10 Energy Boosting Smoothie Ingredients

The best smoothie ingredients for a natural energy boost

If you’re feeling tired and low on energy, an energy boosting smoothie may be just what you need to increase and maintain your energy.

Smoothies are easily digested and the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are readily absorbed so they’re great for increasing your energy naturally.

In this article I’ve put together a list of the best energy boosting smoothie ingredients along with one of my favorite, easy to prepare smoothie recipes.

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Energy boosting smoothie


1. Spirulina

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is classified as a nutritional superfood because it’s packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.

It’s one of the best ingredients for an energy boosting smoothie because the nutrients are easily absorbed by the body to help with the release of energy.

Spirulina also increases the number of healthy lactobacillus bacteria in the gut, which produce Vitamin B6 to help with energy production. [1]

2. Maca

Maca is a vegetable from the same family as cabbage, kale and broccoli.

The root of the Maca plant is dried and ground to make a powder that has benefits for improving stamina, endurance and energy levels.

Some of Maca’s other health benefits include increasing the libido, improving memory and boosting fertility.

Maca also helps to support the adrenal glands during times of stress and assists with muscle growth and tissue repair after exercise. [2]

With so many health benefits, Maca powder is an ideal ingredient to add to an energy boosting smoothie.

Maca powder

3. Cacao Powder

Raw cacao powder is made from cold-pressed unroasted cacao beans.

Cacao triggers the release of endorphins (feel good chemicals) that help to boost your mood and increase your energy.

Cacao is rich in antioxidants and minerals including magnesium to help with energy production.

It doesn’t taste exactly the same as chocolate but it gives your smoothie a hint of chocolate taste without the sugar.

Cacao smoothies

4. Beet Root Powder

Beet root powder is packed with nutrients including folate, vitamin C and iron.

It helps with nitric oxide production in the body, which dilates the blood vessels, increases blood flow and improves oxygen delivery around the body.

Studies have shown that supplementation with beetroot juice increases endurance and athletic performance. [3]

You can add Beet root powder or juice to your energy boosting smoothies.

5. Matcha Green Tea Powder

Matcha is more nutritious than regular green tea because the leaves of the plant are shaded before harvesting, which boosts the amount of antioxidants and chlorophyll that they produce.

Matcha powder is a great energy boosting smoothie ingredient because it contains a small amount of caffeine that is released slowly over a period of 6 to 8 hours to increase energy levels naturally.

Matcha powder also contains the amino acid L-theanine which improves concentration. [4]

Matcha green tea

6. Moringa

Moringa is an Indian herb used in Ayurvedic medicine that helps to improve energy levels and reduce fatigue by helping the body to convert fats into energy.

Moringa powder is also a good source of iron and magnesium that help to increase energy.

7. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are great for long-term energy and they’re packed with nutrients including minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats.

Chia seeds also contain fiber and protein to keep you full.

If you like creamy smoothies, you can combine equal amounts of chia seeds and water in a small bowl and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes to form a gel before adding it to the blender.

Black chia seeds contain more antioxidants than white chia seeds.

Energizing smoothies

8. Protein Powder

Protein powder is a great addition to smoothies because protein takes a few hours to be digested so it will keep you full and help to keep your energy level stable.

I like plant based protein powders like rice protein or pea protein, but you can also use whey protein if you’re not dairy intolerant.

It’s important to check the ingredient list to make sure that the protein powder doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners or sugar.

9. Greens

Leafy greens, like baby spinach, kale and lettuce are highly alkalizing and packed with phytonutrients, magnesium and iron to help with energy.

Greens are also high in fiber to keep you full and low in calories.

10. Healthy Fats

Healthy fats like nuts, nut butters, avocado and coconut oil are an essential part of a balanced diet, so be sure to include a small amount of these ingredients in your smoothie.

So there’s my list of the best ingredients to add to your energy boosting smoothie.

Here’s an energizing green smoothie recipe for you to try:

Green Energy Smoothie

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds soaked in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • Ice as needed


Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

To make a smoothie bowl, reduce the amount of ice and serve in a bowl with some healthy toppings (coconut flakes, crushed nuts, seeds or fruit).

Green energy smoothie

Smoothies are a healthy, nutritious way to boost your energy naturally.

Along with drinking healthy smoothies, it’s important to have a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep to maintain your energy levels.

Have you tried any of these energy boosting smoothie ingredients? Let me know in the comments below.

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Healthy smoothies to increase energy naturally

Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a qualified Nutritionist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner. I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. I created this blog to share my knowledge and inspire women who are looking for natural health solutions. Read more

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. I’m interested to try Beet root powder! I’ve never heard of it used in smoothies before.

  2. What a great list! I’m SO GLAD you listed moringa. I went to a moringa class here in Singapore. I learned SO much, that I started growing it and putting it into my smoothies! Excellent post!

    1. Thanks Sarah! That’s great that you have your own freshly grown moringa to put in your smoothies.

  3. I haven’t heard of Spirulina before. I tend to have trouble with my stomach so I’m excited to learn about this.

  4. Hmm hmm, smoothies are my favorite! You can replace a whole meal. These are some great ingredients that I will need to try.

  5. I love a good smoothie!! I typically go for a green one to up my daily greens!! These all sound delicious!!!

  6. Very interesting to read what the ingredients do. It makes me want to go have a smoothie now.

  7. This is a fantastic list of healthy ingredients to use in your smoothies! I use plant-based protein powder in mine as well, along with many of these other choices to add a boost of health benefits.

  8. Matcha powder is my favorite ingredient on this list. I need to try more energy smoothies

  9. Sounds like a good way to improve your energy naturally! Definitely will try. Smoothies are good.

  10. These energy smoothies appeal to me very much. I have always been a smoothie fan as they are always so refreshing. Thanks for sharing about the ingredients.

  11. Those smoothies seem delicious and nutritious! Never done anything with Maca, need to try it out but first I’ll do the green smoothie got all the ingredients!

  12. I use protein powder all the time. It is amazing stuff, to say the least. Chia seeds are something I have, but honestly had no clue to add them to water before using. I just kind of ate them as a weird snack before that. Thanks for the tip!

  13. I love this! I used to drink spirulina when it first came out. Well, that was like in the 80s or 90s when I started hearing about it and started using it. Gosh I miss the way I used to eat and drink. Back when I was only shopping for one, I guess. I’m definitely pinning this for when I can get back to my long runs!

  14. Great post! I don’t think I’ve heard of the first two ingredients so it is always neat to learn about new things. I love smoothies and I am always looking for new ones to make.

  15. Oh! I badly need this. I was feeling a bit down and tired lately and would love to try this energy boosting smoothie. It is my first time to hear about the Beet Root Powder and would love to check if this is available here in the Philippines. Thank you for sharing this.

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