Healthy Smoothie Recipes
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.
Berry-and-Beet Green Smoothie
A lot of people give smoothies a short blend at full power, but that doesn't give the best results. Starting at low speed and gradually increasing power lets the blades work better, breaking the ingredients down evenly and at the same time.
Rich Dark Chocolate Smoothie
This super-chocolately smoothie is a tasty nondairy option. Dates offer richness and a caramel-like sweetness—naturally—while boosting fiber by 2g. Not a fan of plain chocolate? Try our Chocolate Peanut Butter variation with natural peanut or almond butter, or the lighter flavor of our Chocolate-Raspberry Smoothie made with frozen unsweetened raspberries.
Peanut Butter, Banana, and Flax Smoothies
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.
This tropical smoothie boasts flavor packed pineapple chunks, pineapple-orange juice, fresh ginger and vanilla Greek yogurt.
Banana Breakfast Smoothie
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.
Spicy Bloody Mary Smoothie
Enjoy the tangy, spicy flavor of a classic brunch drink without the alcohol.
Look for guava nectar in the international section of your grocery store, or in specialty or Mexican markets.
Cucumber, Apple, and Mint Cooler
Each serving of this low-calorie smoothie offers a half-cup of vegetables, plus a little fruit. This refreshing sipper will soon be a favorite.
Watermelon Smoothie with a Hint of Mint
Use honey- or vanilla-flavored yogurt for a little extra sweetness. Garnish with a mint sprig, if desired.
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.
Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
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.
Triple Melon Smoothie
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.
Vanilla Honey-Nut Smoothie
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.
You can use any fresh or frozen berry in this shake. It's easy to take to the office in a small insulated container for a quick breakfast on the go.
Banana Pumpkin Smoothie
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.
Fresh Peach Smoothie
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.
Citrusy Banana-Oat Smoothie
Make morning prep even faster by freezing the banana and cooking and refrigerating the oatmeal the night before.
Avocado adds luscious creaminess and loads of nutrients to this cool, refreshing Vietnamese specialty. It's best served icy cold, straight from the blender.
Berries and Beets Smoothie
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.
Blackberry-Mango Breakfast Shake
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.
Antioxidants found in both blueberries and pomegranates can help your body fight aging, cancer, and heart disease.
Caramel Espresso Smoothie
For a thicker smoothie, make sure the tofu is cold.
Chocolate-Almond Banana Smoothie
Have your smoothie and lose weight, too! This decadent treat comes in at just 276 calories per serving and tastes as rich and sweet as it looks.
Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie
Choose a cantaloupe with a sweet fragrance for the best flavor.
Creamy Mango, Avocado, and Lime Smoothie
A green smoothie never tasted this good before—a mix of fresh mango, avocado and lime juice make for a flavorful combination.
Dark Cherry Smoothie
For a dairy-free version, substitute vanilla-flavored cultured coconut-milk yogurt for the plain fat-free yogurt.
Spiced Chai Frappé
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.
Ginger, Berries, and Oats Smoothie
Ginger adds a touch of warmth to the fruit and honey in this smoothie. Store ginger tightly wrapped in the freezer; it will grate easily.
Go-Getter Green Smoothie
Be sure to try this smoothie in the summer when honeydew melon is at its peak. Garnish glasses with wheels of additional peeled, sliced kiwi fruit, if desired.
Green Tea-Kiwi and Mango Smoothie
Make a colorful and healthy smoothie by pureeing mango, kiwifruit and spinach with yogurt and honey and spooning into glasses in layers.
Island Sunrise Smoothie
Play with your food: Have fun and serve smaller portions in hollowed-out limes.
Key Lime-Coconut Smoothie
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.
With a one-two punch of mango, this is a perfect blend for fans of this tropical fruit.
Mexican Cocoa Smoothie
The secret to the rich chocolate flavor in this smoothie: a scoop of dark chocolate sorbet and cocoa powder. A pinch of cinnamon gives it a Mexican twist.
Orange, Banana, and Pineapple Frappé
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.
Peanut Butter-Berry Smoothie
Inspired by a childhood favorite, this drink is reminiscent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Serve garnished with more berries, if desired.
One cup of raspberries gives you half a day's dose of vitamin C and about a third of your daily fiber, so fill up a tall glass and drink to your health!
Batido de Mango (Mango Smoothie)
Spice up a Mexican-inspired evening with a mango smoothie infused with the warm molasses flavor of brown sugar. Serve the slushy cocktail over ice.
Fresh Cherry Smoothie
Come summer, a cherry pitter is a wise, inexpensive investment. It makes simple work of prepping the fruit for this smoothie. You can use it to pit olives, as well.
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.
Blackberry-Peach Smoothie with Walnuts
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.
We tried this smoothie with 2% reduced-fat milk but liked it much better with the soy milk. Any kind of fruit will work—try strawberries or peaches.
Blueberry-Passion Fruit Smoothie
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.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothie
Try this thick and creamy peanut butter smoothie as a nutritious breakfast or an indulgent after-dinner treat.
Berry and Banana Smoothies
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.
Blueberry Power Smoothie
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.
A frothy South Indian yogurt-based beverage, lassi often contains seasonal fruit and spices. This recipe yields a drink that's a bit thinner than the average smoothie.
Start your day with a flavorful fruit smoothie. This drink is as delicious as breakfast, but also serves well as an afternoon snack or even a frosty dessert.
Tofu Fruit Smoothies
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.