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
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!

​​​​​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!

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
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!)

Looking for more smoothie tips? Here's how to make a super thick smoothie.

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