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Eat Well Aug. 4. 2023

Flavor Factor Smoothie Sprinkle

Aug. 4. 2023
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

This simple Flavor Factor Smoothie Sprinkle recipe is a nutrient-dense topper for smoothies or smoothie bowls, ice cream, and yogurt bowls — no baking required!

Many granolas you’ll find at the grocery store contain a lot of added sugar and quickly climb to the same level as a dessert.

With this Flavor Factor Smoothie Sprinkle, you’ll find a mix of nutrient-dense nuts, seeds, coconut, and cacao, making it a great balance of the Foundational Five Flavor Factor and nutrient booster.

What Is The Foundational Five Flavor Factor?

In case you’re new to the NS Community, the Foundational Five is a unique part of our food philosophy within our Mindful Nutrition Method™. It’s my simple process and system for creating balanced meals that prevent cravings, combat stress, and provide the nourishment you need — all while enjoying what you’re eating.

There’s no counting involved, no need for tracking, and no need to eliminate any food group if you don’t medically need to. The Foundational Five is all about simplicity, balance, and being able to apply this system practically in your real life.

A Foundational Five Nourish Meal is any meal that contains all 5 elements within our Foundational Five system: non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and the Flavor Factor.

If you haven’t heard about the Foundational Five yet, download our free guide where you’ll find all of the details and how to start using it in your life!

The purpose of Flavor Factor is to both celebrate the nourishment and the enjoyment factor of food by adding an element to your meal that helps make it fully satisfying to you.

Food is nourishment and also enjoyment!

The Flavor Factor Smoothie Sprinkle embodies all the delicious flavors and antioxidants and nutrients found in a wide variety of nuts, seeds, coconut, and cacao that you may not otherwise get into your diet on a regular basis.

In addition to the nutrients obtained in this simple smoothie sprinkle recipe, you’re also contributing to delicious flavor in just a sprinkle!

Be sure to check out our favorite healthy smoothie recipes too!

The Recipe

Serves 16



1 cup raw almonds

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup pistachio

1/2 cup brazil nuts

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries (or 2 tablespoons of freeze-dried strawberry powder)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon ground espresso

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup bee pollen

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1 teaspoon lemon zest


Step 1

In a large food processor, combine all the ingredients until a dust forms, almost similar to a fine flour. Taste test and adjust items like more salt or lemon zest.

Step 2

Transfer the sprinkle mix into a large mason jar with an airtight lid, I recommend storing in the refrigerator for up to a month. When using, scoop the sprinkle out of the jar with a spoon and return to the refrigerator for freshness. Serving size is about 2 tablespoons.


This recipe was inspired by Jamie Olivers Granola Dust recipe, which I love the concept of and wanted to give it an NS makeover for smoothie bowls in particular — way to go Jamie, thanks for the inspiration!

Can’t wait to see you try it!

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