It's hard to resist a freshly blended fresh fruit smoothie. They're sweet, cold, and easy to make. Even if you don't always have the time to pull out the blender, you have to love a great-tasting smoothie!
Smoothies can be very simple or a complex array of various fruits, and even veggies. From basic fruit recipes to some creative creations, these smoothie recipes are packed with healthy ingredients. Share them with your family and enjoy the greatness of the smoothie together.
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When it comes to these lovely blended concoctions, the banana smoothie is a great place to begin. The recipe is very easy and a great way to use up bananas. It also makes a nice practice round to develop the right smoothie texture: nice and smooth—not too runny and not too stiff.
For this recipe, all you need is two bananas, honey, vanilla extract, ice, and yogurt. A great smoothie really is that simple!
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Tropical Mango Smoothie
If you're looking for a smoothie that's just as easy but a little more tropical, this is the recipe for you. This delicious mango smoothie requires just three ingredients and is a fantastic foundation for all your future smoothies.
The sweet taste of a mango is the star of this recipe. The only other things you need are yogurt and ice. It's ideal for the hot days of summer and, if you like, toss in some banana and coconut.
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You might think that a watermelon smoothie is going to be a one-dimensional drink. However, this recipe is more interesting than most and builds layers of intriguing flavors on top of the sweet summer melon.
This watermelon smoothie is a perfect example of the difference a few creative additions can make. The lime and mint complement the melon wonderfully, but it's the ginger that gives it a fun contrast that you have to taste to believe.
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It's time for a little international influence and la tizana is an amazing fruit smoothie from Venezuela. You can think of it as a nonalcoholic sangria that makes a trip through the blender.
This recipe uses almost every fruit the market holds, including pineapple, mango, strawberry, grape, banana, and orange. Add limeade and grenadine and you have one of the fruitiest drinks possible.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Blueberry Kale Smoothie
Because it's healthy, kale is a popular option for smoothies. Yet, it can be an acquired taste. If you're not ready for a full-fledged kale smoothie, hide it behind a couple of full-flavored fruits.
The blueberry kale smoothie is the ideal introduction to this distinct flavor. It uses orange juice and a heap of blueberries, which do a wonderful job at taming the bitterness of kale.
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Green Pear Smoothie
Banana, pear, ginger, and kale come together in one fantastic smoothie that's perfect for fall. The green pear smoothie has layers of flavor that make it a recipe anyone will enjoy.
Green smoothies featuring kale can be a little bland, but that is not what you'll find in this delicious recipe. The pear adds a soft, sweet fruity flavor that the banana backs up perfectly. Using almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract add nice accents. Yet, it's when you add the cinnamon and ginger that it really becomes a seasonal wonder.
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Ginger Plum Smoothie
Two unlikely companions come together in the unique ginger plum smoothie. It's a perfect excuse to hoard plums and freeze them so you can enjoy it out of season.
Though it requires just four ingredients, you'll be surprised by the depth of flavors in this recipe. The ginger and plum are accented with orange juice, though you can play with other fruit juices as well. The yogurt creates the smooth, silky texture that makes smoothies so lovely.
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Blood Orange Strawberry Smoothie
The sweet-tart taste of the blood orange juice is a fantastic base for a variety of drinks. One of the best ways to enjoy that taste is in the blood orange strawberry smoothie.
This recipe is a great choice for a spring brunch and you'll love how the two fruits play off each other. The blend is rounded off with smooth yogurt, sweet honey, and a few ice cubes, so it's as easy as any other smoothie.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Strawberry Almond Smoothie
Almonds are packed with protein and they're a tasty companion to strawberries. The strawberry almond smoothie brings the two together in a delightful way, creating a tasty snack for warm days.
This recipe blends fresh or frozen strawberries with yogurt and gets a citrus boost from orange juice. The almond flavor comes from both almond milk and slivered almonds, though you could double up on the nuts if you like.
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Virgin Miami Vice
The virgin Miami vice is a slightly more indulgent smoothie that is a delicious treat worthy of dessert. It's a lot of fun to make, especially with kids because they'll love creating the fruity stripes.
This recipe includes creamy layers with pineapple and coconut. The other layers add strawberry and lime to that base. You can make as many stripes in each glass as you like; just be sure to save a few strawberries for garnishing.
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Chocolate Banana Smoothie
This smoothie recipe is indulgent, and kind of tastes like dessert. When you're in the mood for a chocolate milkshake but want something a little less sweet, turn to the chocolate banana smoothie.
The key to this tasty recipe is vanilla soy milk, yogurt, and a chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella. Add two large bananas and ice, give it a whirl through the blender and you're good to go!