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Have you checked out our beginner guide for making the best smoothies? Take it one step further with these add-ins.
Start with a basic concoction of fruits and veggies. Then add some of these extras to bring your smoothie in the wow zone.
Example: nut butter, yogurt, whey protein
This is a must if your smoothie is a meal replacer or post-run. Experiment with whey protein, because some will make your smoothies seriously frothy; in that case, blend everything and then add a scoop of protein powder and blend lightly.
Example: nuts, cacao nibs, flaxseed
A tablespoon or two of these kinds of ingredients can really up the nutrients, flavor or simply a healthy balance of carbs, fat and protein in your drink.
Example: herbs, ginger, turmeric
If your taste buds sing at a sip of chai or a bite of a minty salad, this is a step you don’t want to skip. Depending on what you add, you may also be upping your anti-inflammatories. Your legs will thank you.
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Example: stevia, maple syrup, honey
This is totally optional, but if you need to add some extra sugary flavor, go for something natural. Check the label on your protein powder, because many come with stevia—which can be helpful, but not if you don’t like the taste of it.