I was never much of a smoothie drinker until my now 4-year-old abruptly stopped eating most vegetables at age 2. Once it became apparent this wasn’t a momentary phase of picky eating, I dragged out my old blender and started doing fruit and honey-laced veggie concoctions. But my blender kind of sucked and it was hard to clean, so my best-laid plans of a sneaky shot of vitamins and minerals in the form of a “Special Yummy Milkshake!” faltered.
Then, when I moved to Vermont, one of my lovely clients gave me a BlendTec as a gift. This is something I never would have bought for myself, but I use it at least twice and sometimes three times a day, for smoothies and for pureeing all of Baby T’s meals (he eats whatever we’re having, so I just spoon his portion in and he’s good to go). I’ve made energy balls, dips and pasta sauce too. I’m in love!
I’m just not very creative when it comes to healthy smoothie recipes, though. I have two go-to’s: One is almond milk, frozen banana, spinach, nut butter, plain yogurt and powdered peanut butter. The other is coconut water, frozen banana, spinach or kale, avocado, yogurt or cottage cheese, and whatever super-sweet fruit I have (usually berries or pineapple). I decided to up my smoothie game and canvassed some of my food-blogger friends for their best recipes, bringing you:
20 HEALTHY SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Note: I don’t use protein powder in my smoothies. Some of these recipes include protein powder, so if that’s not your jam but you want to keep the protein grams high, alternatives you can use include yogurt (Greek style yogurt is higher in protein); powdered nut butter; cottage cheese; silken tofu; or oats.
TRY AN UNUSUAL INGREDIENT IN YOUR SMOOTHIE:
Beet Blueberry Chia Smoothie from This Runner’s Recipes – Antioxidant beets are perfect for refueling after a run!
Fresh Fig Green Smoothie from Made to Glow – Vegan, gluten free and no added sugar. Delicious figs are all you need for sweetness.
Beet and Coconut Smoothie from My Healthyish Life – Coconut water and coconut butter add the flavor to this good-for-you recipe.
Easy Vegan Matcha Smoothie from Apollo and Luna – Matcha isn’t just for tea. Try it in this vegan green smoothie for a change.
Banana Dates Tahini Smoothie from Food, Pleasure and Health – Tahini. In a smoothie. I never would have thought of that, but the recipe sounds great and the dates would add the sweetness necessary to cut the slight bitterness of tahini.
Roasted Nectarine Crisp Smoothie from Love Me, Feed Me – Roasting fruit brings out such a delicious, caramelized sweetness. I’m sure this smoothie is decadent.
Lean Green Smoothie from The College Dish – This is close to something I’ve made before, but I’ve never thought of adding pear! Genius.
Aloe Vera Protein Smoothie from Savvy Snacker – Maybe you though aloe was just for soothing skin, but try out the benefits of drinking it with this delicious recipe.
MAKE YOUR SMOOTHIE YOUR DESSERT:
Guilt Free Mint Chocolate Smoothie from Simple Fit Foodie – Who’s with me that mint chocolate chip ice cream is the best? So chocolate and mint in a smoothie just makes sense, people!
Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl from Emilie Eats – She had me at chocolate. And avocado. And banana. But mostly at chocolate. And putting it in a bowl makes it feel more like dessert, doesn’t it?
Fuzzy Almond Smoothie from Freedom, Grace and Fitness – Mmmm, peaches. Creamy goodness!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Smoothie Bowl from RachLMansfield – No, it’s not named that because it tastes like a chocolate chip cookie. It actually has chocolate chip cookies in it. I’m coming over for breakfast, Rachel!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Smoothie from That Girl Shannon – There aren’t actual cookies in this one, but I’m definitely going to try it (My favorite cookies!).
MAKE IT VERY BERRY OR A CITRUS ZING:
Very Berry Cherry Protein Smoothie from Fit Living Blog – The protein comes from hemp seeds and this smoothie would be perfect for post-workout, thanks to the tart cherry juice.
Tangelo Citrus Smoothie from Om Nom Herbivore – Get a Vitamin C shot of goodness with this amazing sounding citrus recipe!
Blackberry Birthday Smoothie from Simple Medicine – You didn’t even know you wanted antioxidants and anthocyanins until you read this recipe! I love blackberries and what a pretty colored smoothie they make.
Post-Workout Berry and Greens Smoothie from Masala Girl Travels – Masala Girl is a pre-med student studying nutrition and every ingredient in this smoothie recipe has a healthy function.
PARTY ON, PROTEIN POWDER PEOPLE!
Aloha Smoothie Recipe from Breathe Deeply and Smile – A tropical smoothie with Skoop protein powder.
Peanut Butter Cup Protein Smoothie from Strength and Sunshine – If you lead with, “This tastes like a peanut butter cup,” I am going to make your recipe.
Do you drink smoothies? What’s your favorite recipe?