Smoothies are a convenient and colorful way to start your day, but some recipes can be filled with added sugar and fat. For a healthy meal or snack, stick to the basics: fruit and veggies.
Every successful smoothie contains two main ingredients: fruit and/or vegetables (often frozen) and a liquid, such as fruit juice, vegetable juice, or milk. Other possible ingredients include yogurt, nut butter, seeds, spices, herbs, and more. Many smoothies also include a few ice cubes to keep the mixture nice and cold. Often, recipes can be tweaked to meet different dietary requirements or tastes—feel free to swap out dairy products for non-dairy ones or change up the spices and juices.
All of these smoothies recipes are loaded with good-for-you vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and protein. They're made with only natural ingredients and range in flavors from mango to chocolate to veggie. You're sure to find a breakfast smoothie for every day of the week.
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Blueberry and Spinach Superfood Green Smoothie
All-natural, vegan, low-calorie, and raw, this superfood smoothie is nutritious and delicious. Antioxidant-rich blueberries and iron-rich spinach will start your day off right. This drink doesn't contain any sweeteners, but you can add a touch of honey or use fruit juice as the liquid if you like. Using a very ripe banana will naturally sweeten things up, too.
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You don't need fresh berries for a delicious strawberry smoothie—frozen will do just fine. Blended with a couple of fruit juices and yogurt, this simple concoction will be a hit with kids and adults alike. If you want to cut down on sugar, use plain yogurt instead of vanilla.
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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Packed with protein and so creamy it's almost milkshake-like, this chocolate, peanut butter, and banana smoothie feels a treat. It also happens to be vegan. With peanut butter (swap for soy or cashew if that's what you have) and almond milk, it's a good after workout breakfast.
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Avocado Mango Smoothie Recipe
Avocado adds magical creaminess to smoothies without the need for dairy. Full of healthy fat, this avocado and mango smoothie is just sweet enough thanks to a splash of orange juice. If you'd like your smoothie extra cold, add a scoop of ice to the blender.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Low-Calorie Vegetable Smoothie
If you like vegetable juice or even bloody Marys, give this vegetable smoothie a try. A combination of tomato juice, carrot juice, fresh celery, spinach, and cucumber make for a vitamin and nutrient-packed breakfast. Add a dash of hot sauce if you're feeling spicy.
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Mixed Berry Smoothie
Made with just three ingredients, this smoothie is just sweet enough and full of berry flavor. If you're vegan, replace the yogurt with non-dairy yogurt or a little silken tofu. Frozen or fresh berries will work—you may want to add a little ice if you use unfrozen, fresh fruit.
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Banana Date Smoothie with Ginger and Cardamom
Dates add a natural sweetness to smoothies that will provide the flavor you want without spiking your sugar levels. Combined with frozen banana, Greek yogurt, fresh ginger, and a pinch of cardamom, you have a healthy, dessert-worthy drink. If your dates are a little hard, simply soak them in warm water before using.
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Green Pear Smoothie
Kale is included in this green pear smoothie recipe for an added healthful spin on the traditional drink. Banana and honey give it a touch of sweetness and cinnamon and ginger add a bit of spice.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
Matcha is a bright green powdered tea that's loaded with antioxidants and a little caffeine to wake you up. It pairs nicely with sweet banana for a simply delicious smoothie. Use non-dairy milk if desired and add a few ice cubes if your banana isn't frozen.
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It's amazing how great a few simple ingredients can taste. This smoothie is made with fresh watermelon, milk, vanilla yogurt, and a drop of maple syrup. The watermelon chunks are frozen first to make this fruit smoothie smooth and refreshing—perfect for summer.
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Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
For a tropical breakfast, whirl together frozen pineapple, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. If you're vegan or dairy-free, replace the yogurt with non-dairy yogurt or more coconut milk. The canned kind works best here since it has more coconut flavor than boxed milk.
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Peanut Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
Kids will love this sweet, but filling smoothie, featuring peanut butter for lasting protein and banana for fiber. The recipe is easily adjusted to fit any diet: Swap the peanut butter for another nut butter or even tahini and use your choice of dairy or non-dairy milk. The cinnamon adds a nice hint of spice.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Raw Food Green Kale Smoothie
Greens contain lots of vitamins and minerals, making them a healthy addition to your morning smoothie. Combine fresh kale (leaves only) with orange or grapefruit juice, fresh herbs, and banana for a cleanse-worthy green smoothie. You can swap the kale for spinach if you like.