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Contents

Fruit

  • Acai
  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Berries
  • Black Raspberry
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Mulberry
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Watermelon

Liquids

  • Almond Milk
  • Apple Juice
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Water
  • Coffee
  • Green Tea
  • Herbal Tea
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Raw Milk

Other

  • Beets
  • Bone Broth
  • Carrot
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hindu Lemonade
  • Lemon Juice
  • Oats
  • Pumpkin
  • Yogurt

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Fruit smoothie recipes are easy to make, and perfect for an easy breakfast or snack! You only need a few ingredients and a blender and you’re ready to go!

I love fruit smoothies. I love making them up for breakfast, for a snack, or for something healthier when I’m craving something sweet.

One of my best friend’s and I bonded the first time over drinking smoothies together. She and I had class together my first semester at BYU, it was a freshman English class, and I hadn’t gotten my meal card yet (where I was allotted money each day for food at the different food places on campus) so after class she offered to buy me a smoothie from Jamba Juice on campus. We were best friends ever since. 🙂

Smoothies are great because they are so easy! And you can you can whip them together with just a few ingredients. You can choose what kind of fruit, juice, yogurt, etc to have all types of different flavors of smoothies.

You can have it be a berry smoothie, a tropical smoothie, banana orange, strawberry pineapple, etc. Try different kinds of fruits and yogurts to change the flavor.

Easy Fruit Smoothie

I usually like using orange juice in my smoothies, but mango juice, pineapple juice, apple juice, or any other juice will work, the possibilities are endless. You can also use milk or almond milk or even water if you have nothing else.

I left this recipe a little vague so you can change the ingredients how you want to fit your flavor choices or the ingredients you have on hand. I almost always use this same ratio for smoothies, no matter what flavors.

Here we’ve got:

  • Pineapple Juice + 1 cup pineapple + 1 cup mango + vanilla yogurt + banana + 1 cup spinach
  • Apple juice + 2 cups mixed berries + huckleberry yogurt
  • Orange Banana Juice + 1 cup pineapple + 1 cup peach + vanilla yogurt + banana
  • Orange Juice + 2 cups strawberries + strawberry yogurt + banana

The possibilities are endless!

What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?

How to Make A Fruit Smoothie

Fruit smoothie recipes are easy to make, and perfect for an easy breakfast or snack! You only need a few ingredients and a blender and you’re ready to go! 4.67 from 3 votes Pin Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 cups frozen fruit
  • 1 small banana (optional)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend on high until desired consistency is reached. Add a little more juice or a little more frozen fruit (or ice) as needed to get desired consistency.

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Recipe first published on March 7, 2014. Photos and text updated on April 30, 2018

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Smoothies can serve as a cool, creamy, delicious meal-in-a-glass. But when you whip up your favorite smoothie, is it going to nourish you or merely satisfy your taste buds? And what will it do to that number on the scale? Here are six ingredients our dietitians believe will help you create the most nutritious, filling smoothies ever:

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1. Dark, leafy greens

Spinach and kale are great staples for smoothies. But don’t be afraid to branch out and try beet roots, celery (with leaves) or other dark, leafy greens.

Greens are low in sugars and calories, and provide more iron and protein than fruit. They’re also bursting with fiber, folate, and phytonutrients like carotenoids, saponins and flavonoids.

“A smoothie that is all fruit is an unbalanced mini-meal,” says Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD. “Grab a big handful of greens, rinse, and add to your smoothie to ensure you’re not missing out on key nutrients.”

All veggies help support a healthy weight, keep bowel movements regular, fight inflammation and decrease the risk of chronic disease. But research shows the vast majority of Americans struggle to eat the recommended three to five servings a day.

“If you have a difficult time eating vegetables, smoothies are a great way to increase your intake. Add as many dark, leafy greens as you like!” says April Verdi, RD, LD.

2. Cruciferous veggies

Shredded cabbage, bok choy (and leafy green kale, as well) are part of the special cruciferous family of vegetables.

“Cruciferous vegetables are my favorite ingredients to add to a smoothie. These nutrient-rich gems contain glucosinolates, an anti-inflammatory phytonutrient,” says Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD.

Researchers are exploring cruciferous vegetables because studies have linked glucosinolates to a lower risk of certain cancers. And one study linked broccoli intake to increased survival in bladder cancer.

Whatever vegetable you choose, “smoothies are an incredibly easy vehicle for increasing your overall consumption, because you can’t taste the veggies!” she says.

3. Nuts, nut butters and seeds

Veggies are vital in a smoothie, but protein will stabilize your blood sugars and keep you feeling full.

Peanut butter, other nut butters, nuts and seeds provide protein — and they also provide heart-healthy fat.

“Most smoothies provide carbohydrate and protein but lack fat,” notes Kate Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD. “The extra bit of fat in nuts, nut butters and seeds helps to slow your digestion.”

Choose natural peanut or almond butter (all peanuts or almonds, no fillers), or add walnut halves to boost your omega-3 intake.

Ground flaxseed is another great option. “It’s a source of omega-3 fat and provides extra protein and fiber,” says Ms. Patton. Two tablespoons contain 60 calories, 4.5 grams of unsaturated fat, 3 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.

“Because extra fiber also helps with bowel regularity, you may want to start with a small serving of flaxseed. Then increase, as desired, up to 2 tablespoons per day,” she notes.

Because nuts, seeds and nut butters are high in calories, “be mindful of portion sizes,” cautions Ms. Verdi. “Add no more than half an ounce of nuts or seeds, or 1 tablespoon of nut butter, per serving.” For example, eight walnut halves equal half an ounce.

4. Greek yogurt and milk/ milk alternatives

Dairy products are another source of protein, which can help make your smoothie a true meal replacement that keeps you satisfied.

“Plain Greek yogurt and tofu are nice alternatives to protein powders, which often come with added flavors and sugars that you may not want or need,” says Dawn Noe, RD, LD, CDE.

Ms. Verdi recommends nonfat, plain Greek Yogurt. If you want to add liquid to your smoothie, she suggests using unflavored skim or 1 percent cow’s milk, or unflavored almond or soy milk.

5. Berries

Love fruit in your smoothie? Then berries are the way to go.

“Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and other berries add a sweet and tart flavor, and their fiber helps you stay full,” says Ms. Noe.

“Berries also contain antioxidants, which research suggests may have cancer-fighting properties. And because they’re low on the glycemic index, berries won’t spike your blood sugars as quickly as other fruits do.”

Try tossing a mixture of berries into a smoothie. It’s easy to find frozen bags of mixed berries at the grocery store. “Just be sure to buy the plain fruit mixture – without added sugar,” she adds.

Frozen fruit is a nutritious replacement for ice in your smoothies, too.

6. Spirulina

This sea vegetable, in dried powder form, is a nutrient powerhouse — but it’s not for everyone.

“Spirulina offers a ton of nutrient density without packing in the calories and sugar,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD. “I recommend adding 1 to 2 tablespoons to a smoothie.”

Two tablespoons contain just 40 calories, 3.4 grams of carbohydrate and 0.5 grams of fiber, but provides 8 grams of protein because it’s so rich in amino acids.

But here are some caveats:

  • Spirulina may interact with certain medications, especially immunosuppressant drugs. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus or another autoimmune disease, spirulina is not for you.
  • Anyone with the rare disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) should also avoid spirulina because one of the many amino acids it contains is phenylalanine.
  • Finally, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before trying this potent sea vegetable.

Now that you’re armed with a list of the best ingredients to add to a smoothie, you should be able to create nutrient-packed, quick meals that also make your taste buds happy.

Top 10 Essential Smoothies for Beginners

If you’re just hopping on board the smoothie bandwagon but have no intention of rocking a “kale yeah” t-shirt anytime soon (don’t worry, most of us wouldn’t either), you’ve come to the right place. The last thing we want to do is deter you from embracing a healthy lifestyle or make the process so intimidating that you kick off your shoes and run to the nearest hot dog stand.

We certainly don’t believe that you have to give up your love of French fries or strike daily yoga poses to be the best version of you. Baby steps – starting with a simple smoothie each day – are all it takes to make positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle.

These ten smoothies listed below are our introductory blends, and they’re perfect for first-timers who are just getting their feet wet. They call for no more than six readily available ingredients that you can blend up in your NutriBullet in 60 seconds (yes, seriously)!

Essential Green

Consider this blend the little black dress of NutriBullet smoothies: it never goes out of style. To help keep your energy stable throughout the day, aim to balance your meals and snacks with high-quality protein, healthy fats, and fiber-filled carbs – like this combo of Greek yogurt, peanut butter, fruit, and veggies. There’s a reason this one is always on-trend.

  • 1 cup spinach or other leafy greens
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla milk or other milk/milk alternative
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ cup plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder, optional

Strawberry Banana

We love this delicious, classic combo of strawberries and banana made even better because of the chia seeds in this blend, which offer heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and a hearty dose of fiber. Add a scoop of protein powder to this mix for some extra staying power.

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk/milk alternative
  • 2 tablespoons chia seed

*Add 1 cup of spinach or other leafy greens of your choice to boost the nutritional value and add a serving of veggies.

Triple Berry

Berries are some of our favorite superfoods — they’re well-researched for the role they play in cancer prevention, as well as brain, gut, and heart health support. Plus, they’re delicious! That’s why this recipe calls for three berry varieties!

  • 1 cup spinach or other leafy greens
  • ½ cup raspberries, frozen*
  • ½ cup blueberries, frozen*
  • ½ cup strawberries, frozen*
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk/milk alternative
  • ½ cup plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt

*Or 1 ½ cups of frozen mixed berry blend

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Eating for your health certainly doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste. Case in point: this smoothie calls for chocolate, banana, AND peanut butter. High-quality nutrition has never tasted so good.

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk/milk alternative
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

*If you have cacao nibs, use 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon cacao nibs.

*If you’d like a sweeter smoothie, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.

Creamy Coffee Smoothie

Rise and shine with this creamy smoothie that offers more nutrition and less added sugar than your typical coffee blended beverage. The Greek yogurt also helps to stabilize your energy levels so you won’t fall victim to a mid-morning crash.

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ½ cup cold brew
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk alternative/milk of your choice
  • ½ cup reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Tropical Smoothie

It may be a Monday or a Wednesday, but you can kick-off the day feeling like a vacation with this bright smoothie that tastes like the tropics. Coconut water is also a fun liquid choice to use in your smoothie blends since it’s a natural source of electrolytes, like potassium, yet is lower in sugar and calories than fruit juice.

  • ½ cup pineapple, frozen
  • ½ cup mango, frozen
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 cup coconut water + ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds

*Add 1 cup of spinach or other leafy greens of your choice to boost the nutritional value and add a serving of veggies.

Veggie Smoothie

Only 1 in 10 adult Americans meet the federal daily fruit or veggie recommendations, which is really a shame considering that fruits and vegetables are the cornerstones of a healthy diet. But, you can drink your way to your daily fruit and veggie goals. Start with this 5-ingredient veggie blend!

  • 1 stalk celery
  • ½ cup cucumber
  • ½ cup carrot
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium tomato juice
  • ½ cup water

Breakfast Smoothie

Our Classic Breakfast Smoothie is a dairy-free take on the Essential Green Smoothie, but also contains the belly-filling fiber found in old-fashioned rolled oats. Didn’t think you could “drink” your oats? They help make your smoothie feel a bit more substantial and create a thick, satisfying consistency.

  • 1 cup spinach or other leafy greens
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk/milk alternative
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Raspberry Protein Smoothie

Thick and creamy, this smoothie is like sticking your straw in cheesecake. And thanks to the cottage cheese and almond butter, it packs a serious dose of high-quality protein. You have to give this smoothie a try – you won’t regret it!

  • 1 cup raspberries, frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk/milk alternative
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter or other nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey

*Add 1 cup of spinach or other leafy greens of your choice to boost the nutritional value and add a serving of veggies.

Citrus Smoothie

If you tend to like things a bit tart, this is the one for you. Aside from vitamin C-loaded citrus fruits, you can also reap the natural anti-nausea benefits of ginger by sipping on this smoothie. It’s a good one for helping to combat motion sickness.

  • ½ orange, peeled
  • ¼ grapefruit, peeled
  • 1/3 cup pineapple
  • 1/2“ fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds or other seeds

*Add 1 cup of spinach or other leafy greens of your choice to boost the nutritional value and add a serving of veggies.

Quick and easy to make, these smoothies will help kickstart your healthy lifestyle. Try them all, and let us know which one is your favorite!

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McKenzie graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Bastyr University in Seattle. She is a member of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the dietetic practice group, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. When she’s not dishing out nutrition tidbits, you can find McKenzie cooking in her sunny kitchen, hiking along with her favorite Southern California trails, or packing her bags and heading out for her next adventure.

These 3 veggie-packed smoothies for beginners are healthy, easy to make, and have “hidden” veggies in them!

If there’s one thing I love to have for breakfast in the morning, it’s a healthy smoothie recipe.

These are 3 of my favourite go-to breakfast smoothies that all have “hidden” veggies in them so you can benefit from getting an extra serving of veggies in first thing in the morning!

Three vegetable smoothie recipes

One of my nutrition goals is to make sure to fuel my body with nutritiously dense foods.

One of my favorite ways to get in some quick, easy, and healthy nutrition is with smoothies! I know adding vegetables to smoothies can still be a little “taboo” for some, so I wanted to create 3 veggie-packed smoothie recipes for beginners.

First of all, I promise you can’t taste the veggies, and you won’t even know that they’re there.

Why add veggies to smoothies?

  • It’s an easy way to get in an extra serving of veggies for your daily intake
  • Adding more veggies means adding less fruit-keeping your smoothie low in sugar (therefore, lower glycemic too!)
  • Veggies are densely nutritious and great to consume for overall health

I encourage everyone to set a goal for 2018 to try and add some more veggies to your diet! (and smoothies!)

Now let’s move on to the other ingredients in these smoothies.

I always like to add some sort of “superfood” to my smoothies to make them as nutritious as possible.

Some of my favorite add-ins are:

  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp hearts
  • Flax seeds
  • Maca powder
  • Turmeric (fresh or ground)
  • Ginger (fresh or ground)
  • Plant-based protein powder

There are of course many other add-ins that I love, but these are my “go-to’s.”

What I love about smoothies so much is you can add in so many nutritious ingredients to blend up and you have a quick and easy meal that is loaded with vitamins, nutrients and will leave you feeling amazing.

The secret to a perfect superfood smoothie is:

  • A serving of veggies (spinach, kale, cauliflower, zucchini, and carrot, are good options)
  • A serving of some type of fruit (frozen fruit is ideal for a thicker texture)
  • 1-2 servings of extra add-ins
  • liquid (plant-based milk, coconut water, fresh juice)

And that’s about it! Pretty simple right?

Let’s get blending with these 3 veggie-packed smoothies for beginners!

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berry ginger zing smoothie

  • 1/2 cup raspberries (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower (*steamed for easier digestion)
  • 1 1-inch cube ginger
  • 1 cup nut milk (I use almond milk)

Daily greens smoothie

  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup nut milk (I use almond)

Nutty banana smoothie

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, skin removed and chopped into cubes
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup nut milk (or light coconut milk)
  1. For each smoothie, add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Drink right away and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 300
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 8g

Keywords: smoothie recipe with frozen fruit, healthy breakfast smoothie recipe, green smoothie for weight loss

Tips & suggestions:
  • Keep bananas, berries, and some veggies in your freezer to have on hand for smoothies all the time!
  • If using fresh fruit, you may want to reduce the liquid content or add ice for a thicker texture
  • Add-in any of your favorite superfoods to any of these smoothies!
  • If you love these 3 veggie-packed smoothies for beginners you’ll also love my favorite green smoothie recipe!

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Start your morning right with a healthy Green Smoothie recipe made with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a couple handfuls of spinach. It’s a healthy smoothie that even my kids love. I love starting the morning with a yummy smoothie. I have a smoothie rotation that includes this smoothie recipe, a Healthy Breakfast Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie, and a Power Smoothie.

Whether you’re a green smoothie expert or a newbie, you will love this recipe! Green smoothies are the perfect way to start your morning off right…with pure vitamins, minerals, fiber, and with no added sugar. These smoothies are also a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables–they wont even taste the spinach!

What I LOVE about this spinach smoothie:

  • Fast– you can literally have this ready to go in under 5 minutes! I always keep spinach in the refrigerator and frozen fruit in the freezer, making this healthy smoothie that fastest breakfast to throw together.
  • Healthy. I love spinach because it’s low calorie and packed fiber and minerals. I also love adding flaxseed and chia seed for even more protein and fiber.
  • Customizable– change it up by adding different greens, different fruit or even throwing in some peanut butter or rolled oats! See more variation ideas below.

How to Make a Green Smoothie:

1. Add liquid. Add milk, fresh orange juice, and ice to the bottom of your blender.

2. Add spinach. Toss in two big handfuls of spinach (you could also use kale, shredded carrot, or collard greens)

3. Add Greek yogurt. I like to use plain Greek yogurt that has zero grams of sugar and lots of protein. You’re adding fruit next which will provide plenty of sugar :).

4. Add fruit and add ins. Next add your banana, frozen fruit and additional add ins (flaxseed, chia seeds, etc). Any kind of frozen fruit will work (I love raspberries, pineapple, strawberries, peaches, and mangos).

5. Blend until smooth. Check the consistency of your smoothie and add more liquid depending on your preference.

Healthy Green Smoothie Variations:

  • Add rolled oats. Whole rolled oats are a great whole grain that will add additional protein and fiber as well as a grainy texture that I love.
  • Add peanut butter. A spoonful of peanut butter will also add some healthy unsaturated fat as well as protein.
  • Switch up the greens. Try adding collard greens or kale in place of spinach. Or try a little of each.
  • Add powder. Try adding a heaping tablespoon of vanilla or chocolate protein powder or acai berry powder.
  • Make it vegan or dairy-free. Leave out the yogurt and use soy or almond milk.

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Green Smoothie

Start your morning right with a healthy Green Smoothie recipe made with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a couple handfuls of spinach. 5 from 1 vote Pin Course: Beverage, Breakfast Cuisine: American Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 4 people Calories: 85kcal Author: Lauren Allen

  • 1/4 cup milk (water, soy milk, or almond milk also work)
  • juice of 1 orange , freshly squeezed
  • 5 Ice cubes
  • 2 large handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit , pineapple, strawberries, mango, peaches, or raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed , optional
  • chia seeds , optional
  • Add liquid (milk and fresh orange juice) to the bottom of your blender. Also add ice cubes.
  • Next add spinach (or other greens).
  • Add Greek yogurt.
  • Next add your frozen fruit and additional add ins (flaxseed, chia seeds, etc).
  • Blend until smooth. Check consistency and add more liquid depending on your preference.

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.3mg Did you make this recipe?Tag @TastesBetterFromScratch on Instagram #TastesBetterFromScratch!

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I originally shared this recipe April 2013 and updated it December 2019 with new photos and ideas for adding to the smoothie.

How to Make the Ultimate Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

This healthy smoothie recipe is packed with protein, fiber, unsaturated fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. Follow our simple formula, memorize the ingredient amounts, then customize to your liking. Even better, our supercharged breakfast smoothie tastes great and keeps you full until lunchtime. But first—here’s a breakdown of five essential ingredients that make the ultimate breakfast smoothie:

Fruit: It’s the backbone of any smoothie recipe, but fruit plays a much larger role than simply adding sweetness. Fruit is an excellent source of fiber and the “good” kind of carbs that serve as an essential source of fuel. Bananas are a smoothie staple (and they’re a great source of potassium), and pair well with a wide variety of other fruits.

Greek Yogurt: Protein is the missing link in many smoothie recipes, but adding a small amount of Greek yogurt—just ¼ cup—earns you six grams towards your daily goal. Yogurt also gives your smoothie a creamier consistency.

Liquid: Unless you want to break your blender’s blades, all smoothies need a little liquid to combine properly. We like using unsweetened almond milk (it adds a touch of creaminess without extra calories or added sugar), but you can use any variety of unsweetened nut milk, freshly-squeezed orange juice, or just plain water.

Nut Butter: A scoop of your favorite nut butter adds satiating, unsaturated fats and a touch more protein to your smoothie. We love homemade almond butter for its incredible bang-for-your-buck nutrition.

Leafy Greens: Last but not least, we love to sneak a handful of greens into our smoothies for an extra dose of fiber and key vitamins and minerals. Tender, mild-flavored greens such as baby spinach work best.

We keep a running stock of frozen bananas to give our smoothies a thicker consistency, but a handful of ice achieves a similar effect. Optional mix-ins—fresh herbs such as basil and mint or fresh ginger—boost the flavor without affecting nutrition.

Smoothies are such a great way to pack extra fruit and vegetables in your diet! I’ve created six healthy and delicious smoothie recipes so you will never get bored! All kid friendly too 🙂

Do you guys drink smoothies? I kinda go through phases where I’m really into them, drinking them every morning and then I forget about them for a while. But, during the summer I’m in full on smoothie drinking mode! They’re so healthy, refreshing and the perfect way to pack some extra fruits and veggies into your diet. Today I’m sharing 6 of my favorite Healthy Smoothie Recipes with you! Green smoothies are pretty popular right now but there are so many other fun colors you can make too 🙂

How To Make A Smoothie

There’s really not many ways to mess up a smoothie! Basically, all you do is throw all your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. I do have a few tips for you though!

  • I’m sure you can make a smoothie in a food processor but I prefer to use a high powered blender, like this Vitamix that I have. A regular blender would work too but I love my Vitamix because it makes everything so nice and smooth and I love adding in ingredients like ice, nuts and seeds.
  • Adding vegetables to your smoothie: I probably wouldn’t add lettuce to my smoothie but greens like spinach and kale work great for adding extra nutrition without too much added flavor. I’ve never added cauliflower to my smoothie before but that seems to be a trend right now. Zucchini also might be a nice addition because it’s pretty tasteless but will add some nutrition. For my Beet Cherry smoothie I used steamed beets so they blended up nicely.
  • Adding fruit to your smoothie: You can pretty much add any fruit you like to your smoothie! I usually always add a banana to my smoothie because it acts as a nice sweetener while also helping to thicken it. Then, after the banana I just use whatever fruit I’m in the mood for. I really love making tropical fruit smoothies, berry smoothies and citrusy smoothies.
  • I love using frozen fruit in my smoothies because it makes them kind of like a milkshake and I love the thickness and coldness it adds. I usually just buy bags of frozen fruit that’s already diced up and it makes smoothie prep so easy! If you don’t use frozen fruit I would suggest adding in some ice just to make your smoothie a bit more refreshing. It’s totally optional though!
  • Yogurt is another great way to thicken your smoothie and can be a great way to add extra protein.
  • I usually use enough fruit to make my smoothie sweet enough for my liking, but you like want it even sweeter, you can add pure maple syrup, honey, dates or fruit juice.

What Kind Of Liquid Should I Use In My Smoothie?

This is really up to you! If I have almond milk on hand I will usually use that but if not I just use water and turns out great! You can use any other milk product (non-dairy or dairy) that you use regularly or you can jazz it up and use juice. I would just steer clear of juices that have tons of added sugar, but that is totally just a personal preference.

Smoothies For Meal Prep

Did you know that you can actually assemble your smoothies ahead of time and either store in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to use? When I do this, I usually add all the ingredients, except for the liquid, into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for about 3 days and the freezer for up to 3 months.

I like to use glass mason jars for packing my smoothies because it doubles as a container to drink your smoothie out of, but you could also use freezer safe ziplock bags, or these cool reusable bags.

Add In Ideas To Make Your Smoothie Even Healthier!

  • Chia Seeds – High in protein, antioxidants, omega-3, fiber, magnesium and potassium.
  • Hemp Hearts – High in protein, omega-3 and 6
  • Flax Meal – High in fiber, omega-3 and lignans (type of antioxidant)
  • Oats – High in soluble fiber, iron, antioxidants. Also great for lowering cholesterol and low in fat.
  • Almonds – High in antioxidants and vitamin E. Can help lower harmful cholesterol.
  • Spiralina Powder – High in vitamin A and a natural source of chlorophyll.
  • Matcha – High in EGCG which is thought to promote heart health, brain health and weight loss. Also calms the mind and relaxes the body, among many other things.
  • Turmeric – High in anti-inflammatory properties. Also, increases antioxidant capacity of your body. Can be used fresh or in powder form.
  • Ginger – High in anti-inflammatory properties. Aids with nausea and upset stomach. Can be used fresh or in powder form.

This smoothie is simple, easy and super kid friendly! I added a banana extra sweetness and I used frozen strawberries to make it really thick and delicious. I also added in chia seeds for some extra nutrients.

Orange Carrot Ginger Smoothie

This smoothie flavor is so healthy and refreshing! It’s packed with fresh carrot, oranges and grated ginger. I like to use frozen banana and ice when I make this smoothie to help thicken it up.

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

This smoothie doesn’t need any extra sweetener because the mango and pineapple are both so sweet by themselves. I like to use frozen mango and pineapple to make it thick like a milkshake!

Kale Avocado Cucumber Smoothie (Green Smoothie)

There are several ways you can make a green smoothie. For mine I used kale, cucumber and avocado. I also added a banana for sweetener. This one isn’t super sweet so you can add maple syrup, honey or dates to help sweeten it up if you like.

Lemon Blueberry Smoothie

This smoothie is sweet from the blueberries and tangy from the lemon. I like to add oats to mine because it gives it a nice flavor and helps thicken it up. I also added some sliced almonds to mine. I like to use frozen blueberries in mine.

Cherry Beet Smoothie

This one may sound a little strange but beets are sweet and actually go really well with the cherries. The beets also give this smoothie its vibrant color. I like to use frozen cherries in mine.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Orange Carrot Ginger Smoothie:

  • 1 frozen banana, or regluar
  • 1 cup fresh orange slices
  • 1/3 cup grated carrot
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 handful ice cubes (optional)

Mango Pineapple Smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango slices
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple slices
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Kale Avocado Cucumber Smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup curly kale
  • 1/2 cup peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 medium sized avocado
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 handful ice cubes

Lemon Blueberry Smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons sliced almonds (optional)
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk

Cherry Beet Smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup cooked beets
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  1. Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth, 30 seconds – 1 minute. Poor into a glass and enjoy.

Notes

  • I prefer to use frozen fruit in my smoothies because it’s convenient and gives my smoothies a nice thick texture, but you can use regular fruit instead. If not using frozen fruit I would recommend adding in a handful of ice before blending.
  • You can choose to add in any extras you like to any of these smoothies. You don’t have to use hemp hearts in your smoothie just because that is what I used.

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5 healthy smoothies that taste good and are quick and easy to make with 5 ingredients or less. These easy smoothie recipes are simple to customize and perfect for breakfast or an after workout snack. Includes super foods, secret tips and all the fruit smoothie recipes are dairy free, paleo, Whole30, sugar free with low carb keto options.

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Updated July 2019

HEALTHY SMOOTHIES FOR SUMMER AND THE NEW YEAR

With the start of summer (AKA swimsuit season) and the beginning of the new year, most of us are looking to include more clean and healthy recipes after all the heavier meals and desserts over the holidays!

Nothing helps to kick start your morning like some delicious breakfast smoothies. Smoothies are one of my family’s favorite way to start the day especially during the summer when you want something cold and refreshing.

Making smoothies at home is one of the easiest things since you can use whatever you have in your fridge or pantry. I love how versatile these healthy shakes are. You can easily swap in your favorite fruit, vegetables and other spices and add-ins you like.

ARE SMOOTHIES HEALTHY?

Ever wondered will smoothies make me gain weight?

Some fruits smoothie recipes and smoothie bowls are loaded with sugar and other unnecessary ingredients that can actually make you gain weight.

So will smoothies make me lose weight?

By using the right combination of ingredients, you can create healthy smoothies that taste good and may even help you lose weight if that is your goal.

5 EASY HEALTHY SMOOTHIE RECIPES:

Today I am sharing FIVE easy smoothies that are perfect as part of a healthy breakfast, pre or post workout snack or a quick pick me up to help keep you full until your next meal.

These delicious smoothie recipes are all naturally vegetarian, vegan friendly, dairy free and Whole30 compliant but feel free to adjust the ingredients according to your dietary preferences.

  1. Green Smoothie with Avocado – click the link OR scroll to the bottom for the full recipe
  2. Orange Smoothie OR Lemon Smoothie for low carb – scroll to the bottom for the full recipe
  3. Blackberry Kale Smoothie – click the link OR scroll to the bottom for the full recipe
  4. Strawberry Smoothie – click link the link OR scroll to the bottom for the full recipe
  5. Spinach Smoothie – scroll to the bottom for the full recipe

Most of these healthy fruit smoothie recipes are made with only 5 Ingredients or less. They are full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats and are also completely SUGAR FREE, banana-free, vegan/dairy-free.

And they’re also perfect if you are looking for recipes that are WHOLE 30 or paleo-friendly.

I’ve even included options and substitutions to make all of these easy smoothies low carb and keto-friendly if you’re following a keto diet

OPTIONAL SWEETENER

The recipes for these healthy smoothies for weight loss are sugar-free but depending on your diet and preference, you are totally free to add these refined sugar free options or any sweetener of your choice:

  • maple syrup
  • raw honey
  • ripe banana
  • dried dates
  • fresh grapes
  • coconut sugar
  • low carb sweeteners: monk fruit sweetener, erythritol, SWERVE or stevia

WILL SMOOTHIES KEEP OVERNIGHT?

My personal preference is to prep the ingredients for smoothies and then blend them when you’re ready to enjoy.

All of these smoothie recipes can be made ahead of time if your mornings are pretty crazy like ours. Simply place the solid ingredients into a labeled clear resealable bag and store them in the freezer. Then in the morning, choose the smoothie flavor you feel like having that morning….add liquid and blend.

HOW LONG CAN YOU STORE SMOOTHIES IN THE FRIDGE?

If you prefer to make your fruit smoothies ahead of time, blend all the ingredients and store in a mason jar and cover with the lid. Smoothies will typically keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. You may notice that the liquid separates so you can either shake the smoothie together or re-blend again.

CAN I FREEZE SMOOTHIES?

If you prefer to store your blended green smoothies in the freezer, you can portion them out into ice cubes until frozen. Then pop the smoothie cubes out and store in a clear resealable bag or Stasher bag for up to 3 months.

Then when you’re drink your breakfast smoothie, simply thaw in the fridge about an hour beforehand in a glass cup.

You can also freeze the smoothies in a mason jar for up to 3 months. Be sure not fill the mason jar all the way to the top, otherwise, the jar can shatter. When you’re ready to drink your healthy smoothie, thaw the mason jar in the fridge the night before or a few hours beforehand.

OTHER VARIATIONS:

You can also change up these easy smoothie recipes with any add-in choices that you like:

  • water
  • coconut water
  • matcha powder or brewed green tea
  • cocao powder
  • chia seeds
  • for dairy free: almond milk, soy milk or oat milk
  • ripe frozen banana (adds thickness as well)
  • water kefir

OTHER VEGGIES YOU CAN USE:

  • cauliflower – adds bulk
  • zucchini

If NOT Whole30, paleo & dairy is okay:

  • plain yogurt, Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt – add to the freezer for 20 minutes and it tastes just like ice cream
  • peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower seed butter for extra added protein
  • oats for extra staying power

HOW TO MAKE SMOOTHIES:

BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE TIPS IN THIS GUIDE FOR THE CORRECT ORDER OF INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST SMOOTHIES:

  1. ADD LIQUID FIRST: You’re going to start by adding the water, milk, coconut water, coconut milk to your high speed blender first. Adding the liquid first helps to make the other ingredients blend much faster.
  2. ADD GREENS OR SOFTER FRUIT & VEGGIES: Next, add any spinach, kale and other soft fruits such as fresh berries.
  3. FROZEN INGREDIENTS OR ICE:Finally, add the hard veggies, frozen fruits or ice.
  4. COVER WITH LID AND BLEND: Turn your blender on – the best part is, if you have a high powdered blender such as a Blendtec or a Vitamix, it whips all of these smoothies together in seconds.

EQUIPMENT:

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High-powered blender such as a Vitamix OR Blendtec

Optional:

Mason Jar (for storing)

Silicon ice cube tray (for freezing)

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

Green Smoothie with Avocado (includes option for low carb)

This green avocado smoothie recipe is loaded with a ton of antioxidants, vitamin-rich greens and tastes refreshing and delicious.

Thanks to the natural sweetness from the pineapple and green grapes AND the refreshing zing from the lemon and ginger, it doesn’t taste like you are drinking all those greens.

Main ingredients:

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • frozen pineapple chunks OR sub with star fruit for low carb / keto
  • green grapes OR sub with avocado for low carb / keto)
  • celery
  • ginger
  • lemon juice
  • water

Nutritional information:

Macros for one serving of the low carb smoothie recipe:

  • 71 calories
  • 6g Net Carbs = 12g Total Carbs – 6g Fiber
  • 2g Protein
  • 1g Fat

Skinny Orange Julius OR Lemon Smoothie for low carb

This refreshing fruit smoothie tastes like an orange creamsicle or a lighter version of the famous Orange Julius. It’s full of Vitamin-C and added protein from the protein powder.

Main ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup milk of your choice: we used almond milk
  • oranges / fresh orange juice OR Meyer lemons for low carb / keto
  • pure vanilla extract
  • vegan vanilla protein powder (optional) (affiliate link —> this is my favorite one)
  • ice

Macros for one serving of the keto smoothie recipe:

13 calories, 1g carb, 1g protein, 1g fat

Blackberry Kale Smoothie (options for low carb)

This great tasting and refreshing paleo smoothie is not only packed with a ton of anti-oxidants from the berries, it’s also got a sneaky serving of kale which you can’t taste at all (pinky swear) thanks to the sweetness from the tropical pineapple and blueberries.

Main ingredients:

  • blackberries
  • frozen blueberries
  • kale
  • frozen pineapple chunks OR sub with star fruit for low carb / keto)
  • water

Macros for one serving of the low carb Blackberry Kale Smoothie:

86 calories, 8g carbs, 3g protein, 1g fat

Strawberry Smoothie

This delicious strawberry smoothie recipe is so easy to make, delicious to drink and nutritious and satisfying to your body. It’s naturally sweet from the strawberries, raspberries and mango and has that added protein from the coconut cream to help fill you up.

Main ingredients:

  • frozen sliced strawberries
  • frozen mango chunks OR sub with cantaloupe for low carb / keto version
  • fresh raspberries
  • coconut cream
  • water

Option: You can add a frozen banana to make this a strawberry banana smoothie

Macros for one serving of the low carb strawberry smoothie:

156 calories, 10g NET carbs, 2g protein. 11 g fat

Spinach Green Smoothie

This sweet, creamy and healthy Spinach Green Smoothie recipe is full of vitamins and tastes like a tropical vacation. Only 5 ingredients, and kids love it too!

Main ingredients:

  • spinach or kale (I used a mix of both)
  • pear OR chayote for low carb / keto
  • apple OR leave out for low carb / keto
  • frozen mango chunks OR sub with cantaloupe for low carb / keto
  • water

Macros for one serving of the low carb spinach green smoothie:

189 calories, 6g NET carbs, 3g protein, 15g fat

MORE HEALTHY SMOOTHIES:

25 Healthy & Delicious Smoothies

Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl

Keto Smoothie Bowls

Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl

WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW EASY THESE HEALTHY SMOOTHIES ARE TO MAKE:

5 from 1 vote 5 Healthy Smoothies Prep Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins

5 healthy smoothies that taste good and are quick and easy to make with 5 ingredients or less. These easy smoothie recipes are simple to customize and perfect for breakfast or an after workout snack. Includes super foods, secret tips and all the fruit smoothie recipes are dairy free, paleo, Whole30, sugar free with low carb keto options.

Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Keyword: healthy smoothies, homemade smoothies, keto smoothies, low carb smoothies, paleo smoothie, smoothies Servings: 2 smoothies (each recipe) Calories: 71 kcal Author: Kelly Ingredients Green Avocado Smoothie:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups water or coconut water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapples OR star fruit for low carb / keto
  • 1/2 cup green grapes OR 1/2 avocado for low carb / keto
  • 1/2 celery rib
  • 1/8 inch knob of ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Skinny Orange Julius OR Lemon Smoothie

  • 1/3 cup almond milk OR milk of your choice
  • 3 large oranges OR Meyer lemons for low carb / keto, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powdered protein
  • 1 cup ice

Blackberry Kale Smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup water or coconut water
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks OR star fruit for low carb / keto

Strawberry Smoothie:

  • 2 cups frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks OR cantaloupe for low carb / keto
  • 8 fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 3/4 – 1 cup water or coconut water

Green Avocado Smoothie:

  • 2-1/2 cups spinach or kale , I used a mix of both
  • 3/4 cup water or coconut water
  • 1 pear OR chayote for low carb / keto cored and sliced (with or without skin)
  • 1/2 sliced apple OR avocado for low carb / keto
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks OR cantaloupe for low carb / keto

Instructions

  1. For each separate smoothie, to a high-powered blender: Add liquid first

    Then add leafy greens or softer fruit and veggies and spices or seasonings.

    Finally, add harder or frozen ingredients like apples, celery and ice etc.

  2. Blend on high until completely smooth or until desired consistency is reached. Add more or less water as well as a sweetener of your choice depending on your preference.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

**Please note that the nutritional info is calculated for one serving of the Green Smoothie. The macros for the rest of the smoothies are:

Green Smoothie – 71 calories, 6g carbs, 2g protein, 1 g fat

Blackberry Kale Smoothie – 86 calories, 8g carbs, 3g protein, 1g fat

Lemon Smoothie – 13 calories, 1g carb, 1g protein, 1g fat

Strawberry Smoothie – 156 calories, 10g NET carbs, 2g protein. 11 g fat

Spinach Green Smoothie – 189 calories, 6g NET carbs, 3g protein, 15g fat

*Feel free to add sweetener of your choice to any of these smoothies depending on your diet and preference
My favorite healthy options to use are: low carb sweetener of choice OR maple syrup, honey, ripe bananas or dried dates

**Add more or less liquid depending on how thick you like your smoothie. My favorite healthier options are: water, water kefir, green tea or almond milk (or milk of your choice)

Nutrition Facts 5 Healthy Smoothies Amount Per Serving (1 serving of Blackberry Kale Smoothie) Calories 71 Calories from Fat 9 % Daily Value* Fat 1g2% Carbohydrates 12g4% Fiber 6g24% Sugar 5g6% Protein 2g4% * Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Make Cheap Smoothies

Frugal hacks to help you get the most out of your smoothies and your grocery budget. Includes tips on freezing produce (oranges, anyone?), which vegetables go well in smoothies, and more.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation if you make a purchase using the links. You can view my full disclosure policy here.

For a long time, smoothies = extravagance in our home. Drinking one for breakfast meant I did a killer job stretching the grocery budget, and we could actually afford frozen fruit and other luxuries. As a result, I got a lot of practice making smoothies out of nothing – out of scraps and leftovers. I also learned what parts of a smoothie are worth paying for.

The Formula

Obviously, everyone’s smoothie taste varies. If you like following a recipe, Green Thickies is a great resource. I’m the type that follows a formula rather than a recipe, so I’ll share it below.

Green Smoothies 1:1:2

I will never complain if my vegetables taste like fruit. The formula for green smoothies is very simple, and you can adapt it to any size blender. Just remember 1:1:2.

Essentially, you fill half the blender with smoothie-friendly vegetables (not just kale – see below). Fill the other half with fruit, leaving a healthy 1-inch gap at the top. My favorite fruit for smoothies is bananas and berries, although peaches and pineapple work well too. You can find a lot of ideas on Pinterest.

Next, fill the blender with some kind of liquid (see below) until it covers the fruit. Then add any additional ingredients (remember that gap?). Blend, blend, blend. Pour into a Mason jar, because if you’re drinking a green smoothie you might as well go all the way.

All-Fruit Smoothies 1:1

These are simple. Toss a combination of bananas and berries (1 banana per serving tastes great) into the blender. Sprinkle any add-ins (see below), then cover with liquid and blend.

On Instagram Stories, I shared this smoothie kit hack. It’s simple and worth the extra couple of minutes to put them together.

Blenders

You can make a delicious smoothie with a cheap blender. However, you will make an amazing smoothie with an amazing blender.

We used a cheap blender for years, and it worked fine. However, when we added nuts and greens, we wound up chewing our smoothies. Gross.

When I want to chew my food, I make a salad. Or basically anything besides a smoothie.

A refurbished Nuritbullet (affiliate link) solved that problem. I also have green smoothie friends who swear by their Ninja (affiliate link). However, when I am ready to invest in a machine that will last forever and blend everything, I intend to buy a Vitamix or Blendtec.

Save Money on Greens

Quality fruits and vegetables get expensive, especially when you add them to smoothies multiple times a week. Here are some of my favorite ways to save money on greens.

    • Buy frozen – Here is where a great blender helps you save money. Frozen spinach generally cost less than fresh, and a good blender purees them no problem.
    • Freeze your own – If I have a bag of fresh spinach or kale that we need to eat but I didn’t make plans for it, I toss it in the freezer. No need to prepare it in any way – simply close the bag to limit the amount of air that can get in.
    • Buy a lot when it’s on sale or in season – Now that you know you can freeze it all, you can get the best price possible and keep it for months.
    • Spinach and kale aren’t the only vegetables you can blend into smoothies – You can use swiss chard, beet greens, zucchini (like the core from making zoodles), summer squash, frozen broccoli, and avocado.
    • Cucumber leftovers – If you want to go really frugal, check this. Sometimes I freeze cucumber peels and add a few to smoothies. Only 1-2, so it doesn’t monkey with the taste. Cucumber smoothies taste good, but I recommend you use a specific cucumber smoothie recipe. I just add a few peels to my regular banana and berry combinations
    • Squash seeds – When you scoop out the seeds to roast a winter squash (butternut, acorn, pumpkin, spaghetti, etc.), try flash freezing them on a baking sheet, then break them into chunks and store them in a freezer bag. Another frugal way to add more plants to your diet, and it only takes 5 minutes.

Save Money on Fruit

Here are some of my favorite ways to save money on fruit for smoothies.

    1. Buy a lot when it’s on sale or in season – Flash freezing is my friend. When bananas go on sale because they’re overripe, I buy all of them. When we pick strawberries, I don’t bother taking off the green tops (more green, right?). I simply wash, flash freeze, and store in a freezer bag.
    2. Pick local – On our area, picking local, unsprayed berries is less expensive than frozen organic berries. You can find a Pick-Your-Own farm near you here.
    3. Price shop – Generally speaking, I find the best prices on bananas and berries at Aldi, Costco, and Trader Joe’s.

Citrus

I love a little citrus in my smoothies. However, buying orange juice gets expensive. Mostly because people in my house drink the orange juice before it goes in the smoothies. Here’s how I fix that:

  1. Orange juice concentrate – Let’s be honest. Orange juice likely isn’t even actual oranges (go watch that video – it’s hysterical), so why pay for expensive bottled juice when we can just use concentrate? I prefer the taste of bottled when I drink it straight. But in a smoothie, it really doesn’t matter. To save money, I buy a can of concentrate, open it, then reseal it and leave it in the freezer. When I make a smoothie I simply scoop a teaspoon of concentrate out of the can and toss it in with the fruit or liquid. No one can “accidentally” drink it, and a $1 can of concentrate lasts for weeks.
  2. If you want real oranges – Snatch them up when they’re on sale and flash freeze them. Simply peel, chop, and freeze on a baking sheet until hard. Store in a freezer bag and toss a few pieces into your smoothie.

Liquid

This is perhaps the most flexible and cost-saving area. I’ve used all these ingredients in smoothies with great success. Each has its own unique flavor, so find one that works for you.

  • Vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt (contains more sugar than other options) and water
  • Greek yogurt and water
  • Homemade yogurt (very inexpensive)
  • Cottage cheese and water
  • Milk
  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Cashew milk
  • If you have a high powered blender, try using just a tablespoon of raw nuts and water. It will make a sort of nut milk while you blend. I use this method because it’s extremely frugal.

Add-ins

People love adding fun things to their smoothies. I’m no exception, although I try to keep it frugal. The cost of powders, nuts, and seeds adds up quickly. Here are a few of the most inexpensive additions:

  • Leftover oatmeal – Seriously. Assuming you didn’t add anything like cinnamon and raisins that will create a strange flavor, leftover oatmeal tastes great in a smoothie. It’s creamy, easy to blend, and can keep you full longer.
  • Raw oats (I buy mine from Bulk Natural Foods or Aldi) – You could also soak them in some yogurt overnight and add them to the smoothie.
  • Beans (garbanzo/chick peas or great northern beans) – Sounds crazy, but these mildly-flavored beans also add a creamy texture and more bulk to your smoothie. If you use vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt, you probably don’t need to add any additional sweetener. Otherwise, I would add a drizzle of honey or extra fruit.
  • Flax seeds (affiliate link)

A few slightly more expensive additions we like (these are affiliate links):

    • Quinoa – cooked in water or milk
    • Hemp hearts
    • Chia seeds
    • Nut butter – Almond and cashew are my favorite. With the Nutribullet, I can toss a few roasted nuts in the blender, and they turn into nut butter as I blend.
    • Collagen powder
    • Protein powder – I don’t love protein powder, but we use Vega right now. It’s delicious!

Smoothie Lids & Straws

We’ve received a lot of questions about the lids with straws that screw onto our Mason jars (they show up all the time on Instagram and Facebook Stories).

For years, we used whatever we had – cups, mugs, etc. A cup is a cup, my friend. When we started drinking smoothies more regularly, we bought a few reusable straws to make them more kid-friendly (read: less-spillable).

Then we found sturdy screw-on lids with straws for glass canning jars. These are amazing, convenient (read: even less-spillable), and you can use any size wide-mouth jar – a pint or quart jar. They also come in the small mouth size.

You don’t need these lids to make good smoothies, but they do give you extra hipster points.

Your turn!

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite kinds of smoothies? How do you make them more frugal?

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