Here are 31 healthy smoothie recipes for you — a whole month's worth! From immune-boosting to probiotic, these recipes aren't your ordinary, run-of-the mill smoothies. You can enjoy one every day for the next month and never tire!
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I once served smoothies for lunch when my hubby was out of town (and I didn't feel the least bit guilty about it!).
Smoothies pair beautifully with your morning bacon and eggs or your lunchtime chicken salad wrap. Yet with the right ingredients, you can get away with serving them as the main course, too!
Here's a whole month's worth of healthy smoothie recipes for you.
These recipes are… different. They're not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill smoothies.
Immune-boosting smoothies? Yes!
Probiotic-filled smoothies? But of course! 😉
And because these healthy smoothie recipes are so unusual and varied, you can enjoy one every day for the next month and never tire of that same ol' smoothie again!
How To Make The Perfect Healthy Smoothie
What are the healthiest things to put in a smoothie? There are endless variations of the beloved smoothie, but every successful smoothie contains the same basic elements:
- Liquid base — Such as fresh-pressed juice, Kombucha, or cooled herbal tea. Also kefir (water or milk), almond or coconut milk, or even avocado milk.
- Fruit — Provides antioxidants and fiber, plus sweetens the smoothie. Frozen bananas, mixed berries, or mangos are great options.
- Healthy fat — Coconut oil and egg yolks are a popular choice. A drizzle of fresh raw cream is delicious!
- Protein — Excellent choices are yogurt, collagen powder, or nuts/nut butters like peanut butter or almond butter.
- Dark leafy greens — It's best to lightly steam them to reduce oxalates. Add spinach “pucks” to your smoothies! Or, learn how to make healthy green smoothies with superfoods!
- Healthy add-ins — Sneak in some other mild-tasting veggies, herbs, or seeds for a nutritional boost.
With those basic elements in place, you can go wild experimenting with different flavor combinations. But we are sharing 31 excellent tried-and-true recipes below!
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What are the best healthy smoothie recipes for beginners?
Since smoothies are such an easy beverage to make, beginners can try just about any recipe out there! But, if you're new to smoothies, stick with basic recipes until you get used to more complex flavors.
For example, maybe you're not used to unique flavors like kale, turmeric, or maca powder in your smoothie? It might be wise to stick mild stuff like fruit, chia seeds, and carrots for awhile. 🙂
Do most smoothies contain too much sugar? Is it healthy to have a fruit smoothie everyday?
Daily smoothies are definitely healthy, if you make your smoothies right! The key is to not load them down with too much fruit and juice (a.k.a. natural sugar) that you forget to balance it with protein and fat.
As long as you add some healthy fat like coconut oil or egg yolks, plus some protein like yogurt, kefir, or nuts — you're good to go. Sneaking in some sort of veggie is smart, too.
Balance is key! For a more in-depth look at the specific factors that make smoothies healthy or not, check out our post Healthy Smoothie Dos and Don'ts.
Are smoothies good for weight loss?
Yes, they are, especially if you use them as a meal replacement or for a substantial snack.
BUT, if you're consuming a smoothie with a meal, it's easy to consume more calories than normal without realizing it. In this case, opt for fibrous fruits and veggies with a lower-calorie liquid like coconut water.
If want your smoothie to be a full meal, balance the elements of your smoothie (as discussed above) with all the macronutrients of fat, protein, and carbohydrate. As a meal replacement, smoothies can be a balanced meal with fewer calories!
They're also a great way to add more fiber to your diet to help fill you up. Plus, they're amazing for folks who struggle to get enough fruits and veggies in — you can hide a lot in a good smoothie!
What powders to add to smoothies?
Contrary to popular belief, special powders actually aren't necessary for a nutritious smoothie. Most protein powders on the market today aren't whole foods and instead are full of artificial ingredients like additives and fillers.
This is a great way to eat the “whole animal” and has a nutritional profile similar to bone broth. It's great for joints, skin, hair, and nails.
To streamline your smoothie-making, here's a superfood smoothie mix for any powders, seeds, or other dry ingredients you want to add. Or, try these amazing dandelion greens smoothie cubes for an added boost of B vitamins, trace minerals, and liver detox benefits!
Below, you’ll find a variety of amazing smoothie recipes to choose from. I've grouped them into 4 categories: classic fruit, veggie-loaded, immune-boosting, and healthy “dessert” smoothies.
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Classic Fruit Smoothies
Everyday Basic Fruit Smoothie — This is a classic, healthy smoothie recipe you'll want to re-create day after day. Filled with nourishing fruits (and a bit of veg), plus nutrient-dense “power-ups”, you’ll be ready for whatever the day brings!
Antioxidant-Rich Beet & Berry Smoothie Bowl — This smoothie bowl is made with probiotic-rich yogurt, healthy avocados, and bright pink beets and berries. It's easy and full of protein whenever hunger strikes!
Tropical Probiotic Smoothie — This simple Tropical Probiotic Smoothie is like vacation in a glass. Picture yourself on a tropical island, lounging under a palm tree, listening to the waves crash against the beaches!
Kefir Smoothie with Frozen Summer Fruit — If you have any kefir un-enthusiasts in your family, like I did in mine, give 'em a glass and just see if they can tell…
Blackberry Plum Banana Smoothie — Frozen fruit + fresh bananas = delicious frozen treat!
Kiwi Lime Smoothie — A pretty green smoothie, without greens that need steaming first.
Golden Mango Smoothie — If you are ready to try incorporating more turmeric, ginger, and gelatin into your diet? This smoothie is a great place to start.
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Green Smoothie — This green smoothie is blended with granny smith apple for a bit of sweetness, and celery, a carrot, cilantro, ginger, and coconut water. The perfect energy booster to get you through the day!
Rose Petal-Beet Smoothie — Who ever saw a more beautiful smoothie? And this one contains no fruit for those of you who are avoiding fructose!
Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie — Thick and creamy, delicately spiced, full of veggies and anti-inflammatory properties… Simply put, this is carrot cake in nourishing liquid form.
Cramp-Busting PMS Smoothie — The next time you're experiencing PMS, try this anti-inflammatory smoothie with adaptogenic maca and pain-relieving pineapple and turmeric.
Carrot Cinnamon Milkshake — Cooked carrots make this shake easily digestible, so it's perfect for gut-healing, and another great way to add more veggies to your life!
Beet Ginger Smoothie — No fruit and no greens, just a fun, bright pink smoothie with good-for-you beets!
Wild Blueberry Zucchini Smoothie — This Wild Blueberry Zucchini Smoothie is nutritious and delicious. And you can't even taste the zucchini.
Cinnamon Sweet Potato Almond Butter Smoothie — Smoothies aren't just for summer! This pie-spiced smoothie is perfect any time of year.
Sunrise Butternut Squash Smoothie — This simple, just-the-right-amount-of-sweetness smoothie is a great introductory smoothie for those who shy away from all things green!
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Energizing “HULK” Smoothie — This filling green healthy smoothie recipe with avocado, greens, and frozen fruit is packed with the raw materials your body needs for any busy day.
Immune Booster Smoothie — Full of probiotics and Vitamin C, you'll want to remember this recipe the next time you or your kids get the sniffles.
The Everything Smoothie — This is a fast and easy way to get your greens, protein, and blood sugar-friendly carbs!
Mango Citrus Super Vitamin C Smoothie — This healthy dairy-free smoothie is bursting with fresh citrus and mango flavor! It’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, and makes a great and quick breakfast!
Post Tummy Bug Recovery Smoothie — With electrolytes and easy-to-digest cooked veggies, this smoothie is just what Mom needs to order while the littles recover from a tummy bug.
Citrus Ginger Smoothie — Sweet citrus fruits are blended with carrots, ginger, turmeric, and a bit of coconut oil for healthy fats.
Probiotic Pina Colada — Kombucha serves as the probiotic liquid base for this pineapple and coconut (non-alcoholic) shake.
High Protein Golden Milk Smoothie — This 9-ingredient smoothie is full of flavor and perfectly spiced with turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. It's packed with protein, naturally sweetened with honey and dates, plus has a no sugar option.
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Healthy “Dessert” Smoothies
Chocolate Kefir Smoothie — It's all the benefits of kefir wrapped into a great and tasty little chocolate-y package. What's not to love?
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie — Need to use up the rest of that can of pumpkin from your baking session? This pumpkin pie smoothie is a healthy pumpkin treat that’s almost like eating pie for breakfast.
Real Food Chocolate Shake — 5 minutes + no regrets + nourishing ingredients = an easy healthy chocolate shake to enjoy for dessert… or breakfast!
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie — Here's a delicious, Real Food treat full of bright oranges and real cream!
Cinnamon Toast Dessert Smoothie — Who says a smoothie can only be for a breakfast or snack? How about one that tastes like cinnamon toast for dessert?
Raw Cacao Mint Shake — With healthy fats, gut-healing collagen, and fresh mint, this shake can be breakfast, snack, or dessert!
Dairy-Free Banana Eggnog Shake — Are you craving eggnog in June? Then give this rich and creamy shake a try!
Do you enjoy trying new smoothie recipes? What are your favorite healthy smoothie recipes?
This post was originally published and written by Lindsey Dietz on 6/21/16. It was updated and republished on 4/20/20.
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