One of my favorite things about smoothies is how versatile they are. You can create a wide variety of flavors, textures, and colors depending on your fruit and vegetable combinations, using frozen produce versus fresh produce or adding sexy superfoods like greens powder, cacao powder, maca powder, hemp seeds and so on for a nutritional boost.
Another way to switch up your smoothies is to experiment with the base. The base of a smoothie is the liquid used and it can greatly affect the overall taste. If you’re feeling a bit bored with smoothies or if your palate is simply in need of something different, try experimenting with the following liquids.
Plant and Nut Milks
Milks are one of the most common smoothie bases due to their mild flavor and ability to make any smoothie rich and creamy. I tend to stick to almond or coconut milk but it can be a lot of fun to try out other plant and nut milks such as hemp milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk, hazelnut milk and so on. Just be sure to ditch the dairy!
Good old water is my go to when I’m craving a smoothie that is light and refreshing. Since water is thin and bland it can easily water down your smoothie, so if you prefer thicker, more flavorful smoothies use water with caution, adding it in slowly so that you can maintain your desired thickness and taste. I love using water with tropical combinations such as mango, pineapple and strawberry…fruity and light!
Coconut water is an excellent liquid base for smoothies. It has several added benefits that can make it the perfect addition especially for smoothies that are consumed prior to or after working out. This is because coconut water is filled with antioxidants, minerals and phytonutrients and can serve as an electrolyte replacement and help reduce muscle tension after workouts and can also provide plenty of energy before workouts.
Herbal teas and green tea can take your smoothie game to the next level. I enjoy brewing green tea, letting it cool and then adding it into my smoothies for added antioxidant properties and weight loss benefits. I also use herbal teas such as hibiscus, mint and chamomile for medicinal perks and unique flavors.
Kombucha is fermented tea which is excellent for gut health due to the presence of probiotics. While this may not be your typical smoothie ingredient, adding kombucha to your smoothies can aid in improved digestion as well as yield some pretty interesting flavors.
If you’re into green juices or any raw juices like I am, try using them in your smoothies. This is one of my favorite ways to combine my two favorite practices, making smoothies and juicing. I love adding in freshly juiced ginger, turmeric or wheatgrass for that extra little kick or using a dense green juice as a base to a green smoothie in order to make it a SUPER green smoothie (: Juices are also an easy way to sweeten things up. Adding fresh pineapple juice to a banana-spinach smoothie is so yummy!
Let me know your favorite smoothie base in the comments!
Being healthy does not mean bland and boring. Get creative and don’t be afraid to think outside the box a little. It never hurts to switch up your routine or try a new recipe. There is no right or wrong. When you nourish your body have fun doing it!! Anyone would tap out doing the same things over and over again so never be afraid to take risks even in the kitchen!