A blended breakfast, snack or even treat is a great, fast way to get your full helpings of fruits and veggies in without feeling famished. Whether you are replacing meals or simply enjoying a refreshing beverage, the art of making smoothies is straightforward, yet versatile. In addition to your average strawberry and banana-based concoctions, try some of these ingredients to dress up your smoothie! On the go? Put a TrackR on your reuseable cantena to avoid leaving it at home or in the work place!
Mint. Mint can be added to just about any flavor of smoothie. You only need a pinch to give your drink an extra sweet finish. Mint is also easy to maintain as a home-grown option. Grow it in the shade with a daily dose of water and you will always have your smoothie-topper on hand!
Beets. Beets are densely packed with vitamins, act as a detox and cleansing product for your liver and lower your blood pressure. Why wouldn’t you want to ingest this root vegetable? beets give a great, complimentary taste to sweet fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots. Blend them up and enjoy!
Honeydew. This may not be in your normal grab-n-go smoothie bank, but this is a great fruit that needs little company in order to provide you with a great tasting drink. It blends nicely and leaves a refreshing aftertaste. Bonus tip - add almonds or almond milk with the honeydew - yum!
Dates. Chop up some pitted dates to add a powerful, tasty blast to your smoothie. These healthy additions taste great with other often overtly powerful fruits and vegetables, like bananas.
Ginger. Like mint, ginger is a great finishing touch to your blended beverage. You don’t need more than a pinch for it to go a long way. Ginger goes great with other citrus-based ingredients, like lemon, lime and apples. Add honey for a savory offset too.
Maple Syrup. This can up the sugar intake a bit, but a little bit of this ingredient goes a long way. Add a couple drops of maple syrup to smoothies that have berries or cherries for that right bit of sweetness. Topping it all off with a pinch of cinnamon is a great finale to this mix as well!
Jalapeno. This spicy flavoring isn’t for everyone, but it can take your average smoothie to new heights. You don’t need more than one seeded jalapeno to give flavor to your drink. Combine it with lighter, cooler tasting ingredients (like mint, lime and cilantro) for a spicy, but smooth mixture.