How to Make A Smoothie – 50 Healthy Smoothie Recipes!
Welcome to the ultimate list of 50 healthy smoothie recipes and everything you need to know to make a smoothie.
Our Healthy Juicing Recipes has been so popular that I wanted to create a “sister” post on smoothies. While healthy pressed juices have their place as supplements with concentrated vitamins and minerals, I actually prefer smoothies.
Smoothies are quick and easy to make, and because they aren’t stripped of dietary fiber the way juices are, they are more filling and digest more slowly. They are kid-friendly (usually) and an easy way to get plenty of nutrients into our diets. Smoothies can even be a healthy dessert option. Take our Peanut Butter Nice Cream recipe for example – it’s basically just a really thick smoothie. And our Protein Shakes will completely squash an ice cream milkshake craving but leave you feeling strong and nourished.
We have so many smoothie recipes here that I’m thrilled to put together your one-stop destination for all your favorite smoothie recipes and tips for how to make a smoothie.
Best Blenders for Smoothies
There is a blender for just about any budget and lifestyle. Some considerations are blender size and price. If you’re making single-serving smoothies, you may want a small blender. However, if you’ll use it for making soups, salsa, nut butter, and other recipes, or make a large batch for your family, you’ll want a full-sized blender. I use a Vitamix Pro daily. Often the best deals can be found on Amazon, which is also helpful because of the many reviews. Just so you know, these are Amazon Affiliate links, which means I make a small commission when you shop through them.
- High-End ($200-$500+): Vitamix and Blendtec are comparable and both high-powered blenders that should last forever. KitchenAid Pro is another great high-powered option.
- Mid-Range: ($100-$200): The Nutribullet has an incredibly strong motor for its compact size and lower price. Many friends say this one blends just as well as the more expensive models mentioned above.
- Budget: (Under $100): The Ninja is a great personal-sized blender with glowing reviews and probably one of the best under $100.
How to Clean Your Blender
Blenders are easy to clean with soap and warm water. To extend the life of your blender, it’s best to avoid the dishwasher. I’ve made the mistake of tossing my Vitamix rubber lid in dishwasher, and the seal has never been the same.
- Fill the blender about halfway with warm water and a small squeeze of dish soap.
- Cover securely with the lid. Turn on the blender for about 30 seconds.
- Pour out the soapy water and rinse with clean water.
- To remove stubborn bits or stains, let soak with white vinegar, then repeat the steps above.
Best Fruits & Veggies for Smoothies
You can use fresh or frozen fruits and veggies for homemade smoothies. I keep my freezer stocked with frozen berries, especially when out of season. Frozen fruit is a healthy and inexpensive way to enjoy all fruits all year.
When in season, I like to buy fresh fruit in bulk and freeze it for smoothies. As discussed in this How to Make a Smoothie Thicker post, using frozen fruit will result in a much thicker smoothie, though fresh is fine too! Here are some favorite fruit and veggies for making delicious and nutritious smoothies.
- Acai packs
- Dragon Fruit
- Passion Fruit Puree
- Coconut meat or water
Healthy Smoothie Additions
While a smoothie made with fruit, veggies, and or nuts will be healthy all on its own, you may want to add more protein or a supplement based on your own preferences.
- Baobab Powder
- Greens Powder
- Matcha Powder
- Probiotic powder
- Sea Moss Gel
- Baby spinach
- Fresh or frozen cauliflower florets
- Aloe vera juice
- Turmeric + black pepper
- Protein Powder
- Collagen Peptides
- Silken tofu
- Chia, Flax, or Hemp Seeds
- PB2 (peanut powder)
- Nut Butters
- Dates (pitted)
- Vanilla protein powder
- Maple Syrup
How to Make a Smoothie
1. Start with Liquid
For fruit smoothies go with juice (or juicy fruit like a whole peeled orange), coconut water, or a plant-based milk if you’d like it to be creamy.
For creamy smoothies such as peanut butter or chocolate, some favorites are soy milk (higher protein), oat milk (very creamy), unsweetened almond milk (low calorie), or flax milk.
Start with less liquid than you think you’ll need. You can add more later but you can’t take it out once it’s blended in.
2. Top with Frozen Fruit
Place the frozen fruit chunks on top of the liquid. If you don’t have any fruit frozen, you fresh and add about 1 cup of ice cubes. If you’re making a creamy, non-fruity smoothie, try avocado, banana, or oats.
3. Add any Additions
Add a scoop of protein powder, seeds, nut butter, or any supplements. See the list of additions above for inspiration!
4. Blend Until Smooth
Cover with the lid and start at low speed. Use the tamper to push ingredients around if your blender has one. Gradually increase the speed and stop and scrape down the sides as needed. Add more liquid if needed.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- How to Make a Smoothie Thicker
- 4 Superfood Smoothies
- Acai Bowl
- Pitaya Bowl
- Tropical Turmeric
- Tropical Chia
- Pina Colada
- Dragon Fruit
- Strawberry Banana
- Orange Protein
- Beetroot Berry
- Blueberry Chia
- Berry Cauliflower
- Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl
- Cherry Smoothie with Yogurt and Walnuts
- Tropical Immunity-Boosting
- 5 Best Protein Shake Recipes
- Chocolate Protein
- Peanut Butter Banana
- Chocolate Maca
- Chocolate Avocado
- Healthy Date Shake
- Pumpkin Pie
- Pomegranate Ginger
- Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
- Dark Chocolate Raspberry Protein Shake
- Goji Berry Smoothie
- Carrot Cake Smoothie
- 20 Healthy Green Smoothies
- Weight Loss Green
- Detox Green
- Green and Glowing
- My Favorite Green Protein Shake
- Spirulina Broccoli Smoothie
- Low Carb Smoothie
- Spirulina Green Smoothie
- Delicious Kale
- Creamy Green
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1 scoop blue spirulina
- 1 whole orange, peeled
- 1 1/2 cups frozen tropical fruit mix (banana, strawberry, mango, pineapple)
- coconut milk as needed to thin
- 1/2 cup favorite milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 1/2 tablespoons almond or peanut butter
- 1 cup spinach or kale
- 1 pitted date (or scoop vanilla protein powder) for sweetness
- 1/3 cup coconut water
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 2/3 cup frozen pineapple
- 2/3 cup frozen mango
- 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 100 grams frozen dragon fruit
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
- ice cubes
- Pour the liquid (or juicy fruit) into the blender. The "Blue Pomegranate Smoothie" is pictured.
- Top with the remaining ingredients for your chosen smoothie (fruit, nut butter, supplements, etc.)
- Place the lid securely on the blender. Turn on starting at the lowest speed and gradually increasing. Use the tamper to push the ingredients around if your blender came with one.
- Add more liquid as needed to thin. Add ice cubes and/or more frozen fruit to thicken.
- Pour into a glass or a bowl (for a smoothie bowl) and enjoy right away. You can also make ahead and store in the freezer.
While the ingredients call for frozen fruit for extra cold, thick, and creamy smoothies, you can use fresh too. You may want to also add ice in that case.
Nutrition information was calculated for the Blue Pomegranate Smoothie.
Healthy Smoothie Boosts
- protein powder
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- flax seeds
- baby spinach
- see the full list in the main post
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 26gProtein: 9g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.