How to Make the Best Smoothie

Peach Melba Smoothie is a riff on the classic dessert.

Smoothies run the gamut. They can be sugary, low-nutrient drinks, or healthy enough to serve as a meal or substantial snack. They can be bone-building beverages, particularly kid-friendly, or both! Concoctions that are mostly fruits and vegetables supply enough fluid to stand in for plain water, and make better-for-you substitutions for soda and other sugary soft drinks.

I asked my nutritionist friends for their favorite drink recipes and they sent me enough mouthwatering ideas to keep me busy for months! Even better, no two of these smoothies are the same, which just goes to show the possibilities smoothies possess. Be sure to explore all of the links below for inspiration, no matter what your goal.

Hydrating Smoothie Recipes

Every smoothie supplies fluid, but some have more than others. These picks are super refreshing, especially on hot days.

 

Carrot, Mandarin, and Cayenne Smoothie looks like sunshine in a glass!

Carrot Mandarin and Cayenne Smoothie from Patricia Bannan, MS, RD

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie from Nourishing Plate

Vegan Energy Boosting Smoothie from The Foodie Dietitian

Strawberry Lime Watermelon Smoothie is a delicious alternative to sugary soft drinks.

Strawberry Lime Watermelon Smoothie from Smart Nutrition

Nearly a Meal Smoothie Recipes

A substantial amount of protein and fiber qualifies smoothies as nearly a meal. Depending on your needs, add a slice or two of whole grain bread, some whole grain cereal, or more protein for balance.

 

Wild Blueberry Lemon Coconut Smoothie packs 17 grams of protein, which is more than two eggs!

Wild Blueberry Lemon Coconut Smoothie from Bite of Health Nutrition

Yellow Superfood Smoothie from Fork in the Road

Peach Melba Smoothie from Nourishing Plate

Orange Carrot Smoothie with Ginger and Turmeric from Healthy Ideas Place

Chocolate Peanut Butter (Secret Ingredient) Breakfast Smoothie from C & Β J Nutrition

Wild Blueberry Pancake Smoothie from Snacking in Sneakers

Grape Juice Avocado Energizing Smoothie from Amy Gorin Nutrition

 

Mexican Chocolate Banana Almond Shake provides more than 35% of your daily fiber. And it’s chocolate!

Mexican Chocolate Banana Almond Shake from Spicy RD

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie from Your Choice Nutrition

Orange Strawberry Layered Smoothie from Amy Gorin Nutrition

Vegan Energy Boosting Smoothie from The Foodie Dietitian

Frozen Mochaccino from Amy Gorin Nutrition

Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake from Real Mom Nutrition

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie from Triad to Wellness

Here’s how to make aΒ post-workout smoothie.

Kid-Friendly Smoothie Recipes

Kids crave smoothies, and they love to make up their own flavor combinations. Start with these recipes, and let children and teens create their own sippers.

 

Strawberry Beet Smoothie is pretty in pink!

Strawberry Beet Smoothie from The Crowded Table

Purple Power Smoothie from Eat Real Live Well

Basic Green Smoothie from Curing Vision

Orange Strawberry Layered Smoothie from Amy Gorin Nutrition

Mama’s Berry Smoothie from Toby Amidor Nutrition

Mexican Chocolate Banana Almond Breakfast Shake from Spicy RD

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie from Your Choice Nutrition

Grape Juice Avocado Energizing Smoothie from Amy Gorin Nutrition

Easy Summer Smoothie for the Busy Mama from Crystal Karges Nutrition

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Entice your kids with this peanut butter breakfast shake. Adults love it, too!

Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake from Real Mom Nutrition

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie from Triad to Wellness

Pear and Pomegranate Green Smoothie from Patricia Bannan, MS, RD

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie from Triad to Wellness

Snack Smoothie Recipes

Think of snacks as nutritious mini-meals, not meal wreckers. These recipes supply fruit, vegetables, and protein, so you won’t have to worry if you, or your child, eats less at the next meal.

 

Arugula meets apple in this smoothie and it’s spectacular!

Arugula Apple Smoothie from Snacking in Sneakers

Creamy Chocolate Cannellini Bean and Cinnamon Smoothie from Patricia Bannan, MS, RD

Wild Blueberry Beet Smoothie from Kroll’s Korner

Mama’s Berry Smoothie from Toby Amidor Nutrition

Chocolate Chunk Blueberry Smoothie from Patricia Bannan, MS, RD

Bone-Building Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are perfect for including the nutrients to make and maintain a strong skeleton, such as protein, calcium, and vitamin D.

 

Frozen Mochaccino has no added sugar, unlike most coffee-shop drinks that may contain more than a day’s allowance.

Frozen Mochaccino from Amy Gorin Nutrition

Chocolate Chunk Blueberry Smoothie from Patricia Bannan, MS, RD

Mama’s Berry Smoothie from Toby Amidor Nutrition

Wild Blueberry Pancake Smoothie from Snacking in Sneakers

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie from Triad to Wellness

St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie from Foods with Judes

Creamy Chocolate Cannellini Bean and Cinnamon Smoothie from Patricia Bannan, MS, RD

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. bakedbyclo says:

    Yum what a great list! Love the look of the strawberry lime and watermelon one. Have you tried any of these yourself? If so, what’s your fave?:) I’m definitely in need of a change of my usual spinach and apple haha.

    • ewardrd says:

      I like any combo of peanut butter and banana, and those are always on my list. I also love the peanut butter smoothie with uncooked oatmeal!

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