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How To Make Creative Smoothies That Taste Good

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Have you checked out our beginner guide for making the best smoothies? Take it one step further with these add-ins.

Start with a basic concoction of fruits and veggies. Then add some of these extras to bring your smoothie in the wow zone.

Protein

Example: nut butter, yogurt, whey protein

This is a must if your smoothie is a meal replacer or post-run. Experiment with whey protein, because some will make your smoothies seriously frothy; in that case, blend everything and then add a scoop of protein powder and blend lightly.

Related: One Recipe That Makes Three Killer Smoothies

Little Add-Ins

Example: nuts, cacao nibs, flaxseed

A tablespoon or two of these kinds of ingredients can really up the nutrients, flavor or simply a healthy balance of carbs, fat and protein in your drink.

Flavor Enhancer

Example: herbs, ginger, turmeric

If your taste buds sing at a sip of chai or a bite of a minty salad, this is a step you don’t want to skip. Depending on what you add, you may also be upping your anti-inflammatories. Your legs will thank you.

Related: Try This Nutrient-Rich Smoothie

Sweetener

Example: stevia, maple syrup, honey

This is totally optional, but if you need to add some extra sugary flavor, go for something natural. Check the label on your protein powder, because many come with stevia—which can be helpful, but not if you don’t like the taste of it.

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is the managing editor for Women's Running and spearheads our nutrition coverage. She’s an avid runner but also loves cycling (both on and off-road), yoga and all kinds of crazy videos to do at home. Formerly the editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Nicki started her journalism career at The Washington Post. Her first races were duathlons (run, bike, run) in her twenties with her husband, and then triathlons, completing the White Lake Half Ironman in North Carolina. Since joining Women’s Running in 2013, she’s been more focused on half marathons and trail running. Some of her proudest moments have been running the Boston Marathon (first 26.2), and becoming an RRCA certified running coach and helping others take up the sport.