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While we do love our frozen bananas and strawberries in our smoothies, we love adding some more funky ingredients as well. Try adding these ingredients to your smoothie the next time you need a frozen, healthy treat! 


Hemp Protein Powder

Hemp protein powder doesn’t really have a strong flavor, so its a great addition to essentially any smoothie or shake if you’re looking to get some extra protein in. It’s loaded with fiber and iron, too. Our favorite is Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder!

Flaked or Shredded Coconut

We know coconut is kind of a ‘love it or hate it’ food, so if you like it, adding flaked or shredded coconut to your smoothies is a game changer! We especially love the taste when you add it to a banana, strawberry, and mango smoothie – the result is a tropical-tasting smoothie!

Ground Flax Seed

Loaded with omega-6 and omega-3 fats, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, ground flax seed in smoothies is truly the holy grail. The neutral flavor makes it almost unnoticeable in your smoothies – try adding a tablespoon or two to help boost the nutritional content of your smoothie! 


Matcha is a powdered green tea rich in antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. It has a strong flavor so we suggest adding about a teaspoon or so to your smoothie! We especially love it in a pineapple, mango and banana smoothie with a dash of maple syrup.


Oats in a smoothie sounds so weird, we know. But trust us – it will it make your smoothie thicker and more nourishing, and will also give you loads of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Try adding about a quarter cup to your smoothie! We love adding oats into a smoothie with frozen strawberries, bananas, chocolate protein powder and soy milk – it tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry! 

Maple Syrup

Most people only use maple syrup on pancakes and waffles, but its actually so delicious when added to smoothies! If you’re making a smoothie with fruits that tend to be more on the bitter side, adding a dash of maple syrup is a great way to sweeten it up without adding any added sugars. 

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