Smoothies are a staple among health junkies, and we have to agree: they’re ridiculously easy to make, filled with fruits and veggies, and make you feel like a pro when you whip up a particularly delicious blend. It’s unsurprising, then, that smoothies have become a regular menu item at fast-food joints across the nation—but not all smoothies are created equal, and you’re better off skipping many of those high-calorie, sugary drinks disguised as a healthy option.
If you’re looking to put your own blender to use and start making smoothies at home, you’re already one step ahead, saving yourself money and ensuring you have full control over what goes in. These delicious, healthy smoothies make it easier to eat right with fruit, milk, protein, immune-boosting yogurt, and other nutritious ingredients—and they’re great for helping you slim down. Just a note: Some of these recipes contain fruit juice or honey to up the sweetness, but if you’re looking to cut added sugar from your diet, you can nix those ingredients.
Many of these tasty drinks are from The Big Book of Smoothies and & Soups by our partners at Women’s Health, and we’ve also rounded up more refreshing recipes from bloggers and our own archives. Give these all-star smoothies a try, and feel free to tweak and experiment to create your own perfect blend!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
Here’s a breakfast smoothie to start your day off right. Mixed berries and peanut butter powder give this healthy smoothie the taste of your favorite childhood sandwich, the PB&J; plus, vanilla protein powder gives an extra power boost.
Soothe digestion, heartburn, nausea, and other stomach trouble with the fresh ginger in this natural remedy smoothie recipe.
Combine the banana, yogurt, honey, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving): 157 cals, 1 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 28 g sugars, 1.5 g fiber, 5 g protein
Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds
If you haven’t tried chia seeds yet, here’s a great opportunity. This superfood ingredient gives you a burst of energy and helps you stay full longer; plus, they go with practically everything. Not everyone loves their texture, but when they’re blended into a delicious smoothie, you won’t even be able to detect them (while still reaping all their benefits). And as this blogger points out, they’re also packed with antioxidants and boost your metabolism. Combined with spinach, unsweetened almond milk, frozen pineapple, and naturally sweet banana, this tasty mixture is the ultimate breakfast treat.
Get the recipe from Ally’s Cooking »
Savor the taste of fall with apple cider that’s blended with Greek yogurt, rolled oats, pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This delicious smoothie is rich in protein and beta-glucan, a fiber that improves running endurance.
Get the recipe from Prevention »
Need to cool down after a tough workout or a hot day at the beach? Lap up this low-cal, citrus-infused healthy smoothie recipe.
Combine the orange, half-and-half or yogurt, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and ice cubes. Process until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving): 160 cal, 3 g pro, 36 g carb, 3 g fiber, 28 g sugars, 1 g fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 60 mg sodium
Caramel Apple Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie
This vegan, gluten-free breakfast smoothie is absolutely perfect for crisp fall mornings, and it’ll keep you satisfied for hours. Don’t worry: There’s no caramel in this delightful recipe; instead, this blogger utilizes “nature’s caramel” (dates) to add sweetness along with antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. Rolled oats also pack extra fiber and protein, while apples and cinnamon give that undeniably fall taste. Oh, and there’s chia seeds in this smoothie as well (because why not). This dreamy mixture sits in the fridge overnight, saving you so much time in the mornings. Just blend and go!
Green Tea, Blueberry, and Banana
Antioxidant-rich green tea makes this healthy smoothie a nutritional powerhouse.
1. Microwave water on high until steaming hot in a small bowl. Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.
2. Combine berries, banana, and milk in a blender with ice crushing ability.
3. Add tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. (Some blenders may require additional water to process the mixture.) Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve.
Nutrition (per serving): 269 cals, 2.5 g fat, 0.2 g sat fat, 52 mg sodium, 63 g carbs, 38.5 g sugars, 8 g fiber, 3.5 g protein
Carrots aren’t usually the star ingredient in a breakfast smoothie, but this creamy blend will make you a believer. The carrots pair perfectly with banana slices, diced pineapples, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg and make this veggie-packed smoothie taste just like a slice of carrot cake (while being way healthier for you).
Get the recipe from Well Plated »
This heavenly citrus drinks provides a burst of vitamin C and refreshing tart flavor from a blend of cranberries and oranges. Frozen bananas and a hint of vanilla extract add balance, with a base of plain Greek yogurt for extra protein and creaminess. This blogger notes that oranges can be substituted for any other type of citrus, so if you prefer tangerines or clementines, feel free to swap those in!
Get the recipe from The Produce Moms »
Very Berry Breakfast
Start your day off with a bang with this fruit-packed breakfast smoothie recipe.
Combine all ingredients in blender, adding lemon juice to taste. Puree until smooth. Pour into 2 chilled glasses.
Nutrition (per serving): 112 cals, 1.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 56 mg sodium, 25.5 g carbs, 20 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein
Green Ginger Smoothie
Baby spinach and Granny Smith apples combine to create the delicious green color of this smoothie you’ll want to make again and again. Added hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant protein, and they’re also packed with omega-3s, omega-6 fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, and a whole host of other benefits. Minced ginger, lemon juice, coconut water, and a bit of raw honey also contribute to this smoothie’s fresh, delightful taste.
Get the recipe from Prevention »
With no dairy or added sugar, you can feel good sipping on this rich, creamy smoothie. Only five ingredients (and five minutes!) are needed to whip up this autumn-inspired blend, which works for many diets, including gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian. It weighs in at just under 300 calories, with 18 mg of sodium and 8 g of sugar. This blogger suggests adding a scoop of collagen powder for extra protein!
World’s Best Smoothie
Slurp down this breakfast smoothie, and you’ll feel satisfied until lunchtime.
Combine the yogurt, banana, juice, and strawberries for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides and blend for an additional 15 seconds.
Nutrition (per serving): 300 cal, 14 g pro, 63 g carb, 5 g fiber, 45 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 180 mg sodium
This blogger switches up the classic kale-apple-dates combo by adding an antioxidant-rich cup of green tea, which is also proven to reduce blood pressure. You’re left with a smooth, warm drink with just the right amount of sweetness to comfort you on a chilly winter day. This smoothie is about 250 calories, and you can lower the calorie count even more by using one date instead of two (they’re about 66 calories each).
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This decadently thick smoothie recipe can even satisfy your desire for ice cream and it’s healthy!
1. Combine the yogurt and ice cubes. Blend, pulsing as needed, until the ice is in large chunks.
2. Add the pineapple and blend at “whip” speed until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving): 283 cals, 3.5 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 167 mg sodium, 53.5 g carbs, 48 g sugars, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein
Stay full and fight disease. This high-fiber smoothie recipe becomes even healthier when you use organic kiwis, which contain higher levels of heart-healthy polyphenols and vitamin C.
Combine the juice, banana, kiwifruit, strawberries, and honey. Blend until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving): 87 cals, 0.3 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 3.5 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 16.5 g sugars, 1.5 g fiber, 0.5 g protein
Perfect for fall and winter, when you’re doing everything you can to avoid getting sick, this immune-boosting smoothie blends pear and spinach to provide roughly 25 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. Plus, probiotic-rich yogurt helps strengthen your gut with healthy bacteria, and ginger adds anti-inflammatory compounds to ease cold and flu symptoms. You’ll feel even better heading out for the day with this healthy drink in your system.
Get the recipe from Prevention »
Succulent, summer-ripe blueberries burst with flavor in this healthy smoothie. Skip the sugar or artificial sweetener for a healthier pick; the fruit makes it naturally sweet.
Combine 1 cup of the milk, the blueberries, banana, sugar or sweetener, and vanilla extract. Blend for 20 to 30 seconds, or until smooth. Add up to ¼ cup more milk if a thinner smoothie is desired.
Nutrition (per serving): 125 cals, 1.5 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 60 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 11 g sugars, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein
Tropical Papaya Perfection
Thick like a milkshake, this coconut-infused breakfast smoothie recipe transports you to a tropical island.
Combine the papaya, yogurt, pineapple, ice, coconut extract, and flaxseed. Process for about 30 seconds, or until smooth and frosty.
Nutrition (per serving): 299 cals, 1.5 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 149 mg sodium, 64 g carbs, 44 g sugars, 7 g fiber, 13 g protein
Fat-free vanilla ice cream makes this protein packed smoothie sinful and slimming. Skip the spoonful of sugar for a healthier pick.
1. Blend together any liquid ingredients (milk, yogurt, juice, etc.) and protein powder; this will help break down the grainy powder and make sure it’s evenly distributed.
2. Add mushy ingredients, like precooked oatmeal and fruit, then add ice at the end. For a thicker shake, you can toss in more ice cubes; you’ll add volume without the calories.
Nutrition (per serving): 150 cals, 2 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 73 mg sodium, 26.5 g carbs, 24 g sugars, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein
Fresh lemon juice adds a tangy splash to this sweet, healthy smoothie.
1. Place the apricots, mangoes, milk or yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a blender. Process for 8 seconds. Add the ice cubes, and process 6 to 8 seconds longer, or until smooth.
2. Pour into tall glasses, garnish with lemon twists, if desired, and serve immediately.
Nutrition (per serving): 252 cals, 3.5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium, 53 g carbs, 45.5 g sugars, 6 g fiber, 7 g protein
Transform a summer fruit favorite into a delightful healthy smoothie. Just remember to buy seedless watermelon or remove the seeds before you blend!
Combine the watermelon and milk, and blend for 15 seconds, or until smooth. Add the ice, and blend 20 seconds longer, or to your desired consistency. Add more ice, if needed, and blend for 10 seconds.
Nutrition (per serving): 56 cals, 0.3 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 19.5 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 11 g sugars, 0.5 g fiber, 2 g protein
Berry Good Workout Smoothie
Get the energy you need to power through your workout in minutes with this easy-to-make smoothie recipe. For an extra dose of calcium, try adding a teaspoon of Organic Kale Powder.
Blend all ingredients.
Nutrition (per serving): 162.5 cals, 1 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 5 mg sodium, 41.5 g carbs, 32 g sugars, 6 g fiber, 2 g protein
Blend apricot and peach together, and your breakfast smoothie will look like an early-morning sunrise.
1. Combine the banana, apricot nectar, yogurt, and lemonade concentrate. Process for 30 seconds, or until smooth and creamy.
2. Stir in the club soda and serve immediately.
Nutrition (per serving): 130 cals, 0.5 g fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 43.5 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 16 g sugars, 1.5 g fiber, 2.5 g protein
Berry Vanilla Sensation
Fat-free vanilla yogurt sweetens this tangy fruit healthy smoothie recipe.
Combine the raspberries, strawberries, and pineapple juice. Add the yogurt. Blend until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving): 192 cals, 0.5 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 86.5 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 35 g sugars, 2.5 g fiber, 7 g protein
A splash of orange juice infuses summer citrus into this healthy and refreshing snack.
Combine the berries, pineapple (with juice), yogurt, banana, and orange juice in a food processor fitted with the metal blade, in a blender, or in a large measuring cup with an immersion blender. Process for about 2 minutes, or until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving): 140 cals, 2.5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 30 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 16 g sugars, 2.5 g fiber, 3.5 g protein
LeeAnn’s Luscious Smoothie
To eliminate processed sugar, this reader created a sweet, sugar-free smoothie.
1. Mix milk and frozen strawberries in a blender for 1 minute.
2. Transfer to a glass and stir in the tablespoon of flaxseed oil, or serve with a tablespoon of sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead.
Nutrition (per serving): 256 cals, 14 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 106 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 19 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein
Wonderfully thick and tasty, this healthy smoothie recipe easily substitutes for milkshakes and ice cream.
Place the berries, yogurt, and orange juice in a blender and pulse for 30 seconds. Blend for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving): 185 cals, 2 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 90 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 26 g sugars, 3.5 g fiber, 8 g protein
Soy Good Smoothie
Skipping breakfast can leave you starving mid-morning—and reaching for tempting junk food. Instead, sip this on-the-go soy breakfast smoothie.
Combine the milk, blueberries, cereal, and banana in a blender for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides and blend for an additional 15 seconds.
Nutrition (per serving): 350 cals, 3.5 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 192 mg sodium, 74 g carbs, 44 g sugars, 7 g fiber, 9 g protein
Take advantage ripe mango’s disease-fighting ability with this delicious smoothie recipe.
1. Combine the pineapple (with juice), frozen yogurt, mango, and banana. Blend until smooth.
2. With the blender running. gradually drop in enough ice to bring the level up to 4 cups. Blend until the ice is pureed.
Nutrition (per serving): 251 cals, 0.5 g fat, 0.2 g sat fat, 68 mg sodium, 60 g carbs, 50 g sugars, 4 g fiber, 6.5 g protein
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