What are the best ingredients to add to your frozen smoothie?

A question we're always asked is what's the best ingredients to add to a frozen smoothie? So we thought we would let you know below. There's plenty to learn. Enjoy!

There’s no limit to what you can add in to your frozen smoothie.

Does that mean we’re saying add everything?

Definitely not, some ingredients will work so much better than others.

This means the possibilities for adding and mixing of ingredients really are infinite though (trust us, we have done the math).

So, below for you, we’ll cover a few of the main categories to look at, go into some depth for a few of the special foods and also try to cover for you what the best ingredients to add to your frozen smoothie are too!

Liquids for smoothies

The liquid and the frozen smoothie cubes can make up the foundation of your smoothie, so this is a very important choice to make from the beginning.

You can go for milk (dairy or plant-based options), coconut water, filtered water and much more.

We’ve already covered some of the liquids available for you (what is plant based milk and what's a good liquid to use in smoothies), so have a read if you want to know more about the many different choices you have.

Fruit in smoothies

Adding fruit to your smoothie is a great way to improve the taste of the by adding some sweetness to it.

And it is also another way to get in some extra nutrients into your daily diet, particularly vitamin C and fibre.

Berries

The darling of the fruit world these days.

Berries are relatively low in sugar, full of antioxidants and have so many potential beneficial effects on the body.

You have the choice of using so many different berries too, you can have blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, goji berries and more.

There are also many different types of berries in our Super Cubes berry digest smoothie frozen cubes.

Most berries are seasonal and so, summer time is a great time to get into these to help make your smoothie creation the bomb.

Avocado

Not one that is often thought of in the fruit category, though avocado is technically still a fruit.

Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats, so adding some avocado into your smoothie creation is a great way to satisfy the want for a creamier, tasty and more filling smoothie.

They are also a great source of potassium!

Papaya

Contains the enzyme papain, which has been shown to improve digestion, by helping to breaking down proteins.

Papaya is also an anti-inflammatory and may help you to ease joint pain.

Lemon

A great way to give that tart acidity to any smoothie you create.

A fantastic addition for anybody suffering iron deficiency, both lemon and lime can help increase your body’s iron absorption.

Want to learn more about lemons?

You can read about the potential of lemons in an article we have already written about the many benefits of lemons.



Vegetables in smoothies

Vegetables have had their place in peoples smoothies and juices (juicing diets) for many, many years.

No wonder, it's an easy way to get a wide variety of foods in your diet across the day instead of the normal way of only having vegetables in the evening.

Kale and other cruciferous vegetables

Rich in vitamins, minerals and many other nutritious compounds, kale and other cruciferous vegetables are a fantastic addition to any smoothie recipe.

For more information, you can check this out this article for more information and benefits that may come from adding kale.

Just make sure not to overdo it though, when you add your greens into your smoothie because it can become overpowering in the flavour department.

Unless you like the full on super greens taste of course!

Beetroot

Beetroot’s have been shown to help increase the body’s antioxidant production and support the stimulation of nitric oxide production, which is fantastic for athletes!

If you don’t have a strong blender, you should opt for beetroot powder rather than using whole beetroot.

An added bonus that you may not know about.

The leaves of beetroot are also edible and are perhaps even more nutritious than the root!

Protein in smoothies

Looking for those extra gains (GAINZZZ), or the myriad of other potential protein benefits?

Throw some protein powder in to your favourite high powered blender.

Actually, don’t throw it in, place it in carefully, you wouldn’t want to spill any.

Not sure which protein to start with?

No problems, we’ve got you covered as there are many protein sources to choose from.

There is whey protein, collagen protein, pea protein, hemp protein, egg protein and many other sources too.

As there are so many to choose from we couldn't write all about them here, so here is a link for you to explain the different types of protein sources you can use in your smoothies.

Nuts and seeds in smoothies

Nuts and seeds are great to sprinkle on top of your frozen smoothie or you can just blend them straight into the smoothie.

They are full of monounsaturated fatty acids, fibre and a contain host of vitamins and minerals.

Chia seeds

Adding in chia seeds is a great way to add some omega 3s, calcium and extra fibre into your smoothie while also giving it a more gelatinous texture.

Just make sure you screw on the lid on or seal the bag properly when using chia seeds, we wouldn’t want you to have a nasty accident would we.

Herbs, spices and condiments in smoothies

Yes, herbs and spices should have their place in some of the smoothies you create.

They not only add to the texture and flavours of your smoothie creations, they also have so many potential health benefits too.

So don’t be afraid to experiment and sprinkle a pinch on here and there, although you may draw the line at adding curry into any frozen smoothie like one person did here at the Super Cubes office.

The look on the faces of the “taste testers” was definitely one for the scrapbook.

Mint

Leave some whole leaves on top to make it look extra beautiful or you can blend the mint leaves into your frozen smoothie.

This is great way to add in some freshness to the taste and also assist with your digestion.

Cinnamon

A warming spice that will be particularly great during those colder days.

Cinnamon is a great way to help lower your blood sugar and no, we don’t condone the use of cinnamon while it’s still attached to a doughnut being added to the smoothie blend either.

Honey

Don’t think of this as just another sweetener, honey is a prebiotic that loves to help feed bacteria in the gut and a great source of some antioxidants.

You should opt for adding in Australian honey if you can, ideally from your local area too.

Sam our in-house nutritionist tells us why you should use home-grown honey when you can in her post “Why you should you use Australian honey”.

Give these smoothie ingredients a try!

We’ve only just scratched the surface here with the ingredients you can add into your own frozen smoothies (and frozen smoothie bowls too), but hope we’ve managed to open your eyes to the endless possibilities.

So why not try one of these extra ingredients in your smoothie next time you’re indulging in a Super Cubes frozen smoothie.

Or throw them all in and see what happens!

Let us know what you'll you be adding to your smoothies this week?

Finally, if you haven’t tried the full range of Super Cubes yet, you can have a taste of all of them in one box, the combo cube mixed smoothie pack is what you’ll be needing.

So click on Shop in the menu, hit that combo cube button and add it to your cart.

How convenient.

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