Smoothies are such a great way to pack healthy foods like fruits and veggies into a delicious glass that tastes like a treat. Whether you like your smoothie tropical or full of homegrown berries, these incredible easy healthy smoothie recipes will not only help you hit your goals for eating enough veggies, they will also satisfy your sweet tooth!
THE BEST EASY HEALTHY SMOOTHIES COME IN SO MANY FLAVORS!
How do you like your smoothies? If you’re like a lot of us, you tend to do things the same way out of force of habit. If you’re in a smoothie rut, check out this dazzling array of more than 50 smoothies with some interesting and unusual ingredients to spice things up again.
If you always use banana, try pineapple or mango. If all your smoothies have berries, try ginger or chocolate (or chai or apple!). If your smoothies are usually on the sweet side, try a tarter fruit like kiwi or plum. Whatever you do, have fun and experiment. You’ll be so glad you did!
I like to make our smoothies with our probiotic-rich homemade yogurt and put in plenty of anti inflammatory foods like greens and berries from the garden. Smoothies are a wonderful way to pack a glass with nutrition that tastes like a treat.
Smoothies are also a fantastic way to work in foraged superfoods like purslane, wild violets, or mulberries, which you might not otherwise get around to eating. In early spring, Virginia waterleaf is a foraged green you can add when not much else has started growing.
Healthy smoothies are also the perfect way to make the most of root-to-stem eating. I freeze the stems of cooked broccoli to toss into smoothies to keep these very nutritious parts of the plant from being wasted. You could also add those stray spinach leaves or leftover bits of banana from your last banana ice cream extravaganza. Or try making use of nutrient-rich orange peels!
If you’re using beets, throw in those leaves and stems instead of chard or kale. I’ve been known to toss in the peelings from cucumbers certain little folks will only eat peeled. They’re very tasty with plums, which we get in quantities too numerous to eat from our plum trees.
If you keep the smoothie ingredients you need at the ready, tossing them in the blender makes it easy to throw together a quick breakfast or filling snack. When you use frozen berries and greens, a frosty smoothie tastes a lot like ice cream and is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Such a good way to keep sugar consumption under control
But smoothies can be made at all times of year, making the most of seasonal ingredients, like apple, pumpkin, and sweet potato in fall, and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in winter. Or add some cocoa powder and you have something like a healthy milkshake.
If you’re more of an eat-with-a-spoon kind of person, you might want to check out some enticing smoothie bowl recipes, like this “Sunny Days” Smoothie Bowl from Creative Green Living. Top with some homemade granola for a filling and healthy breakfast.
Ingredients to Consider Adding to Your Easy Healthy Smoothies
The perfect natural sweetener, bananas are also chock-full of immune-boosting nutrients like B-6, magnesium, and potassium, nutrients that help support quality sleep. Don’t worry if you don’t like the flavor of bananas. Mixed in with berries or other fruits, the flavor isn’t very noticeable.
If you have smoothies more than occasionally be mindful of overdoing the raw green veggies, which can supply more oxalates than your body might want. Here’s what to know about green smoothies from Eat Beautiful. Using cooked frozen spinach is one workaround.
Kale is full of fiber as well as vitamins A & K. Like spinach, it’s best not to overdo the raw greens, but a light steam or alternating smoothie ingredients will help ensure you don’t OD.
Wonderful sources of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, you can try blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Besides being delicious, they provide fiber, vitamins, and health-supporting flavonoids, which are thought to protect against many chronic diseases.
High in vitamin C and manganese, raw pineapple also contains bromelain, which among other things can help prevent seasonal allergies.
Mango, Peach or Nectarines
The perfect fruits for smoothies, mangos, peaches, and nectarines add vitamin C, beta carotene and that wonderfully tropical flavor.
Avocados add creaminess as well as healthy fats and loads of potassium plus numerous vitamins and minerals.
Orange Veggies & Beets
Carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes add vitamins A and C, potassium and other important nutrients. Beets have polyphenols, folate, and other beneficial vitamins and minerals as well as fiber.
Packed with protein, magnesium, and fiber, chia seeds can be added before blending or sprinkled on top.
Flax is full of omega-3s and fiber, helping you feel full and providing those important fatty acids most of us don’t get enough of.
Yogurt or Kefir
I really like to have some protein in my smoothies, plus yogurt and kefir give your smoothie a nice probiotic boost. You can use non-dairy yogurt if you prefer. Use Greek yogurt if want to pack in more protein.
Almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oatmilk or other non-dairy milk can all be used. Choose organic when feasible and do what you can to avoid plastic so your smoothie can be the healthiest possible. (I also recommend filtering water used for ice or homemade nutmilks and avoiding food that comes in cans to cut down on chemical exposure.)
Warming spices like turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon not only add rich flavor but have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
A sprinkle of some power-packed powders like maca, moringa, or spirulina can amp up the healthy in your smoothie. You can also make your own greens powder using your dehydrator. Instructions for homemade greens powder here.
>>> Don’t forget the importance of a good blender for great smoothies. Most smoothie pros recommend a Vitamix or Blendtec, and while they may be awesome, as far as I can tell they only come with plastic jars and don’t fit everyone’s budget. I’ve gotten along fine with lesser-power blenders for smoothies, and if you want to limit your exposure to plastic, you can find blenders with glass jars. Here’s one budget-friendly option with decent reviews
Enough about the awesomeness of smoothies, since you already know, right? On to the best easy healthy smoothies!
And because we don’t do anything by halves around here, I’ve rounded up more than 50 of the coolest, most inspiring smoothie recipes on the interwebs. Bring on the foraged greens, exotic fruits, and superfoods!
Make sure to pin these easy healthy smoothie recipes so you can come back for more inspiration next time you’re whipping up a smoothie!
Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Below is a LOOOONG list of incredible healthy smoothie recipes, so to make your life easier I’ve attempted to break them down into categories. Most contain veggies, some are green and others orange, some are like dessert (yes, chocolate smoothie!), but all of them will totally satisfy your craving for something nourishing AND delicious.
Easy Healthy Green Smoothies
Foraged Tropical Stinging Nettle Smoothie (Oh, the Things We’ll Make)
Anti Inflammatory Smoothie with Foraged Superfood (HealthyGreenSavvy)
Energizing Matcha Smoothie (The Pistachio Project)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Maca Smoothie (Scratch Mommy)
Creamy Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie (Nourishing Time)
Ginger Banana and Kale Spring Cleaner Smoothie (Raia’s Recipes)
Green Smoothie Recipe with Nettle and Dandelions (Simply Beyond Herbs)
Super Green Parsley and Cilantro Smoothie (calm eats)
Matcha Moringa Superfood Smoothie (Recipes to Nourish)
Spinach Cardamom Smoothie (My Heart Beets)
Super Green Spirulina Smoothie (Minimalist Baker)
Kiwi and Kale Smoothie (A Sweet Pea Chef)
Energizing Green Smoothie (Healthy Christian Home)
Spinach and Banana Smoothie (Naturally Made Mom)
Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie (Turnip the Oven)
Popeye Smoothie (Oh, the Things We’ll Make)
Green Machine Smoothie (Cookie and Kate)
Southern Charm Cantaloupe Smoothie (Simple Green Smoothies)
Easy Healthy Chocolate Smoothies
Gut Healthy Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie (Strength and Sunshine)
Superfood Vegan Chocolate Smoothie (Fit as a Mama Bear)
Healthy Cacao Blueberry Banana Smoothie (Tasting Page)
Double Chocolate Paleo Green Smoothie (The Artisan Life)
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie (Healthy Christian Home)
Vegan Chocolate Cherry Smoothie (Fit as a Mama Bear)
Easy Healthy Fruity Smoothies
Orange Mango Turmeric Smoothie (Fit as a Mama Bear)
Anti-Inflammatory Banana Peach Smoothie (Raia’s Recipes)
Cherry Banana Smoothie with Goji Berry (Salt in My Coffee)
Creamy Dreamy Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie (The Organic Kitchen)
Blood Orange, Carrot, and Ginger Smoothie (calm eats)
Blueberry Cardamom Vanilla Smoothie (Reluctant Entertainer)
The Everything Smoothie (All the Nourishing Things)
Papaya Mint Smoothie (Happy Mothering)
Blackberry Cobbler Smoothie (Seasonal Cravings)
Plum Quinoa Smoothie (Turnip the Oven)
Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie (Flavour and Savour)
Mango Carrot Chia Smoothie (Seasonal Cravings)
Orange Carrot Ginger Smoothie (Tasting Page)
Sweet Potato Smoothies 3 Ways (Mindful Momma)
Apple Pie Smoothie (The Pistachio Project)
Healthy Cranberry Apple Smoothie (Fit as a Mama Bear)
Beet Smoothie (Well Plated)
Exotic Dragonfruit Smoothie (Happy Mothering)
Blackberry and Baby Kale Breakfast Smoothie (The Organic Kitchen)
Raspberry Banana Avocado Smoothie (Texanerin)
Other Delicious & Healthy Smoothies to Try
Healthy Coffee Smoothie (A Sweet Pea Chef)
High Protein Golden Milk Smoothie (Recipes to Nourish)
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (Roasted Root)
Chai Banana Smoothie (The Blender Girl)
Cardamom Pear Smoothie (Blissful Basil)
Autumn Spice Smoothie (Vanilla and Bean)
Cashew Cardamom Date Smoothie (Dishing Up the Dirt)
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