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Five Things to Add to Your Smoothies in 2014

If your blender gets a daily workout, bravo! Smoothies are an easy way to get fruit and veggie goodness into your diet during the winter. And they’re particularly good for those eating dairy-free – the satisfying creaminess of a well-blended smoothie can’t be beat!

Looking to shake things up? Experiment with these add-ins and fall in love with the slurp all over again.


Seasonal winter citrus adds brightness and zing to all kinds of smoothies. Try clementines, navel oranges, red grapefruit – these are all at their peak of flavor this time of year. You don’t have to remove all the membranes – just a good peel and chop should do it.

Citrus is especially good paired with vanilla almondmilk or soymilk. This Sunny Citrus Smoothie recipe will get you started. Just sub non-dairy yogurt to make it dairy free.

Sunny Citrus Smoothie

Sunny Citrus Smoothie


Warm up that chilly drink with spices typically associated with hot drinks and baking. Try cinnamon, ground allspice, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg or cloves. This Pumpkin Pie Smoothie comes alive with tingly winter spice. We also love this Chai Almond Smoothie.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Cooked Grains

Leftover cooked grains bulk up a smoothie with extra protein and fiber. Try a generous spoonful of brown rice, quinoa or oats. The neutral flavors pair with most combos and give your mixture oomph. We love this Blueberry Muffin Smoothie made with rolled oats, which are light and flaky enough that you don’t even have to cook them first.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Buttery Goodness

It goes without saying that peanut butter is a natural match for strawberries in a smoothie. Don’t stop there! Try almond butter, sunflower seed butter, tahini and coconut butter (sometimes called manna), too! Try spreading the butter on your fruit pieces to keep it from sticking to the sides of your blender. This Chocolate-Almond Banana Smoothie is a favorite with kiddos, as is this Strawberry Almond Butter Smoothie.

Chocolate-Almond Banana Smoothie

Chocolate-Almond Banana Smoothie


Edible seeds of all kinds add texture and interest (and a dose of nutrients and fiber) to typical smoothies. Flax is a popular choice, like in this Paradise Found Smoothie but branch out with sesame, sunflower, chia, pumpkin and even poppy seeds. Just be to sure to have some floss handy if your blender isn’t high-powered.

What’s going in your blender this winter? Share your favorite not-so-common smoothie additions below!

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Robin says …

What, no greens? A smoothie is a great way to get in some veggies!

kara says …

Can uncooked grains, in the form of flour, such as amaranth or teff, be added to a smoothie, and be beneficially digestible?

Marie Ross says …

Saw your chocolate-almond banana smoothie and it did sound good. Want to get a little greens in your smoothie. Just add a handful of baby spinach to this smoothie. It not only adds color it is delicious. By the way I use 1 Tablespoon of almond butter for the almonds.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KARA - Uncooked grain flours will be fine to add to smoothies as a little bonus but cooked grains would taste the best!

Jennifer L says …

Coffee beans, fresh mint, or ginger! Adding greens is such an easy way to get an extra boost.

Lynne young says …

If you have a powerful blender like a vitamix, try adding 1/4-1/2 fresh lime w/zest. It adds a delicious, refreshing flavor!

Ron says …

I have been drinking fruit and veggie smoothies for over twenty years every morning. 4 almonds flax seed, organic carrots, apple strawberry, blackberry , bananna, sometimes red bell peper raw, grapes all kind of nuts , organic sunflower seeds, pineapple It's been great!

blender dude says …

All these are excellent suggestions. Personal favorites from this list are chia, rolled oats, and almond butter.

Mary says …

Does a smoothie take the place of a meal?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARY - It really depends on your diet. Some people like to replace a meal with their smoothie or make it for a snack.

Caroline says …

Greens! Spinach, kale, chard and maybe some spirulina powder. Tastes great as long as you have a fruit in your smoothie to balance the taste. Get those greens in !

Kay Fellows says …

i add tahini for the calcium in sesame seeds.

Anna Alexander says …

I add Teff to Ovaltine and it is delicious. A great drink for children.

Sadaf Afshan says …

My favorite would be avocado-banana smoothie. I prefer my smoothies with milk rather than yogurt since that way I do not have to add much honey or sugar . I also loved your idea of using vanilla almond milk for smoothies.

Jeannette says …

This morning it was mango, apple, banana with almond milk and flax meal plus chia seeds (blended in the coffee grinder with the flax meal). The mango was from the freezer, as was the banana. No greens, but it's very refreshing.

Antoinette Mittelsteadt says …

Love your recipes

Dawn Hetfield says …

Last summer, I had purchased a banana smoothie of some sort at the Mishawaka, IN Whole Foods. It was made by Whole Foods in a container like the ones they put the strawberry lemonade in. It was really tasty and was trying to find the recipe. I haven't seen it made there since for some reason. Would you happen to have the recipe or can you get it from the Mishawaka store? Thanks!