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by Robin Reetz

Need to make some changes to your smoothie? We hear you. Bananas, strawberries, and kale are great and all, but even the healthiest of blended beverages could use a change every now and then. The key to a great diet is variety, so why not shake things up (pun intended) with your next juice or smoothie? To help you out, we’ve put together a list of ten ingredients you may have not previously considered. Try them now, thank us later.

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Dates

Packed with potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber, dates are a super sweet snack known to provide plenty of benefits –Matcha TeaWe’ll be the first to admit that this matcha powder isn’t for everyone. In fact, you may want to steer clear unless you’re a green tea lover. But for those of you who are fans of potent green tea, you’ll know about its metabolism-boosting capabilities and high antioxidant content. Add increasing amounts to your smoothie, and play around with ingredients to match the green tea taste.including the decrease of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic illnesses. Depending on the type of machine you’re using to make your smoothie, you’ll want to first remove the pit then grind the date into a paste to help with blending. 

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Turmeric

Turmeric is the “it” ingredient of the moment – it’s popping up everywhere, and for good reason. Turmeric contains curcumin, which may slow the spread of cancer. Curcumin also contains antioxidants which are thought to decrease swelling and inflammation. Add a dash or two to your smoothie for a slightly spicy kick, and to increase the health benefits.

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Kefir

Yogurt is an essential ingredient to any smoothie – it helps with consistency, and adds protein to help keep you full longer. As an alternative to yogurt, try kefir – a slightly tart fermented dairy drink that’s packed with probiotics and perfect for blending in with your morning greens.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is delicious, sure, but are you aware of its health benefits? Cinnamon may lower blood pressure, improve circulation, help with muscle spasms, and even provide some relief for the common cold. Add a few dashes to your next smoothie for a slight cinnamon kick, and for health.

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Himalayan Salt

Rose-colored Himalayan Salt packs a true punch. It’s known to contain more essential minerals than other salts and is often used for detox treatments. Use the salt conservatively in your smoothie and you won’t notice a change in the taste.

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Matcha Tea

We’ll be the first to admit that this matcha powder isn’t for everyone. In fact, you may want to steer clear unless you’re a green tea lover. But for those of you who are fans of potent green tea, you’ll know about its metabolism-boosting capabilities and high antioxidant content. 

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Flaxseed

Though more commonly used in hot cereals and oatmeal mixtures, flaxseed can provide a nutritious and filling base to your AM smoothie. Be sure to either grind it yourself or buy milled flaxseed to assure it blends easily and smoothly.

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Grapefruit

Super citrus-y grapefruit is probably one of the last things you ever would’ve thought to add to a smoothie but hear us out – aside from providing a tangy, tart taste, grapefruit also provides roughly 100% of your daily vitamin C needs which means your immune system will be in tip top shape as you start the day. Yum.

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Cacao Powder

Looking for an energy boost? Add iron-rich raw cacao powder to help put a spring in your step and a big kick in your smoothie. Our warning: be conservative. A little cacao can go a long way.

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Noni Fruit

For a strong dose of antioxidants, add delicious noni fruit to your next smoothie. Noni fruit is also thought to offer a boost to your cardiovascular system in addition to its anti inflammatory powers.