Smoothies are an easy way to get your daily nutrients while satisfying your hunger. They’re filling, healthy, and can be tailored to anyone’s preferences, whether you’re a huge health nut or not! You need more than just blended fruits and veggies to make a good smoothie. A smoothie should leave you full and satisfied, or else it doesn’t make a nutritious meal.
If you’re in a smoothie rut and are looking for ways to spruce them up, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite smoothie boosters that taste great and are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Time to pull out the blender and make yourself something delicious!
Love chocolate? Add cocoa powder. You’ll feel like you’re indulging in a rich chocolate milkshake when you’re really fighting inflammation – this powder is rich in antioxidants. Try adding a bit of cocoa powder to an almond milk and banana smoothie for a sweet treat that will taste like dessert.
Another anti-inflammatory ingredient to add to your next smoothie is the ultra-pigmented and ultra-powered spirulina powder. Spirulina contains a plant-based protein called phycocyanin that’s loaded with antioxidants and fights inflammation.
Nut butter is full of healthy fats and Vitamin E that supports healthy skin and hair, and helps keep your immune system strong. Some nut butter contains extra sugar, so read the label and choose an all-natural nut butter that will add protein and richness to your smoothie.
Collagen powder can be flavored or tasteless and is beneficial for healthy skin, nails, and joints. Vital Proteins is grass-fed bovine collagen powder blended with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid for glowing, healthy skin (click here).
Avocados add creaminess and a subtle sweetness to smoothies. Avocados are also full of healthy fats that will leave your body full and satisfied. Try adding half an avocado to your next smoothie for a richness you’ll fall in love with.
High in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, dates are delicious and sweet on their own and, when thrown into a smoothie, they’ll make for a yummy concoction that you’ll crave on the regular. Pick up some pitted dates, so all you have to do is throw them in the blender when it’s time for your meal.
Need an afternoon pick me up or love the bold taste of coffee? Go ahead and add some to your smoothie! Save some of your morning brew to put in the fridge for the next day’s (or your afternoon) smoothie. Blend with a bit of cocoa powder, banana, and almond milk for a rich, energizing treat.