33 Easy and Healthy Smoothie Recipes
I love a good smoothie. To top it off, there are tons of easy, healthy smoothie recipes floating around out there. I’ve got a great list of healthy smoothie recipes packed into this post!
But first, let’s talk about a few of the advantages of smoothies. The reasons to love smoothies are pretty endless, but among my top reasons are:
- Smoothies are easy to make.
- A lot of times they are pretty darn healthy
- They are filling
- There are SO MANY different varieties that the possibilities are endless
- You can put the ingredients together ahead of time, individually bag them, and put them in the freezer. Hello, dump, smoothify, and head out the door!
- Have I mentioned how easy smoothies are to make?!
A lot of times I make myself a smoothie for breakfast. It has really cut down on the amount of money I spend on breakfast (Panera, I love you and your bagels, but I’m trying to cut back). Sometimes, if I’ve had a hearty breakfast (non-smoothie breakfast) and I’m really plugging away working, I will make a quick smoothie for lunch.
I’ve been on the smoothie train for about 2 years now. Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t start making myself smoothies sooner!
Let’s get into the details of everything I use in the smoothie-making process. After that, we’ll get into all the smoothie recipes which I’ve tried to put into categories so you can head directly over to the ones you’d like to try!
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The Tools You’ll Need
Obviously, you’ll need the ingredients listed in each recipe below. But there’s a few other things you’ll need to make the smoothies, and a few other things you may want to consider.
The blender I use is a single-serving blender. It’s not a super fancy blender, but it gets the job done at a great price. For some recipes, you’ll learn just how much you can stuff in this thing before having to alter or halve the recipe. In general, it’s not a problem at all!
I have seriously put a ton of ingredients in here, and it comes with two different size cups in case you want to make a smaller smoothie snack for yourself. It also comes with different tops you can twist on so when you drink the smoothie, you don’t feel the plastic threads that allow the cup to screw into the blender itself.
Another super popular blender is a NutriBullet. I think one of these would be amazing, but for now I’m satisfied with my Bella blender and she’s been goin’ strong for 2 years now and I have zero complaints. But the NutriBullet is definitely what I plan to buy in the future.
You can toss a paper straw in your finished smoothie cup so you don’t get a smoothie mustache (think milk mustache but in whatever color your smoothie is), or use a reusable straw.
Probably around 80% of the time I’m making this smoothie to go. That means, I’d probably like to have a top on the cup that isn’t open. I usually pour the smoothie into a tumbler and head out the door without being afraid of hitting a bump in the road and having liquified fruit all over the place.
Prepping Smoothies Ahead of Time
The next thing I like that saves money for my smoothie prep are these awesome silicone food storage bags. This is the brand I use, and I love them! They’re easy to use, it comes with a little scrub brush to clean them (but I usually just flip them inside out and wash them), and they save money by not buying plastic ziplock baggies over and over again!
Usually, I prep ahead of time at the beginning of the week and freeze the contents in a storage bag.
First, I portion out all my ingredients based on what smoothie takes how much of each item, and I put them in the silicone bag. I only add the fruit, spinach, etc to these bags. I never put any liquid or yogurt in them. Instead, I put the recipe cards on the fridge for reference of what liquids I need to add (and how much), or attach a post it note onto the prepped bag if it’s a new smoothie I’m trying out before making a recipe card.
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Adding Protein Powder
If you’re looking to add some extra protein, my here’s my favorite brand of protein powder. Check out their different products in the different sizes, as they do have a good number of different flavors.
Some of the flavors seem to only be offered in certain sizes. I have tried the Vanilla (which is usually what I add to the smoothies) and the Extreme Milk Chocolate, which I usually just mix with milk and have it at work or after a workout.
If you’re looking to use protein powder by itself with some milk (or other mixer of your choosing), check out my favorite shaker bottle.
If I’m adding Vanilla protein powder to smoothies, I will always use plain yogurt in the smoothie. I’ve found that the vanilla yogurt PLUS vanilla protein powder is just too much for me.
Should You Use Fresh or Frozen Produce?
I have used both fresh and frozen fruit when I make smoothies. A lot of recipes will indicate whether it is recommended to use fresh or frozen.
I personally feel it can really depend on what’s easiest in your lifestyle. For myself, I like to buy mostly fresh fruit and then portion it all out into reusable bags. This makes it a little easier and quicker without chipping away at some of the frozen fruits that can sometimes get clumped together in little frozen clusters or blocks (I’m looking at you, raspberries).
Either way, when in doubt, check if the recipe recommends one over the other.
Easy & Healthy Smoothie Recipes – By Category
I’ve been trying to make my way through this list making some of these smoothies for myself. After researching for this article, I guess I’ve managed to make myself a “smoothie bucket list,” a bucket list I never thought I’d have! But it’s worth it! I’ve tried separating these into categories so you can start with your own taste preferences!
Berry & Cherry Smoothies
Fresh Cranberry Keto Smoothie
With the popularity of Keto, it’s always great to find different sources that will fit the requirements! Check out this Fresh Cranberry Keto Smoothie!
Blueberry Smoothie with Banana and Almond Butter
Almond butter is a great addition to a smoothie with it’s magnesium and potassium!
Blueberry Grapefruit Smoothie
The Vitamin C in grapefruits can really benefit you during cold and flu season. Vitamin C is believed to help shorten colds. Plus, you can’t deny the delicious combination of blueberries and grapefruit!
Blacker the Berry Acai Smoothie
Acai berries have been on the scene for a while now as a superfood with their antioxidants and they are dense with nutrients. Check out the Blacker the Berry Acai Smoothie and make sure to reap the benefits of these berries!
Cherry Banana Smoothie
You can’t go wrong with cherries and bananas! Check out this Cherry Banana Smoothie!
Mixed Berry Smoothie
I’m not going to lie to you guys…mixed berry smoothies are my favorite. I love trying different combos of berries together, and this is a great recipe to get you started!
Blackberries and Cocoa Beans Smoothie
Oh my…if this recipe didn’t get you at blackberries and cocoa beans, check out the other ingredients in this drool worthy smoothie!
Delicious Midday Smoothie
This smoothie is super easy to make, and really is delicious!
High Protein Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This is a great option if you’re looking to get more protein in your diet. I definitely have been making a bigger effort to get more protein, especially being vegetarian, I’m always looking for more variety in how I consume protein.
Citrus Winter Berry Smoothie
This recipe is great for cold and flu season. It incorporates a package of Emergen-C to really help ease cold symptoms. There’s plenty of debate about how much vitamin C helps colds, but it certainly doesn’t hurt!
Berry Oat Smoothie with Coconut Milk
I love adding oats to smoothies for some extra fiber, and the oats make smoothies a little more filling as well!
Easy Green Keto Smoothie
From the blog Diabetes Strong, this delicious smoothie doesn’t require any fancy ingredients, and you may have some (if not all) of these ingredients already on hand!
This green smoothie is great because you can experiment with the different types of fruit you put in it! Kathy tells you how much of the green ingredients to add, and then a cup of your choice of fruit! This would be really great for switching things up and trying different flavors.
Immune Booster Smoothie
Another great option to help your immune system, especially during cold and flu season. Vitamin C in this smoothie will also taste great delivered from the kiwi!
Green Smoothie – Rich in Iron
Iron is another important part of our diets, it’s great to get more in different forms!
Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
If you’re just starting out in making yourself smoothies, I really think that strawberry banana is a staple in smoothie-land. This is a great go-to smoothie any time.
Power Greens Coconut Ginger Smoothie
The power greens in this smoothie include chard and spinach. I love the addition of ginger for the added flavor and benefits.
Healing Pink Grapefruit Green Detox Smoothie
Some of these smoothies I’ve tried (I mean, we needed a taste tester, right?!), and some I haven’t gotten to quite yet. But I can tell you right now, this one is next up on my list. I’m super excited to try it out!
Peach and Mango Smoothies
Pina Colada Breakfast Smoothie
*If you like pina coladas…* then this smoothie is perfect for you! This is also a really great example of a recipe that recommends using frozen pineapple, but also tells you how to make it if you don’t have the frozen version on hand so you get the flavor and consistency just right!
Pineapple Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
This delicious recipe comes with an amazing suggestion…since the recipe makes two servings, if you only need one you can freeze the remaining into popsicles! How awesome is that? Check out the recipe for more details on that!
Peach Mango Smoothie
Of all the combinations in this category, I think peach and mango is my favorite. This recipe will give you a nice blast of each by using peach slices, mango chunks, AND mango greek yogurt!
Frozen Mango Apple Banana Smoothie
What I love most about this recipe, is that it mentions using different juice flavors to get slightly different flavor from the overall smoothie. It’s a wonderful way to add some variety!
Mango Kiwi Kale Smoothie
This bright green smoothie certainly packs a lot of health punch!
Mango Banana Berry Detox Smoothie
Mango, banana and blackberries make up a big portion of this smoothie. The recipe also suggests a detox water, and if you don’t have that on hand but are eager to try it out, I would substitute with regular water, coconut milk, or another liquid of similar consistency.
Pineapple-Apple Summer Smoothie
This is a great flavor for a summer smoothie, and even in the middle of winter as a pick me up when you’re sick of all the lower temperatures!
This smoothie includes mango, orange juice, turmeric and ginger for lots of anti-inflammatory additions into your diet. If anti-inflammatory is a bit of a mouthful, we can just call it delicious!
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Smoothies
Easy & Healthy Chocolate Banana Breakfast Smoothie
I may be a weirdo here, but I was never a fan of chocolate and banana combinations until I started making smoothies. I now love chocolate banana smoothies, and who can say no to chocolate for breakfast?
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana are a wonderful combination in this smoothie that will help you feel full.
Chocolate Tahini Smoothie
Check out this recipe for the lowdown on tahini and all the benefits it has to offer!
Beet, Blackberry and Cacao Smoothie
This is another one I can’t wait to try. I honestly don’t consume many beets in general, so I’m excited to get a little more flavor variety in a smoothie.
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Low Carb Smoothie
Chocolate and peanut butter is always a favorite combination, add to it that this is low carb and this smoothie is a real winner!
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
A creamy chocolate avocado smoothie? Who could say no to that?!
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
I love smoothie recipes that have ingredients you probably have on hand already. I don’t know about you, but I very commonly think “this will be great to try next week after I get to the store!” And yes, it is great! However, sometimes you just need to kick a habit into high gear and start right away. With only 4 ingredients: bananas, milk, peanut butter and vanilla, you might even be able to make this smoothie RIGHT NOW!
The benefits of smoothies can be amazing, and the flavor opportunities are endless! These easy and healthy smoothie recipes should be a great start to get you trying different smoothies and keeping your smoothie game interesting!
My favorite smoothies are usually found in the berry category. I just love mixed berry smoothies. The one on this list I’m most excited to try is the Healing Pink Grapefruit Green Detox Smoothie. What’s your favorite smoothie? What smoothie on this list have you never had before, but would like to try? Tell me about it in the comments below!