Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Morning, noon, or night—smoothies are a treat right for any time of day.
If you're powering up for a workout, hankering for a mid-morning snack, or looking for a way to drink more fruits and veggies, check out these creamy, dreamy smoothies.
First up, Banana-Agave Smoothie.
Combining bananas and blueberries with creamy, fat-free yogurt and a hint of agave nectar makes for a rich and satisfying smoothie that's also low in fat. Agave nectar comes from the agave plant–it's sweeter than honey and can be found in most grocery stores. This smoothie fuels you up with a healthy dose of potassium, vitamins C and B6, and plenty of antioxidants.
Peanut butter and banana smoothies are usually a splurge item. Luckily, we have a healthy version that doesn't skimp on flavor. If the smoothies seem too thick, add another tablespoon or two of milk.
This tropical-tasting smoothie is going to make you feel like you're on an island vacation soaking up the sun--even if you’re stuck in rush hour traffic on the interstate. This recipe calls for frozen fruit, making it a cinch to prepare in the morning.
Prepare this protein-packed smoothie and take along a handful of granola for a quick breakfast on the go. Adding the yogurt at the very end imparts a creamy texture to the smoothie.
This slightly sweet, thick drink is a great snack or part of a breakfast: Just one serving offers about one-third of the day's vitamin C and vitamin A and about 10 percent potassium in a low-calorie package.
Frozen bananas, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla extract are a few of the ingredients that make this smoothie a rich dessert in a glass. Because it calls for low-fat yogurt and fat-free milk, one serving of this drink gives you about the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk.
Melons are at their peak season June through September. Make this smoothie with ripe, in-season fruit for a great-tasting, refreshing drink when the weather's hot. Garnish with additional diced melon, if desired.
Start with creamy frozen yogurt and add peanut butter, milk, and honey for a nutty sweet treat. Silken tofu and ground flaxseed help this smoothie stick with you throughout an afternoon of running errands.
Frozen banana gives this pumpkin smoothie a thick texture; chilling the pumpkin ensures the smoothie stays cold when you blend it. Add in yogurt and orange juice and you have a breakfast beverage with 740 milligrams of potassium per serving.
When peach season is in full swing and the fruit is at its juicy-sweet best, get an extra basket or two to slice and freeze. You'll be ready to make this peaches-and-cream-like smoothie.
This sweet Indian-style, smoothie-like drink is a blend of fresh mango, tangy plain yogurt, and milk. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products to keep saturated fat in check while delivering healthful calcium, potassium, and vitamin D.
Frozen mixed berries and dry milk help keep cost and preparation to a minimum for this anytime smoothie. Blend with banana, yogurt, sugar, and orange juice for a citrus accent. Substitute other frozen fruits, like peaches, for fun variety.
Use either fresh or frozen raspberries; frozen fruit will help create a thicker texture. Look for cooked, peeled, ready-to-eat baby beets in the produce section.
Sneak silken tofu into a sweet-tart breakfast smoothie. Combined with fiber-rich berries, this is a great way to get extra protein and fiber past pickier palates.
This frappé is essentially the chilled version of a chai latte, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Top each with a dollop of reduced-calorie whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
A cross between Key lime pie and a coconut mojito, this smoothie makes a great breakfast drink or sweet afternoon treat. Sprinkle some shredded coconut on top, if you like.
A frappé is similar to a fruit juice or other liquid smoothie, but it's made with a larger proportion of fruit than dairy. Garnish with a twist of orange zest, if desired. To skip the dairy, substitute vanilla cultured coconut milk for the low-fat yogurt.
This creamy, refreshing drink is great for breakfast, after a workout, or as a midday pick-me-up. Use any flavored yogurt you like--strawberry makes the smoothie pink, while blueberry turns it purple.
This smoothie is rich in antioxidants and fiber from berries, potassium from peaches, omega-3 fatty acids from walnuts, vitamin C from orange juice, and soy isoflavones from tofu. Use calcium-fortified orange juice for added nutrition.
With plenty of fruit, fiber, and protein, this quick shake is a sweet snack you can feel good about. You can also enjoy a larger serving as a healthful breakfast. Look for canned passion fruit nectar with other bottled and canned juices or in the Latin food section of your grocery store. If you can't find it, substitute pineapple juice.
This healthy smoothie recipe uses fat-free plain Greek yogurt to achieve its smooth consistency. A variety of fresh fruit and a dollop of honey make this one a keeper.
If you're looking for something to help you power up before a workout, look no further. Give your metabolism and muscles a boost with this low-fat smoothie. Silken tofu makes it creamy while adding 4 grams of protein per serving.
If you're looking for the elusive non-dairy smoothie, this is it. White grape juice, honey and silken tofu bring a wonderful consistency to this mixed-berry and banana sipper.