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Well+Good readers’ 5 essential smoothie ingredients


Welcome to our every-so-often series of questions to discover how you, our readers, live a super interesting, healthy life. We invite you to dish on your habits, preferences, and know-how in the Comments, and we may even use our favorite ones in an up-coming article!

This week we asked you, Well+Good readers, to share the staple ingredients in your go-to, super easy, nutritious smoothie.

Some of you shared recipes featuring super creative ingredients that impressed us (like green tea, pumpkin puree, and sauerkraut, to name just a few), but many of your go-to smoothies had a lot in common.

We compiled your favorite ingredients, here, so you can stock your pantry with these smoothie staples for a healthy, blendy new year. Or, you can use the list to create what we’re calling Well+Good’s signature crowd-sourced reader smoothie. We think it sounds pretty tasty…want to try it at home and tell us what you think?

Here’s what to throw in your blender:

Almond Milk: This is your go-to base for creamy smoothie goodness. Added benefits? It’s a natural source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A and E.

Spinach: Though kale came in a close second, this leafy green—rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—was the clear veggie winner.

Bananas: More than ¾ of you reported that this mega potassium source is one of your staples, with many specifying that frozen bananas make for the perfect consistency.

Blueberries: Adding a little bit of fruit to the mix is a great way to add flavor and a touch of sweetness. The majority of you reach for blueberries—frozen or fresh—for a tasty antioxidant boost.

Nut butter: Bring on the almond, peanut, or cashew butter. Nut butters are the perfect source of protein and healthy fats (repeat after us, fat does not make you fat!). Allergic to nuts? Sunflower seed butter is popular as a nut-free alternative.

Looking for an additional nutrient boost for your smoothie? Reader favorite add-ins are protein powder, ground flax seeds, and cinnamon.

Still want to chime in with your smoothie recipe? Add yours to the Comments, below!

(Photo: Patryk Dziejma via StockSnap)