Besides the often-used banana, here are our 5 favorite thickeners that are sure to pack as much nutrition to your smoothie as they will body.
Whether whole or grounded up, chia seeds make for an excellent addition to any smoothie. Each tablespoon contains 6 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of polyunsaturated fat, the “good” fat, in the form of omega-3.
If using pre-grounded chia, you can add it to your ingredients and blend together. If using whole seeds, add a scoop after your other ingredients have been blended and stir in. They’ll expand and become gelatinous within a couple minutes which makes consumption that much more pleasant!
Who doesn’t like a little avo in their smoothie? Packed with a variety of nutrients, avocados are rich in “good” fats and, despite their high-carbohydrate content, most of them are fiber helping you feel fuller for longer. Interestingly, avocados contain more potassium than often-praised bananas, helping to reduce blood pressure and related effects.
We recommend adding half an avocado to your favorite recipes not to overpower the other flavours. If you’re really into it, use a whole one and blend with enough of your favorite liquid (we like oat milk!), a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of cinnamon.
Skip the bread spreading and add a spoon of your favorite nut butter to your smoothies for an added creaminess. Peanut butter is a classic and, given how expensive other nut butters can be, we often opt for this in our smoothies. We don’t always add this though considering it’s high sugar content compared to some of the other options on this list but 100 grams of peanut butter contains 25 grams of protein, 38 grams of healthy fats and 6 grams of fiber.
We recommend blending your base ingredients first and then adding your nut butter and blending again to avoid your butter from sticking to the side of your blender!
Perfect for the transition to colder months, oats add that perfect texture and comfort to your smoothie recipes. Rich in fiber, including oats will help you feel fuller for longer for those busy mornings. We prefer using rolled oats because they blend better than whole or steel-cut and there’s no need to precook. A scoop or two along with the rest of your ingredients makes for a perfect, filling breakfast!