Smoothie Recipes: Healthy?
Ahh, the smoothie. It’s gotten a bad rap in the past for being a sugar-laden drink more closely resembling dessert than anything remotely healthy. But while that might be true for smoothies purchased at juice shops, you can make healthy smoothie recipes right at home for a fraction of the price in just minutes.
Why do I love smoothies so much? They make a great breakfast or snack anytime of the day and can usually be made ahead of time. These delicious healthy smoothie recipes can help you refuel after a great workout.
You can also load them up with nutrient dense foods and supplements to help boost your immune system or to give you an energizing power-punch to your metabolism. They require minimal equipment (just a blender) and, by storing them in a reusable drink bottle, you can have an on-the-go meal in minutes.
Ready to make one of these frosty concoctions? I’ve rounded up some of my favorite healthy smoothie recipes. Whether you want to satisfy a sweet tooth, detox with a green drink, or indulge in a chocolatey drink, I know you’ll love these recipes.
I recommend using natural sweeteners like raw honey, real maple syrup or organic coconut palm sugar to get the most nutrients out of these recipes. Also eliminate conventional cows milk and use coconut milk, almond milk or organic grass-fed goat milk or cheese, replace table salt with sea salt, and replace canola and vegetable oil with coconut oil, olive oil or ghee. You’ll find these options as well as other healthy real food choices listed in my healing food shopping list (Click Here to Download my Healing Foods Shopping List)
Top 40 Healthy Smoothie Recipes
FRUIT SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Loaded with antioxidants (thanks, berries!), this smoothie recipe is a snap to make ahead of time. Skip the table sugar and add a drizzle of honey to sweeten.
Berry Green Smoothie / Damn Delicious
A rich antioxidant superfood, blueberries are good for your brain function and your immune system. And with this truly customizable base, this simple but perfect blueberry smoothie can be tweaked to your liking, though I love the suggestion of serving it in a fancy glass! Use plain cow’s milk yogurt for best results.
High in fiber and antioxidants, papaya is one nutritious fruit! And blended with coconut kefir to keep your gut & immune system going strong, plus whey protein to keep your metabolism up, it makes for a great start to your morning! For variations, throw in a little bit of pineapple or a handful of spinach!
Why should the only pumpkin recipes be pies? In this healthy smoothie, canned pumpkin provides extra fiber and a lovely orange color, while apples and oats also will help you feeling fuller longer. And while it’s got “breakfast” in the name, I think this smoothie makes a great meal anytime.
Reminiscent of a cherry cobbler, this smoothie is loaded with good-for-you ingredients like cherries, almonds, and coconut oil. You’ll never believe how healthy this sweet treat is!
Cherry Almond Smoothie / Baked Bree
This delicious smoothie has the flavors of apple pie without the calories. A banana adds a potassium punch and Greek yogurt provides extra protein. Try it after dinner or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up snack.
Beets and strawberries give this smoothie a rich red color while banana and cacao powder lend a sweet, chocolately flavor. The result is a drink bursting with healthy ingredients that tastes like dessert. Make sure to substitute raw honey or maple syrup for the agave syrup to make it healthy as it is tasty!
Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie / Chocolate & Carrots
Kick-start your morning with this dairy-free coffee smoothie. It’ll provide the caffeine you’re craving along with banana and coconut milk for natural sweetness. Don’t need to restrict dairy? Add a tablespoon or two of Greek yogurt for extra probiotics, protein and creaminess.
No liquid is necessary in this recipe thanks to the inclusion of juicy watermelon. With three types of fruits and ice, you’ll love this frozen smoothie on a hot summer day.
Watermelon Berry Smoothie / Cook Eat Paleo
VEGGIE & GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Naturally low-calorie, high-fiber cherries disguise the taste of kale in this tasty smoothie. If cherries aren’t in season, feel free to use frozen in their place.
This green smoothie gets a tropical flavor thanks to the inclusion of coconut milk and shaved flakes and an extra nutritional boost from the cup of spinach. Try it when you need something refreshing to sip on.
These pumpkin pie smoothie recipes are loaded with protein and fall-inspired flavors, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and (of course!), pumpkin. Make at least two of the variations for a layered treat that’s sure to impress guests!
Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie / Vitamin Sunshine
This drink is chock-full of healthy fats, protein, and all-around deliciousness. And who can resist that minty green color? If you’re craving a milkshake, make this your go-to smoothie.
Whether you indulged too much at dinner or just want to get nutrients flowing through your system, this wholesome, healthy smoothie —packed with cinnamon, kale leaves, grapes, and just a little cayenne kick — is just what the doctor ordered.
This mega-green smoothie has a long ingredients list but, I promise, it’s worth it. You’ll get a serving of veggies, loads of vitamins, and antioxidant effects. If you’re looking for a healthy smoothie that packs a lot of punch into each serving, this might be the one!
If your tummy has been acting up, the digestion-aiding ingredients in this smoothie might help. Loaded with lemon juice, ginger, cucumber, and mint, it’s an excellent way to ease your body into the day.
Stomach Cleanser Smoothie / The Vedge
Satisfy all your vitamin A needs in just one meal with this sweet green smoothie. The drink is creamy thanks to Greek yogurt and smooth avocado, while fresh pears, grapes, and lime juice disguise any spinach taste. The result is a protein- and veggie-packed smoothie perfect for an AM start.
CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Enjoy all the rich taste of chocolate and nuts with this “melt-in-your-mouth” smoothie. With its smooth creamy texture, and healthy protein kick, it will get your morning started right! Toss in some flaxseeds to help fight cancer and help lower cholesterol!
This single serving smoothie requires just four ingredients but tastes much more decadent. It’s like a milkshake that’s good for you!
A handful of simple ingredients blend to produce a smoothie with hints of chocolate, banana, and vanilla. If you’re not following a vegan diet, feel free to use organic, dark chocolate chips in place of the vegan variety.
Chocolate Banana Smoothie / A Family Feast
Chocolate and cherries go hand-in-hand as ingredients in one of the tastiest healthy smoothie recipes. It’s also packed with vitamin-rich spinach and full of protein. Fresh or frozen fruit are fine — either way, this will be delicious.
How can a smoothie this good be so good for you? Baby spinach charges up your health, banana’s potassium wakes you up, avocado comes in swinging with potassium, magnesium and glutathione, and chia seeds will get your metabolism moving fast! All this with the great taste of chocolate for a sweet treat that will keep you satisfied for hours. Try it as breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
Enjoy the crisp breezy feeling of peppermint with this satisfyingly good smoothie. Try adding a few leaves of kale as a variation to add even more nutrition. It’ll help you knock off the afternoon slump and get moving again!
Get the comforting flavors of hot chocolate with the added nutrients of avocado, chia seeds, and raw oats with just a touch of honey (my favorite is Manuka honey) in this nourishing smoothie recipe made with warm milk. It’s wonderful on chilly mornings or as a bedtime treat.
NUT BUTTER & VEGAN SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Here’s a new take on smoothie recipes: these are eaten in a bowl. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to eat a bowl of chocolate, this is the recipe for you! While there are two featured here, I prefer the second: almond butter, cacao powder, banana, apple, and spinach in a bowl just can’t be beat!
Cashew and Almond Butter Chocolate Smoothie Bowl / The Vegan Cookie Fairy
This vegan-friendly healthy smoothie gets its dessert-like flavor from fresh vanilla beans. Use your favorite nut butter — almond is great, but cashew would be tasty, too. It’s a great alternative to ice cream!
Using cashew butter (or another favorite nut variety) produces a frosty smoothie that gets in a dose of fruits, too. And who can resist that awesome pink strawberry-tinged color?
Cashew Ripple Strawberry Shake / Healthy.Happy.Life.
Skip the food court kiosk and get a dose of cinnamon roll goodness right at home. This version, made with coconut milk, will curb those cravings and leave you feeling great. Use freshly ground cinnamon for the best flavor. Need an extra protein boost? Add two tablespoons of almond butter for more staying power.
Wake up and smell the greens with this eye-opening smoothie that has all the vitamin C, antioxidants, and a touch of natural caffeine to perk you up and get you going!
Figs tend to be underrepresented in recipes, but these fruits are rich in fiber, potassium, and calcium. They take center stage in this fresh, vegan smoothie. Use soaked, dried figs if you can’t get your hands on fresh ones. This will still taste great.
Fresh Figs and Cashew Butter Smoothie / BareVitality
Superfood blueberries shine in this super healthy smoothie. They’re blended alongside greens and bananas, with dried coconut flakes adding texture and almond butter ensuring the mixture is creamy. You’ll love this one!
If you’re dreaming of warmer climates and umbrellas on the beach, try your hand at this monkeylada smoothie. The addition of pineapple and coconut will evoke reminders of the beach — but instead of a hangover, you’ll be treated with nutritious ingredients.
Monkeylada Smoothie / Healthy Seasonal Recipes
With only six ingredients and no dairy in sight, it’s hard to believe this smoothie is so naturally creamy. And with such a pink hue, no one has to know that there’s an avocado hiding in there!
A smart way to use up canned pumpkin you might have from another recipe, this healthy smoothie is like autumn in a glass. The addition of blueberries, banana, flaxseed, and cashew butter mean it’s nutritious — and delicious. Add a little crunch by sprinkling granola on top.
Pumpkin Cashew Butter Smoothie / Fit Foodie Finds
This is one of my favorites. Pass on the processed chocolate candies and opt for this healthy smoothie version instead. It’s loaded with antioxidants and flavor. You won’t feel guilty downing this Reese’s!
36. PB & J Smoothie
This smoothie is filled with flavors of your childhood with nut butter, berries and oats. Substitute almond butter or sunflower butter for peanut butter to make this a “real food” choice for breakfast or a hearty snack anytime! This smoothie is one of my favorites, because not only is it absolutely delicious but it fills you up too!
PB & J Smoothie / Fit Foodie Finds
This layered smoothie is chocked-full of superfoods — raspberries, mango, and ginger all make an appearance. It is two times the nutrition and flavor!
This already-delicious drink steps up its game with the addition of toasted coconut flakes on top. Figs also make a welcome appearance among smoothie staples like bananas, almond milk, and cacao powder. This one is great any time of year, but especially in the fall.
Toasted Coconut & Fig Almond Smoothie / What’s That Smell?
A cake batter you can feel good about eating? That’s the case with this wholesome, healthy smoothie. Made with vanilla extract and coconut flour, it’s a cake splurge you can feel good about. Don’t have coconut butter on hand? Use almond or cashew butter in its place.
If there is one smoothie recipe that screams, “Autumn is here!” then this is it. Roasted butternut squash, juicy mejdool dates, and spices comprise this cozy smoothie. Use canned squash puree if roasted isn’t an option. You’ll love this either way!
With so many smoothies to choose from, you can try a new smoothie every day!
So, try some of my smoothie picks, and let me know which one is your favorite!
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