Healthy Eating

Smoothies Aren’t Always Healthy, Here’s How to Make Sure Your Next One is

Get ready to become a healthy smoothie making pro.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

While smoothies may seem like a healthy snack, that’s not always the case — it really comes down to what it’s made with — from the sweeteners to the protein powders and what milk you choose to use. The good news is that we’re sharing five hacks to help make sure that all of the healthy smoothies you’re whipping up are nutrient-packed. 

5 Ways to Take Your Healthy Smoothies to The Next Level 

#1 Go-Dairy Free

Try going dairy-free in all your healthy smoothies by swapping out dairy milk for a plant-based pick.

Some of our favorites include: 

  • Almond milk 
  • Coconut milk 
  • Hemp milk
  • Cashew milk 

#2 Use Natural Sweeteners

If you’re purchasing your smoothies premade at the store, there’s a good chance they may include some sort of sweetener. We definitely don’t want to be sipping on something that’s really more like a milkshake than a nutrient-dense shake. 

Try blending up your own healthy smoothies with natural sweeteners like: 

  • Pure maple syrup 
  • Raw honey 
  • Pitted Medjool dates 
  • Bananas (or really any fruit but bananas add a really nice naturally sweet flavor, and add creaminess too — win, win!) 

#3 Be Particular With Your Protein Powder 

Just like you want to be particular with your sweetener choice the same rule applies to the protein powder you choose to use. Why? Well, some protein powders come with a hefty dose of sugar and some may even contain artificial ingredients. 

Ideally, stick to something with minimal and super clean ingredients. Looking for a new protein powder? Check out JS Health X FitOn plant-based protein powder. Featuring gut-loving probiotics and zero added sugars or fillers, our protein powder makes a delicious addition to your smoothies that you can feel good about enjoying.

#4 Make it Homemade 

Healthy smoothies are best made at home where you can control which ingredients you add — this gives you the power to say no to added sugars or anything artificial. So, try making them homemade as often as possible to not only optimize what you put in it but to also keep some cash in your pocket (store-bought smoothies are pricey!) 

#5 Add a Healthy Fat 

In addition to some added protein, tossing in some healthy fat is a great way to help make your healthy smoothies a little more filling. 

Here are some great healthy fat add-ins:

  • Almond butter
  • Coconut butter 
  • MCT oil 
  • Avocado 

Bonus Tip: 

Add some greens to your smoothies! Try spinach and kale as easy starters to add a nutrient-dense punch. 

Optimize Your Daily Smoothie

When we think about smoothies, we often view them as delicious and healthy snacks or post-workout fuel — but, not all smoothies are created equal. 

Try optimizing your smoothies by using these five hacks. These tips may just help you take your smoothie game to the next level. 

Need some smoothie recipe inspiration? Check out our 3 smoothies that are almost as filling as a full meal