Spring has finally sprung and summer isn’t too far behind, which only means one thing. It’s officially smoothie season. Dust off your blender and stock your fridge with fruit and veggies because it’s time to experiment with a few new recipes.
Whether you love a traditional fruit smoothie or aren’t afraid of sipping on something that more closely resembles green juice, there’s a combination that will hit the spot no matter your preferences. Not only are smoothies a tasty and satisfying option for breakfast or a quick snack, but they’re also a cinch to make and usually don’t require too many ingredients.
You can always improvise your smoothie ingredients and use whatever you happen to have on hand.
Keep reading to discover nine of the best smoothie recipes around. You’ll be whipping them up all summer long.
Two-Minute Green Smoothie
The Recipe: Two-Minute Green Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: Avocado might seem like an odd ingredient for a smoothie, but it will help keep you full and provide a creamy texture.
Pro Tip: Take the time to prep everything you need for this easy smoothie recipe in advance so you can whip the frozen treat up in a flash. According to Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest, a freezer bag filled with ingredients like avocado, fresh spinach, chunks of banana, and pieces of mango will stay fresh for up to 3 months.
Why We Love It: If you tend to skip breakfast simply because you don’t have the time, this is the smoothie for you. Once you've stored away all of your ingredients in the freezer, it's wildly easy for you to pop a portion of your prepared fruits and veggies in the blender in the morning with a bit of milk.
Creamy Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie
The Recipe: Creamy Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: For the uninitiated, golden milk is a simple combination of milk and turmeric thought to harness a host of health benefits. It also happens to be the hero ingredient of this healthy smoothie recipe.
Pro Tip: Keep this recipe vegan by following the lead of Dana Shultz, the brains before Minimalist Baker, who suggests using almond or coconut milk to this smoothie.
Why We Love It: This recipe for a creamy golden milk smoothie requires just seven tasty ingredients and five minutes of your time. It takes golden milk one step further by creating a super healthy smoothie with basic ingredients like bananas, coconut or almond milk, turmeric, and other spices like cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, and cloves. The result is a naturally sweet, anti-inflammatory super smoothie.
Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie
The Recipe: Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: Just a dash of protein powder will help this fruity smoothie fuel you throughout the day.
Pro Tip: Stephanie Pollard of Hello Glow recommends downing this smoothie as a post-workout refresher.
Why We Love It: Energize your body for whatever the day ahead might hold with this combination of bananas, mixed berries, hemp seeds, avocado, kale, almond milk, and protein powder. All you’ll taste is the berries, but the kale and avocado will keep you satisfied.
Hearty Chocolate Oat Smoothie
The Recipe: Hearty Chocolate Oat Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: Rolled oats are an unexpected ingredient for a smoothie, but they contribute to the thick texture and rich flavor of this drink.
Pro Tip: If you're looking for some extra natural sweetness, Laura Wright of The First Mess suggests adding pitted medjool dates to the mixture while blending.
Why We Love It: For something a little bit sweeter, this hearty chocolate oat smoothie recipe is just the thing. It’s a healthy snack made with non-dairy milk, rolled oats, almond butter, cocoa powder, flax seeds, vanilla extract, and bananas.
Strawberry-Banana Colada Smoothie
The Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Colada Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: Greek yogurt thickens up this fruit smoothie for the perfect texture. It tastes so good, you'll think it was a milkshake.
Pro Tip: You can always add a bit of spinach for an extra kick of vitamins and minerals, according to Gerard.
Why We Love It: This strawberry-banana colada smoothie is a fruity, sweet mixture that tastes like summer. Toss together bananas, strawberries, pineapple, coconut milk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract and blend away.
Almond Butter Fig Smoothie
The Recipe: Almond Butter Fig Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: Collagen peptides work with banana, Greek yogurt, and fig to promote clear skin and strong hair. It's definitely the star of this recipe.
Pro Tip: Stephanie Gerber of Hello Glow warns that this smoothie won't give you visible results overnight, but if you drink it on a regular basis your skin and hair could reap some serious benefits.
Why We Love It: Not only does the combination of all of this recipe's ingredients create a yummy smoothie, but they also work to help you grow naturally strong and healthy hair. That’s the kind of multi-tasking you want out of a nutritious smoothie.
Hot Pink Smoothie
The Recipe: Hot Pink Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: You wouldn't know just by looking at it, but this smoothie contains nutrient-rich (and low calorie) beets. If you’ve yet to try a smoothie that contains beets, don’t knock it until you try it. It’s a fun and tasty way to sneak in some extra vegetables to your diet.
Pro Tip: Wright recommends using a high-speed blender for this recipe because of how firm raw beets are. However, she also points out that you could opt to include cooked beets for an easier blend and to create a creamier texture.
Why We Love It: This is definitely not your average smoothie recipe. With clementines or tangerines, beets, strawberries or raspberries, bananas, almond butter, chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla extract, it's a tasty and unique concoction.
Mango Spinach Smoothie
The Recipe: Mango Spinach Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: Spinach provides a major boost of nutrients to this smoothie, but you won't even taste the green, leafy vegetable.
Pro Tip: If you're feeling like adding a little something extra, Gerard recommends including a bit of passion fruit pulp just before the smoothie is finished blending.
Why We Love It: This nutrient-packed smoothie is filled with healthy ingredients sure to get any day off to a great start. Think mangos, bananas, spinach, ginger, orange juice, and coconut milk.
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