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Easy Smoothie Recipes

Updated on July 9, 2011

Smoothies Are All the Rage! Add some energy to your day with a delicious smoothie.

Why spend your fortune buying smoothies that someone else makes when you can make them yourself at home for pennies?

You will find some of the simplest smoothie recipes on this page - so easy even your kids can make them.

I make my morning smoothies with soy protein powder in them because it is nutritious and the protein keeps me feeling full all morning long - no nibbling before lunch!

My favorite juice for smoothie making is Dole 100% fruit juice. It is available in several different flavors and my favorite is Pina Colada; it isn't easy to find, so when I find it I buy four cartons and freeze them.

Enjoy discovering the world of smoothies from someone who has been drinking one each morning for the past nine months. I have never felt better.

With the protein powder in them, they are fantastic meal replacements. If you want to lose weight, drink two smoothies a day and eat one meal per day. If you need to gain some weight, drink a smoothie in addition to two meals a day. One smoothie a day and you will maintain your current weight. The choice is yours. These recipes are so simple, you cannot say it takes too much time. Making a smoothie takes a fraction of the time it takes to prepare a meal.

Photo appears courtesy of "diekatrin" via Creative Commons.

A Brief History of Smoothies

Bet you didn't know that your grandma made smoothies!

Smoothies first appeared on the West Coast of the USA in the 1930s . They were fruit-based drinks that were based on Brazilian recipes. In the 1940s, the Waring Blender cookbook featured two smoothie recipes. The idea of smoothies didn't really take off until the late 1960s when Hippies who were into macrobiotic vegetarianism began expanding and experimenting with them. The smoothie gained popularity with the general public in the USA in the 1970s and is currently a multi-billion dollar industry.

Fruit Smoothie Recipes - Fruit Smoothies are the most popular of all smoothies.

Fruit Smoothies
Fruit Smoothies

Let's learn how to make a delicious smoothie with fruits, juices, yogurts, and more.

All these recipes use a vanilla-flavored soy protein powder, but it is optional. The soy protein powder gives the smoothie some texture and thickens it nicely.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit (any kind)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tablespoons soy protein powder (vanilla flavored)

Instructions

  1. Blend for 30 seconds or until thoroughly blended. Pour into a 16 oz. tumbler.
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Apple Pie Smoothie
Apple Pie Smoothie
  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 3 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 1

Apple Pie Smoothie

  • 2 tbs. Vanilla Soy Protein Powder
  • 1 small apple (or ¼ cup applesauce)
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup nonfat milk or apple juice

Instructions

  1. Blend for 30 seconds or until thoroughly blended
  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 3 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 1

Cranberry Smoothie

  • 8 oz cranberry juice
  • fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. strawberry yogurt
  • 4 -6 ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp. Vanilla soy protein powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend until thoroughly blended

Pina Colada Smoothie

  • 1 tbs. crushed pineapple
  • 1 tbs. shredded coconut (or a couple drops of coconut extract)
  • 1 scoop non-fat frozen vanilla yogurt
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ice cubes (optional)
  • 2 tbs. Vanilla Soy Protein Powder

Instructions

  1. Blend until ice is completely crushed. Serve in a tumbler with a slice of fresh pineapple

Watermelon Smoothie - Here is a refreshing summer smoothie.

  • 1 cup cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 cup frozen lemon sherbert
  • 4 -6 ice cubes
  • add vanilla flavored soy protein to make it a meal replacement

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients until smoothe
Orange Banana Smoothie
Orange Banana Smoothie
  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 1 min
  • Ready in: 3 min
  • Yields: 1

Creamy Orange Banana Smoothie

  • 5 oz. skim milk
  • 3 oz. plain nonfat yogurt
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 2 tbs. Vanilla Soy Protein Powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend until thoroughly blended. Try putting your milk in the freezer to make a really frosty shake

Coffee Smoothie - Not a fruit smoothie, but just as easy to make!

  • 1 tbs. instant coffee
  • 8 oz. skim milk
  • 4 -6 ice cubes (optional)
  • 2 tbs. Vanilla Soy Protein Powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend for at least 30 seconds on high setting to completely crush the ice
Avocado Smoothie
Avocado Smoothie
  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 3 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 1

Avocado Smoothie - A Lovely Vegetarian Version of Smoothie

  • 1 ½ avocado
  • 5 oz. soy milk
  • 4 -6 ice cubes (optional)
  • 2 tbs. Soy Protein Powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend until smooth

The Big Smoothie Debate - Home or Away?

Where do you get your smoothies?

Acrylic Travel Cups for Smoothies on the Go! - I adore these travel tumblers with straws for smoothies on the go.

Iced Coffee Cup, 16 oz Eco Cup on Ice
Iced Coffee Cup, 16 oz Eco Cup on Ice

These are so easy to take in the car - whether they are filled with a smoothie on the way to work, iced tea, lemon water, or soda, they are the best invention since sliced bread - just my opinion, but I love them!

 

Want More Smoothie Recipes?

There are a lot of smoothie cookbooks on the market.

Smoothie Cookbooks... - to please your palette and your budget!

What is Soy Protein Powder?

Soy protein powder is a term to describe many products. Pure soy protein powder is powdered soy protein isolate or soy protein concentrate. This type of powder is mainly used in the food industry. However, soy protein powder is also used for powdered protein shakes, consisting of a complex mix of soy protein powder and other ingredients including thickeners, flavours, sweeteners, sugars, minerals and vitamins. It is an easy and efficient way to add soy protein to your foods and drinks.

The health benefits of soy protein powders are coming from the soy protein and the associated isoflavones. A daily diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat and containing 25 grams of soy protein may reduce the risk of heart disease. The soy protein has a high biological value and contains all essential amino acids . Soy isoflavones have been recognized for many health benefits, including lowering the risk of heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer and osteoporosis. Soy isoflavones act as anti-cancer agents because they are antioxidant, inhibit the growth of blood vessels required to feed tumours and inhibit the protein production in cancer cells. Soy isoflavones are also beneficial for menopausal women because they may ease menopausal symptoms and help to maintain strong bones.

Excerpted from Soya web site.

Herbalife Formula 1 Shake Mix
Herbalife Formula 1 Shake Mix

Where Do I Find Soy Protein Powder?

You can purchase soy protein powders at your local health food store or you can find it online.

My favorite soy protein product is Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix from Herbalife.

They have a multitude of flavors that are fun to experiment with.

Smoothie Equipment

If you have a smoothie recipe you'd like to share - you're welcome to do so here.

Tell us why you love smoothies!

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool lens! Lensrolled to my EASY BANANA STRAWBERRY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE lens!!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      smoothies are very refreshing during summer :)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      I love the cool refreshing feeling I get as I am drinking one.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      I'll definitely try some of your recipes! Avocado - that's a new one to me!

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      WateredGardenCreations 6 years ago

      Great lens. More ways to make a smoothie than I ever thought of. :)

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      Penny Pincher G 6 years ago

      easy to make

      super tasty

      refreshing

      suer tasty

      why not?

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      writelenses 6 years ago

      You gotta add a Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments to your tools for making smoothies.. they are the bomb.. I got one to do my protein shakes and they are wonderful..

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      VSP 6 years ago

      Great meal on the go, nice addition to a salad for a summer dinner when you don't want to heat up the house.

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      mschuerer 6 years ago

      @annieangel1: Thank you! I always love that angel dust!!!

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Really satisfies that sweet craving without all the junk!

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      do you know I've never had a smoothie. After reading your lens I think it's time I did. Thanks for the simple recipes.

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      Christine Hulme 6 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Especially great for Summer when you want something refreshing and cool! Great lens!

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      I love them as they are delicious, nutritous and we eat more fruits at a go, then we would if we had them to eat.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      Back to drop off some Angel Dust and tell you it is featured on http://www.squidoo.com/lensmaster/new_workshop/ang...

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      They're an easy way to get fruits and veggies into my diet -- and my preschooler's too. We put a bit of spinach in ours along with the fruit.

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      I like smoothies because I can put yogurt, fruit and veggies into it and my kids will drink it. They even like Green Smoothies!

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      ljm63 6 years ago

      I know what goes into our homemade smoothies so that makes it all the better (and they're delicious!)

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Sometimes the best smoothies turn out to be abit of this and a b it of that, that is how our family does it!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Love smoothies! Wonderful lens.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Really nice selection of smoothie recipes! I had never considered an avocado smoothie, and I love avocados. I might just have to muster up the courage to try that one!

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      Great job! Especially can't wait to try the coffee smoothie. YUM! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very yummy and refreshing health drinks. I love smoothies!

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      Great lens...my kids are crazy about smoothies! (infact they just made some yesterday! LOL)

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I love smoothies because you get a combination of healthy and fresh ingredients in one delicious drink.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Yes, an excellent job and a great way to make sure to get the extra protein. Very nicely done here!

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      They taste so yummy!

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      Looking forward to trying some of these awesome smoothie recipes when the weather is a bit warmer.

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      encouragingwords 6 years ago

      You've put me in the mood to have a smoothie party!

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Your Pina Colada smoothie sounds quite good. I will have to add that to our list of smoothies.

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      Carmel Aaron 6 years ago

      They are a fast and easy way to start the day with great nutrition.

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I drink them as a meal replacement, helps weight loss AND to get daily nutritional balance.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      They are nutritious and tasty! =D

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I like smoothies because they are a bit more than just a drink! Like that thick, creamy feeling!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      These sound really yummy :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love smoothies! Great lens and information!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great Lens! I've seen pretty significant weight loss by drinking Shakeology once a day. Tastes just like a smoothie actually

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      dreameater 7 years ago

      Great recipes here! I love them all!

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      bechand 7 years ago

      Kipsy is gonna love these !

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      mistyriver 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing, these look absolutely delicious!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      These are AWESOME!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I love smoothies and can't wait to try some of your recipes.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I love smoothies and these recipes sound delicious! Thank you for sharing them