What Makes a Good Smoothie?

Taste preferences vary, but for starters, let’s abandon the assumption that smoothies have to be sweet. They don’t even need to include fruit. They can be savory, spicy or earthy, too.

Whatever your taste preference, there are 5 ingredients that every good smoothie recipe needs.

1. All About That Base

First, pick your favorite liquid – water, juice or plant-based beverage. If you’re trying to minimize your calories, stick to water. Juice is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth. For an extra creamy texture, pick a plant-based beverage.

2. Ice, Ice, Baby

Who wants a lukewarm smoothie? No one. Toss in ice cubes to keep your smoothie cool. Frozen banana in place of ice cubes makes your smoothie extra smooth. Frozen is perfect during the middle of winter when “fresh” fruit is nowhere to be seen.

3. Green Is Good

Search the fridge and throw whatever greens are lying around. Spinach? Done. Kale? Check. Chard? Why not. Cucumber? Sure? An easy way to add greens is by using Vega’s Protein & Greens as your base.  Trust your instincts and you’ll be sure to find some combinations you absolutely adore.

4. Phat Fats

Think chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, coconut oil, nuts or seeds.

5. Protein

If you’re looking for more than just protein, reach for Vega® Protein & Greens. Deliciously smooth, Vega® Protein & Greens helps power your day with real food nutrition. Deliciously smooth, every serving has 20 grams of protein with a tasty twist of greens. Try smooth and creamy vanilla, chocolate, coconut almond, plain unsweetened, or berry.

Vega Protein & Greens Adds Convenience:

  • 20 grams plant-based protein
  • Tasty twist of greens
  • 110-120 calories
  • 1 gram sugar

Who doesn’t love to drink dessert? Turn a comfort food classic into an oatmeal cookie smoothie with over 20 grams of plant-based protein as well as veggies and greens with this recipe.

Protein Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

Protein Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 serving Vanilla Vega® Protein & Greens
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats, raw
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of ice


  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
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Vega is a leading plant-based protein powder brand. Since 2004, Vega has brought real, plant-based food ingredients together in purposeful combinations to help consumers get the nutrition their body wants, without compromise. All their products are vegan certified and Non-GMO Project Verified.