June 10, 2014 By Leanne Vogel November 5, 2018
Limiting your smoothies to fruit, protein powder, nuts/seeds and a bit of spinach is no way to live. We need to broaden your smoothie vision ;)
Your blender is begging you to try new things… and I bet your body is, too.
I add the following 6 ingredients to my vegan smoothies all the time. They’re a little “out there” but so, so good.
Ready to get crazy with me?
Broccoli is loaded with calcium, vitamin C and fiber. If your immune system needs a bit of support, it’s a fabulous smoothie addition. I purchase organic broccoli when it goes on sale, chop it up and freeze it for my smoothies.
Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of organic fresh or frozen broccoli florets to your next smoothie.
Lentils can be used to stabilize blood sugar, strengthen heart heath and provide your body with a healthy, balanced plant-based protein.
Add 1/2 cup cooked lentils to your next smoothie, in place of protein powder.
Despite it’s acidic taste, lemons assist you body in maintaining alkalinity (the state where your body is healthiest). Fresh lemon juice also stimulates the digestive process.
Add the juice from 1 lemon to your next smoothie.
Romaine lettuce adds a crisp, fresh taste to your everyday smoothie and is packed with vitamin K (awesome for bone health).
Add 1-2 cups of organic romaine to your next smoothie.
There’s just about nothing that cayenne pepper cannot do. It stimulates digestion, breaks up mucus (great for colds/flus), alkalizes the body, reduces allergies, reduces joint pain and supports weight loss. It’s a super food… and it’s SUPER inexpensive.
Add a pinch to 1/4 teaspoon (depending on your tolerance) to your next smoothie.
If drinking smoothies after working out is kinda your thing, adding an electrolyte powder in with everything else is a fabulous way to replenish your electrolytes + refuel at the very same time.
I use Ultima Replenisher (it’s ascorbic acid free, vegan, sugar-free + gluten-free)
Cooked butternut, acorn or spaghetti squash adds delicious creaminess – a great ingredient for peeps wanting to remove the dairy from their smoothies.
Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup cooked squash to your next smoothie.
I’ve gotta know – which ingredient are you going to try first?
Have you tried any of these ingredients in your vegan smoothies? If so, I’d love to hear about it!
Hi! I’m Leanne
a Keto Nutritionist, host of The Keto Diet Podcast, and best-selling author of The Keto Diet & Keto for Women. I want to live in a world where every woman has access to knowledge to better her health.