Healthy Smoothie Ideas To Spice Up Your Blender

Healthy Smoothie Ideas To Spice Up Your Blender
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.


I love making my own smoothies because it’s so fun to play with different flavor combinations, and add various little bits of extra healthiness.

I also love getting smoothies when I’m out, but they can be expensive and sometimes involve syrups rather than just pure fresh fruit.

There are some components to a good smoothie, and if you think of the various potential ingredients in categories it can give you a base from which to experiment.


  • Banana – thick, creamy texture plus sweetness (try it frozen!)
  • Avocado – thick, creamy texture but no sweetness
  • Berries – any kind, lots of flavor, antioxidants and vitamins
  • Melons, peaches, nectarines, papaya – great texture and flavor
  • Apples, pears – may want a high powered blender to make sure it gets smooth
  • Grapes, kiwi – lovely green color to go with greens
  • Pineapple – acidity can balance flavor of bitter greens (try it frozen)
  • Dates – intense sweetness

Fresh Greens

  • Alfalfa or clover sprouts – mild flavor, soft texture, blend in well
  • Lettuce or spinach – fairly mild flavor, easy to find
  • Kale, chard, collards, bok choy – may take a high powered blender to get smooth enough
  • Fresh herbs (mint, parsley, basil) – really tasty in the right combinations (basil and blueberry is one of my favorites)

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  • Flax, chia or hemp – omega-3 boost, flax and chia can create gelatinous texture if you leave it to sit, hemp is soft so it’s easy to blend in
  • Peanut butter – or almond or any other nut/seed butter
  • Rolled oats – makes smoothie more filling and gives lasting energy
  • Cooked grains (rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc) – blend in easily, makes smoothie more filling


  • Protein – if you want to make your smoothie more filling, or need a boost of protein
  • Greens – massive boost of antioxidants and a vibrant green color, may need some specific flavors to make it tasty (I like pineapple for this)
  • Maca – said to help the body balance hormone levels for women
  • Cocoa or carob – for some chocolatey or caroby goodness


  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves – ground spices add lots of flavor and can make a smoothie taste like baked goods (cake, pie, muffins, etc) maybe along with some vanilla
  • Fresh ginger – good for digestion and immunity, plus really great flavor – just make sure it blends up properly or grate it before adding


  • Cucumber – mild flavor, lots of liquid
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Celery

My Favorite Combinations

  • Banana, blueberries, basil, sprouts, flax
  • Banana, raspberries, peach, mint
  • Avocado, pineapple, kiwi, greens powder
  • Banana, mango, passionfruit, guava, sprouts

Recipe Ideas

What’s your favorite smoothie combination? Let me know below!


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