Smoothie ingredients can be divided into five broad categories. The first two categories—liquid and primary ingredients—are essential components. The other three categories—protein, sweetener, and intensifier—help enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your drinks.
1. THE LIQUID You need a liquid to keep things moving so the blender doesn’t cavitate. Liquids include all types of milk (such as dairy, soy milk, or almond milk), coconut water, yogurt, kefir, coffee, tea, herbal tea (like hibiscus or chamomile teas), and fruit and vegetable juices. Some fruits, like grapes and citrus, contain enough
liquid to be counted as a liquid ingredient in the smoothie formula.
2. THE PRIMARY INGREDIENTS These are your main ingredients and usually include a mix of fresh or frozen fruits and/or vegetables and ice.
3. THE PROTEIN Many smoothies incorporate some sort of protein to thicken it and make it more filling. Proteins can include dairy (which can double as a liquid), nuts and nut butters, seeds (including chia seeds, flaxseeds, and sesame seeds), protein powders, oats or oatmeal, beans, and chlorella and spirulina (two plant-based protein sources).
4. THE SWEETENER Sweeteners aren’t always necessary but they can help make the flavors pop. Refined sugar isn’t your only option. You can try honey, molasses, maple syrup, malt syrup, brown rice syrup, agave syrup, stevia, palm or date sugar, Medjool dates, or overripe bananas.
5. THE INTENSIFIER Flavor enhancers, like herbs, spices, and extracts, can take your smoothie from good to great and can really inspire creativity. Try tender herbs, like basil, mint, or cilantro; spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, or ground or fresh ginger; or extracts, like vanilla,
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