Smoothies are nature’s best health elixir.
The best part about smoothies is how much nutrition is packed into one tasty drink, allowing you to enjoy getting your vitamins and minerals for the day.
The same smoothie recipe every day can get boring, however.
You want to be excited to drink your morning smoothie, which is why we compiled a list of 19 healthy smoothie recipes to inspire you to change it up.
I love having a tasty, yet varied smoothie to look forward to each day after morning yoga or a workout.
Our 19 tastiest, healthiest smoothie recipes are:
- It’s All Yellow! Smoothie
- Three Shades of Green Smoothie
- Banana-Ginger Settler Smoothie
- The Anti-Ox-On Smoothie
- Sweet Fig Supreme Smoothie
- Raspberry and Peach Smoothie
- Piñacolada Smoothie
- Superfruit Smoothie
- Thick Chocolate Smoothie
- Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
- Green Tea Smoothie
- Citrus-Pineapple Smoothie
- Peach-Blueberry Smoothie
- Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie
- Green Ginger Smoothie
- Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie
- Tutti-Frutti Smoothie
- Carrot Cake Smoothie
- Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Frequently Asked Questions About Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Many readers may be new to making smoothies, which is why we answered some of the most pertinent questions about this blended beverage.
Are Smoothies Good for Weight Loss?
Smoothies are great for weight loss goals!
Smoothies can make you feel full, curbing cravings until your next meal and keeping you away from snacking on junk food.
You may see weight loss results right away, however, those results typically plateau without integrating exercise into your diet plan.
With regular smoothie consumption, a healthy diet, and exercise, the pounds should start shedding.
What are the Healthiest Ingredients to Put in a Smoothie?
Smoothies can be made up of any fresh produce that you enjoy, however, some ingredients are healthier than others.
Green smoothies are very popular because of all the nutrients inside leafy greens.
Some of the healthiest leafy greens for smoothies are:
- Turnip greens
- Bok choy
Other vegetables that can add a healthy green hue to your smoothies are:
Of course, all produce in all colors of the rainbow make for a fabulous smoothie, and each color contributes it’s own health benefits, as described in the phytonutrient color chart.
Is It Healthy to Have a Smoothie for Breakfast?
Yes, yes, yes!
The best smoothie recipes are super healthy as long as you use all-natural whole ingredients.
Starting your day with a smoothie means you are beginning the morning with tons of vitamins and minerals.
Adding protein-packed ingredients such as protein powder, Greek yogurt, flax seeds, whole grains, or almond butter to your smoothies will help you stay full until lunch.
You can even add chocolate protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, and 1 cup of frozen banana for a dessert-like, yet filling recipe for smoothies.
However, smoothies alone may not satiate you in place of a meal.
You know your body best, so judge whether or not a smoothie will fill you up.
Do You Need a Blender to Make a Smoothie?
Most recipes of smoothies are made inside of a high-powered blender.
Another awesome tool to use for smoothies is a food processor.
Some blenders come with food processor attachments, which are usually referred to as combo appliances.
If you are interested in having a two-in-one machine, THT did a thorough analysis of the Top 4 Best Blender Food Processor Combo in 2021.
How Do You Add Healthy Fats to Smoothies?
Healthy fats are the fats that our bodies need.
These good fats aid in heart health and help lower the risk of stroke and diabetes.
Some healthy foods containing these are avocado, dark chocolate, nuts, chia seeds, almond butter, and coconut.
Do You Add Sugar to Smoothies?
I never put added refined sugar into my smoothies!
The natural sugars in the fruits I use are sweet enough, however, you may need some extra sweetness depending on what fruits are in season.
Adding natural sweeteners to smoothies allows the drink to keep its health benefits while still adding a subtle sugary flare.
By adding honey, natural maple syrup, natural orange juice, ripe banana, or liquid Stevia, the smoothie stays healthy while becoming perfectly sweet.
Making fruit smoothie recipes at home is so special because you know exactly what is in your drink, whereas some of your favorite smoothie shops may sneak some refined sugar into their beverages, unbeknownst to you.
How Do You Make a Healthy Smoothie?
Healthy smoothie making is so simple!
The process begins with a clean blender, and the process after is customizable based on your taste buds.
Here is a helpful formula that makes for the perfect smoothie, no matter what ingredients you have.
Go by this general rule of thumb:
- 1 serving of any vegetable
- 1 serving of any fruit (frozen fruit is ideal for texture)
- 1-2 servings of add-ins (protein, seeds, Greek yogurt, etc.)
- 1 serving of liquid
- Ice (if not using frozen fruit)
The smoothie liquids are what allow your blender to do all of the work, so make sure you have enough liquid to blend, but not too much.
Too much liquid can turn the smoothie soupy, so be mindful when adding your liquids.
You can always add more but not take away!
Some liquids that we love to add to our smoothies are:
- Unsweetened almond milk
- All-natural orange juice
- Coconut water
- Iced coffee
- Green tea
After your chosen ingredients are added to the blender, simply blend on high, or the smoothie setting, until smooth and creamy.
Serve in a large glass, with or without a reusable smoothie straw.
*Pro-tip: Rinse out your blender right after making your drink. Room temperature smoothie gunk is not fun to clean, and we would know, as we have tested countless blenders in the past!
Why is Frozen Fruit Ideal for Smoothies?
Frozen fruit is essential for healthy smoothies because it leads to a better texture in the final result.
You can receive a similar texture by using ice, however, adding ice is adding water to your smoothie.
Depending on your machine, the ice may melt quickly as the blender runs.
This can lead to a watery consistency with an inferior flavor.
If you have a new blender, make a few smoothies to get an idea of how warm your machine gets as the motor is running.
Adding ice to a blender that stays cool will produce a nicer texture.
Instead of ice, try freezing your sliced banana overnight before adding it to your smoothie in the morning.
Frozen banana produces an almost ice cream-like consistency in your smoothie, and is one of my favorite items to add.
You can also use no-sugar-added frozen whole fruit to add an icy element to your blended beverage, but we prefer to freeze our fresh fruit ourselves.
We have made each of these smoothies, and can personally verify that they are all delicious and suit a variety of taste buds.
All recipes have been reviewed by our lovely nutritionist and are indeed very healthy.
1. It’s All Yellow! Smoothie
This is an excellent summer smoothie that is low in sugar but high in tons of important nutrients such as protein, iron, sodium, and calcium, thanks to the mangoes, banana, and turmeric. It is a great low-calorie recipe with wholesome ingredients and a striking yellow hue.
If green smoothies are more your style, you will love this nutritious bright green smoothie, sweetened with Medjool dates. Yum!
2. Three Shades of Green Smoothie
Our super-green smoothie gets its name from three green components; matcha, spinach, and kale. There is also some creamy avocado for good measure! Apart from the fact that you can consume 100 percent of your vitamin K and 35 percent of your vitamin A goals in a single serving, you will also notice that this drink acts as an excellent form of hydration. The matcha green tea powder offers a healthy dose of caffeine without the unhealthy side effects associated with drinking coffee.
Our next amazing smoothie utilizes banana and buttermilk for a tangy kick, while chia and flax seeds add a lovely crunch to this drink.
3. Banana-Ginger Settler Smoothie
We like smoothies with lots of flavor, and this one with banana and ginger hits the taste buds with many different nuances. You get hints of vanilla, mint, and fresh ginger. If you want to make a smoothie to help aid your digestion, reduce heartburn, subside nausea, or deal with any stomach issues in general, then this recipe works wonders, and it can be ready to drink in minutes.
If you are in need of a light detox, an antioxidant-rich smoothie is what you will need, which brings us to our next smoothie.
4. The Anti-Ox-On Smoothie
This highly nutritious smoothie gets its antioxidants from freshly frozen strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries along with fresh pomegranate and orange. A recipe that culminates these fruits into a delicious smoothie is just what your system needs from time to time.
Figs may not be the first fruit you associate with smoothies, but after trying it, you will be hooked!
5. Sweet Fig Supreme Smoothie
In addition to sweet figs, this healthy smoothie recipe also uses watermelon and grapefruit for a refreshingly sweet and tart flavor. If you have some overripe figs handy around your house, this is a great method of putting them to good use.
If you like to stick with the classics, this next smoothie has some of the most commonly beloved fruits inside.
6. Raspberry and Peach Smoothie
This classically delicious smoothie utilizes sweet raspberries and peaches and has a little surprise inside from whole almonds, chia seeds, and sweet carrots. Be sure to freeze the fresh fruit before blending for optimal texture.
Maybe banana and pineapple are more your style, and in that case, we can deliver.
7. Piñacolada Smoothie
If you like piña coladas, and having them for breakfast, if you are into yoga, make this before practice. Lyric parodies aside, this smoothie tastes exactly like the classic beachy drink.
You may be into smoothies strictly for the health benefits, and that’s okay. You may as well pack as much nutrition as possible, like this next drink.
8. Superfruit Smoothie
This is a smoothie that combines all the healthiest fruits out there, plus more! With cherries, kiwi, raspberries, chia seeds, and mint, this drink packs a nutritious punch. After a long night, this will be the smoothie that nurses you to health.
Fruit flavors are excellent, but what if we played with the idea of adding some chocolate into your blend?
9. Thick Chocolate Smoothie
My personal favorite! Dark chocolate with a low sugar count is extremely good for you, so we added it to a banana and almond milk smoothie blend to make it extra special. You will think that you are drinking a healthy chocolate shake, and you are!
Nothing helps the texture of a smoothie quite like fresh avocado. This next smoothie does not disappoint.
10. Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
Some of the healthiest foods in the world are blueberries, avocado, spinach, and flax seeds, so we combined them into a yogurt smoothie! Genius, we know. The avocado lends such a smooth and creamy texture to this colorful blended beverage.
Next, a green smoothie with antioxidant-rich green tea for the days you are having trouble getting out of bed. Perhaps the night before was a long one.
11. Green Tea Smoothie
This smoothie is not only green from green tea but also matcha powder and spinach. We also throw in some Greek yogurt and fresh mint since it plays so nicely with the green tea flavor. This recipe is especially refreshing after a long workout for replenishment.
Citrus and pineapple go so well together, especially when there are yogurt and chia seeds in the mix. I like to top this one with coconut for a texture difference.
12. Citrus-Pineapple Smoothie
Getting all your vitamin C has never been so easy with this Citrus-Pineapple Smoothie. This beautiful sunrise-colored drink has hints of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Coconut adds a lovely flavor and texture with Greek yogurt aiding your gut bacteria.
Cinnamon warms up this next smoothie beautifully. Peaches and blueberries love the warm comfort of this spice.
13. Peach-Blueberry Smoothie
One of the best fruit combinations include peaches and blueberries, making this light purple smoothie a delicious powerhouse of nutrition. Cinnamon adds a warm kick in the back of the throat, which goes so well with peaches.
When you have a surplus of fresh berries from the farmer’s market, freeze them so you can add 1-2 cups frozen berries to your smoothies recipe as needed.
14. Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie
Stocking up on berries while they’re on sale is a great way to keep fresh frozen berries on hand for this amazing breakfast smoothie. I like to keep mine frozen in individual reusable bags and they are ready whenever you are in the mood for this drink.
The tang and brightness of ginger wakes me up in the morning, and this green ginger smoothie is the perfect way to start the day.
15. Green Ginger Smoothie
Ginger offers so many health benefits, especially in raw form. This smoothie uses ginger root, baby spinach, hemp seeds, and fresh mint for an even greener hue. So healthy and tasty!
This smoothie will bring you back to the 90s when everything was strawberry-kiwi flavored for a while. Frozen banana adds a fantastic richness to this one.
16. Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie
Strawberry-kiwi is a classic fruit combination, and you will not regret making this sweet and tart smoothie. Fresh apples and bananas give the smoothie some body and additional sweetness.
With multiple cups frozen fruit in your freezer, a quick tutti frutti smoothie with banana and berries is a morning staple.
17. Tutti-Frutti Smoothie
Berries, pineapple, bananas, orange juice, and mint leaves make for a simple, yet fruit-forward smoothie that is simply irresistible. A classic smoothie for when you feel like you need a boost of fiber and antioxidants.
Think of all the elements you love in carrot cake, then blend them up with some yogurt and banana for a cake-like treat.
18. Carrot Cake Smoothie
Who knew you could make a healthy smoothie that tastes like carrot cake? Carrots, pineapple, banana, fresh walnuts, and Greek yogurt make this drink taste exactly like your favorite cake. You’ll be blown away!
The most wonderful time of year calls for pumpkin spice, but make your drinks at home with healthier ingredients such as Greek yogurt, avocado, and pumpkin puree.
19. Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
You don’t have to wait until Fall to enjoy a pumpkin spice drink! Instead of running out for a sugary latte, make this delicious smoothie when you cannot wait for Autumn-inspired beverages.
Helpful Related Information
No matter what smoothie you make for yourself, having a reliable blender is a must.
You can make so much more than smoothies with your blender, including this spicy 5-minute blender salsa.
There are blenders for pretty much everything these days, and unless you research kitchen appliances in your spare time, you may not know the difference.
Thankfully, I actually research appliances all the time for our humble website.
THT has done extensive testing on all types of blenders for a multitude of articles to help you find what you are looking for.
If you love protein shakes, take a look through our Best Blender for Protein Shakes list.
There are so many brands of blenders today, and navigating through them can be daunting.
Ninja and Vitamix blenders are some of the most popular blenders out there.
If loud noise is your concern, we even tested which blender is the quietest when in use.
There are also blenders for those of us who are on a tight budget, which we listed in our Best Budget Blenders, which are all less than one hundred bucks!
A blender is a necessity in your kitchen, and with all the options available, there is no excuse not to have a good one!
Because You’re So Smooth(ie)
It is scientifically evident that drinking more healthy smoothies improves your health and wellness.
The first step in drinking an amazing smoothie is having a high-powered blender.
Once you are comfortable using your blender, experiment with different ingredients to find out which combinations are your favorite.
Be sure to use fresh frozen fruit if you can, as it will lend the best final texture to your smoothies.
Never add additional refined sugar into your blend, as it will nullify the natural benefits from your ingredients.
Instead for a sweetness boost, add natural maple syrup, good-quality honey, or Stevia drops.
Any of our 19 smoothie recipes are suitable for every day, so incorporate this healthy ritual into your AM routine, ASAP!