Carrie Forrest, MBA, MPH in nutrition, is the creator of the blog, Clean Eating Kitchen. After a lifetime of health issues, including being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Carrie began using a real-food approach.

She shares healthy recipes that are both gluten-free and dairy-free on her blog, along with stories from her journey fighting cancer. Most recently, Carrie has launched her podcast Clean Eating for Women.

If you’re looking to make healthy and mindful changes to your diet, smoothies are a nutritious and delicious way to do this. Carrie suggests adding these essential items to your kitchen pantry to make sure you’ve got the necessary equipment and ingredients to help you get started.



A high-speed blender with a noise-cancelling cover is the ultimate appliance to help you make green smoothies that are smooth and delicious — without having to cover your ears. Expect to find 11 different speeds, ideal for achieving the perfect smoothie consistency. You can buy it here.

Matcha powder

Help boost your energy and balance your hormones with this organic Japanese Matcha powder. Just add a pinch to supercharge your morning smoothie. You can buy it here.

Superfood powder

If you’re avoiding mushroom superfood powder out of fear that it might leave you with a less than appealing aftertaste, you’re in luck. While this powder can help boost energy levels, memory, and is a great way to support your immune system, you won’t find any mushroom aftertaste here. It’s also non-GMO, vegan, and Paleo-friendly. You can buy it here.

Smoothie recipe book

My smoothie recipe index — all gluten- and dairy-free — is a great complimentary resource for creating seriously delicious smoothies. From a broccoli sprout smoothie and chocolate cherry shake to a mint chip smoothie, there’s something in here for everyone. You can download it here.

Collagen protein powder

Complete collagen organic protein powder from grass-fed animals is a popular trend in supporting your joint health. As a bonus, collagen can help to add softness and shine to your hair, skin, and nails. You can buy it here.

Pumpkin seed powder

Vegans can add one more protein powder to their arsenal. This vegan-friendly, organic sprouted pumpkin seed powder is nutrient-dense and packs 19 grams of protein into one serving. Its seeds are also sprouted, which adds to their bioavailability and nutrition. You can buy it here.

Organic raw cacao powder

This organic raw cacao powder is a superfood and adds an amazing chocolate flavor to any smoothie. It can even cover up that unappealing earthy flavor that comes from adding greens to your smoothie. You can buy it [AFFLILATE LINK] here.

Beetroot powder

Beet powder is another great way to add a serious dose of antioxidants to your smoothie. This vegan-friendly powder can help boost your stamina, improve blood flow, and lower blood pressure. You can buy it here.