7 Foods You’ve Likely Never Thought To Add To A Smoothie

7 foods you’ve likely never thought to add to a smoothie

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?

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Broccoli

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.

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Cooked Lentils

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.

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Fresh Lemon Juice

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.

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Romaine Lettuce

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.

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cayenne pepper

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.

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Electrolyte powder

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)

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Cooked Squash

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.

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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!

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  1. Maintaining alkalinity. Ha! That is absolutely not true. Everything we eat goes through our incredibly acidic stomach. A man named Robert O Young is credited with starting the idea, but he has been proven to be a fraud.
    Health blogs are like magicians, once you see that even one trick is fake, they all seem fake. I cannot trust this blog because of your incredibly incorrect comment on alkalinity. Anyone who thinks I’m being ridiculous, or that I’m wrong, do some research (from credible sources, not more blogs!)

    • Hey, Phillbert! This post is from many years ago and I no longer support the alkaline theory. The body has multiple mechanisms in place for regulating blood pH balance, none of which are tied to the foods we eat on a daily basis.

  2. OMG! Leanne, I just found you!! I’m thrilled about the tons of choices as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, hiatus hernia, obesity….looking forward to my healthful pursuit with you by my side!!

  3. The only one in this list I haven’t added to my smoothies yet is the lentils, everything else I have added and love, all pretty regulars in my green smoothie!!! I like adding frozen peas too, makes it velvety smooth!
    Ana

  4. A quarter of an avocado gives smoothies a creamy texture and some healthy fat. I often freeze extra avocados to use in this way.

  5. I’m very intrigued by the lentils idea. That would be so much more economical than protein powder. But how badly does it affect the taste?

    • Hey Joanna – it really depends on what sort of lentils you get/make. I do not find that it affects the flavor… I add so many things to my smoothies. It’s really great with cacao powder!

  6. Hmmm. Lentils? Tell me what you typically do in this one to mask the flavor of the lentils

  7. Hmm I have tried lettuce and it was not for me. Lemon and cayenne though I totally love. After reading the other comments I’m stoked to add sweet potato too!

    • Inspired by your Turmeric Milk, I added 1/4 tsp of turmeric to my smoothie yesterday. I also use blueberries, a bit of beet, water kefir and red clover sprouts. The turmeric added a bit of a cick that was a nice change.

    • Hey Lauren – lettuce is really great with pineapple and basil. It’s perhaps my favorite combo right now! Sweet potato, I tried it this week… SO GOOD!

  8. I’ve added lemon, romaine and sweet potatoes before, but never lentils, squash or broccoli. Hmmm. I have some lentils in the fridge; if they’re still good, maybe I’ll try them tomorrow! You have the most amazing ideas; I really appreciate your blog. :)

    • Hi Jackie, thanks for your kind words about my work. How did the lentils go? Did you give them a try?

  9. I always use lemon and spinach or kale along with plant based protein but I also add a beet, carrot, celery, and cucumber. Ginger is also a nice addition.

    • Ginger is awesome! I keep a bunch in the freezer and pop a couple of pieces in when the mood strikes. God one, Kim!

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