I don’t drink smoothies regularly for a number of reasons but when I do I like to add extra sources of nutrition. It just gives me peace of mind to know that I’m not just downing down pre-chewed liquid calories. Here are some ideas that you may find useful.
Kiwi, cucumber, spinach, collagen hydrolysate, water
- Kombucha or water kefir for probiotics
- Coconut kefir for healthy fats and probiotics
- Brewed yerba mate for a caffeine hit (and increased motility)
- Bone broth for joint and gut health. Wait, what!!?? Yes, I’m talking about soup (blended broth + roasted veggies, for example) in a mug for breakfast or any time.
- Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil for quick energy and ketone production
- Butter (I like Pepe Saya) for fat-soluble vitamins (plus milky flavour and creamy texture)
- Raw egg yolks (pastured if possible) for fat-soluble vitamins and choline
- Fish oil or cod liver oil for anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (warning: depending on the oil and quantity your smoothie might taste fishy)
- Collagen hydrolysate or gelatin powder (I like Great Lakes) for healthy joints, gut, hair, skin and nails
- Magnesium for muscular relaxation (better at night)
- Green banana flour, raw potato starch or tapioca flour for resistant starch
- Kelp powder for iodine and trace minerals (warning: don’t use too much or your smoothie will taste like sushi)
- Himalayan salt or similar for trace minerals (try it with watermelon. You’re welcome.)
Solids (the last two are better added at the end with little or no blending to maintain crunch)
- Chunks of fresh coconut flesh (young or old) for healthy fats and fibre
- Green plantain for resistant starch
- Cacao nibs or coffee beans for crunch, antioxidants and as a stimulant
- Crunchy pieces of bacon (preferably from pastured pigs and minimal processing, e.g. Feather and Bone‘s), mainly for flavour but also a source of good fats and protein
Got more ideas? Please share!