with super sweet fruits like mango and pineapple!
Cinnamon is often an overlooked smoothie ingredient. But when added to fruits like bananas, apples, and pumpkin, it brings out all the natural sweetness of these foods. Cinnamon has also been linked to more stable blood sugar levels, making it great for diabetics. Try adding a sprinkle or two to your next green smoothie to boost flavor and maintain energy all day long.
Turmeric isn’t just for chicken curry—it also makes a great addition to any smoothie. For thousands of years, the Ayurvedic nutrition system has been using turmeric to aid all sorts of ailments ranging from joint pain to heart health A pinch of turmeric powder is all you need to kick your smoothie up a notch.
4. Red Cabbage
Ever wonder how those Instagram accounts you follow get a deep purple color for their smoothie photos? Chances are they use red cabbage. When paired with other fruits like blueberries and blackberries, red cabbage can give your smoothie a fantastic hue! Much like berries, red cabbage is also loaded with antioxidants and fiber. If you’re health conscious at all, give red cabbage a try.
Have you been using plain old water or coconut milk in your smoothie? Teas are the newest trend for smoothies. Simply brew your favorite tea whether it’s black, green, or herbal. Allow it to cool for a few minutes, then add in place of water or nut milk into your favorite smoothie. The possibilities are endless!
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut products have been all the rage lately—and for good reason. Although once feared because of their high saturated fat content, we now know that coconut poses many benefits such as a faster metabolism and shiny hair. Add a teaspoon or two of coconut oil to your next smoothie to reap the benefits.
7. Bell Peppers
Looking to get more veggies in your diet? Bell peppers are great because they’re one of the sweetest veggies out there. Bell peppers are also very water-rich and super hydrating, making them a perfect ingredient to add to your smoothie. Simply cut up red, orange, or yellow bell peppers (those are the sweetest) and remove any seeds or veins. Add them to your smoothie like you would any fruit.
Sometimes it’s hard to break a smoothie rut. You might feel comfortable using the same ingredients over and over again, knowing your smoothie will always taste great. But sometimes it’s good to mix things up by trying unconventional ingredients. What are some of your favorite non-traditional smoothie ingredients?