5 Smoothie Ingredients You Need to Know About by Bridgette Clare, RHN

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5 Smoothie Ingredients You Need to Know About by Bridgette Clare, RHN

I love smoothies for their convenience, simplicity and variety. Oh, and not to mention they can be oh-so-satisfyingly delicious. If you’re looking for new ways to shake up your morning routine try one of these smoothie ingredients.

withinUs TruMarine™ - A tasteless collagen powder that helps promote collagen production.  It can be added to any smoothie, but I prefer to add it in a smoothie with citrus (lemon, orange, lime) to increase absorption of this important nutrient for the strength and appearance of your hair, skin and nails. I also like to add it to a fresh-pressed juice with grapefruit, lemon, orange, apple, cucumber, romaine lettuce and water.

Chlorella - Nature’s multivitamin this algae is a good source of iron, immune supporting vitamin A, amino acids and the anti-oxidant chlorophyll.  For a tropical twist, add this algae powder to a smoothie with leafy greens, pineapple and mango or try it in the smoothie below.

Black Beans - If you’re looking for a fibre and protein rich smoothie with a fudgy texture then black beans need to go in your next smoothie. Rinse and drain black beans and add 1/4 cup to a smoothie with banana and chocolate for a decedent, fudge treat.  Take your smoothie to this next level by adding a shot of espresso or 1/2 cup cold-brewed coffee. For the best texture, blend the beans with your liquid of choice first, until smooth, then add remaining ingredients and blend until combined.

Green Tea - Looking for a natural energy boost? Up your energy game, use 1 cup chilled green tea as the liquid in your favorite green smoothie.

Lucuma -  This Peruvian fruit is a low-glycemic sweetener that will satisfy your sweet tooth with its maple syrup-like taste. It pairs well with chocolate and cinnamon, tropical fruits like mango and citrus like lemon.

Ready to experiment with these ingredients?

Try this Blueberry & Greens Smoothie (serves 1):

  • 1 cup organic, unsweetened Silk soy milk (my fave nut milk)
  • 1 scoop withinUs TruMarine Collagen
  • 1 tsp Vega Chlorella
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • Splash lemon juice
  • Ice as desired
  • Optional: Handful spinach, kale or chard

As a nutritionist, I’m all about simple, yet powerful changes that focus on a holistic approach to nutrition, combining body, mind and spirit recommendations that help you get real, get out of your head and get living your life.


Bridgette Clare is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and a Certified Raw Foods Chef. Beyond the nutrition, she's a smoothie bowl connoisseur, Product Specialist at Vega, spin instructor at Spin Society and a believer in the power of music that makes you feel like a boss.

On any given day you’ll find Bridgette on the bike at Spin Society, eating smoothie bowls, or dishing on all things health and wellness on

Let us know which ingredient you blend up first!