smoothie ingredients

Smoothies are incredibly versatile. In this comprehensive smoothie ingredients list we will list out the options for different wholesome ingredients you can include in your smoothie, including the benefits of each option.

We will go over ingredient options for the main components of a smoothie…

  • liquid base
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • extras

(see my comprehensive guide on how to make the perfect smoothie at home)

Smoothie Ingredients List

It’s a good idea to stock up your fridge and pantry with some of these basic ingredients for smoothies listed in the sections below. That way you are able to whip up whatever smoothie you are craving at any time!

Liquid Bases for Smoothies:

  • water
  • coconut water
  • milk
  • almond milk
  • oat milk
  • coconut milk
  • chocolate milk
  • fruit juice
  • vegetable juice
  • green tea
  • coffee
  • kombucha

Best Fruits for Smoothies:

  • banana
  • apple
  • pear
  • peach
  • avocado
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
  • orange
  • melon: cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew
  • kiwi

Best Vegetables for Smoothies:

  • spinach
  • kale
  • chard
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • broccoli sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • zucchini
  • beets
  • carrots

Smoothie Extras

These are the fun ingredients. These ingredients can be used to really mix up the flavour or add in unique healthy ingredients to your smoothies.

These smoothies can be used for a variety of purposes. To make a smoothie thicker, sweeter, more protein-rich, etc, you can select certain extras to toss in, depending on your goal. Smoothie extras include:

  • nuts
  • seeds
  • nut butters, seed butters
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • cocoa powder
  • matcha powder
  • acai powder
  • protein powder
  • spices
  • fresh herbs
  • ginger
  • vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract
  • shredded coconut
  • coconut cream, coconut oil
  • dates
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • oats
  • citrus juice
  • rose water

Seeds for Smoothies

Seeds are an incredible way to add protein and healthy fats to a smoothie, while also improving smoothie thickness/texture and flavour…

  • flax seeds
  • chia seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds

Also, seed butters like tahini are great, or seed oils like flax seed oil.

Nuts for Smoothies

I love adding a nutty flavour to almost any smoothie. Nuts are also incredibly healthy and can add plenty of protein, fat, nutrients, and fibre to your smoothie while also improving texture and making it more filling. Some of the nuts you can try adding to your smoothie include:

  • almonds
  • peanuts
  • walnuts
  • cashews
  • pecans

Similarly, nut butters are a wonderful addition to a smoothie. They make the texture wonderful while adding a delicious flavour and creaminess, along with health…Some of the nut butters you can try adding to your smoothie include:

  • peanut butter
  • almond butter
  • cashew butter

Herbs and spices for smoothies

Herbs can really change the flavour of a smoothie, and also add health benefits. Some of the best herbs (fresh or dried) to try out and experiment with include:

  • mint
  • basil
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • lemon balm

Some of the best spices to add to smoothies for flavour and nutrients include:

  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • turmeric
  • cumin
  • cardamom

Texture-improving smoothie ingredients

A great smoothie texture usually means thick, smooth, and creamy.

This ideal texture is usually achieved by including ingredients that are high in (healthy) fats. These ingredients can include:

  • avocado
  • banana
  • nuts, seeds
  • nut butters, seed butters
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese

Natural sweeteners for smoothies

Certain ingredients can be added in more in order to enhance the sweetness of the smoothie naturally:

  • mango
  • pineapple
  • apple
  • banana
  • dates, especially soft dates like Medjool dates
  • honey
  • maple syrup

Protein sources for smoothies:

The following are some high-protein ingredients to add to your smoothie:

  • nuts
  • seeds
  • nut butters, seed butters
  • dairy
  • greens

 

Leave a comment below to tell me your favourite smoothie ingredients and flavour combinations!

For more smoothie-making tips and tricks for how to use these ingredients to create a top-notch smoothie, check out my comprehensive guide on how to make a smoothie.

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Just Knives
3 months ago

What a fabulous read! Your comprehensive smoothie ingredient list is a real treasure trove for anyone looking to dive into the world of smoothies, from novices to seasoned smoothie enthusiasts. It’s clear that with the right components, the possibilities for creating delicious, nutritious blends are nearly endless. This guide does an excellent job of breaking down the various categories—liquid bases, fruits, vegetables, and the exciting ‘extras’—rendering the smoothie-making process both fun and accessible.
I particularly appreciate the emphasis on the blend of textures and flavors that can be achieved by mixing different ingredients. This brings to light an often overlooked aspect of smoothie making: the importance of having sharp tools in the kitchen. A sharp kitchen knife is indispensable when prepping ingredients like fruits and vegetables. It allows for precise, effortless cuts, ensuring that your pieces are the perfect size for blending, thus preserving the nutrients and flavors. Furthermore, a sharp knife can help maintain the integrity of delicate ingredients, ensuring they blend smoothly rather than getting crushed or bruised during preparation.
Similarly, sharp blender blades are a game-changer in the smoothie-making process. They effortlessly pulverize even the toughest ingredients, ensuring a smooth, creamy texture that’s simply unmatched. Whether it’s breaking down fibrous greens, crushing frozen fruits, or blending nuts and seeds into a silky-smooth liquid, sharp blades make all the difference. They not only reduce the blending time but also help in extracting the maximum nutrients from each ingredient, making your smoothie not just tastier but also more nutritious.
Together, a sharp kitchen knife and sharp blender blades elevate the smoothie-making experience, enabling you to experiment with a vast array of ingredients listed in your guide. This not only enhances the joy of creating but also encourages a healthier lifestyle through delicious, homemade smoothies. Thank you for putting together such a thorough guide—I’m certainly inspired to explore new ingredient combinations with my trusty tools by my side!
Let’s keep blending amazing smoothies with the freshest cuts and the smoothest textures. Cheers to healthy, delicious creations!