How to Make a Better Smoothie

Nothing is as easy to shake up as a shake. There are so many combinations, so many ingredients, you can

Nothing is as easy to shake up as a shake. There are so many combinations, so many ingredients, you can always keep your taste buds happy. Here’s a variety of ingredients to make your smoothies rich with delight.

Fruit

A good smoothie can always start with a banana. But try some of these fruits too:

  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwi
  • Dates
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Papayas
  • Pomegranate

Liquids

Think out of the smoothie box, and try these creative juices, instead of — or in addition to — the usual skim milk or yogurt.

  • Orange juice
  • Apple juice
  • Carrot juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lime juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Grape juice
  • Soy Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • V-8
  • Coffee
  • Coconut Milk

Plus: 8 Creative Smoothie Recipes

Frozen add-ins

A cup of plain ice is standard, but these add a whole new frosty flavor dimension.

  • Sherbet
  • Sorbet
  • Low-fat ice cream
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Frozen banana
  • Frozen berries
  • Frozen lemonade / limeade

Flavor add-ins

Sometimes, a surprise ingredient will give a recipe a special zing.

  • Granola
  • Fresh mint
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Peanut butter
  • Instant coffee / espresso powder
  • Coconut flakes
  • Slivered almonds
  • Lime juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Fruit preserves and marmalades
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey
  • Citrus zest
  • Fresh grated ginger

Spices

Sprinkle in one of these for an extra kick of flavor.

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Cayenne pepper

Healthy add-ins

They may not add much taste, but these will surely boost your health.

  • Flaxseeds
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Ground nuts
  • Wheat germ
  • Wheat powder
  • Tofu
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Wheat grass
  • Barley grass powder
  • Spinach

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest