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Fruit and Yogurt Smoothies - 5 Quick & Healthy Recipes

Updated on April 12, 2016

Smoothies are a delicious way to add extra nutrition

Smoothies are so easy to make, and can be an important part of a healthy diet for both children and adults. It is fun to experiment with different fruits and other ingredients to find your favourite combinations.

USDA Daily Fruit Serving Recommendation

Age
Recommended Amount of Fruit
Girls 4 - 18
1 1/2 cups per day
Women 19 - 30
2 cups per day
Women 31 and older
1 1/2 cups per day
Boys 4 - 13
1 1/2 cups per day
Boys/Men 14 and older
2 cups per day

The USDA recommends the following amounts of dairy for good health:

Children aged 2-3: 2 cups per day

Children aged 4-8: 2 1/2 cups per day

Children 9 and up and adults: 3 cups per day

Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to ensure you get your recommended amounts of fruit and dairy each day.

The recipes that follow are quick and easy, and you can easily switch any of the fruits for other ones you have on hand.

Pineapple Orange Smoothie
Pineapple Orange Smoothie | Source

Pineapple Orange Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vanilla or lemon flavoured greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of diced pineapple, fresh or canned
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Mix ingredients together in blender until smooth.

Note: This smoothie is definitely on the tart side. I find it refreshing, but you may want to add a banana or a tablespoon of honey or agave syrup to sweeten it up a bit.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Source

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.


This is a great basic fruit smoothie recipe to use to experiment with other fruit combinations. It is delicious with blueberries as well.


Raspberry Smoothie
Raspberry Smoothie | Source

Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of skim milk
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.

Cranberry Peach Smoothie
Cranberry Peach Smoothie | Source

Cranberry Peach Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of vanilla or strawberry yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 peach, cut up with skin removed
  • 10 fresh cranberries - or 2 tablespoons of cranberry sauce
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.

Note: If you do not have fresh peaches, you can substitute substitute 1/2 cup of peaches packed in fruit juice or water.


Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
  • 3 or 4 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.

Healthy Smoothie Add-Ins

Ingredient
Amount to Add
Benefits
Flax seed
1 tablespoon
Contains fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, helps regulate blood sugar
Wheat germ
1 tablespoon
Good source of dietary fiber
Oat bran
1 tablespoon
Good source of insoluble fiber
White chia seeds
1 tablespoon
Plant based source of omega-3 fats, high in minerals and antioxidants
Hemp seeds
1 tablespoon
Good source of plant based protein; source of good fats (GLA) and dietary fiber. Each Tbsp contains 5 g of protein
Protein powder
1 scoop
Helps maintain healthy muscles and tissue, helps control blood sugar levels
Add any of these healthy add-ins to your favourite fruit smoothie for a nutritional boost.

To Make Your Smoothie Thicker or Thinner

Everyone has different preferences on the consistency of their smoothies. If you prefer a thinner consistency, you can add a handful of ice cubes, some skim or almond milk or even a bit of water to any of these recipes.

If you want to thicken up any of these smoothies, try adding a frozen banana or a spoonful or two of cooked oatmeal or dry oats. Using any of the healthy add-ins will also usually result in a thicker smoothie.

To sweeten any of these smoothies, you can add a teaspoon of organic honey, agave nectar or 1/2 of a banana.

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      I definitely do not eat enough fruit. I'm all over that Pineapple Orange Smoothie, thank you for sharing!

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I find it hard to eat enough fruit too Georgie. That's why I started making smoothies. The best part is I taught my daughter to make them, and now she'll make them and surprise me with one. Score!

      The Pineapple Orange one was my most recent concoction - created out of a need to use up some leftover pineapple that nobody was going to eat.

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      tigerbaby777 4 years ago from Nampa

      Hey I'm making smoothies for new years eve! Excellent timing Kathy! Great hub, voted up and useful.

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      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 4 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      Enjoyed, now I must run out and buy some Greek yogurt

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's great tigerbaby777! Happy New Year! Enjoy your smoothies. :)

      You can also use regular yogurt for that smoothie Betty, if you have any of that on hand. Thanks for the visit and Happy New Year!

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      tigerbaby777 4 years ago from Nampa

      Happy New Year!

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      Delicious and Tasty, I like the photos of the smoothies that you included.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks CZ! I appreciate the visit and the feedback.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We have a smoothie every morning but tend to get stuck in a rut: banana, papaya and mango since that's what's available here. The pineapple orange and tropical smoothies are both great for us since those fruits are easily available. I'm going to throw one together tomorrow morning. Thanks!

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm glad you found some new smoothie ideas to try with the fruits you have available Vespa. I hope you like them!

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Fruit smoothies are always a popular topic :) I love the combinations of flavors you have here.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Ruth. The possibilities are really endless with smoothies - I'm glad you liked the combinations I included.

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      titi6601 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for reading, titi6601!

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      kikalina 3 years ago from Europe

      Lovely smoothie recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I know I need to eat a lot more fruit and for the past couple months, I've been trying to find ways to eat a more balanced diet to include more fruit and vegetables in it. I do enjoy smoothies and want to make them more often at home, so I'm glad I ran into your hub. My kids eat fruit but are so picky. I like the recipes you laid out here, I'll have to try them out. :)

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      Bruce Chamoff 3 years ago from New York

      They all look, especially the last one where you added the cranberry to the peach cranberry smoothy. Nice touch. I make these too and have a few hubs on smoothies, but yours is tasty. Voted up!

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      I've gotten big on smoothies over the past few weeks. Every morning, I make one after my workout so that I can re-energize and be ready for the day. I usually like to change it up, but lately I've been using a ripe banana, Greek yogurt, and then frozen blackberries, strawberries, and peaches. I add some liquid and I'm ready to go! I will have to try some of your recipes because they sound absolutely delicious!

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      Brittany Banks 4 weeks ago from Spokane, Washington

      I love fruit and I eat a lot of it. I have a magic bullet so I make smoothes all the time. I never thought to add honey though. I do use vanilla Greek yogurt with mine.

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