5 Ingredients That Will Save Your Smoothie

Brooke Newberry
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Watery smoothies be gone. Try these healthy add-ins and substitutions for smoothing out, richening or kicking up smoothie textures. None of these ingredients impart strong flavors and there is absolutely no added “yuck factor” with these familiar ingredients. The result is, in fact, quite the opposite. The below will all flawlessly work in green, fruit and dessert smoothies. Try out our favorite addition at the end of the article.

Coconut Oil: Add a richer feel to blender breakfasts with the addition of a tablespoon of coconut oil. The fruity oil will blend best in smoothies without too much ice.

Cooked Oatmeal: Thicken smoothies with three tablespoons of plain cooked oatmeal. This trick works in both sweet and savory smoothies and adds a hearty and satisfying creaminess. Uncooked oatmeal is also acceptable but plays stubborn to pulverizing and is recommended for use in high power blenders.

Avocado: Try adding half of a small avocado to smoothies. Avocados are magical sources of creaminess and they’re perfect for green and fruit smoothies, as well as dessert smoothies. Have a floppy smoothie? Add avocado to the finished product to smooth out consistency and add some velvety texture.

Cottage Cheese: Cottage cheese contains 15 grams of protein in half a cup and doesn’t leave the gritty taste that many protein powders do. Cottage cheese blends into a pleasant, fluffy consistency and produces a lighter consistency than yogurt.

Favorite Trick – Club Soda or Seltzer Water:  For every cup of liquid base (milks, juices, etc), substitute ¼ of the base for club soda or seltzer.  Yes, it sounds strange, but adding this gives smoothies a pleasant effervescent lift and won’t water them down.  Bubbles kick up fruit-based smoothies and lift cream-based varieties. Soda water will have a bit more of a zip than seltzer water coming from its added mineral-ish ingredients. 

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