Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack. I’m answering some smoothie FAQs and sharing 10 healthy smoothie recipes to try!

January is the month of new goals — many of which involve eating healthfully. I’m definitely back on the wagon and having a smoothie almost every day has become part of my routine. I like having them for a healthy breakfast or snack because they’re convenient = super quick to whip up and you can take them with you on the go.

Two Ball mason jars filled with a green smoothie, garnished with a banana slice, sitting on a wooden cutting board with mango chunks and spinach scattered around.

Plus, it’s easy to pack in nutritional elements like protein (from protein powder, greek yogurt, seeds, nuts, etc.) and fruits and veggies! Not to mention, they taste awesome. Many of my favorites actually taste like dessert but I get to eat/drink them for breakfast, lunch or as a post-workout or afternoon snack. Love that!

What Are The Healthiest Things to Put in a Smoothie?

I recommend a combination of fruits, vegetables, liquid or yogurt and then sometimes I’ll add some protein powder and/or superfoods.

Fun ingredients to add to your next smoothie:

  • Frozen fruit – Using frozen fruit gives smoothies a thick, rich texture. My personal favorites are frozen bananas, frozen peaches, mango, cherries and blueberries. A general rule of thumb is that the more fruit you add, the higher the sugar and calorie content – which isn’t a bad thing! Just something to be aware of because the sugar content in smoothie can add up quickly.
  • Frozen zucchini – Believe it or not, frozen zucchini makes smoothies super creamy! If you don’t like bananas or want a lower sugar smoothie, try zucchini! You can steam it before cooling and freezing if you want the zucchini to be a little easier to digest.
  • Frozen cauliflower rice – Frozen riced cauliflower is a great way to add volume and creaminess to smoothies. I often time use it instead of frozen fruit when I’m looking to make a low-sugar smoothie. Try my chocolate cauliflower smoothie.
  • Greens – Experiment with adding different greens to your smoothie! Kale, spinach, chard, arugula… the options are endless. If you’re new to adding greens, start with spinach because it had the mildest flavor. Try my favorite peanut butter green smoothie.
  • Avocado – Avocados also make smoothies creamy… like really creamy. And they add great healthy fats! Try my avocado mango smoothie.
  • Chia seeds – Chia seeds are a super simple way to add fiber and healthy fats to your smoothie. The flavor is fairly neutral so it goes with pretty much any smoothie! Try my orange banana smoothie.
  • Nut butters – I love adding different nut butters to my smoothies not only for flavor, but for added healthy fats. Peanut butter, almond butter… whatever nut you like! Nut butters make everything better, including smoothies! Try my almond butter smoothie.
  • Maca – Maca is an adaptogenic root which means it helps balance your body. Studies have shown that it can help with balancing hormones, energy, fertility, mental state and more! I like adding maca to my chocolate cauliflower smoothie. It gives it a malted milkshake flavor!

Of course, this is just a short list of the smoothie add-ins… there are so many different things you can to your smoothies.

Golden milk smoothie surrounded by mango chunks, banana, and ginger.

Can Smoothies Replace a Meal?

If it’s a well balanced smoothie with a good amount of protein, fiber and healthy fats you can absolutely use it as a meal replacement. I aim for around 400-500 calories and at least 12-15 grams of protein if I’m having a smoothie as a meal. See my protein shake recipes to get some ideas.

I like to enjoy a smoothie for breakfast or a snack, but it usually isn’t filling or satisfying enough for me for lunch or dinner. This strawberry banana smoothie is a great snack option because it’s less than 200 calories and has 7 grams of protein!

I’ve also found that smoothie bowls are more filling for me. I like to top them with things to chew (like fresh fruit, nuts and/or granola) and eat the smoothie with a spoon. The process of eating with a spoon and having something to chew makes my brain register the smoothie as a meal and it feels more satisfying. New to smoothie bowls? Try this healthy smoothie bowl as a starter recipe and then try my acai bowl or dragon fruit smoothie bowl.

Two strawberry banana smoothies with a silver straw and topped with a banana slice and chopped strawberries.

Do You Put Ice in Smoothies?

I don’t put ice in my smoothies that often, but you absolutely can! Ice will make your smoothies thicker and extra cold, which is key if you’re not using any other frozen ingredients. I personally like to use frozen ingredients (like fruit or veggies) rather than ice but you can absolutely throw a few ice cubes in if you want. Just don’t add too many or it will dilute the flavor of your smoothie.

Mocha cherry smoothie in a mason jar topped with cacao nibs, and a swirl of almond butter. Cherries are on the board around the smoothie.

10 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

  • Health Nut Smoothie – I had to recreate my favorite smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe. All you need is: blueberries, mango, banana, almonds and protein.
  • Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie – Always down with cookies for breakfast! …or a cookie smoothie at least! This protein-packed smoothie tastes like an oatmeal cookie with a hint of cinnamon.
  • Strawberry Banana Smoothie – A classic strawberry banana smoothie with Greek yogurt for an added protein boost.
  • Golden Milk Smoothie – I love this refreshing smoothie with fresh turmeric, ginger and mango. It has protein and carbs your body needs along with anti-inflammation properties that make it the perfect smoothie to help your body recover after a workout.
  • Mocha Cherry Smoothie – This smoothie packs frozen cherries, cold brew, and chocolate protein powder into one delicious smoothie. You’ll love the robust flavor and the energy boost from the coffee.
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie – Combine frozen blueberries with peanut butter and banana for a protein-packed peanut butter and jelly smoothie that tastes just like your favorite PB&J sandwich from childhood!
  • Grapefruit Detox Smoothie – This grapefruit detox smoothie is loaded with nutrients to help diminish bloating, boost your metabolism and get you feeling your best!
  • Coconut Chocolate Chip Mint Smoothie – This smoothie is creamy, thick and rich thanks to coconut, cacao and frozen riced cauliflower. It’s low in sugar and loaded with protein and healthy fats so you’ll feel satisfied and your blood sugar will stay balanced.
  • Peanut Butter Green Smoothie – If you’re new to green smoothies this is the perfect recipe to start with. The best green smoothie with frozen banana, peanut butter and baby spinach.
  • Pineapple Recovery Smoothie – This pineapple smoothie is perfect post-workout because it’s packed with nutrients known to help decrease inflammation and speed up muscle recovery.

What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?

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    1. Melinda
      January 26, 2014 AT 4:52 pm

      I need to start drinking a smoothie daily!! The Green Elvis smoothie sounds interesting 🙂
      Also, I am having a healthy giveaway on my blog, please check it out at

    2. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
      January 23, 2014 AT 5:16 am

      They all look amazing!!! 🙂

    3. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      January 22, 2014 AT 9:29 pm

      So many great recipes! The Green Elvis is always a favorite.

    4. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
      January 22, 2014 AT 7:43 pm

      Oh my goodness! This is like the smoothie jackpot! I have been trying to incorporate at least one green smoothie every day to up my greens intake. I am pinning now so I can try all of these!

    5. Kathy
      January 22, 2014 AT 10:55 am

      I love smoothies! But does anyone else get hungry after a smoothie with all that fruit? I do better when I add powder to them, but still crazy hungry in about an hour or so. At least hungrier than if I eat a piece of chicken and fruit. Not sure why. Maybe that’s just me.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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