Frozen strawberry greek yogurt smoothie is thick, creamy and utterly delicious! This strawberry smoothie with yogurt is the perfect protein and nutrient rich 10 minute breakfast for busy days.

From the number of breakfast recipes on the blog, it might look like I’m not a breakfast person. But thats sooo far from the truth that its funny. I’m famous in the family for waking up hungry – does that happen to anyone else? Is that a real thing?

And I need to eat ASAP. I’m already thinking about breakfast scenes as soon as I get up – nothing elaborate. Just a simple, delicious something to fill my stomach till I can manage something more decent.

This frozen strawberry greek yogurt smoothie makes it to the list at least a few times a week during strawberry season – which it still is here in Bangalore. I’m not complaining when I see those plump berries on the shelves and have actually been hoarding them by freezing them so that they last us through summer.

And let me tell you, if you want a real thick creamy smoothie you need to freeze your fruits. Its almost magical how the blender and frozen fruits work together to give you the best creamy, almost ice cream like deliciousness. Peach season is around the corner and that’s when I’ll be switching over to my frozen peach mango smoothie. So we have options guys.

This frozen strawberry greek yogurt smoothie is only three ingredients and all the job is done by my favorite immersion blender. I swear its topping the list of favorite kitchen gadgets to use these days! Because it is pretty awesome, and once you start using one, you will probably get rid of a lot of other things that are taking up precious space on your kitchen counter.

Lets talk about immersion blenders for a second. Because I’ve been experimenting with mine and pushing the limits. So far we’ve successfully made pesto, smoothie, pureed soup, whipped cream, whipped eggs for the fluffiest omelette in the world, churned butter, made salsa and homemade mayonnaise.

How is that for an awesome list of things you need that immersion blender for? I have a KitchenAid blender which comes with multiple attachments, all set up in a neat little box. But honestly, I hardly ever use all of them. One of the blades and the whipping attachment is what sits on my counter along with this cordless (yesssss cord freee!!) stick blender.

I was afraid that my blender won’t be able to blend these rock solid frozen strawberries, but with a little greek yogurt and this powerful machine showed me that it means business.

This is really going to be smoothie 101. Because we all need this list.


What goes into a smoothie?

You can get as creative as you want with a smoothie. Fruit, green leafy vegetables, water, any other liquid (almond milk, coconut milk, greek yogurt, milk) and a sweetener are what you normally need for a smoothie. These are elements which you can use to make your own favorite combination. In addition to this, you can add oats; super foods like chia seeds, matcha, spirulina; and tons of other things. Here’s a great resource to give you green smoothie 101 if thats what you prefer.

Why freeze strawberries for this frozen strawberry greek yogurt smoothie?

Frozen fruit in a smoothie gives smoothies a creamy, frosty, thick texture that can’t be achieves if you use fresh fruit (because they tend to become more liquidy). Psychologically, the thick texture of the smoothie also helps me feel full faster because it gives the illusion of more density and volume. Another advantage is that you can take advantage of using fruits that are not seasonal and still enjoy them for the rest of the year.,

Strawberry smoothies like this frozen strawberry greek yogurt are great for you to start the day. Greek yogurt is packed with protein, whereas strawberries are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C – which means all good things.

Before you go away, I do want to add that I still love eating fresh fruit and nothing can replace the fiber in fresh fruit. But when I want breakfast in 10 minutes, this frozen strawberry greek yogurt smoothie really does the job!


Frozen strawberry greek yogurt smoothie is thick, creamy and utterly delicious! This strawberry smoothie with yogurt is the perfect protein and nutrient rich 10 minute breakfast for busy days.


  • 2 cups Frozen Strawberries (stems discarded)
  • 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon Honey or Agave


  1. Add strawberries, greek yogurt and honey to a jar. Use an immersion blender to blend everything till smooth. Serve immediately. (Alternatively you can also use a blender to blend the ingredients)


  • To freeze strawberries, cut off the stem and line the strawberries on a baking tray, making sure they don’t touch each other. Place the tray in the freezer till the strawberries are frozen solid. Remove them from the tray and store them in an airtight container or a zip lock bag in the freezer
  • You can easily replace greek yogurt with coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or even coconut water. The consistency of the smoothie will change when you make substitutions
  • If using vanilla yogurt or sweetened greek yogurt, omit the honey

Other Smoothie Recipes you’ll enjoy:

Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie

Healthy Vegan Frozen Peach Mango Smoothie

Vegan Spinach Ginger Smoothie Bowl


Greek Yogurt Smoothie

You do not need to have aspirations to be a smoothie person this year to love every sip of this healthy Greek Yogurt Smoothie.

And if you do have aspirations to be a smoothie person, here’s the perfect easy smoothie recipe to get you started!

Made with strawberry, banana, and protein-rich ingredients like Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and oatmeal, this wholesome smoothie will keep you full for hours. It’s thick and creamy, pleasingly fruity, and tastes absolutely delicious.

Whether this recipe is your first smoothie or your 500th, I am confident you’ll adore every sip.

The Greek yogurt strawberry banana smoothie combo is classic and just plain yummy. If you haven’t had a strawberry banana smoothie for a while—perhaps you consider it too obvious and have been in pursuit of more unusual combinations—you are in for a refreshing reminder of why these two fruits are famous flavor buddies. They rock.

(Also, if the idea of strawberry/banana being cliché resonates with you, you sound adventurous and ready for a Beet Smoothie or Oatmeal Smoothie.)

My biggest gripe with many smoothie recipes is that they don’t keep me full for longer than an hour or two. Not this smoothie!

The recipe leans heavier on the Greek yogurt, meaning it’s especially rich in protein (important if you are looking for smoothies for weight loss).

Add fiber-rich strawberries, bananas, and oatmeal, plus the help of healthy fats from a touch of peanut butter, and you have a winning breakfast smoothie poised to keep you full and happy until your next meal.

How to Make a Delicious Greek Yogurt Smoothie

This recipe uses simple ingredients and will become one of your go-to smoothie recipes.

The Ingredients

  • Banana. Bananas are rich in fiber, antioxidants and nutrients, making them perfect for a smoothie. While I usually freeze bananas for smoothies, here you don’t need to (win if you haven’t planned ahead!). Since the banana isn’t frozen, you can make this smoothie without milk. If you do use a frozen banana, you may need to splash in some milk or water to thin it so the smoothie blends.
  • Strawberries. With vitamins, manganese, potassium, and antioxidants, strawberries make a healthy addition to any smoothie. I use frozen strawberries; they are perfect for smoothies because they make it extra creamy and thick. In place of the strawberries, you could also use frozen mixed berries or blueberries.
  • Greek Yogurt. What type of yogurt is good for smoothies? I think Greek yogurt is the best for smoothies because of it’s rich, creamy texture, tangy flavor, AND it’s high in lean protein.
    • Is Greek Yogurt Good for You? Yes, Greek yogurt is good for you! It’s one of my favorite healthy ingredients. Greek yogurt is low in added sugars (the sugars in plain Greek yogurt occur naturally in dairy), and it’s rich in calcium, probiotics, nutrients, and antioxidants.
  • Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a fantastic addition to smoothies because it’s packed with protein and fiber to keep you full for hours. It makes the smoothie creamy, and its flavor is subtle and pleasant.
  • Peanut Butter. For added protein and flavor. I chose to make this Greek yogurt smoothie with peanut butter. Feel free to use almond butter or, if you prefer the smoothie to be nut free, you can use sun butter or simply omit it.
  • Honey. I like adding honey to this smoothie for a touch of sweetness. Plus, honey adds additional antioxidants!
  • Ice. An option addition if you want to make your smoothie thicker.

The Directions

  1. Place all of the ingredients but the ice in a blender, and blend until smooth. Adjust mixture with ice or milk as needed. Pour in a glass, and ENJOY!

Are Smoothies Good for Weight Loss?

  • This Greek yogurt smoothie can be good for weight loss because of its high protein content. The protein will help to keep you full, which will reduce the temptation to reach for that mid-morning snack.
  • The delicious texture and flavor of smoothies can even satisfy a sweet tooth. Try this Greek yogurt smoothie for a low calorie, healthy dessert.

Recipe Adaptations

  • High Protein Greek Yogurt Smoothie. Add 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder.
  • Greek Yogurt Smoothie, No Banana. I made this a Greek yogurt smoothie with banana, but if you prefer to make your smoothie without banana, I suggest trying my tasty Strawberry Smoothie.
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt Smoothie. Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract for a hint of vanilla flavor or use vanilla Greek yogurt. If you use flavored yogurt, look for one with minimal added sugars.

Make-Ahead Smoothie Tips

  • To Make Ahead. Blend the smoothie up to 1 day in advance and store in the refrigerator in an airtight jar. The less air, the better.
  • To Make Ahead and Freeze. Prepare the smoothie as directed, pour into an ice cube tray, and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, add the smoothie ice cubes to the blender with a little water or almond milk, and blend.
  • Prepare the smoothie as directed and pour into freezer-safe mason jars. Place sealed jars in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  • For easy breakfasts and snacks, you can also blend the smoothie as directed and pour it into popsicle mold plastic bags (like these) or popsicle mold containers. Freeze for up to 3 months, and grab and go as needed.

All of them above make-ahead options would also work well if you want to double (or triple) the recipe.

More Favorite Smoothie Recipes

  • Strawberry Spinach Smoothie
  • Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
  • Kale Smoothie
  • For even more ideas, check out my Healthy Breakfast Smoothies post.

I am SO EXCITED about all of the wonderful, healthy, DELISH recipes I have in store for you this year! Like this strawberry Greek yogurt smoothie, they prove that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to make wholesome, flavorful meals you’ll adore.

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5 from 2 votes Leave a Review ” Yield: 1 smoothie (12 ounces) Prep Time: 3 mins Cook Time: 2 mins Total Time: 5 mins A delicious Greek yogurt smoothie made with healthy ingredients like strawberries, banana, oatmeal and peanut butter. Packed with protein to keep you full!

  • 1 cup whole frozen strawberries — about 10 large berries or mixed berries of choice
  • 1 medium ripe banana — peeled and cut in half
  • ¾ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
  • Water or unsweetened almond milk — as needed
  • Ice — optional
  1. Place all of the ingredients but the ice in a blender: strawberries, banana, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon honey. Blend until smooth. Depending upon the size and power of your blender, you may need to stop it and scrape down the pitcher a couple of times. If the mixture is too thick to blend, splash in a little water or almond milk, stir to move the contents of the blender around, and blend again; if it is too thin, blend in a few ice cubes. Taste and add additional honey if you would like the smoothie sweeter. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Recipe Notes


Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Keyword: Healthy Breakfast Smoothie, protein smoothie, strawberry banana smoothie, strawberry greek yogurt smoothie, weight loss smoothie All text and images © Erin Clarke / Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 smoothie) — Calories: 392, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Potassium: 997mg, Carbohydrates: 57g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 35g, Protein: 25g, Vitamin A: 76%, Vitamin C: 95%, Calcium: 218%, Iron: 1%

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Berry + Yogurt Smoothie recipe is a delicious blend of frozen mixed berries, vegan vanilla yogurt, plant milk, and makes a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert!

This post is sponsored by Silk.

Summer is in high gear here in Southern California! In fact, we’ve hit a few record highs this year. I’m back with this Berry + Yogurt Smoothie, it’s a delicious non-dairy frosty idea to cool you down and make your taste buds happy. ❤️

Berry + Yogurt Smoothie

Berries: It all starts with frozen berries, any will do. As you can see I’ve used a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. It was a berry mix that I picked up in the freezer section of the grocery store. Any combination works well here, mix and match your favorites, or use all of one kind if you prefer.

Yogurt: Next, add in your non-dairy yogurt of choice. I’ve used Silk’s Almond Vanilla flavored yogurt here. If concerned about added sugars, I would suggest using the plain flavored which only contains 6 grams of sugar per serving (5.3 oz.). If using the plain flavor, add a splash of vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon of ground vanilla to the mixture before mixing.

Banana: To add a banana or not? I’ve made this smoothie both ways, with and without a banana, and I must say the one with the banana was the better of the two. I used a room temp banana, which added extra creaminess and helped to make it slightly less icy. It will also add some bulk and extra added nutrition. If you have one on hand, by all means add it in!

Non-Dairy Milk: Lastly, you’ll want to add about 1/2 cup of unsweetened non-dairy milk or water to help get everything moving in the mixer, add ing a splash or two extra as needed.

Toppings: Some optional toppings to consider are frozen berries, granola, cocoa nibs, and coconut flakes, just to name a few.

How To Make Berry + Yogurt Smoothie

Making a berry & yogurt smoothie is so easy and ready in minutes!

  1. Place ingredients into your blender, blend until smooth, stopping every now and than to scrape down the sides if needed. Add an extra splash of non-dairy milk or water as needed.
  2. Once ingredients are blended, serve your smoothie in a glass with a straw/spoon or enjoy your smoothie from a bowl. Either way, adding a few toppings will take your smoothie over the top.

Now you are ready to sit back, relax and enjoy this frosty berry sensation! ❄️

More Smoothie Inspiration

  • Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
  • Vanilla Date Smoothie
  • Enlighten Smoothie Bowl
  • Banana Split Protein Smoothie
  • See all vegan Smoothie recipes on TSV!

If you try this easy yogurt smoothie recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.


Get frosty with this super easy and delicious smoothie! Ft. almond-milk yogurt and made with lots of love!

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Serves 1 1x
  • Category: Smoothie, Breakfast, Snack
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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  • 1 1/2 cups frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries)
  • 1 small banana, optional (but adds extra creaminess!)
  • 1 – 5.3 oz. (about 3/4 cup) non-dairy yogurt (pref plain, but any flavor works)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or ground vanilla bean powder, optional

Place ingredients into your blender, blend until smooth, stopping every now and than to scrape down the sides if needed. Add an extra splash of non-dairy milk or water as needed.

Serve as is in a glass with straw/spoon. Alternately, serve in a bowl making a smoothie bowl.

Either way you serve it, top with any one or more of these optional topping:

  • frozen/fresh berries
  • granola
  • coconut flakes
  • cocoa nibs
  • chia/hemp seeds
  • chopped almonds
  • a dollop of your favorite nut butter

Serves 1 large or 2 small smoothies.


If concerned with too much added sugar, I would suggest using Silk’s Almondmilk Plain Yogurt Alternative. It only contains 6 grams of sugar per 5.3 oz. serving.

The nutritional information shown below is a general idea. It is not completely accurate, but is pretty close. These yogurt alternatives are so new that they are not yet in the nutritional database that I use.

All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting TSV by supporting my sponsors. They have many plant-based, non-dairy products, some organic, that you can find here: Silk Products

56 Smoothies for Weight Loss

Packed with essential nutrients that keep your skin, hair, bones, and heart healthy, there’s virtually no prep work or cleanup with smoothies. But not just any drink will do. In this collection of weight loss smoothies, you’ll find something to satisfy every craving from a hearty breakfast that satisfies to a classic pie-inspired dessert. You’ll also find muscle-building protein, satiating fats, and digestion-aiding fiber in these scrumptious sips.

Since we’ve taken care of scouting the nutritional winners, all you have to do is pick a recipe, start the blender, and enjoy!

RELATED VIDEO: How to Actually Lose Weight Drinking Smoothies


Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 228 calories, 7.5 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 23 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 16 g protein
Protein Source: Soy milk, peanut butter and protein powder

If you’re a big fan of the classic childhood sandwich, you’ve got to give this recipe a try—it’s like sipping a little bit of salty-sweet heaven through a straw. Blending frozen berries with all-natural peanut butter, vanilla protein, rolled oats and soy milk helps create the protein-packed delicious taste—without tons of excess calories. If you’re not a fan of soy milk, feel free to sub in any type of unsweetened milk you prefer. It won’t alter the taste or nutrition profile much, and will retain its title of one of our best weight loss smoothies.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.


Spinach Flax Protein Smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 231 calories, 8 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 23 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 11 f sugar, 19 g protein
Protein Source: Almond milk, spinach, optional protein powder, flax meal, chia seeds

This is the spinach smoothie for people who don’t like spinach—but want to. Thanks to the addition of mango, pineapple, and banana, you won’t even taste the leafy green—but you’ll still reap all of its health benefits. In fact, this drink serves up 33 percent of the day’s vitamin A—most of which comes from the leaves. The addition of chia seeds and flax provides four grams of satiating fiber so be sure to keep those in the mix if you’re looking to sip as much protein as possible.

Get the recipe from The Blonde Buckeye.


Key Lime Pie Shake

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 212 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 17 g carbs, 0.7 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 42 g protein
Protein Source: Fat-free cottage cheese and protein powder

Key Lime pie may taste great, but with ingredients like heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, butter, and sugar it’s anything but great for your waistline. This shake, on the other hand, is low in sugar and overflowing with 42 grams of muscle-building protein—that’s more than a day’s worth of the nutrient for someone who’s not very active and nearly half of what you’ll need if you’re a religious gym rat. We know the addition of cottage cheese may sound a bit strange, but that’s what gives this drink its satisfying milkshake-esque consistency. If you’re sensitive to dairy, swap in tofu to achieve the same texture. To keep your drink as healthy as possible, nix the pudding mix and xanthan gum—they only add calories and chemicals you don’t need.

Get the recipe from Dashing Dish.


Skinny High Protein Oreo Milkshake

Fat-free cottage cheese, skim milk, cookies, vanilla and a touch of Stevia team up to create a mouthwatering concoction that only tastes sinful. While it is a bit high in sugar, 13 grams are the naturally occurring variety from the dairy, so it won’t throw your diet off track. Although this drink shouldn’t be your everyday go-to—it does contain Oreos, after all—it’s an excellent alternative whenever a craving for something sweet strikes. Opting for this weight loss smoothie over a Dairy Queen Oreo Cookie Blizzard of the same size will save you 20 grams of fat and 48 grams of sugar!

Get the recipe from Honey and Figs Kitchen.


Sunrise Smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 209 calories, 1.8 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 42 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 28 g sugar 8 g protein
Protein Source: Greek yogurt

You’ll be whisked away on a mini mental-vacation the second you start sipping this tropical-tasting smoothie. Don’t let the high carb and sugar count scare you off; it’s coming from berries, an orange and banana—all vitamin- and fiber-rich produce that will keep you trim and healthy.

Get the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.


Dark Chocolate Peppermint Shake

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 153 calories, 3.2 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 20 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 grams sugar, 13 grams protein (calculated with unsweetened almond milk)
Protein Source: Protein powder and optional Greek yogurt

This minty sweet shake allows you to enjoy the taste of chocolate peppermint bark no matter what time of year it is—and without all the sugar and fat. One of our top weight loss smoothies may taste like dessert, but thankfully, it doesn’t have the same waist-expanding effects. Top your drink with a dollop of Greek yogurt to take the presentation and protein count to the next level.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.


Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 280 calories, 14 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 39 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 7.5 g protein
Protein Source: Almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds

Made with just four ingredients, this smoothie will take you no time at all to whip up. The almond milk and nut butter provide a solid hit of natural protein while the chia seeds lend a boost of antioxidants and heart-protecting omega-3s. Enjoy this as a healthy breakfast on the go or an afternoon snack. To kick your shake up a notch, add a few shakes of cinnamon. It will not only heighten the drink’s taste, but also zap stubborn belly fat and help stabilize your blood sugar, which can ward off diet-derailing cravings.

Get the recipe from The Roasted Root.


Coffee Banana Protein Smoothie

What do yogurt, bananas, and coffee all have in common? They’re all delicious breakfast go-tos that join together to create this energy-boosting protein smoothie. The mix of caffeine, natural sugar, and protein is ideal after a tough morning workout. If you’re looking for a bit more protein or a thicker texture, add a bit more yogurt or some 2% milk.

Get the recipe from Cookin’ Canuck.


Grape and Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 320 calories, 9 g fat, 1.8 g saturated fat, 6.5 g fiber, 37 g sugar, 9 g protein
Protein Source: Cooked and cooled scrambled eggs, almond milk

If you’re not big into the idea of using nutrition powders—or you’ve simply run of out your go-to—you’ll love this creative recipe. The blogger calls for a scrambled and blended egg in lieu of whey or plant protein, which is a fat-incinerating idea we totally love! The egg’s protein aids muscle recovery and the choline in the yolk fights fat cells to give you that lean look you crave. As an added bonus, the berries and grapes provide more than a day’s worth of vitamin C, which aids trim-down efforts further by warding off cortisol, a pesky stress hormone that triggers the storage of fat.

Get the recipe from The Roasted Root.


French Toast Protein Shake

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 235 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 12 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 42 g protein
Protein Source: Fat-free cottage cheese and protein powder

The fresh French toast taste you love with a lot more protein and a fraction of the fat and calories—now that’s something worth waking up for! Though we love the idea of this shake, we’re not so keen on the recommended three to five packets of Stevia. Since the sweetener is so much sweeter than sugar, we suggest starting with two packets and slowly adding more if you think it’s needed. The less you can get away with using, the better.

Get the recipe from Dashing Dish.


Berry Oat Smoothie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 280 calories, 4.9 g fat (2.3 g sat fat), 3.3 g fiber, 35.9 g sugar, 10.6 g protein

Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for oatmeal, no matter how good it is for you. This smoothie blends plenty of antioxidant-rich blueberries with oats to ensure you still get the benefits and stay full all the way through to lunchtime. Just make sure you’re using one of our best yogurts for weight loss in your at-home version.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 346 calories, 19.2 g fat (4.2 g sat fat), 7.8 g fiber, 19.9 g sugar, 11.1 g protein

Frozen bananas and peanut butter team up to give this smoothie a rich, milkshake-like consistency that will make you think it’s sinful. When you use unsweetened almond milk, though, it’s packed with protein without sky-high sugar counts found in other smoothies.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.


Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 585 calories, 37.8 g fat (4.1 g sat fat), 7.0 g fiber, 26.6 g sugar, 18.6 g protein

If you’re looking for a meal-replacement smoothie, look no further. This one’s overflowing with protein from rich almond butter and antioxidants from frozen blueberries. With over 18 grams of protein and a hefty dose of fiber, cravings won’t come crawling back an hour later.

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.


Raw Chocolate Smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 437 calories, 19.5 g fat (4.4 g sat fat), 11 g fiber, 34.7 g sugar, 12.4 g protein

Raw cacao is different from that supermarket chocolate in two very important ways: it’s packed with powerful antioxidants and boasts a surprisingly high amount of fiber. Paired with a portioned amount of honey, it’s as sweet and indulgent as what you’re used to, except it’s actually good for you.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.


Raw Banana Bread Shakes

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 307 calories, 20.2 g fat (2 g sat fat), 6.9 g fiber, 12.6 g sugar, 9.3 g protein

You’ll get all the warm, comforting flavor of the weekend breakfast staple without any of the flour or butter when you pick this smoothie. Plus, walnuts boast healthy omega-3s, protein, and fiber to keep you satiated.

Get the recipe from The First Mess.


Yields 2 servings
Per 1.7 cup serving (calculated with nonfat strawberry greek yogurt and unsweetened almond milk): 263 calories, 3 g fat, 6 g fiber, 26 g sugars, 11 g protein

Frozen peaches, ripe banana, fiber-filled oats, almond milk, and protein-packed Greek yogurt deliver a filling breakfast in just three minutes. With 11 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, it’ll stave off the mid-morning hangries.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.


Fresh Blueberry

½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ tbsp natural unsalted almond butter
water to blend (optional)

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 232 calories, 6 g fat, 16 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 28 g protein


Peanut Butter Cup

½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla or chocolate plant-based protein powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
½ frozen banana
½ tbsp natural unsalted peanut butter
water to blend (optional)

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 258 calories, 6 g fat, 21 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 30 g protein


Vanilla Chai

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup chai tea (brewed from a teabag and chilled)
½ scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder
½ frozen banana
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tbsp unsalted natural almond butter
water to blend (optional)

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 219 calorie, 9 g fat, 20 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 17 g protein


Green Monster

¼ cup no-sugar-added apple juice
¼ cup water
½ scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder
½ Bosc pear, chopped
½ cup baby spinach, loosely packed
½ frozen banana
¼ ripe avocado

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 271 calories, 6 g fat, 40 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 15 g protein

See more great recipes in The Zero Belly Cookbook!



The mall rat’s favorite sugar bomb gets a healthy, protein-rich reboot. Cottage cheese (or Greek yogurt) provides a solid base of protein, and orange zest and juice impart sweetness and antioxidants without a surplus of sugar.

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 130 calories, 2 g fat, 15 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 16 g protein

Get the recipe at Dashing Dish.


The Best Weight-Loss Smoothie Ever

If you’re looking for another tasty shake, don’t miss this easy and incredible video recipe, compliments of Zero Belly Diet!


Grasshopper Pie

Fresh spinach and mint leaves create the green hue of this pie-inspired shake. Besides color, these greens carry loads of healthy vitamins and thylakoids, compounds found in spinach that have been shown to reduce cravings and promote weight loss. A grasshopper pie isn’t complete without the chocolate, and the added cocoa powder has antidepressant powers due to the presence of polyphenols, according to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Get the recipe from Sift and Whisk.



Pear Power

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 332 calories, 14.1 g fat (3.2 g saturated), 25 mg sodium, 50.3 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 30.5 g sugars, 6 g protein

The fall harvest produces many well-known superfoods, like pumpkins and apples, but this recipe utilizes the commonly overlooked pear. This seasonal fruit earns its super-status because it’s rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, and hunger-fighting pectin, a soluble fiber that helps slow digestion. The cinnamon adds an extra anti-inflammatory punch to warm up the crisp notes of the pear.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.


PB&J Protein

If you’re a big fan of the classic childhood sandwich, you’ve got to give this recipe a try—it’s like sipping a little bit of salty-sweet heaven through a straw. Blending frozen berries with all-natural peanut butter, vanilla protein, rolled oats and soy milk helps create the protein-packed delicious taste—without tons of excess calories. If you’re not a fan of soy milk, feel free to sub in any type of unsweetened milk you prefer. It won’t alter the taste or nutrition profile much.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.


Avocado and Lime Green Tea

If you’re not into green juice, why not try a green smoothie instead? This blogger packs healthy greens into this recipe, from broccoli to parsley to zucchini to kale. Green foods are considered superfoods because they contain a high amount of antioxidants, plenty of vitamin C (136% DV!), and essential phytonutrients for detoxification. Pile on the added benefits from catechins, the antioxidant found in green tea that hinders the storage of belly fat, and you’ll leave breakfast feeling slim and refreshed.

Get the recipe from To Her Core.


Strawberry Beet

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 165 calories, 7.3 g fat (6 g saturated), 80 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 17 g sugars, 2 g protein

If the bright pink color doesn’t wake you up, the increased blood flow to your muscles after gulping it down will! The nitrates found in beets thin out your blood so it can flow more easily to hard-working muscles, increasing endurance and lowering blood pressure. According to a study in the journal Nutrients, tossing back beet juice 90 minutes before a sweat session can help you work out longer. If you’re working your way to a flat belly in the gym, make sure to add this recipe to the list of pre-workout snacks.

Get the recipe from Vegu Kate.


Grapefruit Green

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 156 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 70 mg sodium, 37.7 g carbs, 6.1 g fiber, 24.5 g sugars, 2.5 g protein

We don’t know about you, but the green drink can often become monotonous. Brighten up your green routine with this Grapefruit Green choice. Loaded with fiber, potassium, and manganese from the apple and banana – which adds a creamy, natural sweetness – this shake is livened up by the addition of tart grapefruit. Even better, using its juice to thin it out helps to keep this drink light and refreshing.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.


Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Who needs carrots when you have this? This Pumpkin Pecan Pie flavor provides a whopping 583% of your daily vitamin A needs along with 18 grams of protein. Next time you’re craving an extra slice of pie, whip this up for a healthy alternative.

Get the recipe from Sift and Whisk.



Digestive Aid

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 133 calories, 0.9 g fat (0 g saturated), 120 mg sodium, 25.8 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 14.4 g sugars, 4.4 g protein

This one combines the bloat-busting properties of ginger, fennel, and spirulina with hydrating fresh mint, cucumber, and coconut water for a light treat that aids your digestive system. Spirulina is a blue-green algae dietary supplement that’s rich in protein. A study published in World Journal of Dairy and Food Sciences found spirulina effective in growing cultures of the helpful probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus while killing harmful gut bacteria. Paired with the flat-belly effects of ginger, this spirulina smoothie will help get rid of bloat and gas so you can feel slim and lean.

Get the recipe from In Sonnet’s Kitchen.


Clementine Sunshine

This creamsicle-inspired shake is sunshine in a glass. Even with only four ingredients (clementines, ice, almond milk, and salt), this drink still offers around 240% of your daily value of vitamin C and has almost no fat.

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate.


Key Lime Pie Breakfast

This low-cal treat is the perfect addition to your morning routine. Adding a mango heightens this shake’s tropical flavor and sweetness to perfectly complement the tart lime. Instead of whipped cream, top this off with a little lime zest – the skin of limes is rich in D-limonene, a compound that has been shown to soothe heartburn and acid reflux.

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.


Matcha Mint Chip

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 288 calories, 18.8 g fat (2 g saturated), 152 mg sodium, 31.3 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 5.2 g protein

This green delight earns its bright color from mint leaves and matcha powder, a tea that bursts with anti-aging antioxidants and powerful metabolism-boosting compounds. Unlike the ice cream flavor — which uses sugar and milk — this shake is sweetened by ripe bananas and made creamy with avocado and almond milk. Top it off with cacao nibs as a sugar-free sub for the chocolate chips, and this drink will quiet your chocolate cravings and leave you energized.

Get the recipe from Vegu Kate.


Healthy Peanut Butter Cup

Anything with “healthy” and “peanut butter cup” in its name sounds like a trick, but this is actually a surprisingly slimming treat! With 46% of your daily calcium needs and 8 grams of protein, this can double as breakfast or dessert. Looking to boost the protein content for a post-workout snack? Using peanut flour instead of peanut butter and you’ll also cut the fat content in half.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.


Kale Ginger Detox

If your holiday season has been filled with butter-loaded dishes and sweet treats (whose hasn’t?), lucky for you, this is the perfect way to reset your system after weeks of fat and sugar abuse. With nutrients like immune-boosting cinnamon, bloat-banishing ginger, heart-healthy chia seeds, fat-burning bananas, and fiber-rich blueberries, this is a perfect balance of warm and fresh flavors that will leave you feeling refreshed, clean, and satisfied.

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.



Blueberry Coconut Lime

This recipe boosts your metabolism because it is loaded with protein (greek yogurt) to burn calories when paired with exercise, fiber (almonds) that elevates your metabolic rate because it makes your body work harder to digest, and blueberries that are loaded with the metabolism-boosting antioxidant anthocyanin.

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.


Matcha Shake

For an incredible start to your morning, this drink is smooth and creamy from the soy milk and banana and brightened by the watermelon. Adding chia seeds adds a healthy dose of omega-3s. To get the most bang for your nutritional buck, sip this before a workout—matcha contains compounds called catechins that can help trigger the release of fat from your body’s cells and speed up the liver’s ability to turn stored fat into energy.

Get the recipe from Healthy Happy Life.


Carrot Pear Lavender

We’re loving the unlikely flavor combinations from this blogger. She mixes fruit (pear) and vegetables (carrots) in an appealing and refreshing way. This recipe will make your body and mind happy: the carrots act to keep you satisfied thanks to their high water content, antioxidants, and vitamins, while the lavender will help to boost your mood and reduces fatigue.

Get the recipe from Passionately Raw.


Green Apple Pie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 371 calories, 9.8 g fat (1.2 g saturated), 45 mg sodium, 56.4 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 40 g sugars, 17.8 g protein

This silky smoothie tastes like apple pie in a glass. Rather than resorting to milks or sugary bananas, it’s is made creamy by silken tofu and packs in 18 grams of protein without the added protein powder.

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.


Radish Detox

We’ve traditionally leaned on superfoods like kale, spinach, and bananas in our health drinks. Instead, this recipe employs a more underrated healthy food: radishes. Although radishes are untraditional ingredients, this low-cal drink reaps the benefits of both the radishes and the leaves, which include being able to reduce levels of bad cholesterol and insulin and boost good LDL cholesterol, according to a study in Nutrients.

Get the recipe from Passionately Raw.


Kiwi Basil

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 365 calories, 1.8 g fat (0 g saturated), 23 mg sodium, 91 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 46.8 g sugars, 5.2 g protein

Take a step out of your comfort zone with this incredibly quirky combo. This creamy sip is mellowed by the basil and banana, but zesty from the grapefruit and kiwi. Certainly satisfying your sweet tooth with 46 grams of sugar, the natural sweetness won’t bloat your belly. The tropical kiwi fruit is the reason this recipe has vitamin C, which helps the body oxidize fat during moderate-intensity exercise, according to a study published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism.

Get the recipe from Healthy Happy Life.



Raspberry Coconut

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 316 calories, 12.7 g fat (6.7 g saturated), 34 mg sodium, 48.8 g carbs, 17.2 g fiber, 20.5 g sugars, 6.3 g protein

Need to cool down after a hot day at the beach or killer workout? Lap up this refreshing, tropical-inspired drink. The best part? The raspberries used the give it its signature flavor are packed with polyphenols, powerful natural chemicals that aid rapid weight loss and even stop fat from forming!

Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life.


Vanilla Date

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 443 calories, 5 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat,, 240 mg sodium, 74 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 48 g sugar, 28 g protein (calculated without the optional second banana and two dates)

No time to sit down to eat after your sweat session? Whip up this drink as a delicious, indulgent-tasting post-workout meal. After a workout, the body craves a combination of fast-acting carbohydrates and protein to jump-start the recovery process, and this provides just those very nutrients. Though the sugar count looks high, all of the sweet stuff is coming from the fruit, so as long as you don’t have a health condition like diabetes, there’s no need to sweat it!

Get the recipe from Simple Veganista.


Spiced Butternut Apple

Thanks to the squash, bananas, and apple blended into this fall-inspired cup, this drink provides a major hit of nutrients, including vitamins A, B6, and C, which has been shown to fight off cortisol, a hormone that causes belly fat.

Get the recipe from Food Fitness Fresh Air.


Almond Butter Spinach

Bicep-building spinach and almond butter (one of the most potent belly-fat bouncers of the food world) makes this sweet and creamy shake a nutritional powerhouse. And thanks to the addition of pineapple, you won’t taste the leafy greens in your cup in the slightest.

Get the recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking?


Superfood Power

Filled with a plethora of superfoods, and bursting with a light, refreshing flavor, this dairy-free, high-fiber smoothie is far from ordinary. Aside from its double-decker, Instagram-worthy appearance, this sip calls for two of our best fruits for fat loss: apples and strawberries—it doesn’t get much better than that!

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


Raspberry Cheesecake

A typical slice of raspberry cheesecake from a restaurant can have an upwards of 930 waist-widening calories, with the majority of those coming from sugar and fat—not what you want to be eating if you’re trying to work off those love handles. Next time a dessert craving strikes, make this instead. It may not taste exactly the same, but it’s close enough to satisfy your taste buds.

Get the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling.



Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein

To ax the added sugar from this recipe, swap the suggested Chobani Black Cherry yogurt for a plain Greek variety and use cocoa powder in lieu of chocolate syrup. Then, to amp up the cherry flavor, add an extra handful of those heart-healthy, slimming cherries.

Get the recipe from Baking Addiction.


Chai Gingerbread

Kick off the holidays right, with this high-fiber, protein-rich sip, inspired by the season’s signature flavor: gingerbread! Free of the excess fat and added sugars typically found in gingerbread treats, this chai-infused, vitamin C-packed concoction will do right by your body. And speaking of tea, stay warm—and trim—through the winter with the help of these powerful and delicious weight loss teas.

Get the recipe from In It 4 The Long Run.


Cinnamon Roll

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 219 calories, 2.7 g fat (0 g saturated), 96 mg sodium, 41.9 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 21.3 g sugars, 8.2 g protein.

There’s no denying that a cinnamon roll makes for a mouthwatering breakfast, but it’s not a meal that will keep you satiated or fuel your flat belly efforts. When you whip this up you’ll get the sweet, slightly-burnt flavor you love, without derailing your diet. That’s what we call a win-win!

Get the recipe from Family Fresh Meals.


Cilantro Apple Post-Workout Smoothie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 237 calories, 12.9 g fat (<1 g saturated), 48 mg sodium, 27.7 g carbs, 6.2 g fiber, 19 g sugars, 8 g protein

Cilantro gives this post-workout sip an unexpected flavor twist that’s sure to keep you coming back for more.

Get the recipe from Purely Twins.


Maple Cinnamon Blueberry

Nutrition: 253 calories, 4.2 g fat (<1 g saturated), 111 mg sodium, 50.4 g carbs, 7.4 g fiber, 35.6 g sugars, 8.1 g protein

Inspired by the flavors of a backwoods cabin and blueberry pancakes, food blogger Brianne created this sippable treat for your taste buds. The recipe calls for a dairy-free yogurt alternative, which can easily be substituted with a dairy-based yogurt to amp up the calcium count. We’re fans of Chobani Simply 100 Blueberry Greek Yogurt, so much so in fact, that we named it one of our best yogurts for weight loss.

Get the recipe from Cupcakes and Kale Chips.


Eggnog Smoothie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 175 calories, 1.6 g fat (0 g saturated), 91 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber, 15.9 g sugars, 4.4 g protein

If you want to accelerate your holiday weight gain in the spirit of Santa, a classic eggnog is sure to do the trick. With ingredients like sugar, eggs, whipping cream, and bourbon, Nog is the worst thing to happen to eggs since Humpty Dumpty. One cup can easily exceed 350 calories and 10 grams of saturated fat. Our suggestion? Celebrate the season with this Christmas-inspired treat instead. Not only will doing so cut your calorie intake in half and keep nearly 9 grams of artery-clogging fat out of your body, but it will also provide a quarter of the day’s calcium and an alphabet of vitamins needed to keep you healthy through the chilly winter.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.



Hawaiian Piña Colada

Every afternoon should be celebrated with a colorful umbrella drink—whether or not you’re basking in the tropics. Take a mental vacation with this piña colada flavored creation, complete with a cheery cherry on top.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


Blackberry Cinnamon

Packed with belly-filling fiber and manganese, a mineral that’s essential for energy production, this recipe is sure to satisfy your desire for a decadent dessert while simultaneously keeping those pre-lunch munchies at bay. If you’re looking for more healthy breakfast options, check out these 50 best overnight oats recipes!

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

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Are Smoothies Healthy?

You’ve packed into your blender all kinds of fresh, whole foods like strawberries, blueberries, mango, kale, and mint.

Would eating two bananas, half an orange, and half a pineapple satisfy your tummy longer than the same fruit in a 16-ounce drink? Absolutely… a lot longer.

What could be wrong?

Nothing, actually, until you turn on the blender.

For losing weight, there’s one major problem with smoothies – all smoothies. They’re liquids.

Less Satiety

Consistently, researchers have found that calories in liquid form have less satiety than calories in solid form. What is satiety? It’s the opposite of hunger. Satiety is getting out of hunger. Satiety is also a measure of how long you stay full after eating.

“Foods that provide the highest satiety for the fewest calories will help you lose weight and keep it off because they do not force you to live with chronic hunger,” explains Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition and Educator at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami. Pritikin has been teaching healthy living skills for more than 40 years.

The satiety level of liquids is slim to none, meaning, you don’t compensate for the calories you drink by eating less food. For example, if you drink a smoothie (let’s say it’s 150 calories) before or with a meal, you’re unlikely to compensate by eating 150 fewer calories of food at that meal or at your next meal.

How To Lose Weight

Bottom Line: If weight loss is your goal, steer clear of any beverage with calories, from soft drinks to sugary teas to smoothies to fruit juices. Liquid calories, no matter their source, will not curb your appetite as well as solid foods do.

So, rather than pulverizing your fruits and veggies with a blender, enjoy them whole. Peel a banana. Break open a bag of baby carrots. Swirl strawberries into a dish of nonfat Greek yogurt. Keep a big bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter. Get in the habit of taking fruit and veggies wherever you go.

And watch that bathroom scale plummet.

Meal Replacement Shakes/Smoothies

A smoothie substituted for a junk food breakfast can aid in weight loss, but for long-term weight control, an exercise and eating approach like Pritikin is your best bet.

There is one exception to the above. Research has found that in outpatient medically-monitored programs, meal replacements in liquid form, such as protein-fruit-vegetable shakes, are beneficial for weight loss. “They are quick and simple and may replace a true junk food breakfast,” states Dr. Tom Rifai, MD, FACP, Founder and CEO of Reality Meets Science® and member of the Pritikin Scientific Advisory Board.

“There is no question that people can lose weight on such shakes/smoothies, but their efficacy for long-term weight control is debatable,” points out nutrition researcher Kimberly.

“For permanent weight-loss success, an exercise and eating approach like Pritikin is your best bet. That’s because the Pritikin Eating Plan focuses on foods that are not only healthy but also provide the highest satiety for the fewest calories.”

High-satiety/low-calorie foods include whole vegetables, whole fruits, beans, potatoes, yams, and cooked whole grains such as whole-wheat pasta and brown rice, and moderate amounts of nonfat dairy and lean meat.

Make-Your-Own Smoothies

As you know, smoothies are popular these days, so popular that sales of make-your-own-smoothie items like blender machines and bags of frozen fruit have risen, say market watchers.

Nicely, there are truly healthy choices, like frozen fruit combinations that have no added sugar or juice. (Look for Ingredient Lists that list only fruits and/or vegetables, nothing else.) To make your smoothie, simply blend with soymilk or nonfat dairy milk. That’s it.

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Good brands of frozen fruit-and-veggie combinations include Dole Fruit & Veggies Blends, Wyman’s of Maine, Earthbound Farm Organic Smoothie Kickstart, and many store brands.

Don’t Be Fooled

And everywhere you go, from supermarkets to McDonald’s to Starbucks, ready-to-drink smoothie choices abound.

Do put on your label-reading glasses, however. Many commercially-produced smoothies, though promoted as super nutritious, are anything but.

Here are four examples of smoothies that will likely do more damage than good to your waistline and health.

“No Sugar Added!”

Some bottles of smoothies, such as Naked Boosted Blue Machine, boast on the front label that they have “no added sugar.” While that may be true, do turn the bottle around. Check out the Nutrition Facts label and Ingredient List. This 15-ounce bottle has a whopping 320 calories – yes, that’s about 50 calories per sip.

Plus, the naturally occurring sugar from Naked Boosted Blue Machine isn’t coming from a whole lot of whole fruit. It’s mainly from apple juice concentrate, “which is highly refined and processed and hardly different from sugar or high fructose corn syrup,” says Pritikin nutritionist and educator Kimberly Gomer.

“Rich In Fiber!”

A large proportion of the fiber in some of these commercial smoothies is from refined fibers like dextrin and inulin, not fruit puree. That’s cause for concern, say nutrition researchers, because processed fibers probably do not have the same benefits as naturally-fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.

“Products like these smoothies, packed with refined sugars and refined fibers, may raise fasting triglyceride levels, promote weight gain, and increase insulin resistance. They will no doubt also raise blood sugar levels in people with diabetes,” warns Gomer.

Smoothie Alternatives for Breakfast

Rather than drinking your calories in a smoothie, start your day with hearty foods that will keep you full for a long time and promote healthy weight loss. Best Breakfasts for Weight Loss

And though home-blending your fruits and vegetables is better than buying these store-bought, refined-fiber smoothies, it’s likely not as beneficial as eating your fruits and veggies whole, especially if you’re trying to peel off pounds.

Explains Gomer: “The impact of blended fiber on satiety is almost surely less than if the same fiber is consumed as a solid food.”

“3-¾ Servings of Fruit!”

Striving to cash in on Americans’ efforts to get more servings of fruit and vegetables in their diet, many food manufacturers have trumpeted that a really simple way to consume multiple fruit-and-veggie servings is to drink a smoothie. Bolthouse Farms C-Boost, for example, advertises that its 15-ounce bottle has 3-¾ servings of fruit.

Technically, that’s correct. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that a half cup (4-ounce) serving of fruit juice counts as one serving of fruit.

But what Bolthouse doesn’t tell you is that the USDA also recommends that most of the fruit Americans eat should be whole fruit, not fruit juice.

“How Many Servings?”

This is an old trick, but sadly, a lot of people keep getting tricked. Many 15- or 16-ounce smoothies list calories at about 80 or 90 calories, and people often think, “Well, that’s not terrible.”

But those 80 or 90 calories are for one 8-ounce serving. Drink the entire bottle (which most of us do), and we’ve downed about 160 calories. That’s more calories than you’d get from a can of coke.

Bottom Line | Are Smoothies Healthy?

Some smoothies, especially the ones you make at home from whole fruits and vegetables, are high in vitamins, minerals, and many other beneficial nutrients.

But for losing weight, smoothies tend not to be a good choice because they’re liquids. Calories in liquid form have less satiety, or hunger-curbing power, than calories in solid form.

“Your best choice for losing weight is whole vegetables and whole fruit,” sums up Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Longevity Center.

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Healthy Smoothies for Weight Loss and Over-all Health Goodness

Drinking fruit and veggie smoothies for weight loss is a fun way to get rid of unwanted body fats and improve your over-all health. They can be used as meal-replacements or add them to your healthy meal plan. By using fruits and vegetables in making them, you can have various health benefits.

Health Benefits of All Natural Smoothies

1. Easy weight loss. If you’re having a hard time losing weight because you are always tempted to eat other foods that taste a lot better than your diet, then worry no more! Drinking smoothies made of natural ingredients will help you melt all those extra pounds away from your body. Smoothies keep you from getting hungry all the while providing your body the nutrients that it needs. You don’t have to worry about gaining weight while taking in something that’s so delicious you can’t get enough of it. Losing weight has never been so easier with smoothies.

2. Detox: The fruits and vegetables that you use to make smoothies contain health nutrients that cleans the junk out of your body. Detoxifying will give your body a break from all the artificial chemicals that you get everyday and repair itself.

3. Smoothies keep you hydrated. Smoothies can provide the water that your body needs to stay hydrated. A glass of smoothie for breakfast can help you keep hydrated throughout the day.

4. Improves digestion. The fiber found in the fruits and veggies that you turn into smoothies will aid in better digestive activities. Better digestive activities mean quicker elimination of waste from the gut and no constipation to worry about. Also, fiber is what gives you the impression that you’re “full” which causes you to eat less.

5. Strengthen your immune system: Your immune system fights off illnessess and free radicals that can harm your body. Drinking yummy smoothies can help empower your immune system and make your strong. Regular intake of these drinks can lessen the number of times you get sick.

Nutritional Value of Smoothies

As blended food gets digested easily by your stomach, it becomes easier for your body to absorb the nutrients it needs. Some nutrients that you can get from smoothies are:

• Vitamins and Minerals

Fruit smoothies contain vitamin C with antioxidants that help boost your immune system. These antioxidants that you find in the fruit smoothies block free radicals that can be harmful to your health. Fruits that have Vitamin C are citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits. Melons also have adequate amounts of vitamin C. These fruits also possess minerals such as potassium which supports cardiovascular health and maintains your blood pressure in a normal level.

Other fruit categories such as berries are also rich with antioxidants that help decrease inflammation and phytonutrients that fights various diseases. Tropical fruits such as papaya, bananas, mangoes, avocado, and pineapple are also good sources of vitamin C and potassium. They also contain folate and manganese. These nutrients from tropical fruits can help keep your bones strong, maintain your blood sugar in a normal level, and your thyroid glands and nerves healthy.

• Fiber

When you use fruits and vegetables in your smoothies, you get a healthy dose of fiber that your body needs. Fiber helps digestion go easier in you tummy and can prevent constipation.

Why Thicken Smoothies?

When you make smoothies, it would be better if you include ingredients that would thicken its texture. Studies have shown that thicker smoothies will leave you feeling fuller than those thinner ones. These ingredients will thicken your smoothies:
• Avocado – this fruit supplies the healthy fat that your body needs and will keep you satisfied until your next meal. It is a smoothie thickener and provides creaminess to your drink. You can also use other dense fruits like papaya, mangoes, bananas and vegetables like spinach.
• Chia seeds – chia seeds are rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds turn gel-like when they are soaked in liquid so when you include this in your smoothie, it will surely have a thick texture.
• Oats – this will make your smoothie filling. You will feel satiated until the next meal time arrives.

Other smoothie thickeners are:

  • Coconut meat
  • Nuts such as almonds and walnuts (only if you can afford to have a few more calories)
  • Frozen fruits (frozen fruits provide more flavors because you won’t have to add ice anymore)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Frozen yogurt

Weight Loss Smoothie Recipes

Here are some recipes that you can follow to make smoothies!

1. Berry Banana Smoothie

  • – 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • – ½ frozen banana
  • – 1 cup spinach
  • – 1 cup water
  • – 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • – ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

You can also add 1 tablespoon of gelatin in your berry banana smoothie for protein.

2. Banana and Strawberry Smoothie

  • – 1 banana
  • – 5 strawberries, hulled
  • – 1 cup cold milk
  • – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3. Blueberry Greek Yogurt Smoothie for Lossing Weight Prep time 5 mins Cook time 5 mins Total time 10 mins Author: Richael Williams Recipe type: Smoothies Serves: 1 Ingredients

  • – ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • – ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • – ½ cup water
  • – 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • – ¼ tablespoon cinnamon
  • – ½ tablespoon honey or ½ banana to sweeten


Smoothies is healthy, but you still have to exercise portion control – can’t over drink it. You should also consult your doctor on how to best add or incorporate smoothies in your daily diet. Have a happy blending!


This frozen fruit smoothie is an icy blend of apple juice and frozen blueberries, cherries, raspberries and mango. An easy nutrient packed drink that’s perfect for a hot day.

I make frozen fruit smoothies at least once a week – they’re delicious, healthy and the perfect way to use up all those odds and ends of fruit in my freezer!

I don’t know about you, but here in California it’s been hot, hot, hot! I whipped up some of these frozen fruit smoothies for my kids to ward off the heat. They’re a quick and easy snack, and full of icy cold fruit to help keep you cool.


I personally have a blender meant just for smoothies but it’s not necessary; any blending machine will work. Toss your blend of frozen fruit, juice, and Greek yogurt into the blender and mix until smooth. I chose to use blueberries, cherries, raspberries, and mango for a tart, yet sweet, blend of fruits.

This recipe makes two servings but can easily be adjusted to make only one serving, or more servings, whatever you desire. Simply cut the recipe in half for one serving. If you double the amount of ingredients called for, remember that it will bump it to four servings since this is enough to make two servings. Each serving is around 16 ounces each.

There are a lot of great juices out there that would work well in your fruit smoothie. I typically use apple juice because it’s readily available and a neutral flavor base, but other great options are

  • White grape juice
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cranberry juice

You can even use milk, almond milk or coconut milk instead of juice for your smoothie.

I typically use whatever odds and ends of fruit I happen to have in my freezer. You can really mix and match however you like here, just use the same quantity of the fruits listed in the recipe. Some other great fruit options to use are

  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries


Although smoothies are sweet, making it seem like they’re a treat more than a health benefit, they actually full of nutrients. A fruit smoothie contains large amounts of folate. vitamin C, and potassium. Most fruits are a great source for these nutrients and one fruit smoothie can contain up to 2-3 servings of fruit. The Greek yogurt also adds a good dose of protein, which help keep you full for longer.


If you want to make a frozen fruit smoothie and don’t have any frozen fruit on hand, add ice to your mixture. If you don’t add frozen fruit or ice, your smoothie won’t be thick and frosty. If you don’t mind this, then you’ll be fine to continue. I highly recommend using frozen fruit because it tends to blend better than straight ice. It’s not pleasant to bite down on chunks of ice in a smoothie!

This fruit smoothie recipe is so easy that we make them most days during the hot weather. You won’t hear me complaining. They’re a lot healthier than ice cream and if making them keeps the want for ice cream at bay, I’m all for it!


  • Raspberry Smoothie
  • Mixed Berry Smoothie
  • Tropical Smoothie
  • Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
  • Sparkling Raspberry Pineapple Freeze

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Frozen Fruit Smoothie

This frozen fruit smoothie is an icy blend of apple juice and frozen blueberries, cherries, raspberries and mango. An easy nutrient packed drink that’s perfect for a hot day. Course Drink Cuisine American Keyword frozen fruit smoothie, fruit smoothie Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 1 minute Total Time 6 minutes Servings 2 Calories 201kcal Author Sara Welch

  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups assorted frozen fruit I used cherries, raspberries, blueberries and mango
  • 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • additional fruit and/or mint sprigs for garnish optional
  • Place the juice, fruit and yogurt in a blender.
  • Blend until completely smooth.
  • Pour into 2 glasses. Garnish with additional fruit and mint sprigs if desired.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.6mg

A super simple 5 ingredient Healthy Berry Yogurt Smoothie. Protein packed to keep you full throughout the day. A perfect on the go breakfast!

Smoothies are a great way to keep your diet in check during the holiday season. This is one of my favorite smoothies that I keep in constant rotation. Loaded with tons of protein to keep you full throughout the day. This smoothie is a great on the go breakfast or midway snack.

Quick, easy and super healthy. Loaded with fiber, vitamins and protein. This smoothie is gluten-free and has only 5 ingredients!

A blend of bananas, blueberries and blackberries are added to the smoothie. Greek yogurt and soy milk are added to give the smoothie tons of protein and a creamy, thick consistency.

This smoothie has no added sugar. The banana and berries add a natural sweetness to the smoothie.

You can substitute frozen berries in this smoothie but I prefer fresh myself.

This Healthy Berry Yogurt Smoothie makes two servings. I like to make extra to have on hand. Best of all this smoothie takes less than 5 minutes to make!

Drinking a smoothie in between meals helps me stay full throughout the day and keeps me from snacking. They are also an easy way to add extra fruit into your diet.

To make this smoothie simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and pulse for 30 seconds. Stir and pulse again for another 30 seconds until blended. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately. Garnish with blueberries and blackberries if desired.

It’s hard to stay on track with healthy eating during the holidays. This quick and delicious smoothie will keep you on track this holiday season.

Here are some more of my favorite smoothies:

  • Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
  • Berry Spinach Smoothie
  • Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

Healthy Berry Yogurt Smoothie

4.87 from 15 votes Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 2 A super simple 5 ingredient Healthy Berry Yogurt Smoothie. Protein packed to keep you full throughout the day. A perfect on the go breakfast!

  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh blackberries
  • 5.3 ounce package plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 whole banana
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Pulse for 30 seconds, stir and pulse for an additional 30 seconds.
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Facts Healthy Berry Yogurt Smoothie Amount Per Serving Calories 205 Calories from Fat 27 % Daily Value* Fat 3g5% Saturated Fat 1g6% Cholesterol 4mg1% Sodium 88mg4% Potassium 614mg18% Carbohydrates 33g11% Fiber 6g25% Sugar 21g23% Protein 13g26% Vitamin A 647IU13% Vitamin C 30mg36% Calcium 264mg26% Iron 1mg6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Keyword: Fresh blueberries, Healthy Breakfast, smoothies and shakes, yogurt

Berry Banana Greek Yogurt Smoothie


Looking for healthy ideas for breakfast? This smoothie recipe fits the bill! It’s quick, easy, delicious, and packs a nutritional punch!

There’s nothing I love for breakfast, more than something that’s healthy, and packs a nutritional punch! Okay, I lie, I’d probably like bacon more if I’m being honest, but we all know that it doesn’t pack a nutritional punch like this smoothie does. I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately, and I’m always changing’ things up so that it doesn’t get boring. Sometimes I make smoothies that consist of 100% fruit, other times I like to throw in yogurt. Today’s smoothie is chock full of fruits AND protein, to help you feel full for longer.

You’ll start with a 6 ounce cup of Blueberry non-fat greek yogurt. Speaking of greek yogurt, have you entered our Chobani Giveaway yet? to enter!If you’re not crazy about blueberry yogurt, you could sub in strawberry, or another flavor of your choice. Even if you don’t like greek yogurt, no worries, by the time all is said and done, you won’t even taste it!

Along with the yogurt you’ll need about 5 strawberries. Fresh or frozen, doesn’t matter. You’ll also need one whole banana. In your blender, add the yogurt, strawberries, and banana. Add 1/4 cup of water, and about 4 ice cubes. Blend on high until the smoothie is we’ll…. nice and smooth! If you used all frozen fruits, you might need a bit more water. If you used all fresh fruit, you may need a bit more ice. Play around with it, you really can’t mess it up! I also added in about two tablespoons of hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are an awesome source for a variety of nutrients, including protein, and they don’t really alter the flavor. Another good add-in would be chia seeds. If you don’t have either of these on hand, don’t worry, they are optional.

I felt like this smoothie was perfectly sweet as-is, so I didn’t add anything to sweeten it further. If it’s not sweet enough for your tastes, you can always add a little honey. Pour into a glass, garnish with a fresh beautiful strawberry (you deserve it!), add in a fun paper striped straw, and enjoy!

There’s no need to pay for an expensive smoothie from your favorite smoothie shop when it’s SO easy to make delicious smoothies at home!

Love smoothies like I do and looking for more smoothie recipes? Checkout this fabulous Tasty Green Smoothie or this High Protein Strawberry Smoothie.

Prep Time: 5mn Cook Time: N/A Total Time: 5mn


  • 6 ounces Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • *Optional 2 tablespoons hemp seeds


  1. Combine all ingredients, blend on high until smooth.

Recipe from CenterCutCook
By Ashley Wagner
Posted on May 9th, 2013
About the Author:
Ashley is the founder of CenterCutCook and a former teacher that now spends her days in the kitchen so that she can share her favorite recipes with you!

Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

Updated on April 11, 2019 by Averie Sunshine

This Frozen Fruit Smoothie is packed with berries, strawberry yogurt, and cashew milk. Smoothie recipes with frozen fruit are the best because they don’t need any ice to reach the perfect consistency!

Creating This Frozen Fruit Smoothie With Yogurt

I love smoothies. They’re fast, easy, healthy, and refreshing. This one has just three ingredients but you’d never know it based on how creamy, smooth, and satisfying it is.

I got the ingredients at Vons. Look for the “new” tag at your local Von’s or Safeway stores to find new items like these at great values. I used Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk, Silk Strawberry Dairy-Free Yogurt, and a frozen mixed berry blend of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

I love baking and making smoothies with Silk products because they’re so low in calories and fat, they’re vegan and dairy-free, and I always get impressive-tasting results.

By using frozen fruit, I didn’t need to add ice, which can water down smoothies. Plus frozen is cheaper and readily available even when it’s not berry season.

Between the naturally sweet fruit and the strawberry yogurt, I didn’t need to add sugar to the smoothie. Love it when that happens!

The recipe as written will serve two, and you can freeze the second portion for later. Or get creative and make frozen yogurt popsicles with it. However you try it, you’re going to love it!

How to Make a Fruit Smoothie

To make this frozen fruit and yogurt smoothie, you’ll need frozen mixed berries (or any frozen fruit you like), Silk Strawberry Dairy-Free Yogurt, and Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk. Add the frozen fruit smoothie ingredients into a blender, but reserve half of the cashew milk.

Blend the smoothie ingredients until smooth, and pour in the remaining cashew milk slowly until desired consistency is reached. For a thicker fruit and yogurt smoothie, add less cashew milk. And for a thinner smoothie, add a little more.

This healthy fruit smoothie can be frozen for up to one month (just cover the top of the glass with plastic wrap or store in a sealed container). When you’re ready to enjoy the prepped smoothie, let it rest on the counter for 30 minutes before enjoying.

Tips for the Best Fruit Smoothie

The frozen fruit in this easy smoothie recipe can be substituted with fresh fruit, if desired. You’ll need to add a handful of ice, though. If berries are in season, you can buy them fresh and freeze them the night before!

Also, feel free to switch out the other ingredients as you see fit. Play around with the yogurt flavor you use, or use plain yogurt and sweeten with a little honey or maple syrup instead.

And any non-dairy milk from Silk would pair nicely with the flavors of this smoothie, so don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to cashew milk.

More Fruit Smoothie Recipes:

  • Skinny Pina Colada Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Under 100 calories for a creamy, rich & satisfying smoothie that tastes like the real deal!
  • Blueberry Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) – A healthy, no-sugar-added smoothie that tastes like a blueberry pie! So good!
  • Tropical Peach Pineapple Slushies – No added sugar! Cool, refreshing and they go down so easily! Optionally add alcohol and makes a great party drink.
  • Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie (vegan, GF) – No sugar needed in this refreshing, 3-ingredient, healthy smoothie!
  • Make-Ahead Smoothie Freezer Packs — Prep your breakfasts and snacks for the week with these easy and DELISH freezer pack smoothie recipes!! They’ll make your mornings and your life so much EASIER!!
  • Strawberry Coconut Pina Colada Smoothie — A smoothie that tastes like a strawberry pina colada!! Fast, easy, refreshing, naturally sweet, and made with ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS!!

Yield: 16 ounces (serves 2) Prep Time 3 minutes Total Time 3 minutes

  • 8 ounces (1 heaping cup) frozen mixed berries*
  • 6 ounces Silk Strawberry Dairy-Free Yogurt (or your favorite)
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk (or your favorite milk)
  1. Add the fruit, yogurt, and about 1/2 cup milk to the canister of a blender or food processor. Blend on high power and drizzle in remaining milk, as needed, until desired smoothie texture and consistency is achieved. Serve immediately.
  2. Extra portion will keep in a freezer-safe (plastic) glass for up to 1 month in the freezer. Allow to thaw at room temp for about 1 hour before serving. Alternatively, freeze extra portion in popsicle molds.

*I used strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries; fresh may be substituted but you’ll need to add ice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 120mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 21g Protein: 7g

Even More Easy Smoothie Recipes:

The Best 15 Healthy Smoothies – Fast, easy, and tasty smoothie recipes that’ll keep you full and satisfied and are skinny jeans-friendly!

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Like a strawberry milkshake but healthier! Sweet, creamy and satisfying!

Tropical Green Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Tastes like a Pina Colada. Sweet, creamy, healthy and gives me more energy than coffee!

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Tastes like a virgin pina colada. Sweet, creamy, refreshing and healthy! No need to add sugar since the fruit is sweet enough!

Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Work in extra Vitamin C with this smooth, creamy, easy and healthy smoothie!

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

Post is brought to you by Safeway. The recipe, images, text, and opinions expressed are my own. In other areas look for your local Safeway, Cons, CARRS, Tom Thumb, or Randalls. #safeway

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My kids could definitely be called picky eaters, but I never have to struggle to convince my kids to eat yogurt or fruit. In fact, both are considered to be a delicious to treat and a favorite for snack. Sometimes it is fun to mix things up a bit, literally. I recently made this Mixed Berry Smoothie to share with my three year old, Wesley for breakfast using one the easy to clean Ninja Ultimate Blender cups. (We love that blender!) It was the perfect size for an adult and child.

I was able to use ingredients I had on hand including some Dole frozen mixed berries from my freezer and Chobani yogurt from my fridge.

5.0 from 7 reviews Mixed Berry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt Prep Time 10 mins Total Time 10 mins Author: Emilie Recipe Type: Drinks Serves: 2 Ingredients

  • 2 tubes (1/2 cup) Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup blackberry (or grape) juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Add all ingredients into blender and blend until combined.
  2. Garnish with leftover frozen berries.
  3. Serve immediately.

I used banana yogurt because I had it on hand, but really any flavor of greek yogurt would do! I particularly love using greek yogurt for smoothies because it is loaded with protein.

This recipe could easily be changed up with various fruit, juice and yogurt combinations. Have fun in the kitchen with your kids and play around with what sounds good. It is really hard to mess up a smoothie!

If you are looking for more fun recipes using greek yogurt, check out some of Chobani’s favorite spring recipes:

  • Berry Frocho Pops
  • Fruit Kebabs
  • Choco-Chunk Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

In search of your favorite Chobani flavor? Feel free to use the product locator on Chobani.com.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Chobani Parents Club and received free samples used in this post. I also am an amazon affiliate. This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are my own.

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