My Paleo Smoothie Pantry


All you have to do is open Instagram and you’re likely going to see at least one artistically photographed smoothie or green drink. So what’s the deal with these drinks, anyway? Are smoothies Paleo? Shouldn’t you only be eating “real food” if you’re on a Paleo diet?

As a Paleo nutritionist, I have to say, I am a big fan of the smoothie, when done right. It can allow you to consume a convenient and quick meal, and if you use the right ingredients, it can pack as much power as a meal that doesn’t come from a cup. Here’s what I keep in my Paleo smoothie pantry:

Smoothie Liquids:

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut water
  • Bone broth

Smoothie Proteins:

  • Vital Proteins collagen and gelatin
  • Clovis protein powder
  • Nutiva hemp protein powder
  • Almonds and other whole nuts

Smoothie Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Greens of any kind (my favorites are spinach, chard, and watercress)
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Pears
  • Apples

Smoothie “Bonus” Ingredients

  • Raw honey
  • Cacao powder
  • Matcha powder
  • Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Maca

The best part about smoothies is that they can be fully tailored to your unique taste preferences. They can also be adapted for children with picky palates (a great way to sneak in some bone broth or veggies!), or people with many different food sensitivities who have a hard time getting enough calories or specific macronutrients in on a daily basis. They’re also great for busy people, those who don’t like to cook, pregnant women who have difficulty keeping food down due to nausea, and moms who forget to eat while they’re chasing their kids around.

If you’re new to the smoothie world, try my favorite daily smoothie recipe:

strawberry-collagen-smoothie-2-sm-1-237x300.jpgPaleo Strawberry and Collagen Smoothie

(One Serving)


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 scoops Clovis protein powder
  • 1 scoop gelatin
  • 1 scoop collagen
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1 tsp raw honey


Blend with a bullet, food processor, or other smoothie-type mixer and enjoy chilled or on the go!

Aimee McNewAimee McNew

Aimee McNew, MNT, CNTP, is a certified nutritionist who specializes in women’s health, thyroid disorders, autoimmunity, and fertility. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Healing Plan for Managing Symptoms Naturally (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.