August 21, 2020

I am always in search of a new smoothie recipe. Smoothies are one of my absolute favorite breakfast ideas.

Now, I will admit that sometimes I take a break purely because I get tired of cleaning up the smoothie blender.

Most people think that I a health junkie when they hear how often I have smoothies. That is a great thought but it isn’t always true. 

13 good smoothie recipes - image of various types of smoothies

A smoothie can be a dessert in a glass. A smoothie recipe can also be very green and healthy as well. It really depends on what kind of mood you are in that day.

There are a few healthy ingredients that I put in almost every smoothie that I make. We will cover them in a bit. 

Hopefully, you will scan this article and find inspiration. There are countless recipe combinations for good smoothie recipes.  

Making the best smoothie really comes down to a few things. First, don’t stress about making the perfect smoothie. 

Tips on making smoothies

  • Use what you have on hand. If you have some bananas and some frozen berries in the freezer go to town.
  • If your bananas are about to turn, peel them, break them into chunks, and freeze them.
  • There is no wrong way to make smoothies. The key factor is to make sure that it isn’t too thick. You don’t want to have to eat it with a spoon. It is meant to drink. So if it is too thick add in some milk or water. I tend to thin mine out with water just to get a bit of it introduced to my day.
  • Smoothies are a great use of beets. They are a wonderful natural sweetener when mixed with fruits and vegetables. They also add a nice color.
  • Keep lots of cucumbers on hand. They help add nutrients but they also help thin out the smoothie and keep them from being overly thick.  
  • Be sure to wash your fruit and vegetables before adding them to the blender. Something about blending all of this together can really bring out the grit if they are dirty. 
Green smoothie with mint - fruit smoothie

The foundation of my delicious smoothie recipe

All of my delicious smoothies start with at least a combination of these ingredients. If I run out of something, I don’t let it keep me from making my yummy smoothies.

Beet root powder - Beets are super healthy and as I said earlier, add a bit of sweetness. However, I am not a fan of them overall so I have found that this powder is a great way to work them into my diet.

Also, cutting up beets is quite messy so even when I buy fresh beets at the store, I find myself avoiding it. 

Pea protein - I went through a lot of taste testing and experimenting before I figured out a good protein powder that I liked for my shakes. I can drink this powder with almond milk and be happy. It is just that good.

Vital reds powder - A tiny tiny bit of this goes a long way. 

Athletic greens - This stuff is pricey so I only use a little bit but it is a good way to work in greens no matter if I make a fruity smoothie or a veggie smoothie.

Lions mane mushroom powder - I add about a tablespoon of this to my smoothies.

Chia seeds - Now Chia seeds are a bit high maintenance. It is important to soak these in water before mixing them into your smoothie.

So what I do is pour some chia seeds in a container with a lid and then fill it with 10X the amount of water. Then I put the lid on it and place it in the fridge. It soaks overnight and then I use that container of chia all week long.

After I add in these powders, I then fill the blender with whatever fruit and vegetables that I have on hand.

Smoothie Recipes

berry smoothie with banana and nuts

1. Banana blueberry with almonds

Pour the following into a blender: 1 banana, 1 handful of almonds, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 cup of blueberries. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

2. Banana strawberry

Pour the following into a blender: 2 bananas, 1 small handful of walnuts, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 tablespoon of lemon. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

3. Strawberry kale peach

Pour the following into a blender: 1 ½ cup of strawberries, 1 ½ cups of frozen peaches, ½ cup frozen spinach. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

berry smoothie with chia and blackberries

4. Banana blackberry almond

Pour the following into a blender: 2 bananas, 1 cup of blackberries, 1 handful of almonds, 1 tablespoon of honey. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

5. Banana coconut strawberry

Pour the following into a blender: 2 bananas, 1 small handful of shredded coconut, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 tablespoon of lemon. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

6. Mango peach lime

Pour the following into a blender: 1 cup of mango, 2 cups of peach, 2 tablespoons of lime. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

mango smoothie with peach and avocado

7. Mango peach avocado

Pour the following into a blender: 1 avocado (meat only), 1 cup of peach, 1 cup of mango, 1 tablespoon of lime. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

8. Peach blueberry walnut

Pour the following into a blender: 2 cups of peaches, 1 small handful of walnuts, 1 cup of blueberries, 1 tablespoon of lemon. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

9. Peach pineapple raspberry

Pour the following into a blender: 1 cup of peaches, ½ cup of pineapple chunks, 1 cup of raspberries. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

carrot smoothie with walnuts and cinnamon

10. Carrot sweet potato cinnamon

Pour the following into a blender: 1 cup of carrots, 1 cup of diced sweet potato, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 handful of pecans, 1 banana. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

11. Avocado kale blueberry

Pour the following into a blender: 2 cups of kale, 1 avocado (meat only), 1 cup of blueberries, 1 tablespoon of honey. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

12. Avocado chocolate blueberry

Pour the following into a blender: 2 avocados (meat only), ½ dark chocolate candy bar, 1 cup of blueberries. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

Note: I keep dark chocolate bars that I collect from various grocery stores or Amazon orders in the freezer. When I want to use them I break off a few squares. 

chocolate and banana smoothie with peanuts

13. Banana peanut butter

Pour the following into a blender: 2 bananas, 3 T peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon. Add in any foundation ingredients (as mentioned above). Add in a cup of ice. Cover the contents with the liquid of your choice. Blend until smooth.

8 fantastic ingredients to add to your smoothie

  1. Green veggies such as kale, spinach, cucumber and zucchini
  2. Almond milk or water
  3. Beet root powder
  4. Pea protein
  5. Vital reds powder
  6. Athletic greens
  7. Lions mane mushroom powder
  8. Chia seeds

There are so many options when it comes to make a delicious smoothie. If you start with these 8 suggestions you can't go wrong.

Are smoothies better with milk or water?

When it comes to whether smoothies are better with milk or water there are no wrong answers here. It truly comes down to preference. Smoothies with cows milk or nut milk such as almond water tend to be richer and creamier. 

However, if your smoothie is thick, adding water can help thin it out and make it more drinkable. Our suggestion is to try both options and experiment with what works best for you.

Do you put ice in a smoothie?

You do not have to put ice in a smoothie. If you are using frozen fruit, for example, ice may be too much. It is a pure preference for adding ice or not adding ice to your smoothie. 

We tend to add ice to our smoothies because we like them to be a bit thicker. Generally, we will add 1 cup of ice for each cup of water. 

Yield: 1 smoothie

Smoothie Recipes

Smoothie Recipes

13 of the best smoothie recipes that we have. Follow these directions and you will make good smoothie recipes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

Ingredients for the banana blueberry with almonds smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 c of blueberries
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Ingredients for the banana strawberry smoothie:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 small handful of walnuts
  • 1 c of strawberries
  • 1 T of lemon 
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Ingredients for the strawberry kale peach smoothie:

  • 1 ½ c of strawberries
  • 1 ½ cs of frozen peaches
  • ½ c frozen spinach
  •  

Ingredients for the banana blackberry almond smoothie:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 c of blackberries
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 1 T of honey
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  • Ingredients for banana coconut strawberry smoothie
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 small handful of shredded coconut
  • 1 c of strawberries
  • 1 T of lemon
  • Ingredients for mango peach lime smoothie
  • 1 c of mango
  • 2 cs of peach
  • 2 Ts of lime
  •  
  • Ingredients for peach blueberry walnut smoothie
  • 2 cs of peaches
  • 1 small handful of walnuts
  • 1 c of blueberries
  • 1 T of lemon
  •  
  • Ingredients for peach pineapple raspberry smoothie
  • 1 c of peaches
  • ½ c of pineapple chunks
  • 1 c of raspberries
  •  
  • Ingredients for carrot sweet potato cinnamon smoothie
  • 1 c of carrots
  • 1 c of diced sweet potato
  • 1 t of cinnamon
  • 1 handful of pecans
  • 1 banana
  •  
  • Ingredients for avocado kale blueberry smoothie
  • 2 cs of kale
  • 1 avocado (meat only)
  • 1 c of blueberries
  • 1 T of honey
  •  
  • Ingredients for avocado chocolate blueberry smoothie
  • 2 avocados (meat only)
  • ½ dark chocolate candy bar
  • 1 c of blueberries
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  • Ingredients for banana peanut butter smoothie
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 T peanut butter
  • 1 t of cocoa powder
  • a dash of cinnamon

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Add smoothie ingredients to a blender
  2. Add in 1 cup of ice
  3. Cover ingredients with water or almond milk
  4. Blend until smooth

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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