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10 Great Smoothie Recipes You’ll Want to Try

Updated on August 5, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

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If I told you that you could get your daily intake of fruits, vegetables, and protein every day from one delicious, refreshing smoothie, what would you say? I personally jump for joy at this information!

The thought of a cherry chocolate smoothie that is packed full of vitamin goodness for breakfast, or just a great midday snack sounds amazing. Even better, a pineapple coconut concoction or peanut butter banana mixture makes me want to run to the kitchen and whip one up right now. Whether it's a hot summer day, a weekday during a busy school year, or a relaxing (or stressful) day during the holidays, a nice creamy smoothie seems to set my heart alight and calm my soul.

With different yummy flavors, and even a spice or two, it's easy to find just the right recipe for what you're craving at the moment. And if you have kids like I do, especially if they have been avoiding some important ingredients in their diets, this is the perfect way to tempt their taste-buds and get them excited. My little ones absolutely love smoothies, especially if they can mix all of the ingredients themselves. Even adding in ingredients like kale, spinach and seeds is no problem for them as long as the final result is delicious.

And there's no reason that you can't do this easily yourself, especially if you've taken my suggestions and have been freezing fruits and veggies when they go on sale at your local natural grocery store. This is popsicles is one of our favorite ways to use all of those stored away delicacies. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we have!

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Super Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, ground (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic whole milk

Instructions:

  1. Blend and serve.

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Sweet Cherry Almond Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Chopped almonds

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except chopped almonds in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Divide among 2 glasses and sprinkle with chopped almonds.

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Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup organic whole milk
  • 1/2 cup pitted cherries, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Blend until smooth.

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Mango Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic whole milk
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds, ground (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Puree in blender on high speed until smooth.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Blend and serve.

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Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 cup kale, stems and ribs removed
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup organic whole milk
  • 1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions:

  1. Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

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Apple, Peach, Basil Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups organic whole milk
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, ground (optional)
  • 1/2 cup basil

Instructions:

  1. Blend ingredients until smooth.

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Cinnamon Orange Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/4 tsp each turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger
  • 3/4 cup organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Large handful ice

Instructions:

  1. Bake your sweet potato using the baked potato feature on your microwave.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Split between two small glasses and serve.
  4. Garnish with extra cinnamon.

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Watermelon Super Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups watermelon, diced
  • 1/4 cup organic whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, ground (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Blend ingredients until smooth.

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Green Monkey Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 small banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups organic whole milk

Instructions:

  1. Pour ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

So just while writing this yummy article, everyone in my family has chosen their favorite and rushed to the kitchen to make them. I think the Sweet Cherry Almond is my absolutely favorite. My toddler loves the Green Monkey. I would love to know which one is your favorite!

What's truly great about all of these recipes, is that you can switch out ingredients for your favorites, add in items that sound good to you, or take the basic premise of each of these recipes and come up with some of your own favorite smoothie recipes. Let's say that you don't like whole milk, but would prefer coconut milk or almond milk. Go for it! Allergic to peanuts? Use almond or cashew butter instead.

Don't be afraid to toss in cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, extra spices, more nuts, or even shredded coconut to make your smoothies even better. I'm a sucker for some shredded coconut. You can even add in oats in place of the peanut butter for some more thickness in your smoothies.

Being the summer right now, and all kinds of great fruits like berries, pineapple and apples on sale, we have a smorgasbord of great flavors to choose from for our smoothies. I want to go down and make another one right now! I can't wait to hear about your smoothie making adventures!

© 2018 Victoria Van Ness

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      2 months ago from Fountain, CO

      Absolutely!

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love making and drinking smoothies. Your recipes sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing them.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      2 months ago from Fountain, CO

      I put my two favorites up top! I love that you could make a smoothie every day if you wanted and would never have to repeat the same smoothie twice.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What an assortment. Not one of these looks less than tasty.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      2 months ago from Fountain, CO

      Ooh, coconut milk would be delicious in all of these! That's a great idea.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Sweet Berry Smoothie and Cherry Chocolate Smoothie would be my favorites. Banana and peanut butter is something I would not have thought of, but it sounds excellent. I can't drink milk, but I use coconot milk all the time. Thanks for all the great recipes.

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