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Mix & Match Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Hey guys! It’s time for another fun mix and match recipe post, this time featuring healthy smoothie recipes! If you missed the previous mix and match recipe posts, check those out too:  Mix & Match Grain Salad Bowls, Easy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes, and Avocado Toast Recipes.

As the weather continues to heat up, I’m loving refreshing and hydrating smoothies, so I thought a mix and match formula for how to build a healthy and satisfying smoothie would be helpful. Use this as a template to get creative – or try some of my favorite combinations, included at the end of the post. Enjoy!

mix and match healthy smoothie recipes

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Mix and Match Healthy Smoothie Recipes Formula

Step 1: Start With Fruit.

Add 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit to your blender – any fruit will work! I like to use frozen fruit over fresh because it gives your smoothie a frosty thickness without having to water down the flavor with ice. Plus, it’s usually cheaper than fresh fruit AND it’s available year round. :) The only fruit I usually use fresh is a banana – although they freeze well, too, so long as you peel them first!

healthy smoothie recipes fruit

Step 2: Add Greens (optional).

Adding 1 cup of greens like kale or spinach gives your smoothie a nutritional boost and fun color, but I promise you won’t notice the taste! If you’re trying this for the first time, start with spinach – it’s even less flavorful. And be sure to remove the stems if you use kale – the stems can be bitter!

MY OTHER RECIPES


healthy spinach recipes spinach kale

Step 3: Add Protein.

I like to add 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder to my smoothies. Adding protein makes your smoothie much more filling and satisfying!

healthy smoothie recipes protein powder greek yogurt

Step 4: Add Healthy Fat.

Adding a tablespoon or two of flax or chia seeds or nut butter gives your smoothie much more staying power so you don’t sip it down and get hungry right after! Avocado is also great in smoothies – just add 1/4 to 1/2 a ripe avocado instead of the nuts/seeds.

healthy smoothie recipes fat

Step 5: Add Liquid.

Add 1 cup of liquid to your blender. I like to stick to unsweetened plant-based milks or whole dairy milk rather than juice, because you have plenty of sweetness from the fruit already!

healthy smoothie recipes liquid

Step 6: Boost with Flavor Add-Ins (optional)

Take your smoothie to the next level with flavor add-ins like vanilla extract, lemon zest, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and more!

healthy smoothie recipes flavorings

 

Here’s a breakdown of the formula to keep on hand as a handy resource! :)

how to build the perfect healthy smoothie

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And now, for a few recipe ideas! The combinations are endless, but here are some of my tried and true smoothies:

 

Strawberries, blueberries & cherries (1/2 cup each) + Greek yogurt + chia seeds + almond milk

healthy smoothie recipes berry greek yogurt

healthy smoothie recipes berry greek yogurt

Mango & pineapple (1/2 cup each), 1/2 banana + kale + Greek yogurt + chia seeds + almond milk

healthy smoothie recipes green tropical

healthy smoothie recipes green tropical

1 banana + spinach + protein powder + peanut butter + almond milk + vanilla + cocoa powder + cinnamon

healthy smoothie recipes banana chocolate peanut butter

healthy smoothie recipes banana chocolate peanut butter

Strawberries (1 cup), cherries (1/2 cup) + Greek yogurt + flax seeds + milk + vanilla + lemon zest

healthy smoothie recipes strawberry lemon

healthy smoothie recipes strawberry lemon

What are your favorite smoothie combinations? What combinations are you excited to try? Get creative!

Here are a few of my other smoothie recipe variations already here on the blog:

Comments

  1. 1

    Smoothies in the summer are my everything. I usually do milk as well, love adding dark cocoa for a treat. This past weekend I switched it up and did – frozen pineapple and mango, greek yogurt, plus some orange juice and the rest sparkling water.

    Since my blender is old I add my liquid first and then my frozen fruit, otherwise it doesn’t blend as well.

  2. 3

    I love that infographic!! All of these are full of color and flavor. I love adding protein + fat to smoothies– helps them keep me full!

  3. 4

    Yum, its so hot right now, all I want are smoothies. One of my all time faves is a cocoa cherry combo.

  4. 5
    Mollie K says:

    I am obsessed with adding cooked sweet potato to smoothies right now. I peel the skin, and add frozen blueberries, chocolate protein powder, spinach, and coconut milk. The sweet potato makes it so creamy and delicious and naturally sweetens it. Can’t wait to try some of your combos!

    • 6

      Interesting, that’s such a good idea! I’ll have to try it – thank you for sharing!

    • 7

      I tried this combo and it was delicious! Although it looked like death haha because I used purple sweet potatoes. Anne I would love to see this kind of post for sandwich ideas, especially since you mentioned you were craving them more since getting pregnant. They are such an easy lunch but often I end up getting stuck in a rut with them!

  5. 9

    Those photos are so pretty, they make me want to make a smoothie immediately!

  6. 11

    Thanks, Anne. You made it so simple. I like that — and healthy. I’m looking forward to trying them all! I like Mollie K’s sweet potato smoothie, too.

  7. 13

    I feel like I am one of the only people on earth who is not in to smoothies. I don’t like drinking my food! These all look really pretty though.

  8. 15

    Oh I just love smoothie’s during the summer months. The winter months too, but more so now. Thanks for some new ideas and easy ways to break it down. Appreciate it. Great blog too.

  9. 17

    Hi Anne, great smoothie ideas. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Your blog has been great reading for me as I am also pregnant – 12 weeks today! I am enjoying following your journey. Just a little question I was hoping you can help with. I notice that you have mentioned protein powders above as a great smoothie addition. I do sometimes add protein to my smoothie as I also do a lot of running. Is there anything that would be worth knowing about taking protein powder while I’m pregnant? I’m pretty good at getting most of my protein from meat/eggs etc, but I’m just curious as to your thoughts on supplementing with protein powder during pregnancy. Many thanks, Jen

    • 18

      Thanks Jen! I definitely recommend getting most protein from real food vs. powders, but protein powder is definitely a great addition to smoothies when you need them to be more filling, or if you are having them after a hard workout/run and want to refuel your muscles! Regarding pregnancy, I’d probably go with a protein powder that doesn’t have other stuff added in addition to the protein. If you are having one that has vitamins added, you might want to skip your prenatal vitamin that day so you aren’t overloading on vitamins. If you’re looking for a protein powder that’s literally JUST protein so you don’t have to worry about the vitamin stuff, Cabot has a good one! It’s whey, though, so dairy-based, just FYI! (And also FYI there’s soy lecithin in it if you are soy sensitive at all.) I also like Kura protein powder, but they have vitamins and other supplements added and I’m not 100% sure all of them are pregnancy friendly (I think they are, but don’t quote me on that). Vega is a great non-dairy option that I also really like, although again they have some other stuff added and I’m not sure about the pregnancy situation. So to be safe I’d use the Cabot one for now, or just use Greek yogurt and/or dairy milk in your smoothie, both have lots of protein! Okay, longest comment ever – hope this helped! :) Congratulations on your pregnancy, too! I hope you’re feeling good… 12 weeks is a big milestone!

      • 19

        Great Anne! Thanks so much for taking the time to give me such a detailed response! I will check out the Cabot one and see how I go (good with all soy/dairy so I’m sure it’ll be good!) Also just received my snoogle in the mail… will see how I go with it tonight! Thanks again, Jen

  10. 21

    Whenever I make a smoothie with spinach (usually strawberries, banana, spinach, milk, chia seeds, and yogurt), it turns into a nasty brownish color instead of a pretty green like yours. Normally it doesn’t bother me but now that I’m pregnant, I can’t handle it. Any idea on how to fix it? I’d love to be able to sneak in some extra veggies.

    • 22

      Kale does a nice job making it super green – try that? Sometimes using coconut water instead of milk/yogurt can help with that too… you can just add protein powder or have something with protein on the side to make it more filling. :)

  11. 23

    Never forget the healthy fat it makes it super creamy!

  12. 25

    Oooh, great post! I love your mix-and-match posts; I don’t usually use recipes for breakfast/lunch, so it’s good to have a general outline I can use with whatever’s in the house.

    I’ve been really loving smoothies lately, too, with the hot weather; my current fave breakfast is avocado, milk, vanilla protein powder and blueberries. I also notice your smoothies all contain plenty of fruit, which is reassuring to me as a fruit lover as I’ve read several articles over the past few years suggesting that fruit smoothies aren’t actually healthy because they’re ‘just sugar’.

    Logically, I see no difference between having sugar in fresh fruit and having that fruit in a smoothie, as I doubt a household blender pulverises the fruit to the point where the fibre is broken down – and I’d never think twice about the sugar in a cup of fresh blueberries.

    I was wondering if you had any guidance on that front? Ie, is a smoothie with 1-1.5 cups of fruit and some protein/fat fine to have every day? Thanks :)

    • 26

      Totally fine to have every day! Like you said, you’re having the whole fruit in a smoothie, so you’re getting the fiber, too, and the key is balancing it with protein and fat so it’s not JUST carbs. That will give it more staying power, and less of a blood sugar spike. :) Enjoy!

  13. 28

    Summer is the best time for Smoothie!
    I like to cook it for breakfast, but usually, I add juice instead of milk. It’s also tasty :)

  14. 29

    I love smoothies! Every morning I have a smoothie that usually consists of banana, pineapple, strawberries and blueberries + Greek yogurt, protein powder, and almond milk. I sometimes make a pineapple + avocado + spinach smoothie (still with the Gr. yogurt, protein powder, and almond milk). One winter when pears were in season I made a cinnamon pear smoothie that was delicious and I like the Blueberry Beet smoothie from Run Fast Eat Slow!

  15. 31
    Jen Robinson says:

    I just wanted to say this was a beautifully photographed post- the layers in the smoothie pre-blend and then the post-blend were really cool! And the How To Build the Perfect Recipe chart is really pretty too!

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