Are you tired of the same old bowl of watery oatmeal or runny plate of eggs? Are you simply sick of cooking in the morning? Are you looking for a quick and easy solution for your groggy mornings and sluggish afternoons? Well, we have you covered.
Our healthy fruit smoothies are just what you need. They contain all the ingredients you already love—yogurt, milk, protein, and fresh fruit—to provide a delicious blend of creamy goodness. These naturally sweet, wholesome drinks pack the perfect balance between refreshing and nourishing. In fact, they are so good they’ll have you slurping to the bottom of the cup.
Fruit smoothies are quick, natural snacks or meal replacements that can offer you more nutritional value than full meals if you know what to add. Need to recover after your big game? A scoop of whey or soy protein powder is the perfect choice. Can’t seem to shake your afternoon slump? Try a helping of green tea powder or acai berries to a fast and long lasting pick-me-up.
All healthy smoothie recipes begin with fresh, nourishing ingredients. But you might be a little confused by all the industry hype over which foods are “in” and which are not. Read on to find out what ingredients are essential to a healthy fruit smoothie, and what others you may want to consider adding according to your individual health goals.
Super Smoothie Ingredients
These days, there is a lot of buzz in the health community about “superfoods”. But what exactly are they? We make it easy to see through the haze by breaking down each ingredient and detailing their specific benefits. Read below to get the rundown on which kind of smoothie may be best for you, or simply skip ahead to get to the healthy fruit smoothie recipes.
While packed with complete proteins, Greek yogurt contains less lactose than regular varieties. This makes digestion easier in those sensitive to dairy. Plus, it has all the known probiotic benefits of regular yogurt, which is known to aid in gut health. It is also noticeably thicker than regular yogurt, so it will add some more consistency to water-based smoothies.
Think oatmeal belongs in a bowl? Better think again. Adding old-fashioned rolled oats to your smoothie provides complex carbohydrates to complement the fast-absorbing carbs found in the fruits. Simply put, complex and simple carbs together means all-day energy. Plus, oats are an easy source of fibre, which means they will help with digestion.
This grape-like superfood are packed with antioxidants and healthy fats that contribute to good heart health. According to Healthline, their antioxidant profile neutralizes the effects of free radicals, which can damage important cells in the body.
Spinach or Kale
While not the tastiest option, spinach and kale are common additions to a fruit smoothie for their fibrous content and rare nutritional makeup. They are both packed with Vitamin K, an essential nutrient found primarily in leafy green vegetables.
This little spice punches far above its weight. It provides an array of anti-inflammatory effects to help fight muscle pain and joint soreness. Ginger also contains gingerol, a bioactive compound known for its nausea-fighting effects.
Whey Protein vs. Plant-Based Protein
Powdered supplements can provide a cheap and easy way of getting high-quality, amino acid complete protein in your smoothie. Whey protein, a natural byproduct of cheese production, is a safe supplement that has caught on among athletes and bodybuilders for its muscle building properties. However, plant-based protein such as soy powders are recommended for those sensitive to dairy.
Lastly, we have this pungent little onion. While its smell may be a tad overpowering, its health benefits are too important to ignore. Studies have found that garlic boasts several properties that both prevent and treat heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other metabolic diseases. We recommend adding this underrated superfood if you are at risk of any of the above conditions.
Our Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Check out our signature fruit smoothie recipes below. Unless specified, assume that for each recipe you puree the yogurt base with ice, juice or milk, if required, in a high-powered blender until smooth. While we typically recommend blending until smooth enough to drink through a straw, greek yogurt smoothies may not reach this level of fluidity.
Once pureed, mix in the fruits, veggies, and extra ingredients with the motor running. As always, only add ingredients through the opening in your blender lid, and never stick your hand or fingers into the container while the motor is running.
The Ultimate Easy Fruit Smoothie
Believe it—easy healthy smoothie recipes are not an oxymoron. This one is about as basic as it gets. All it asks is for three ingredients. If you are in a pinch for time, this recipe is a perfect no-nonsense solution.
- ½ cup pure fruit juice (your pick)
- 1 ½ cups frozen fruit (again, your pick)
- ¾ cup no-fat plain yogurt OR greek yogurt
The Perfect Smoothie for Weight Loss
Healthy smoothie recipes for weight loss have to be high in flavor and low in all the extra stuff we don’t need. This is why our signature weight loss smoothie is full of only low-calorie ingredients custom designed to leave you still feeling full and satisfied. The key to ensuring maximum satiety is to make your smoothie thick by adding a viscous base, such as greek yogurt.
- 1 handful of ice
- 1 cup of vanilla-flavored greek yogurt
- ½ cup of low-sugar orange juice
- Juice from one lemon
- Juice from one lime
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
The Energizer Smoothie
Holds your nose, because here comes with garlic. This smoothie is a nutritional giant, packing everything you need to provide you with all-day energy and vitality. Boasting a complete vitamin and mineral profile, as well as loads of antioxidants and natural health remedies, you can rest easy knowing that you’re getting only the best.
You can either add kale or spinach for your dose of all-important vitamin K, while celery and cucumber provide a heaping amount of fibre to thicken it up. Further, garlic and ginger are both superfoods that have rich antioxidant properties to assist in heart and metabolism health, among several other important benefits. While not tasting like your typical fruit smoothie, this is a surefire energizer.
- ½ cucumber, medium
- ½ sliced apple or pear
- 1-2 cloves of garlic
- 1 small chunk of ginger
- 2-4 teaspoons of ground ginger
- 2 stalks of celery
- A large handful of kale or spinach
The Protein Powerhouse Smoothie
This healthy smoothie recipe packs on the protein at no expense to flavor. This makes it the ideal choice before or after a workout or a big game. This is fuel for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and those looking to shed a few pounds.
For those sensitive to dairy or lactose, we advise swapping whey protein powder for something plant based like soy. Given the energy boosting properties of kale, we also recommend trying this smoothie as a pre-workout snack. Not only will you have the protein for proper recovery, but also the quick carbs and vitamins to fuel your body.
- 1 ripe banana
- ⅓ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- ⅓ cup strawberries, fresh
- ½ cup kale (optional)
- ¼ cup sweetened almond milk
- 30g whey or plant-based protein powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flax or hemp seed
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon acai
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Ready to Fire Up the Blender?
We know you and your family will love our healthy smoothie recipes. If you’re anything like us, you will gulp them down to the last drop, and still go back to the blender for more. Plus, kids love them too. So if you find it difficult to get your little ones all the nutrients they need to lead healthy, active lives, fruit smoothies are the answer.
But before you boot up your blender, consider these last-minute tips to make sure you get the most out of your healthy fruit smoothies.
Quick Tips for Smoothie Lovers
- It’s all about portion control. Make sure you measure your ingredients and adjust your portion sizes according to your individual need. What is considered plenty for some is too much for others.
- Watch your sugar. It’s easy to go overboard on the stuff, so limit how many sweet, sugar-rich fruits you add to your recipe.
- Easy on the protein. A high-protein smoothie is great for those with active lifestyles, but too much protein can cause clumping in the smoothie and ruin the texture.
- Don’t forget your veggies. Just because your smoothie is packed with fruit doesn’t mean you have all your bases covered. For every fruit you add, consider adding a vegetable.
- Wash your smoothie down with some solid food. It will help fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied for longer.