If your diet is lacking in enough nutrients, adding a smoothie to your diet can help immensely. Toss any of these seven ingredients into your next smoothie along with your favorite fruits to get their nutritional benefits without sacrificing taste.
- Broccoli: The fiber-rich vegetable helps keep you full without changing the taste of even your favorite smoothie combinations. You can use raw broccoli or steam it quickly first for a smoother consistency. This 330-calorie peanut butter, broccoli, and strawberry smoothie will keep you full throughout the morning.
- Chia seeds: If you’re looking to start the day right, add a tablespoon of chia seeds to every smoothie. The high-fiber seeds are also a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, so you’ll feel full and ready to take on your morning. This berry chia seed smoothie recipe masks the taste and texture of chia seeds if you’re not a fan.
- Green tea: Want a little energy boost in your smoothie? Add strong, cold green tea to any smoothie instead of water for a subtle caffeinated pick-me-up. We like the refreshing taste of this green tea, cinnamon, and honey smoothie.
- Flaxseed: For a smoothie that’s got heft, add some flaxseeds to the mix. High in omega-3s and fiber, flax helps promote bone health, lowers cholesterol, and keeps your digestive system healthy. The healthy fats in flaxseeds also help relieve inflammation. Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your next smoothie; you can make this overnight flaxseed, apple, and cinnamon smoothie ahead of time so you can grab and go in the morning.
- Leafy greens: If you hate the taste of kale or spinach, adding a cup or two to your morning smoothie is the way to reap their many health benefits. Once blended with the rest of your smoothie, the taste is imperceptible, but you’re still getting a hefty portion of crucial nutrients like calcium, vitamin A, manganese, and vitamin K. Choose your favorite leafy green for your next smoothie with our comparison of the nutrients in kale and spinach.
- Coconut water: Not a banana fan? Adding coconut water to your morning smoothie helps you get the electrolytes you need to feel energized and bloat-free. We love this debloating papaya, pineapple, and coconut water smoothie for that very reason.
- Tofu: For a dairy-free protein kick, blend some silken tofu into your diet. It’ll give your smoothie a creamy consistency without any Greek yogurt. This vegan vanilla smoothie, made with silken tofu and soy milk, has 17 grams of protein and is a tasty way to trick your taste buds into thinking you’re drinking a milkshake.
Ready to try out a new smoothie combination? Check out our guide on how to make the perfect smoothie.