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Everything You Need To Know About Smoothie Powders

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Calling all smoothie lovers. Maybe you looking to supercharge your smoothies with an extra dose of nutrition? Or perhaps you just want something a little easier and more convenient. Today, we’re exploring the ins and outs of smoothie powders. They can be a game-changer for your health regime and are incredibly easy to use.

What Does Smoothie Powder Do?

There are three main types of smoothie powder. There are those that replace the main ingredients of your smoothie. So, fruit powders, vegetable powders, or maybe protein powders. Then there are those that boost the nutrient content of your smoothie a little bit more. Things like maca powder, or ground flax. Finally, there are commercially prepared blends that include most (or all) of these in a single mix.

All of these are made from dehydrated ingredients that you simply reconstitute with a liquid. Usually water. The easiest and most convenient way is simply to stir or shake them, but you can also give them a quick whiz in a blender for totally smooth results.

Are Smoothie Powders Good For You?

But are smoothie powders good for you? Whilst we are all for what’s quick and easy, what about nutrition?

It turns out that they come with a pretty impressive set of creds on the nutrition front. Obviously, each one has a completely different profile from the next, but overall they can be a fantastic addition to your diet, especially if you struggle with getting enough fruits, veggies, or protein.

Yet, as with most things, the key is choosing the right ones and using them correctly.

Nutrients in smoothie powders

Vitamins and minerals

Fruit and vegetable powders are rich in essential vitamins and minerals that support overall health. You might find everything from Vitamin A for eye health to magnesium for muscle function. Whilst it is true that many vitamins, such as C, can degrade during processing and storage, the fact remains that most fruit and vegetable powders are rich and concentrated sources of most of the key nutrients found within the fresh produce itself.

Protein: essential amino acids

Protein powders, both vegan and dairy, offer a convenient way to increase your daily protein intake which is crucial for muscle repair and growth.

When you scoop into a jar of protein powder, what you’re getting is a concentrated dose of protein that’s been extracted and processed from its source—be it whey from milk, peas for the plant-based folks, or even crickets for the adventurous eaters among us (yes, that’s a thing!). But it’s not just about packing in the protein at the gym, these powders are for anyone needing a quick protein pick-me-up.

Fibre: insoluble and soluble

Whilst most smoothie powders boast that they contain plenty of fibre, which is great, it has already been broken down for you which means your body won’t have to do the work. In terms of soluble fibre this is not a problem, but when it comes to the indigestible fibre found in whole plants, the body does benefit from doing the work itself. Whilst this is by no means a downside, just be sure to include fresh wholefoods in your diet as well.

Fatty acids: Omega-3s and more

These powerful nutrients, known for their anti-inflammatory properties, are essential for heart health, brain function, and overall well-being. Some powders include flaxseed, chia seeds, or hemp, which are all excellent plant-based sources of Omega-3s. Getting enough Omega-3s in your diet can be tricky, especially if you’re not a fan of fish or are following a plant-based lifestyle.

Our top tip: While smoothie powders can amp up your nutrient intake, remember to check the labels for added sugars or artificial ingredients – your body will thank you for it! And don’t forget to include whole natural foods in your diet too.

What is the healthiest powder to add to a smoothie?

The healthiest powder to put in a smoothie depends on your own individual nutritional needs. Discovering a range of powders that, when put together, provide the balance of nutrients you need is far more effective than isolating one single powder or superfood.

That said, there are some single superfood powders that come with an impressive nutritional profile. Here are just a few.

Maca powder

Maca is largely revered as an adaptogen, a natural substance believed to help the body adapt to stress and promote balance and overall well-being. It is also well known for its potential in maintaining hormonal balance, making it a popular choice for those looking to align their endocrine system naturally.

Find out more in our article ‘maca; the superfood you need in your diet’

Goji berry powder

Goji berries contain ten times more antioxidants than blueberries, and are one of few fruits rich in fatty acids. Know in Chinese Traditional Medicine as the longevity fruit, goji berries are rich in plant chemicals that support eye health, improve memory, and aid restful sleep.

Cacao powder

Cacao is also rich in powerful antioxidants, as well as containing a staggering range of nutrients.

Not only is it loaded with antioxidants that fight off free radicals, but it’s also brimming with minerals like magnesium, which is great for your heart and brain. Plus, it has more calcium per gram than cow’s milk, making it a delicious option for bone health. And let’s not forget the mood-enhancing effects of cacao—thanks to the natural compounds that release feel-good hormones, adding a scoop of this decadent powder to your blend can actually make you feel happier. We call that a winner.

The Benefits of Smoothie Powders

The benefits of smoothie powders go beyond the simply nutritional.


Just scoop, blend, and go! Smoothie powders simplify the process of getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals, especially on those busy mornings.


Whether you’re craving something sweet, looking to boost your protein intake, or wanting a refreshing drink, there’s a smoothie powder out there to help you crush those goals.


These powders have a longer shelf life than fresh produce and don’t require any refrigeration, which means less waste and more bang for your buck.


Mix and match to create personalized blends that cater to your taste preferences and nutritional needs.


They’re perfect for people on the move. Pack some powder, find water, and you’ve got a nutrient-rich snack wherever you are.

Nutrient dense

And of course, as we have already seen, they’re concentrated sources of nutrients. With a single scoop, you’re often getting the equivalent nutritional benefits of multiple servings of fruits or vegetables.

To wrap it up, smoothie powders are simply about blending convenience with health. Quite literally.

We’ve got loads of super smoothie ingredients available to buy online, including all these smoothie powders that we have been talking about.

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Boost your Brekkie: 8 Awesome Smoothie Bowl Toppings

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What is a Smoothie Bowl?

Similar to an acai bowl, a smoothie bowl is a thicker, spoonable version of a regular smoothie. It is usually made with frozen fruits and vegetables, along with some liquid such as milk or juice. Served in a bowl, this thick, ice-cold base is the starting point for any number of toppings that not only boost the nutrient content but add contrasting tastes and textures.

Not only are they visually appealing and Insta-worthy, but smoothie bowls also offer a convenient way to maximise your nutritional intake at the start of the day. Or any time of day really.

So now that is out of the way, the next obvious question involves toppings for your smoothie bowls.

Our Favourite Toppings for Smoothie Bowls

Toppings add taste and texture to your smoothie bowl, as well as that all-important nutrient boost. You can pretty much put anything on there but here are a few of our favourites that are as nutritious as they are delicious.

Topping 1: Fruit Powder

Fruit powder is a game changer when it comes to smoothie bowl toppings. Made by simply dehydrating fruits and grinding them into a fine powder, it packs all the flavour of fresh fruit, but in a storage-friendly form. From tangy berries to tropical mango, fruit powder not only adds a vibrant color to your smoothie bowl, but also a concentrated punch of vitamins, antioxidants, and natural sweetness.

Try our range our fruit powders

Topping 2: Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are tiny nutrition bombs that make a great topping for your smoothie bowl. Despite their small size, they’re packed with dietary fibre, protein, and a load of essential minerals. Not only do they add a satisfying crunch to your bowl, but when soaked in liquid (like milk or yogurt), they form a gel-like consistency for an extra creamy texture. Try using both for an interesting contrast.

Our black chia seeds are organic

Topping 3: Black Sesame

Black sesame seeds are the grown-up sophisticated cousin of your standard white sesame seeds. They have a slightly different flavour profile, with a nutty and slightly bitter taste. They also contain a higher level of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Plus, the colour is great and can be used to striking effect. Think two-tone, rather than a riot of colour.

These black sesame seeds will boost your bowl

Topping 4: Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs are the perfect topping for those who want to indulge their chocolate cravings more healthily. Essentially they are pieces of cacao beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks, and broken into smaller bits. They taste like dark chocolate but with a raw, more intense flavour and a satisfyingly crunchy texture. Cacao nibs are loaded with fibre, protein, and beneficial compounds like flavonoids.

Try these organic cacao nibs for an antioxidant boost

Topping 5: Dried Fruit

Dried fruit offers yet another textural contrast, bringing an almost candy-like chew. With all the sharp sweetness of fruit, in a concentrated flavour, they are also a longer-lasting store-cupboard-friendly option. As much as we love raisins, we are thinking along the more interesting lines of sharp sour cherries or tangy blueberries.

Try these organic dried cherries

Topping 6: Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds aren’t about to win the pretty prize, but what they lack in insta-friendly colour they make up for in nutritional heft. They are a powerhouse of proteins and healthy fats, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and they also serve as a rich source of dietary fibre and essential vitamins and minerals.

Our organic hemp seeds are hulled for better nutrient release

Topping 7: Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, bring a delightful crunch to your smoothie bowl. These tiny seeds are packed with protein, fibre, and a variety of essential minerals such as magnesium, iron, and zinc. They have a subtly sweet and nutty flavour, which pairs well with virtually any combination of smoothie bowl ingredients. Beyond their taste and nutritional benefits, their vibrant green colour will brighten your bowl, for an aesthetically pleasing and incredibly healthy topping.

Try these special variety Styrian hull-less pumpkin seeds for an easier eat

Topping 8: Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is a fantastic addition to your arsenal of smoothie bowl toppings. This natural byproduct of the beekeeping process is nutrient-rich, and filled with proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It has a mildly sweet yet floral taste that compliments a variety of fruits and other toppings. Prized for its potential health benefits, bee pollen may help to boost immunity and reduce inflammation. But remember, a little goes a long way; just a sprinkle of these golden granules is enough to give your smoothie bowl a nutritional and flavorful boost.

Our great-tasting raw Australian bee pollen

Basic Healthy Smoothie Bowl Recipe

More of a template than an exact recipe, this will help you get to grips with the basics and also act as a blueprint for endless creations of your own.

  1. Choose Your Base: Start by selecting your base ingredients. This could be a selection of your favourite fruits, like bananas, frozen berries, or mangoes. You will need some kind of liquid to help it along, but not as much as a traditional smoothie.
  2. Blend: Add your base ingredients to a blender. Blend until you achieve a smooth, even consistency. The mixture should be thicker than a traditional smoothie, allowing it to hold up your toppings.
  3. Pour and Spread: Pour your smoothie mixture into a bowl and spread it out evenly.
  4. Garnish with Toppings: Now comes the fun part. Use an assortment of seeds, nuts, fruits, granola or even bee pollen. Try to include a range of colours and textures to make your bowl aesthetically pleasing.
  5. Serve Immediately: Smoothie bowls need to be enjoyed right away. Grab a spoon and dive in!

Smoothie Bowl Ideas

Tropical Bliss Mango Smoothie Bowl

Blitz a base of ripe banana, frozen pineapple, and mango powder and top with shredded coconut and chia seeds.

Black Sesame Smoothie Bowl

Start with a base of frozen bananas and a spoonful of black sesame seeds, blended to a creamy consistency. A dash of almond milk will make your base smoother and infuse a subtle nutty flavour. For the toppings, add a sprinkle of black and white sesame seeds and a drizzle of honey. Super simple and let that star ingredient shine.

Chocolate Lover’s Smoothie Bowl

Begin with a base of ripe banana and a heaping spoonful of nut butter. Add a dash of milk and 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder and blend. Top with crunchy cacao nibs and a handful of fresh raspberries.

Berry Chia Smoothie Bowl

Make a base of blueberries and frozen banana with a splash of any milk. Top with a handful of granola, some more blueberries, and a generous sprinkle of chia seeds.

Cherry-Nut Smoothie Bowl

For the base, blend frozen banana, a handful of dried cherries, and a splash of milk. Top with a sprinkle of chopped almonds, a few more dried cherries, and a dollop of Greek yoghurt.

Detox Green Smoothie Bowl

For the base, blend a ripe banana, a chopped kiwi fruit, a handful of spinach leaves, a few kale leaves, and a splash of almond milk. Top with a generous amount of hemp seeds, and a few more slices of kiwi.

Autumn Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl

Start with a base of frozen bananas and a small pumpkin, peeled and cubed. Add a dash of almond milk for a smoother texture and blend until creamy. Stir in a spoonful of honey for a hint of natural sweetness. Sprinkle raw pumpkin seeds, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and a dash of cinnamon.

Bee Pollen Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Make a base of frozen banana, oats and oat milk. Drizzle with honey, top with Greek yoghurt, and a good scatter of bee pollen.

We have seen that from chocolate lovers to detox enthusiasts, there’s a bowl for everyone. Experiment with ideas for bases and toppings, mix and match ingredients as per your liking, and you’ll discover that breakfast can indeed be the most exciting meal of the day. Remember, the key to great breakfast smoothie bowls is using high-quality, fresh ingredients and finishing them with your favourite toppings.

Our top tip for the perfect smoothie bowl? Allow your frozen fruit like banana or pineapple to defrost slightly before blending. This will make it easier to blitz, and save your blender motor!

Explore our full range of superfood ingredients for your smoothie bowl.

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Make the Perfect Healthy Smoothie: What to Include and Why

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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.

Healthy Fats

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.

Fruit 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.

Explore our range of fruit powders

Greens powders

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.

Explore our range of vegetable powders

Protein powders

These got a mention before, but they are an excellent way to boost the protein power of your smoothie.

Explore our range of protein powders

Superfood powders

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.

Here’s some other smoothie ingredients you may like

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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Boosting your diet with super greens powders

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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Ten different ways you can make a banana smoothie more interesting

Banana smoothie recipe

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

How to make a banana smoothie

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.

Nut butter

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

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

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.


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How to get an easy nutrient boost with some simple veggie smoothie recipes

veggie smoothies

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

veggie smoothie carrot

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
  1. Blitz in a blender until smooth.

Recipe for a simple beetroot based veggie smoothie

veggie smoothie beetroot

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
  1. Blitz in a blender until smooth.

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Make a healthy smoothie for kids with these three great recipes

healthy smoothie for kids

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.

green healthy smoothie for kids

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

  1. 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.

mango healthy smoothie for kids

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

  1. 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.

peach melba healthy smoothie for kids

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

1/2 banana

  1. 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.


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Breakfast healthy smoothie recipe. Get the best possible start to your day!

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

breakfast healthy smoothie

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…

Ingredients for a breakfast healthy smoothie

2 cups milk, dairy or non-dairy

1 banana, frozen in chunks or 1 tbsp banana powder

1/3 cup oats

3 tbsp whey concentrate or vegan protein powder

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.

  1. Blitz
  2. Pour
  3. Garnish with bee pollen and a drizzle of honey


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Why kombucha is one of the best ingredients for a smoothie

Why kombucha is one of the best ingredients for a smoothie

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. 

Why kombucha is one of the best ingredients for a smoothie

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
  1. 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?


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Five of the best recipes for smoothies that you won’t need to chop or blend

Five of the best recipes for smoothies

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. 

banana no blend best recipes for smoothies

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

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients, except the bee pollen, together in a jug using a wire whisk.
  2. Pour into a glass and garnish with the bee pollen.
  3. 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.

pomegranate no blend best recipes for smoothies

200ml pomegranate juice

1 tbsp mixed berry powder

1 tbsp acai powder

  1. 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.

cacao no blend best recipes for smoothies

200ml milk

2 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp date syrup

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a jug using a wire whisk.
  2. 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.

mango no blend best recipes for smoothies

200ml kombucha, flavour of your choice

2 tbsp mango powder

1 tbsp goji powder

  1. 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.

greens no blend best recipes for smoothies

200ml pressed apple juice

2 tsp spinach powder

1 tbsp hemp powder

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together using a wire whisk.
  2. 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.

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