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Smoothies are more than just a popular trend; they’re a fantastic way to pack a wealth of nutrition into a delicious, convenient meal. Perfect for on-the-go breakfasts or nutrient-packed snacks, a healthy smoothie can be tailored to suit any taste or dietary requirement.
Whether you’re a smoothie pro looking for new ideas, or you’re just beginning your journey into the world of blended meals, this guide is here to help. We’ll explore the key ingredients for a healthy smoothie, take a look at some of the benefits they offer, and share some ideas for smoothie combinations.
Blenders at the ready, it’s time to start making the perfect healthy smoothie!
The Key Ingredients for a Healthy Smoothie
Before we look at some specific ingredients, let’s quickly consider the anatomy of a smoothie because there is one very important component that is easy to overlook. That’s right; liquid. Without liquid, your smoothie is going nowhere.
What liquid is best for making a smoothie?
A smoothie doesn’t really need a lot of liquid. The liquid has two parts to play. It helps give the desired consistency, but it also helps keep things moving in the blender. If you have ever tried to blend something like frozen banana chunks in a personal blender just to have the blades spin and the motor burn, then you know exactly what we are talking about.
The best liquid for making a smoothie largely depends on your personal preference and nutritional goals. the main question is whether you do dairy or you don’t.
Water is a simple addition that can keep the flavours clean without the addition of extra calories (or nutrients).
Milk (including non-dairy versions like almond, soy, or oat milk) adds a creamy texture and can contribute additional protein and nutrients.
Coconut water is a refreshing choice that can help to hydrate and replenish electrolytes after a workout.
Fruit juice can add sweetness, acidity and an extra dimension of flavour as well as vitamins and minerals.
Remember, the key is to choose a liquid base that complements your other ingredients and aligns with your health objectives. Just be mindful of added sugars in some milk alternatives and fruit juices. Now we have the liquid part covered, let’s look at the other key ingredients in a healthy smoothie.
What are the best ingredients to put in a smoothie?
Fruits and berries
These are fundamentally the heart and soul of any good smoothie. They provide natural sweetness, vibrant colours, and a variety of textures. More importantly, they are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote a healthy body and mind. Whether fresh frozen, or powdered the possibilities are endless, allowing you to mix and match to create your perfect blend.
They may not be quite as appealing as fruit but they are loaded with fibre, which aids digestion, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They also offer particular plant nutrients that you won’t find in fruit, and of course, contain less sugar. Leafy greens like spinach or kale are a popular choice, but don’t shy away from adding other veggies like cucumber, carrot, or even beets for a refreshing twist.
Crucial for a balanced smoothie, proteins provide substantial satiety and aid muscle recovery, particularly after exercise. There are many ingredients you can add to a smoothie to boost the protein content. Here are just a few.
- Protein Powder: If you’re really looking to ramp up your protein intake, consider adding a scoop or two of protein powder. There are many options out there, including plant-based varieties like pea or hemp protein.
- Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt not only provides a hefty dose of protein but also contributes a creamy texture to your smoothie.
- Nut Butter: Whether it’s peanut, almond, or cashew, nut butter can add a delicious, protein-filled punch to your smoothie.
- Chia Seeds: These little seeds are not only a good source of protein but also packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids.
These are another vital component of a balanced smoothie. Here are some great ingredients you can add to your smoothie for a healthy fat boost. Many of them also include protein so you get two for the price of one, so to speak. Nuts and seeds are excellent examples of ingredients that provide a cross-spectrum of valuable nutrients. You may find our article on super seeds useful.
- Avocado: This creamy fruit is high in monounsaturated fats, which can help to reduce bad cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
- Flaxseeds: As well as protein, flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids.
- Chia seeds: Chia seeds are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Hemp seeds: These little seeds are rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and they’re also a great plant-based protein source.
- Coconut oil: It’s high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat that your body can absorb and use quickly.
- Almond butter: Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, and also provide a good dose of vitamin E. Choose an almond butter with no added sugars or oils for the healthiest option.
- Walnuts: Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation. They’re also rich in antioxidants.
Powdered Superfoods for a Superfood Smoothie
Most of the ingredients we have already talked about can be considered superfoods in their own right. Yet as powdered superfoods become more and more available, they deserve a special mention. Not only can they provide a super nutritional boost to your smoothies, but they are easy to blend and have the added benefit of a longer shelf life than fresh produce. You can find out more in our guide to superfood powders.
These can be used instead of or alongside fresh fruit. Use them to target specific nutrients, or to create interesting flavour combinations. Plus, they are super easy to use.
These are a really good way to add the nutritional benefits of vegetables, without altering the flavour profile of your smoothie too much. And not just greens, consider adding beetroot or carrot powders too.
These got a mention before, but they are an excellent way to boost the protein power of your smoothie.
These include all of the above yet there are some other ingredients that can give you an extra boost, such as cacao or maca powder.
And finally, here’s a bunch of ideas (see what we did there) for healthy smoothies.
Some of our Favourite Healthy Breakfast Smoothies
When it comes to healthy breakfast smoothies you want something that will fill you up and keep you going throughout the morning, and possibly even well into the afternoon. Oats are great, as is an extra protein boost as well as some healthy fats.
Banana Coffee Kick-starter: A smoothie perfect for those who want an early morning energy boost. Blend bananas with a shot of espresso, a splash of almond milk, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder.
Blueberry Muffin Smoothie: Capturing the flavours of a blueberry muffin, this smoothie includes blueberries, oats, almond milk, and a dash of vanilla extract. Sweeten with a little honey if desired.
Carrot Cake Smoothie: Create this dessert-like smoothie with fresh carrots, banana, almond milk, a touch of cinnamon, and a spoonful of vanilla protein powder. Top with walnuts for a crunchy finish.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie: For a hearty breakfast, blend oats, peanut butter, banana, and your choice of milk. This smoothie will keep you full and energized all morning.
Banana Oatmeal Smoothie: Ideal for a filling breakfast, this smoothie includes bananas, oats, and almond milk. A drizzle of honey will add a hint of sweetness.
Green Tea Smoothie: This smoothie combines the health benefits of green tea and spinach. Blend these with bananas and honey for a deliciously sweet and healthy drink.
More Banana Smoothie Ideas
Banana is the ideal base for any smoothie, with its sweet taste and creamy texture. There’s no wonder it is the most popular smoothie ingredient out there.
Tropical Banana Smoothie: Transport yourself to the tropics with this blend of banana, pineapple, and coconut milk. Add a squeeze of lime for a tangy twist.
Cinnamon Banana Smoothie: This smoothie is like a drinkable banana bread. Blend bananas with a touch of cinnamon, a dash of vanilla extract, and almond milk.
Banana Chocolate Smoothie: A healthy yet indulgent option, blend bananas with cacao powder and almond milk. Add a scoop of chocolate protein powder for extra protein.
More Green Smoothie Ideas
There’s no need to be scared of a green smoothie. When combined with clever ingredients, you won’t encounter the dreaded green sludge.
Green Goddess Smoothie: This smoothie is packed with nutrients from avocado, spinach, green apple, and almond milk. Sprinkle with chia seeds for a boost of fibre.
Zesty Green Smoothie: Blend lime, spinach, cucumber, and coconut water for a refreshing and zesty green smoothie that’s perfect for summer.
Minty Fresh Green Smoothie: Blend spinach, mint leaves, green apple, and almond milk for a refreshingly minty green smoothie. Add a dollop of yogurt for added creaminess.
More Peanut Butter Smoothie Ideas
Everybody loves peanut butter but don’t forget you can switch out any nut butter you like.
PB&J Smoothie: For a twist on a classic, blend together strawberries (or any of your favourite berries), peanut butter, and milk.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie: For a dessert-like option, blend natural peanut butter, banana, cacao powder, and your choice of milk.
Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie: Blend your favourite mixed berries, natural peanut butter, and almond milk for a fruity and nutty delight.
There you have it, an array of smoothie ideas that are as delicious as they are nutritious. Whether you’re a fan of fruity flavours, a green machine, or a peanut butter lover, there’s sure to be a smoothie for you. A healthy breakfast smoothie will set you up for the day, but smoothies are a usual addition to your nutritional arsenal any time of day.
Don’t forget to explore our full range of smoothie ingredients, available to order online right now. There’s even a bulk buy option for some great savings.
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There are many reasons you may want to boost your diet with super greens powders. But why are green vegetables just so good for you?
Are green powders healthy?
Green powders are an excellent way to boost your nutrient intake with the power of green vegetables. Designed as a nutritional supplement rather than an alternative, green powders are great for when you need extra nutrients in your diet or, for whatever reason, are finding it difficult to make your fruit and veg targets.
Why are green vegetables good for you?
Green vegetables are full of a pigment called chlorophyll. They also contain a whole host of other nutrients for very little calories which makes them some of the most nutrient dense foods around. Find out why green vegetables are some of the most super superfoods around.
What is chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants that helps them to convert sunlight into energy. For humans it acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. Generally, but not necessarily, the more green the vegetable the more chlorophyll it contains. That said, if you choose dark green vegetables to include in your diet, you can be sure of a good source of chlorophyll as well as plenty of other nutrients.
What are dark green vegetables?
All vegetables (and fruits) have some nutritional benefit, and the best health advice you can follow is to eat the rainbow. Quite simply this means to eat a wide range of fresh produce, choosing as many different varieties and colours as you can. Fruits and vegetables all contain pigments that give them their colour. These pigments are known as phytonutrients (or plant chemicals) and they are what makes this food category so unique, and so beneficial. The more colours you eat, the higher your intake of beneficial plant chemicals.
Dark green vegetables are a group of vegetables that share similar nutritional characteristics. Other vegetables that are green but do not share the same nutrient profile belong in a different group. Celery, for example. Or iceberg lettuce. These both contain vital nutrients, just different ones. Dark green vegetables may share similarities yet they each have something unique to offer. So within that rainbow, choose many varieties of each colour as well as individual colour groups.
Green leafy vegetables
Most dark green vegetables also come under the heading of leafy greens. There are salad greens, such as rocket and watercress. Then there are those such as kale and chard, which are generally cooked. Broccoli is related to kale, yet also to cauliflower. Some varieties of broccoli are more leafy than others. Baby spinach is seen primarily as a salad leaf, whilst mature spinach tends to need cooking.
Kale and spinach are both examples of leafy greens, and are pretty much nutritional royalty.
Is spinach good for you?
Yes, spinach is super good for you. Not only a good source of chlorophyll, it is packed with vitamins and minerals including over a dozen antioxidant flavonoid compounds to protect against heart disease and bolster your immune system. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K that is essential for blood clotting and maintaining healthy bones.
Is kale good for you?
Kale is also exceptionally good for you. Beyond giving that chlorophyll boost, kale is full of amazing nutrient properties. Did you know it contains a substance that can help to balance oestrogen? It also helps to protect bones with calcium and magnesium alongside vitamin K. Kale is also rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C.
How much protein in kale and spinach?
Whilst not protein powerhouses, kale and spinach do not do too badly in the protein stakes. We explore protein supplements in this post about protein powder.
How to use greens powder
Our spinach powder is an excellent way to boost your nutrient intake and ensure you are not missing out on healthy ingredients. This kale powder will also make sure you are getting the nutrients you need.
Simply stir into water, juice, milk or smoothies. You can also add to soups and stews, or even dips and salad dressings. They work particularly well with egg dishes such as scrambled egg or omelette.
How to make green powder taste better
It is true that greens powder can be fairly unpalatable. Luckily we wrote an entire post about green smoothies and how to make them taste nice.
Buy your greens powder online today, and take advantage of our bulk buy savings.
Think you are getting enough greens? Why not check out some of our veggie smoothie recipes.
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Bananas are one of the most used ingredients in smoothies, milkshakes and smoothie bowls. Their soft texture is instantly creamy and they have a sweet flavour that goes with everything.
You can make a banana smoothie with fresh or frozen banana or you can use a dehydrated banana powder for instant store-cupboard convenience.
We take a look at why bananas deserve superfood status, and the many ways you can use them in your smoothies.
Are bananas good for you?
Because of their sugar content bananas became a bit of a dirty word with the anti-carbohydrate crowd. Yet bananas contain both quick release sugars and slow release sugars so provide a great overall energy boost. Higher in calories than other fruits, they also provide more fat, more fibre and more protein.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium which is essential for controlling fluid balance and blood pressure. A natural prebiotic, they also contribute to gut health by feeding the good bacteria in your tummy. Bananas also contain antacids which are why they are so good for indigestion and soothing an upset stomach. A great beauty food, they contain antioxidant lutein that boosts skin elasticity and controls sebum levels. Ripe bananas have higher levels of antioxidants.
One medium banana provides, on average, 105kcal, 0.4g fat, 10g sugars, 3g fibre and 1.3g protein. It is rich in vitamin B6 and C, biotin, copper, manganese, potassium, fibre and lutein.
Basic banana smoothie recipe
A basic banana smoothie is made from milk (dairy or otherwise) and bananas. Fresh banana will thicken and sweeten, whilst frozen banana will thicken, cool and sweeten. The frozen banana will have a less pronounced sweetness and banana flavour because the cold dulls the senses a little. Banana powder will not thicken, but it will flavour and sweeten. It also contains all the nutritional value of a fresh banana.
For a basic banana smoothie
1 cup milk
1 banana, frozen or fresh
1 tbsp banana powder
Banana powder, and other powders, are useful if you don’t have a blender. Just put the ingredients in a shaker and shake to blend. Or put them in a bowl and whisk together. Other ingredients such as peanut butter, vanilla extract, or seeds and grains such as oats or chia, can also be added without a blender.
Make your banana smoothie more interesting by adding…
Add fresh, frozen or powdered mango to your smoothie. Not only will it add extra tropical flavour, but is also full of antioxidant beta-carotene and vitamin C. Mango is also full of fibre and a good-for-your-gut prebiotic.
Adding a nut butter such as peanut butter to your banana smoothie will add a lovely creamy nutty texture and salty flavour. Nuts are high in essential fatty acids and are super good for your skin.
Berries bring additional fruity flavour and you can add them in fresh, frozen or powdered form. Full of antioxidant plant power, berries are immune boosting, inflammatory fighting superfoods.
A few tablespoons of oats added to your smoothies will help to thicken and add extra creamy texture. Oats will slow down the release of blood sugars and lower LDL cholesterol levels. They also add as a natural sedative. Oats are the original comfort food.
Protein powder will help to thicken your smoothies and help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Choose dairy or non-dairy but the nutrient values will differ.
Maca powder has a unique malty flavour that goes particularly well with bananas and milk. It is a powerful adaptogen that helps to balance stress and hormones as well as enhancing energy.
Chia seeds will help to thicken your smoothie and boost the levels of essential fatty acids and protein. Leave it to stand once mixed in order for the chia seeds to swell.
Cacao, the raw form of chocolate, goes well with banana and turns your banana smoothie or shake into chocolate heaven. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is raw as the flavour is actually less bitter than cocoa powder. Or you could add cacao nibs for crunchy texture. Either way you get a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants.
You can add extra sweetness with a spoonful of honey, or add an interesting crunch with bee pollen. Both have a range of natural nutrients than can only enhance the quality of your smoothie.
Vanilla adds a comforting sweetness to anything, especially banana. Use good quality extract. Freshly grated nutmeg also gives a comforting sweetness to the milk/banana combo.
You could choose just one of these elements to make your banana smoothie more interesting, or combine a few. The variations become endless.
Hard root veg such as beetroot and carrots can be notoriously difficult to blend into smoothies and generally require roasting first if you want them to blend in smoothly. Yet a veggie smoothie is the ideal way to harness the power of vegetables and benefit from all of those unique nutrients.
So what’s the answer? We think that vegetable powders are the ideal solution and that making easy veggie smoothies is the best way to make use of these handy pantry ingredients.
What is the benefit of a veggie smoothie?
If it is a difficult thing to make, why bother with a veggie smoothie at all? Why not stick to fruit? It tastes nicer anyway.
Because of their lower sugar content, vegetables are considered to be more nutrient dense than fruit. And the same principles as drinking smoothies in general applies – you can fit more goodness in a glass than on a plate. And let’s face it, how many of us are preparing vegetables like beetroot on a daily basis?
Beetroot and carrots are packed with beneficial nutrients, but they can be hard to break down in a smoothie without roasting first. Yet they deliver so many vital nutrients it would be a shame to miss out.
Rich in beta-carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A, carrots promote eye health. High in fibre, they also fill us up and help stave off hunger for longer. Carrots also contain silicon, for beautiful skin and nails.
Beetroots contain a unique group of antioxidants called betacyanins, that support the liver, improve circulation and purify the blood. An anti-diabetic compound known as choline can help regulate blood sugar levels. Beetroot juice is also known to lower blood pressure soon after drinking it.
Make use of dehydrated vegetable powders to add the power of fresh raw vegetables to your smoothies. As these powders are so concentrated, we recommend that you use the powders as a boost to other ingredients to give plenty of texture. Try the recipes below as a starting point.
Recipe for a simple carrot based veggie smoothie
For 1 x 8oz serving
1 cup orange juice 1 cup frozen mango chunks 1 tablespoon goji berries 2 teaspoons carrot powder 1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
- Blitz in a blender until smooth.
Recipe for a simple beetroot based veggie smoothie
For 1 x 8oz serving
1 cup pomegranate juice 1 cup frozen berries 1 tablespoon acai powder 2 teaspoons beetroot powder 1 tablespoon LSA mix
- Blitz in a blender until smooth.
Making a healthy smoothie for kids is more about increasing their fruit and vegetable intake than boosting with superfood nutrients. When we make smoothie recipes for adults, yes it is about getting in lots of the good stuff, but we also try to make every calorie count with nutrient boosts such as maca or goji.
Here we take some simple ingredients, and maybe a few hidden veg, to make some delicious child-friendly smoothies. Perfect for morning or afternoon snack time to keep energy levels up and little brains ticking.
Secret greens smoothie recipe
Sharp kiwi and mild sweet pear act as the perfect foil for the green goodness of spinach. You could use milk as the base to create a milder creamier smoothie, or just stick to water. You could use apple juice but that will up the sugar content for little teeth. Feel free to use fresh, frozen or canned pear; frozen will give a thicker, more frosted texture. You can add more or less liquid according to your child’s preference. Instead of fresh spinach, you could substitute with a half teaspoon of our spinach powder. Straight from the pantry, it is an easy way to sneak in those hidden veggies.
Makes 2 x 4oz servings
1 cup water or milk
1 cup pear chunks, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup baby spinach leaf
1/4 cup chopped kiwi fruit
- Add to a blender and blitz until smooth
Tropical treat healthy smoothie for kids
Kids seem to love mango. Maybe its the sweet fruity flavour or maybe its that thick slippery texture. Whatever the story, it is all good news as mango is packed with vitamin C and other healthy goodies. You can hide a bit of carrot in here for extra veg; use juice or substitute with half a teaspoon of carrot powder. Again, feel free to use fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and adjust the consistency to your child’s taste.
Makes 2 x 4oz servings
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup mango chunks, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup carrot juice
- Add to a blender and blitz until smooth
Peach melba shake smoothie recipe
By using more milk to fruit, and even a spoonful of whey protein powder, you create more of a shake than a smoothie. Using frozen fruit will give a thick shake effect, like a burger shake made with ice cream. For a quick storecupboard fix you could use our fruit powder; substitute about a teaspoon of either the berries or the peach. If you wanted to use both powders, add more banana for texture.
Makes 2 x 4oz servings
1 1/2 cup of milk
2 teaspoons whey protein powder
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen peaches
- Add to a blender and blitz until smooth
To sum up, it is easy to get more fruit (and even veg) into kids and set them up with good habits for life.
This breakfast healthy smoothie recipe is ready in minutes and can even be made using only store cupboard ingredients.
A thick and satisfying smoothie makes the perfect breakfast, quick to make and easy to digest it gives you everything you need in one delicious go.
So why not start your day the right way with all the nutrients you need to be at your best.
Breakfast healthy smoothie recipe
Easy to drink, and easy to digest, this breakfast smoothie will fill you up and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Made with milk as a base, it is up to you whether you go dairy or non-dairy. With added protein powder for a creamier texture and extra amino acids, again you can choose whether to go dairy or plant-based. Banana is the ideal fruit for breakfast, particularly in a smoothie where it blends into creamy sweetness. Not just about flavour though, banana packs a punch in the nutrient department with resistant starch for blood sugar control and plenty of heart-healthy potassium. Oats deliver that all important carbohydrate energy, but in the slow-release form of beta-glucan.
Throw in some maca powder for its magical powers and add in a dash of flax for fibre. By the way, did you know that both of these superfoods helps to balance hormones? Yeap. And that is just as relevant for men as it is for women.
To make this recipe you will need…
2 cups milk, dairy or non-dairy
1 banana, frozen in chunks or 1 tbsp banana powder
1/3 cup oats
1 tbsp maca powder
1/4 cup raw almonds
1 tbsp flax powder or LSA mix
For the garnish
Drizzle of honey
1 tbsp bee pollen
And now for the method…
There’s only 3 steps.
- Garnish with bee pollen and a drizzle of honey
One of the best ingredients for a smoothie, kombucha is an excellent way to bring an interesting twist to your smoothies and acai bowls.
Kombucha is said to offer many health benefits whilst the fizzy texture and sweet sour flavours can bring endless interest to your smoothie recipes.
A mildly fizzy sweet/sour drink made from fermented tea, kombucha is brewed by adding a live culture, known as a scoby, to sweetened tea. A live mixture of bacteria and yeasts, this converts the sugar into a very small amount of ethanol and acetic acid. This accounts for the slightly vinegary taste. People have been drinking fermented tea for thousands of years and it is through increased interest in gut health that we are seeing a revival.
What are the health benefits of using kombucha as a smoothie ingredient?
Kombucha is one of the best ingredients for a smoothie for digestion because kombucha is an excellent source of probiotics. Live organisms that can improve digestion, probiotics help to balance the gut flora. Made from green or black tea, kombucha is also full of the antioxidant benefits these teas provide.
How can I use kombucha as an interesting ingredient in my smoothies?
Kombucha adds interest in the form of fizz. It also brings a sweet yet sharp taste. It makes an excellent alternative to water, juice or milks as a base. When added before blending, the result will not be fizzy but the bubbles form a nice cappuccino style froth on the top. Poured in as a top-up after blending, kombucha adds a nice fizzy edge. Try mixing fruit powders straight into kombucha for a quick nutrient boost.
Because kombucha comes in a range of flavours, you can make interesting combinations. Try mixing peach and goji powders with mango flavoured kombucha. Or add acai powder to apple and pomegranate. In the recipe below we use ginger kombucha alongside fresh ginger. Ginger is also know for its digestive properties so its a double whammy.
Recipe for pineapple and ginger kombucha smoothie
A refreshing blend of pineapple, lime and ginger with a hint of mint. Boosted with goji berries for extra antioxidant action, and enlived with the pep of ginger kombucha.
Makes 2 x 150ml servings, or 1 x 300ml serving
1 cup frozen pineapple 1 inch peeled fresh ginger 1 teaspoon lime zest 1 cup ginger kombucha 1 teaspoon goji powder 2 sprigs fresh mint
- Blitz all of the ingredients in a blender and serve.
If you haven’t tried using kombucha in your healthy smoothies and shakes, why not give it a go?
There isn’t always time to mess about with chopping boards and blenders so we created five of the best recipes for smoothies that you won’t need to chop or blend.
Some ingredients, such as maca or hemp powder, blend into liquid less readily than others so a few of the recipes require a jug and a wire whisk. Fruit and vegetable powders blend far more easily, so they need nothing more than a spoon and a glass.
Thickening ingredients such as protein powders, chia or oats may be used to create a thicker or creamier texture.
Five of the best recipes for smoothies
Banana, maca, almond butter no-blend smoothie recipe
A creamy blend of milk, oats and banana powder with added maca powder for hormone balance. Enriched with a spoon of almond butter and garnished with crunchy sweet bee pollen.
200ml oat milk
1 tbsp banana powder
2 tbsp quick porridge oats
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp almond butter
Drizzle of honey
Scatter of bee pollen
- Whisk all of the ingredients, except the bee pollen, together in a jug using a wire whisk.
- Pour into a glass and garnish with the bee pollen.
- If you wish, allow the smoothie to stand for 20 minutes to soften the oats to a creamier texture.
Pomegranate, berries, and acai no-blend smoothie recipe
More of a boosted juice than an actual smoothie this will however provide a blast of antioxidant berries and sharpen the senses with its zingy flavours.
200ml pomegranate juice
1 tbsp mixed berry powder
1 tbsp acai powder
- Stir all of the ingredients together until blended.
Cacao, date and chia no-blend smoothie recipe
Calming cacao provides energy and boosts your mood, with a touch of sweetness from date syrup, and chia to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp date syrup
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a jug using a wire whisk.
- Pour into a glass and, if preferred, stand for 20 minutes to allow the chia to thicken.
Kombucha, mango and goji no-blend smoothie recipe
Fizzy and fruity, this no-blend smoothie is full of anti-oxidant power. Kombucha brings its unique flavours and gut healing qualities to the glass.
200ml kombucha, flavour of your choice
2 tbsp mango powder
1 tbsp goji powder
- Stir the powders into the kombucha until smooth.
Apple, hemp and greens no-blend smoothie recipe
Sweet apple juice takes the edge off the green flavours whilst hemp adds texture and protein.
200ml pressed apple juice
2 tsp spinach powder
1 tbsp hemp powder
- Whisk all of the ingredients together using a wire whisk.
- Pour over ice to serve.
We hope you try these no-blend recipes for yourself and see how easy it can be to make the most of fruit and vegetable powders.
Fresh ginger is a powerful ingredient, one that in the quest for optimal nutrition you will want to include in your repertoire of superfood smoothie ingredients.
A powerful antioxidant, in recent years ginger has been somewhat eclipsed by its carotene cousin turmeric. But ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years and can help with everything from fighting the common cold to controlling blood sugar.
One of the best ways to benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger is to pack it into juices and smoothies. A one-a-day must, especially in the winter months, ginger shots are a handy way to make the most of ginger. Boosted with superfood powders, simply stirred in, they are an essential addition to your nutritional arsenal.
Essential smoothie ingredients – ginger
Making a range of healthy ginger shots is quick and easy. It is up to you whether you choose to juice your ginger, or blitz it in a blender; we use a blender and trap the inevitable fibres in a sieve. There are so many flavours you could add to your ginger shots, all with additional nutritional benefits of their own, but we have used apple, lemon and pomegranate respectively. Boost the recipes with additional superfood powders, to make a green shot for instance. A quick way to get your daily dose of superfoods.
Three easy ginger shot recipes
To make 3 x 60ml ginger shots you will first need to make a batch of ginger juice. Once the pulp is sieved away you can then stir in additional juices, plus superfood boosters if you wish.
To prepare the ginger juice in a blender, blitz 200g peeled ginger together with 120 ml water. Press the resulting liquid through a sieve (use the pulp in stir fries and other dishes; it may not be as potent but still a good source of flavour and fibre). You should yield 120ml ginger juice. Clearly you can make more if you wish, to prepare an infinite number of shots, but do bear in mind that after 48 hours the quality of your juice will begin to deteriorate.
Ginger and apple shot
- Add 20ml pressed apple juice to 40ml ginger juice and stir/shake to combine.
Superboost bonus – add 1/2 teaspoon green powder such as kale or spinach
Ginger and lemon shot
- Stir 20ml fresh lemon juice into 40ml ginger juice.
Superboost bonus – add 1/2 teaspoon carrot powder
Ginger and pomegranate shot
- Combine 20ml fresh pomegranate juice with 40ml ginger juice.
Superboost bonus – add 1/2 teaspoon acai powder
So, three easy ginger shots to start you off on your ginger shot journey to optimised health. Try all three, and see what variations of your own you can come up with…
Although a smoothie made in a blender is a beautiful thing, there are times when you really need your smoothie recipes to be more grab and go. With a wide range of powders beyond the protein variety now available, it is perfectly possible to make all kinds of smoothies straight in the shaker or glass.
Let us talk you through the process so that you can create your own no blend smoothie recipes at home.
Step by step smoothie recipes straight from your pantry
When creating blender smoothie recipes you make a series of decisions. When making smoothies without a blender you follow this same procedure yet think a little more carefully about how those ingredients will blend together by stirring of shaking. Consider what you want from your smoothie; do you want a refreshing fruity drink or something creamy and full of protein? Many superfood powders such as maca or hemp have quite strong flavours that blend best in sweet creamy concoctions, whilst fruit powders and berries such as acai or goji are well suited to the less creamy sharper end of the spectrum.
Step 1 – Choose your liquid
Depending on the overall result you want to achieve, there are so many options available to you. On the heavier milky side, you have the obvious choice between dairy or non-dairy. Non dairy milks tend to have a thicker texture so will affect the end consistency of your smoothie recipes. Coconut milk out of the can is the creamiest thickest option, and the full coconut flavour it brings can be quite decadent. You could also consider kefir, or just plain old yoghurt thinned down with milk or water.
On the non-creamy side think kombucha, cold teas, or fruit juice. Or even just water.
Here, we chose dairy cow milk.
Step 2 – Choose your fruit or vegetable powders
Again, you will have some idea of where you are going based on those original decisions. Because here we have taken the creamy route, we chose banana powder. There is absolutely nothing to stop you mixing any fruit or vegetable powder with a creamy liquid of course. Vegetable powders would go particularly well with yoghurt or kefir for example. And berries go beautifully with coconut milk. Mmm peaches and cream…
Step 3 – Choose your superfoods
Not that fruits and vegetables aren’t the original superfoods, but we are talking about all those little extras now available to us. Some superfood powders need a milky creamy base to taste their best. Maca, for instance, can be overpowering, but in a thick creamy banana shake it lends a hint of malty goodness. Hemp has a distinct flavour that can be almost grassy. Cacao goes with most things, but sits particularly well in creamier concoctions. Goji powder and acai powder are deeply fruity and acidic, so go particularly well with fruit juices, teas and kombucha. Don’t forget that making great smoothie recipes is all about flavour. Chugging something down just because it is good for is not the aim here at all. So, superfood powders. We chose cacao, maca, and hemp to go with our banana and milk.
Step 4 – Choose any sweeteners and additional flavours
You may need to sweeten your smoothie to suit personal taste or simply to bring the best out in all the flavours. Maybe you want a specific flavour like mint, or rosewater. Maybe you want to bring in a bit of texture with a nut butter. Keep sweetener to a minimum to hold on to nutrient value and keep excess calories to a minimum, and choose all natural extracts.
Here we added a teaspoon of date syrup for sweetness, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Step 5 – shake or stir
That’s it. Shake or stir it all together until well blended.
Pour over ice. You could pour it through a strainer to get rid of any small lumps of powder that did not so mix so well.
Add a garnish if you wish. Here we added a boost with cacao nibs and bee pollen. A bit of texture and some extra nutritional benefit.
We hope you learned from this post how easy it can be to think a little differently and make some fantastic smoothie recipes without the mess or fuss of a blender.