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Friday, April 27, 2012

In the Kitchen—Smoothie Ingredients

I make myself a smoothie more days than not. In fact, I'm drinking one right now. They are a quick and enjoyable way to get a lot of nutrients. My usual smoothie has frozen berries, unsweetened soy yogurt, spinach, cucumber, and flax seed. I might add other fruits and veggies depending on what I have on hand and what I need to use up. You're surely familiar with fruit and yogurt smoothies, but here are some smoothie ingredients you might not have considered before:

Cooked oatmeal
Nut butters
Cocoa powder

When I have a 6 AM shift at work, I'll make a smoothie out of cooked oatmeal, almond butter, soy yogurt, flax, a banana, and matcha. I make it the night before (many people might not be down with a pre-made smoothie, especially if they use frozen ingredients, but my roommate wouldn't appreciate me using the blender at 5 AM), and then getting ready for work the next morning is so much faster and easier, and I've got my entire breakfast in a format I can bring along to work with me if necessary.

When I imagined writing this post, I remember that list being longer. I know that's just a fraction of the many things people put in smoothies, so if you have anything to add to the list or any recommendations for smoothie combinations you should leave a comment. I've even heard of putting raw garlic in to give an immune boost.


  1. i started drinking smoothies a week ago. My skin improved after 2 days! Everyone should drink them, I feel like a have more energie than ever.

  2. I like the idea of all the healthy stuff first thing in the morning-- like turmeric and spinach. I've been using a recipe that calls for a banana or two, which covers up the taste of the greens. I like greens, and I like fruit; to me, the ideal smoothie has just one of these flavors predominating, though.