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Smoothie/Shake Color Cheat Sheet!

Here is THHF’s Smoothie Color Cheat Sheet! This is the ultimate guide to coloring smoothies and shakes (the difference is debatable.) Whip out your artist’s palette and ready your palate:)

Whether you’re looking for something red velvet, mint green, or mudslide, I break down the natural rainbow below. No expensive coloring agents or questionable dyes!


Smoothie/Shake Color Cheat Sheet



Light green- avocado, zucchini (with skin,) butter/romaine lettuce, cucumber, parsley, honeydew melon (the green ones, of course,) cotton candy grapes, limes, pistachios

Darker green- spinach, kale, arugula, broccoli, basil, mint, cilantro, kiwi, Moringa powder

Blue- less ripe blueberries, blue majik, spirulina

Purple- wild blueberries, acai (whole or powder,) blackberries, black grapes, radicchio aka purple cabbage, plum, raisins (high amount= dark)

Yellow- mango, pineapple, turmeric, banana, yellow carrots, mulberries, ginger, peaches, lemon, sweet corn

Orange- mango (use in higher amounts,) carrot, sweet potato, butternut squash, pumpkin, papaya, canteloupe, kabocha squash, passionfruit, apricot, any variety of orange in large amounts; mandarin, tangerine, etc.

Red- steamed beets, raspberries, watermelon, cherries, tomato, paprika

Light pink- strawberries, raspberries, grapefruit

Hot pink- beets, dragonfruit, raspberries

Brown- cocoa powder (dutch-processed for reddish-blackish-brown,) coffee, dates, almond butter, peanut butter, maca

White- cauliflower, cashews, macadamia nuts, tofu, pear (no skin) plant milk, durian, tahini, coconut butter, coconut flour

  • Protein powder, unless “naturally” or artificially colored, will dissolve and absorb whatever juices release from the other ingredients.
  • The higher amount of an ingredient, the more vibrant the result.
  • Ingredients including, but not limited to, tomato, beets, arugula, corn, and cucumber will be detectable to sensitive taste buds. I cannot stand beets, no matter how much sugar is dumped upon them, but it is a popular red velvet aid.
  • These colors usually apply to juicing, as well.

BEST COMBINATIONS FOR CLASSIC SHAKES (the best colors for the least overpowering taste)

Vanilla- banana+tofu, cauliflower+ tahini, durian by itself

Red Velvet- beets, raspberries

Peppermint Bon Bon- zucchini, spinach, mint (duh,) cucumber

Chocolate- cocoa, carob powder, instant coffee, vanilla extract, cacao nibs

PB&J- peanut butter+ maca + strawberries

Creamsicle- mango + orange, papaya + orange

Key Lime- lime + avocado, lime juice + cotton candy grapes

Salted Caramel- dates + maca, tahini + prunes

Pina Colada- coconut flour+ pineapple + turmeric

Grape Float- Black grapes + blueberries

Blue Raspberry- spirulina + blackberries + raspberries (just for flavor)


  • Want the health of the green but can’t fathom an emerald smoothie if it’s not minty or from Oz? Add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder. I can stuff 2 cups of spinach into a smoothie and color the green with 1 tablespoon of Special Dark cocoa and two tablespoons of cacao.
  • Adding more ice CAN dilute color but also flavor. So be sure to use no more than 2 cups.
  • Be wary of grey smoothies! Remember playing with colored sand as a kid, only to discover it you can’t make a psychedelic swirl? Me too. I didn’t want to dabble in cremation. This happens when you blend three or more distinct colors, such as blueberries + strawberries+ spinach or raspberries + kale. Sweet potato + cocoa is a certain shade of brown that … doesn’t appeal to the chocolate appetite.
  • Purple and green are the most prominent colors. Squashes (beta-carotene, baby!) are dominant in lighter-colored smoothies.

To see this smoothie color cheat sheet in action, start with these:

Pomegranate Almond Ginger Smoothie

Super Healthy Shamrock Shake

Do y’all have any special questions needing a personalized answer? Leave a comment and I can give you my best shot.

Several shakes are coming your way before summer ends! They’re nostalgic and a little neurotic… so stay tuned and salivating.

Best Dishes,

The Hippie Happy Foodist™


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