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.
Let us know which ingredient you blend up first!