5 Ingredients to Shake Up Your Smoothies


Wanna add a new twist to your morning smoothie? Here are five ingredients that are as healthy as they are delicious. All of them can be found at natural products stores. Let us know what you think, and if you’ve got an ingredient suggestion to share, tell us about it in the comments.

Mesquite Powder
You probably know the mesquite tree for the aromatic wood often used for grilling. Mesquite powder, on the other hand, is derived by roasting and grinding the trees’ large pods. Frequently used in baking because it imparts a natural nutty and sweet flavor, this powder is high in fiber and contains protein, zinc, healthy fats, iron and additional nutrients.

Tea
Virtually any tea can be used in lieu of water or milk in your smoothie. Add brewed green tea for an energy boost, chamomile for relaxation, fruit tea for added flavor, or dandelion for a bit of detoxification. Consider brewing the tea extra strong and allowing it to cool.

Natural Calm
Available in five flavors and with calcium, Natural Calm is an ideal nutrient boost for smoothies. It provides your daily magnesium needs, and its natural flavors and stevia make for a great-tasting smoothie. Hint: Kids love the sweetness it offers.

Spirulina

This blue-green algae grown in ponds may not sound too appealing, but the dark green powder contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, B vitamins and even protein. It also has amino acids—the building blocks of protein. Spirulina will turn your smoothie green, but if you use just a teaspoon or two, it won’t alter the flavor.

Pumpkin
Add a cup of organic canned or cooked pumpkin to ice, nut milk, pumpkin-pie spice and stevia for a delicious pumpkin-pie smoothie. Pumpkin is packed with fiber and vitamins and minerals to boot. Its high-fiber content will keep you feeling full.


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