Smoothies can be a pretty healthy choice for a morning meal. They are also a great way to make sure you’re getting enough fruits and veggies in your meal plan. The best thing about a smoothie is that you can mix and match your favorites to create delicious and exciting combinations all the time. There’s no reason to ever be bored with a smoothie ever again. Here are some new ingredients you should try if you want to really shake things up. Let me know what you think!
1. Coconut Milk Will Jazz Things up
If you’re used to regular milk or juice in your smoothie, I think you’re going to like how coconut milk tastes. It’s not so strong that you’ll hate it, but it’s got a pleasantly unique flavor that brings something new to your smoothie. Try it with pineapple, orange or mango and you’ll have a tasty tropical smoothie that will transport you to an island with one sip. Yum!
2. Carrots Are a Surprisingly Sweet Choice
Because carrots have a natural sweetness, they just make sense in a smoothie. If you have trouble meeting your daily veggie intake quota, adding them to smoothies can help you get there. Toss a couple of baby carrots into a smoothie along with mango and blueberries and you’ll get a yummy drink that has a great color at the same time.
3. Coffee Kills Two Birds with One Stone
Why didn’t I think of this before? Skip the milk or juice and put coffee in your smoothie. You get a healthy morning meal and your java fix in one cup. Coffee won’t taste great with just any ingredients so you want to be choosy about what you blend in with it. Try bananas for a smoothie you’ll crave every morning.
4. Grate in Some Fresh Ginger
Ginger has a distinctive flavor that pairs really well with several kinds of fruit. If you’re looking for something really different, this smoothie will do it for you. Try it combined with pineapple or orange. Papaya and banana is another choice. However you do it, just use a tiny bit because a little bit of ginger goes a long way.
5. How about Some Nuts?
Never thought to put nuts in your smoothie? Now is the time to give it a try. A handful of nuts grind up really well and add a pleasing taste to fruity smoothies. Pretty much any kind of nut will work so choose your favorite or whatever you have on hand. Try pistachios with bananas, cashews with berries or walnuts with mango. You’re going to love it all!
6. Flaxseed Adds Nutrition without a Lot of Weird Flavor
If you want to pump up the nutrient content of your smoothie, toss in a spoonful of ground flaxseed. It will give you omega-3 fatty acids, protein, iron and fiber without dramatically changing the taste of your smoothie. It also helps create a rich consistency so your smoothie is more like a meal than a drink. Try it in a banana berry smoothie.
7. Leafy Green Veggies Are Unexpected, but Delicious
Got some spinach or kale in the fridge? Toss a couple leaves in your smoothie. They add a nice taste to a smoothie as well as a whole load of nutrition. Try leafy greens in a blueberry banana or a blackberry nectarine smoothie. You won’t be sorry.
What unique ingredients have you put in your smoothie? Which of these do you want to try first?