5 Ingredients to Add to Your Next Smoothie

I love smoothies. I got a Vitamix about 5 years ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since. For a long time I just followed the same basic smoothie recipe but lately, I’ve been switching it up and I’ve found a few new favorites. Not only do these ingredients add a delicious flavor or a nice texture but they all add a unique nutritional boost! Here are 5 ingredients to try in your next smoothie.

Chia seeds

chia smoothie bowl

I love adding chia seeds on top of my smoothie bowls. Not only do they add a nice little crunch but they’re also packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, calcium, manganese, and magnesium. They’re like healthy sprinkles!


green smoothie

Toss a handful of spinach in your smoothie and you probably won’t even notice it, except for the color! Turn that smoothie bright green! You’ll get the benefits of added vitamins and minerals like zinc, folate, calcium, & iron, but you won’t taste a thing!


berry smoothie

For an unexpected flavor boost, add a 1/2 cup of brewed tea, cooled. This hibiscus tea smoothie has a sweet, fruity flavor without lots of added sugar, thanks to the tea. Brew a cup of tea, let it cool, and then blend it right into your smoothie! You’ll get the added bonus of antioxidants (and maybe a little caffeine if you’re into that sort of thing… which I totally am.)

Frozen Fruit

mango smoothie ingredients

Frozen pineapple is one of my favorite smoothie ingredients. It adds a natural sweetness and frozen fruit gives smoothies a thicker, fuller texture. I usually either add frozen pineapple, mango, or bananas into my smoothies. (Sometimes I add a little bit of each!) Here’s the recipe for my current favorite coconut mango smoothie.



My mother in law told me she added avocado to her morning smoothie and when she came to visit, we gave it a try together. I loved it. It made the smoothie so creamy and delicious. Now I’m obsessed! Anytime I have leftover avocado, I toss it in a smoothie for some healthy fats. (Try this chocolate avocado smoothie!)

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Switch up your smoothie game and boost your nutrients with these 5 smoothie ingredients!

What’s your favorite smoothie ingredient?


  1. I love adding chia seeds and frozen bananas to my smoothie! They add the perfect amount of thickness and sweetness. Happy Friday! 🙂

  2. Adding spinach to my smoothie is my favorite way to get veggies into my daily diet!

  3. Now if I could only force myself to have a smoothie every morning for breakfast!

  4. o0o0o good idea to add tea! I’ve never tried that one! I love adding frozen bananas because it makes things so creamy!

  5. Avocado and tea…those two are new to me! I will be trying them this weekend! Thanks for the tips, they look very enticing!

  6. Yes to spinach and avocado and frozen fruit! I’m not a fan of chia in general, but maybe in my smoothie…. Wondering if you ever try any of the protein powders that are out there?

  7. I like to freeze the avocado first! Cut into chunks and then freeze. Also, I like to add coconut water. I don’t like coconut water on its own, but in smoothies, yes please!

  8. I’ve done most of these before, but never the tea. What a great idea! I’m a big fan of frozen bananas and PB with oats for a smoothie that kind of tastes like a milkshake.

  9. Ooh wow, the tea ingredient is not one I would have expected, but it sounds like it could add an extra boost of yummy flavor!

  10. tea is a good one most people don’t think of. chia, my fave!!!

  11. I’m happy to say these are some of my staple ingredients! If I don’t put chia in the smoothie, I’ll sprinkle some on top.

  12. Healthy sprinkles- love it! I love tea- I’m going to have to start adding it to my smoothies 🙂

  13. avocado is my fav currently!

  14. You are right these are best ingredients to make the smoothie, Now I add hemp seeds, goji berries, flax seeds with smoothie too.

  15. I’m loving adding avocado to everything but I really need to get on the chia seed train! They always sound so great in smoothies!

  16. I was really turned off by chia seeds when they first came out. something about the texture bothered me. Maybe I need to retry them!

  17. Yesss! I’m loving everything EVERYTHING about this list. I love chia seeds in my smoothies too and I recently made an avocado smoothie that I’m now obsessed with. I’ll definitely have to try tea in a smoothie soon too! I love tea and I love smoothies, so why not put them together?? Great idea! Thanks for sharing this awesome list!

  18. Love, so many of my favs! I’ve been really into chia seeds, tea (kombucha), and chickpeas lately in my smoothie bowls. Obviously love greens and fruit because those are always perfect!

  19. All my faves!! I love adding some matcha powder, and hemp hearts to mine too!!!

  20. Thanks for all the great pointers on additions to smoothies.

  21. Love adding all of these ingredients to smoothies! Especially chia seeds- those give me so much energy!!

  22. I love using all of these add-ins for an extra boost to my smoothie. These are all great ideas!

  23. Love all these add in ideas! I never thought to add tea!

  24. I havent tried the tea one but all the others I do and love. Avocado has become one of my favorites.

  25. I never thought to put tea into my smoothies!

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