4 Healthy Ingredient Ideas for Your Next Shake or Smoothie

Who doesn’t love a good shake or smoothie?

With so many different blends to choose from, they can be enjoyed any time of day as a breakfast meal or even a post-workout refreshment.

While shakes tend to be more dairy-based and smoothies have more of a fruit base, they are often considered one and the same as they can share several of the same ingredients.

Refer to this list of ingredients below for ideas as you make your next healthy shake or smoothie!


Banana on pink background
Almost any selection of your fruit of preference will work in a blend.

The natural sugars and sweetness derived from fruit contribute a lot of flavors, not to mention the naturally occurring nutrients you’ll get just from tossing something that grew on a tree into your blender.

Check this list below for fruit that works well in shakes and smoothies:

  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Mangos
  • Avocado
  • Cherry
  • Cucumber
  • Papaya


Milk jug pouring milk into a glass
While you can add water to liquify your smoothie or shake, milk or milk substitutes can add a richer texture and flavor to your blend.

If you prefer cow’s milk, consider buying organic. There are also several milk substitutes you can choose from including almond, oat, rice, and soy milk.


Vegetables laid out on a table
We’ve all heard we should always eat our vegetables every day, so why not blend them into your next healthy smoothie or shake?

Adding veggies is a tasty way to easily get their nutrients into your system without having to eat an entire, raw cauliflower.

Check out this list below for veggie ideas:

  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Brocoli

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Chia seeds
Your smoothie or shake doesn’t have to be boring! There are countless ingredients you can choose from to add flavor and extra nutritional value when making your next blend.

While the fruits and vegetables you previously added contribute a lot of nutrients on their own, reference this below for additional flavor and health:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Chia Seed
  • Flaxseed
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cacao Powder
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Oats

Who doesn’t love a good shake or smoothie? Reference these ingredient ideas above as you make your next blend. Try making different combinations and let us know in the comments below which your favorite was!

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