close up of chocolate-raspberry truffle smoothie

Ways to Shake up Your Smoothie Routine

Publish Date December 29, 2023 1 Minute Read
Author MyMagazine Staff

A fresh year means a fresh start. If mastering the morning smoothie is on this year’s to-do list, you’re in the right place. Here, we break down the steps to making the blended drink of your dreams, plus ways to incorporate interesting ingredients like fresh herbs, vibrant spices, kefir and even chocolate!

  1. Add 1–2 cups liquid, like dairy or nondairy milk, water or juice, to a blender.
  2. Next, add 2–4 cups fresh or frozen fruits and/or vegetables. (1:2 liquid to fruits/veggies ratio works for most smoothies.) If you opt for fresh produce, add a handful of ice to the blender, and if you’re using leafy greens, layer those closer to the bottom for easier blending.
  3. If you’d like, dollop ½ –1 cup yogurt into the blender for some creaminess and extra protein.
  4. Like your smoothies on the sweet side? Drizzle in a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. You can always blend in more later according to taste.
  5. Now’s the time to add any nutritional or flavor boosts, like flaxseed, protein powder, collagen peptides, nut butter and spices. Follow the instructions on the packaging for serving size guidance, especially in regard to nutritional add-ins.
  6. Blend ingredients until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Add more liquid, fruits and veggies, or yogurt to achieve your desired consistency. Add a straw and enjoy every fresh sip.
chocolate-raspberry truffle smoothie

Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle Smoothie

To amp up the chocolate flavor (and fiber and magnesium content) of this luscious dairyfree smoothie, garnish with a sprinkle of crunchy cacao nibs.

tropical kefir smoothie

Tropical Kefir Smoothie

This light, refreshing smoothie layers the cooling power of mint with fresh basil and coconut water.

tumeric-mango smoothie

Turmeric-Mango Smoothie

This tangy mango smoothie gets a touch of earthy flavor thanks to turmeric and spicy fresh ginger.

Add-Ins to Amp up Smoothies

Boost any smoothie with a spoonful or two of your favorite additions. Add a bit of extra liquid before blending to keep the smoothie sippable.

little bowls of fiber add-ins

For extra fiber:

  • Hydrated chia seeds
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Cooked oatmeal
  • Ground flax seeds
little bowls of antioxidant add-ins

Antioxidants and more:

  • Ground cloves and cinnamon
  • Pomegranate seeds or juice
  • Goji berries
  • Cooked sweet potato
: little bowls of protein and fat add-ins

For protein and fat:

  • Cooked white beans
  • Nut and sunflower butter
  • Tahini
  • Cottage cheese or ricotta
  • Frozen kefir
  • Avocado