The Only 4 Smoothie Recipes You'll Ever Need

Four healthy smoothie recipes to help you make the best go-to smoothies all year round.

April 18, 2017
The Only Four Smoothie Recipes You'll Ever Need
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Smoothies are everywhere: at the mall, at fast-food restaurants, in coffee shops. But for the most part, those smoothies might be better termed fruit milkshakes. Stuffed with sugar, frozen yogurt, even ice cream, those smoothies do more harm than good. But made properly, smoothies condense large amounts of fruits and vegetables into one compact and very tasty drink.

Just two go-to smoothie recipes won't do, though. Plants are most nutrient-dense at peak season (here are some tips on how to keep a seasonal diet). So when putting together a smoothie, try to use the freshest organic ingredients from the garden or farmers’ market. When something is in season, it packs the healthiest punch.

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Top Smoothie Tips

Invest in a blender with at least an 800-watt motor. (Vitamix is the gold standard. New Vitamix models retail for around $600; certified refurbished models cost about half as much).

Prepare frozen fruit ahead to save time. Cut and freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag or container. 

Frozen bananas go a long way. Peel, slice, and freeze them. This go-to smoothie recipe ingredient adds thickness without taking over other flavors. And don’t chuck the banana peel—incorporate it into your smoothie (here are 6 reasons you should put the whole banana—peel and all—in your smoothie), or use old banana peels in the garden.

Add smoothie recipe ingredients like milk, yogurt, water, or juice first to get the blender moving. Then, add lighter, drier ingredients, like leafy greens, followed by heavy ingredients like ice and fruit pieces.

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Strawberry Mango Spring Smoothie Recipe

Spring strawberry mango banana coconut milk smoothie recipe
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Makes 3½ cups

1 cup coconut milk
1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
1 mango, skinned and chunked
5 large strawberries, hulled

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

 

Summer Stone Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Summer greek yogurt, blueberry, peach, plum, and nectarine smoothie recipe.
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Makes 2 cups

½ cup Greek yogurt
1 plum, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
1 peach, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
1 nectarine, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Related: 30 Crazy-Good Peach Recipes 

 

Pumpkin Pie Fall Smoothie Recipe

Fall pumpkin, cranberry, apple, and spice smoothie recipe.
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Makes 3 cups

1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 apple, cored
Dried cranberries

Combine all ingredients except cranberries in blender and blend until smooth. Top with cranberries.

Related: The 5 Worst Sweeteners You Should Avoid—And 5 Safe Alternatives To Try Instead

 

Winter Greens Smoothie Recipe

Winter carrot juice, orange juice, spinach, kale, broccoli, banana, and apple smoothie.
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Makes 3 cups

¼ cup carrot juice
½ cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Related: 14 Vegetarian Foods That Have More Iron Than Meat

Smoothie Recipe Boosters

Make your smoothies healthier by adding these nutritious ingredients.
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Keep these smoothie staples on hand for an easy and intense nutrition boost:

Hemp seeds: Vegan protein source with a mild, nutty flavor.

​+ Flaxseed: Rich in fiber, protein, and omega-3s.

​+ Wheat germ: One gram of dietary fiber per tablespoon.

​+ Sunflower seeds: Use shelled seeds for a boost of copper, magnesium, and selenium.

​+ Chia seeds: Fiber-loaded and protein-rich to control blood sugar; take on flavor of other ingredients.

 
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