How To Build The Perfect Smoothie

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Is it obvious that we’re huge fans of smoothies? Well, we are. They’re an everyday staple on the Be Well Cleanse, and even after the cleanse is over, we recommend having smoothies for breakfast. Smoothies are also great as a snack or meal replacement, and they’re kid-friendly as an alternative to sugary sweets.

People are always asking me what are the best things to add to smoothies, so here’s a little overview of how to make delicious shakes that are sugar, gluten and dairy free. Under each category, I list a few options, so mix it up and get creative based on your personal taste!

Base (liquid):

(about 1-2 cups)

– Pure water
– Almond milk
– Coconut milk
– Coconut water
– Hemp milk or other nut/seed milk of your choice
– Chilled green tea or herbal tea

Protein Powders:

(serving as specified) 

Sustain packet (pea protein based)
– Recharge packet (whey protein and greens)
– Be Well Whey Protein
– Be Well Organic Plant Protein
– Other protein powder of choice

Healthy Fats:

(about 1-2 tablespoons)

– Avocado
– Almond butter
– Sunflower seed butter
– Other nut/seed butters
– Coconut oil
– Coconut meat
– Coconut butter
– Chia seeds
– Flax seeds
– Hemp seeds
– Tahini


(about 1/4-1/2 cup)

– Kale
– Spinach
– Romaine
– Arugula
– Dandelion greens
– Beet greens


(about 1/2 cup. Low sugar fruits are best)

– Blueberries
– Kiwi
– Lime
– Pear
– Apple
– Watermelon
– Raspberries
– Strawberries
– Pineapple
– Cherries
– Peaches
– Mango
– Banana
– Figs


(just a small handful, pinch, etc.)

– Mint
– Basil
– Cilantro
– Parsley
– Cinnamon
– Nutmeg
– Vanilla
– Ginger

Boosters + Superfoods:

– Cacao powder
– Cacao nibs
– Maca powder
– Pumpkin seeds
– Goji berries
– Bee pollen
– Spirulina
– Chlorella
– Greens powder
Fiber (psyllium husks, etc)
– Greens powder (Be Well Greens or Phytogreens)
Collagen Refresher

Sweeteners (optional, used sparingly to taste):

– Stevia
– Monk fruit
– Dates

Check out some of our favorite recipes, HERE.

What’s your favorite smoothie recipe? Share in the comments!