Even though smoothies are chock full of nutrients, they don't have to be boring. These healthy smoothie recipes are anything but dull, featuring sweet, colorful frozen fruit (and veggies!), unexpected herbs and spices and creamy add-ins like yogurt and banana to make the dreamiest sips ever. Plus, smoothies make the best quick breakfasts that you can enjoy on the go or as you sit down at your desk.
What are the healthiest things to put in a smoothie?
First, think nutrient- and vitamin-rich produce. Smoothies are a great way to make use of leftover fresh fruit or to sneak in some extra superfoods that you wouldn't normally eat on their own. Think beyond the classic add-ins and consider dark greens like spinach, a squeeze of a citrus fruit, spices like ginger (try grated fresh ginger!) and turmeric, herbs like fresh basil or mint, and if your blender is strong enough, veggies like carrots and beets. Then add some protein, like a spoonful of nut butter or a handful of walnuts, or some plain Greek yogurt, for an energy boost that will keep you going until lunch. Plant-based milks, unsweetened, are a great base, and you can add in a probiotic burst with a healthy pour of kefir.
Is it healthy to have a smoothie every day for breakfast?
That depends on what's in it. "As long as your smoothie contains some protein and isn’t loaded with sugar, it can be a convenient and healthy breakfast option that allows you to pack in a variety of nutrient-dense foods," says Stefani Sassos, deputy director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab. So keep the advice above about sugar in mind, and if you're dying to try out a smoothie recipe that doesn't have protein, you can still add one of the protein boosts above, or even a spoonful of a good-quality protein powder.
You don't have to have a smoothie daily, of course. But as long as you're keeping an eye on your total sugar content for the day, and being reasonable on the serving size of your smoothies, there's no reason not to have one each day. Remember that even if you're not adding sugar to your smoothie, the sugar fruit and dairy both add to your daily sugar intake, as do add-ins like maple syrup.
Are smoothies good for kids?
"Smoothies can be a nice option for kids since they're simple to make and give parents the opportunity to incorporate foods that their child may otherwise not eat," says Sassos. Even if your kid makes a face at even the idea of spinach, he'll probably love a "green monster smoothie" (or whatever you want to name your concoction!), especially if there are a few banana chunks in there to naturally sweeten it up. Another reason smoothies are great for parents is that you can make them ahead of time (hello, saner mornings!), or take the along in a spill-proof cup for a healthy between-games Saturday snack.
What is the best way to make a smoothie?
Learn how to make a smoothie like a total pro (hint: there's a certain order you should add ingredients to the blender!) then get ready to mix up a tasty breakfast or snack that's good for you, too. Our Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab also tested the best blenders for whipping up the smoothest, creamiest drinks. To make smoothies ahead of time, stash your dry ingredients (such as fruits, vegetables, powders and seeds) in the freezer in freezer-safe bags or food storage containers. In the morning, just add your liquid to the blender, followed by the frozen dry ingredients and blend. Breakfast in 5 minutes? Easy!
Just pull out these pre-made mixes from the freezer, add liquid, and blend.
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Cucumber makes this sipper super hydrating.
Get the Pineapple-Cucumber Smoothie recipe.
Choose between raspberry, mango, strawberry or green smoothie options so you'll never get bored. Better yet, try them all!
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Power up your morning with this fruit-veggie combo, sweetened with honey yogurt.
Get the Green Goddess Smoothie recipe.
Why put your smoothie in a bowl? One word: Toppings.
Get the Tropical Smoothie Bowl recipe.
Our go-to smoothie formula? Purée fresh fruit with yogurt and milk! Or, make multiple batches and layer two flavors in one glass for an Insta-worthy effect.
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Sweet peaches and tropical mango offer dessert-like deliciousness — plus a ton of vitamins!
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Yes, this sipper is loaded with leafy greens, but frozen mango and pineapple keep it sweet.
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A little ginger and tart pineapple juice add a kick to this sweet but healthy blend of banana and berries.
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This golden smoothie looks and tastes like sunshine in a glass, and it's a nutritional knockout to boot. The orange juice and pineapple are high in vitamin C and the banana is a good source of potassium.
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Whatever berries you have on hand can go in this antioxidant-rich breakfast.
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For a thicker, colder smoothie, cut peeled banana into chunks and freeze for up to a week in a self-sealing plastic bag.
Get the Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe.
Tropical flavors offer a mini vacation in a cup. You won't even notice the grated carrot added for extra sweetness and a bonus boost of veggies!
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It's all in the name: This fresh fruit and ginger smoothie will help you put your best foot forward.
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A little nut butter can give you the protein boost your morning needs.
Get the Blueberry-Banana-Nut Smoothie recipe.
Best part about smoothie bowls? The toppings. Load up this one with Cara Cara oranges, pepitas and toasted coconut chips.
Get the Peach Smoothie Bowls recipe from Woman's Day.
Coconut milk adds slightly sweet, tropical taste to this pineapple-spinach blend.
Get the Green Pineapple Coconut Smoothie recipe from Prevention.
Sneak frozen peas into your smoothie for extra vitamins and nutrients. They're super creamy too!
Get the 'Green Machine' Smoothie recipe from Women's Health.
Packed with good stuff like chia seeds and goji berries, this smoothie will keep you full until lunch.
Get The Sage's Smoothie recipe from Delish.
If you're trying to cut out pastries, this smoothie is the next best thing.
Get the Blueberry Muffin Smoothie recipe from Happiness is Homemade.
One peeled, cooked beet adds extra-pink color and earthy sweetness to this berry-ful bowl.
Get the Raspberry Smoothie Bowl recipe from Woman's Day.
After overdoing it on the heavy foods and booze, this is what you want to put in your body.
Get the Mean Green Smoothie recipe from Half-Baked Harvest.
Coffee lovers, rejoice! Smoothies should not (and will not) replace your cup of joe.
Get the Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie from Live Eat Learn.
Try carrot juice in your next smoothie bowl (like this one!) for the right amount of sweetness, plus a dose of beta-carotene.
Get the Strawberry Smoothie Bowl recipe from Woman's Day.
It's not quite a tequila sunrise, but it's pretty close.
Get the Raspberry Sunrise Smoothie recipe from Damn Delicious.
This one pretty much tastes like a bowl of brownie batter.
Get the Chocolate Dream Smoothie Bowl recipe from Plantily.
This one's for all you Shamrock Shake lovers out there.
Get the Shamrock Shake Smoothie recipe from Simple as That.
Whenever we can make chocolate an appropriate breakfast choice, we're all in.
Get the Dark Chocolate Cherry Smoothie recipe from How Sweet Eats.
Got the sniffles? Here's a big ol' glass of vitamin C.
Get the Superfood Sunshine Smoothies recipe from Love & Lemons.
This is basically the breakfast version of guac, right?!
Get the Banana Mango Avocado Green Smoothie recipe from Emilie Eats.
This is everything you love about pie, minus the crust.
Get the Peach Pie Smoothie recipe from foodiecrush.
Pour yourself a tall glass of fall with this spiced concoction.
Get the Pumpkin Apple Smoothie recipe from Jennifer Meyering.
If you can't tell, we're in the business of making our smoothies taste like dessert.
Get the Raw Banana Bread Shakes recipe from The First Mess.
When you need a little extra pep in your step.
Get the Coffee Banana Smoothie recipe from Little Broken.