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10 Surprising Foods You Should Add to Your Next Smoothie

Spoon University logo Spoon University 18-10-2018 Jamie Hegg

As someone who has gone years having a smoothie nearly every morning, I can tell you that sometimes you gotta spice it up a little bit. Don't get me wrong, I love a classic and simple fruit smoothie, but some days I need a little more fat, carbs, or flavor. These 10 surprising foods you should add to your next smoothie will put an extra boost into your morning fuel!

Beet Powder

a close up of a plastic container filled with food: Spice, market, colour and colourful HD photo by Dan Gold (@danielcgold) on Unsplash © Unsplash on unsplash Spice, market, colour and colourful HD photo by Dan Gold (@danielcgold) on Unsplash Beet powder is a great antioxidant that will add an amazing color to your smoothie without making it taste like vegetables. Beets actually have a lot of natural sugar, so the powder itself is even a little sweet. If you're looking for an instagram-worthy smoothie, add some beet powder.

Oats

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Oats turn your smoothie from a snack into a meal. The oats will easily break down in your blender if you leave it on high power for a minute or so. If you like thick smoothies or smoothie bowls, adding oats will help thicken it up, and help keep you full.

Nut Butter

a close up of a cup: Smoothie cream sweet © Maggie Gorman Smoothie cream sweet

Nut butter is something I always add to my smoothies. It adds and amazing creaminess and nutty flavor. The high fat content also helps make a more sustainable smoothie; you won't be left hungry afterwards. I love adding nut butter to my berry smoothies to make a PB&J flavor profile.

Related: 8 Healthy Smoothie Recipes (Cooking Light)

Spinach

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Green juices may not be for everyone, but adding a handful of spinach to your morning smoothie can be super beneficial, especially if you don't get a ton of veggies later throughout the day. I recommend adding spinach rather than kale or arugula. Spinach has the least strong flavor out of any greens, so it won't even taste like you're eating veggies!

Canned Coconut Milk

Smoothie water tea © Alex Frank Smoothie water tea

If you want to turn your smoothie into a rich, creamy concoction, add canned coconut milk. You don't need much of this to elevate your smoothie, even 1/4 cup will do. The fat from the coconut helps add a smooth and rich flavor that will take your smoothie to the next level. 

Pumpkin or Sweet Potato

a can of food: Smoothie pumpkin vegetable © Katherine Jenks Smoothie pumpkin vegetable

Adding a little pumpkin or sweet potato puree to any smoothie will not only make it more substantial, but it also adds a little sweetness and creaminess. This is a great thing to add in place of a banana, or if you just want to make a smoothie that tastes like fall. 

Silken Tofu

a bowl of food: Smoothie dairy product cheese © Laura Palladino Smoothie dairy product cheese Soft silken tofu is a great way to add extra protein and creaminess to your smoothie, especially if you don't consume dairy products. Silken tofu blends up really well, and it pairs with just about any flavor.

Coffee

Smoothie coffee espresso © Jocelyn Hsu Smoothie coffee espresso

Need your breakfast and morning kick all in one cup? Replace the milk or juice in your smoothie with coffee! You can easily make your own, healthier version of a frappucino, and for a lot less money!

Vanilla Extract or Beans

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While vanilla extract and vanilla beans are usually left to baked goods, they can add tons of flavor and a little sweetness to smoothies too. I love adding vanilla and cinnamon to my banana smoothies for a little extra warmth.

Turmeric

a bowl of food: Smoothie curry herb © Shreya Sahni Smoothie curry herb Turmeric not only adds a super bright color to your smoothie, but it also has some great health benefits! Turmeric has a fairly distinct flavor that can be used in sweet or savory dishes. Taking inspiration from the trendy golden milk latte's, I like to pair this spice with coconut milk and bananas. 

Watch: How to Make a Blueberry-Ginger-Mango Smoothie (Health.com)

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