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9 Add-Ins for Super Smoothies

Written on October 16, 2013 at 9:25 am , by

Toss in one of these add-ins to supercharge your smoothie. (Photo courtesy Lisa Shin)

Written by Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D. and Jamba Juice Healthy Living Council Member

As delicious and good-for-you as smoothies can be, it’s possible to make them even better with some interesting add-ins that intensify flavor and boost nutrition. Customize smoothies to suit your needs by mixing one or more of the following surprisingly nutritious ingredients with your favorite drink for meals and snacks.

Greek yogurt: With double the protein of regular yogurt, going Greek has some serious benefits. Add a half-cup of the fat-free plain variety to smoothies for 10 grams of protein, and more calcium, too.

Protein powders:  Wondering whether it’s worth it to hop on the protein powder train? Whey and soy powders provide essential amino acids your body needs to repair and build lean tissue including muscle.  It’s also an easy way to include the 20 to 30 grams of high-quality protein experts suggest at every meal.

Oats: Oats fill you up and can help give you the energy to stay active and take on the day. Add oats at home, or when you’re out, mix in a Quaker Whole Grains Boost at Jamba Juice for additional fiber and at least 16 grams of whole grains – one of the three to five suggested daily servings of whole grains.

Chia seeds: Tiny but mighty chia seeds supply alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which your body can’t produce and must get from food. A diet rich in ALA is linked to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease.  Chia seeds also supply fiber to slightly thicken smoothies and also aid in digestion. Read more