8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again, plus my best tips and tricks for making great smoothies, every time.

8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

I’m so excited about this post! Today I’m writing all about 8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again. Smoothies are a great affordable snack the whole family will enjoy. There’s no right or wrong way to make a smoothie, but here are some of my bare bones (4-6 ingredients) recipes to get you started on the road to delicious and healthy smoothies. There’s a little bit of everything here!

Here’s the run down of the simple smoothie recipes I have for you today:

  • Strawberry Banana
  • Tropical
  • Very Berry
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Cherry Pomegranate Detox
  • Green Goddess
  • Very Green

It’s a wide variety of my favorite easy smoothies, and I’m sure you are going to find your favorites in no time!

Tips and Tricks

1. There is No Right or Wrong Way to Smoothie.

These are “recipes” in a very loose sense of the world. They’ll give you a great place to start, but don’t feel like you need to stick with them to make a delicious tasting smoothie. I do very little measuring when I make my daily smoothie and often will just throw in what I have on hand. If you are working with frozen fruit, you probably won’t need ice. But if you are using fresh fruit, throw in some ice. A super cold smoothie is best if you ask me. If the smoothie is too thick or not blending well, add more milk.

2. A Good Blender is Worth It.

I got a Blendtec just over 2 years ago, and I can never go back to a “normal” blender again. Mine tells me how many times I’ve used it and I’m a few smoothies away from 800 blends! That’s amazing, and it also shows how much I have used it. A good blender will whip you up a thick delicious smoothie with no chunks in about 45 seconds. If you are going to go “green” on any of your smoothies, a good blender is key to getting all those healthy leafy greens to blend and have a great texture. I love my high power blender, and highly recommend one.

3. Use Your “Milk” of Choice.

I have used and loved all kinds of milk for smoothies, including normal cows’ milk, raw cows’ milk, and lots of plant and nut-based milks like rice, almond, coconut, and cashew. When buying nut milks, make sure the carton is marked unsweetened. You don’t really need the added sugar when you are using fruit in your smoothie. I love cashew milk – it’s super creamy and delicious. I most often use almond milk in the carton or a coconut-almond blend in the carton. Use what you can find in your area.

4. Sweeten to Taste.

I don’t add any sweeteners besides fruit to my smoothies, but sometimes my kids want them to be sweeter. I feel like the healthy benefits of the smoothie allow me to add a little sweetener for the kids without much regret. Sometimes the berries are super sweet and I don’t need anything, and other times the berries are tart and we like a little something sweet added. It varies from smoothie to smoothie. You can add honey, real maple syrup, more fruit, some fruit juice, sweetened milks, or sweetened yogurt to your smoothies for added sweetener. Pineapple juice is very sweet and a favorite at our house. I’ll buy some pineapple juice and pop it into my ice cube trays and then store those in a baggie in the freezer. If the smoothie needs a little sweetness, I’ll throw in a few pineapple juice ice cubes and blend again. Sweeten to your liking and enjoy.

5. Stock the Freezer.

When fruit is in season or on sale, it’s a great time to stock your freezer to make smoothies very affordable. I have sliced peaches and sour cherries from my own yard squirreled away in my freezer from this summer. I put all of my extra dark bananas in the freezer (here’s how I bulk freeze bananas), and I even freeze spinach and other greens in little bags if they are going to spoil before I eat them fresh. I get most of my berries at Costco for a great price. Having a freezer stocked and ready makes smoothie making quick and simple. You can also prep your smoothie ahead of time by making freezer smoothie packs. These are a huge time saver in the morning!

6. How To Make Them Vegan.

There are great vegan yogurts available (I hear the coconut yogurts are the best. You can also use a nut or rice milk, and sweeten with anything but honey. A few simple subs will make your smoothies vegan without much thought.

7. If Bananas Aren’t Your Jam…

Bananas are the backbone of my simple smoothie recipes. They add so much creaminess, and natural sweetness, while being inexpensive. That being said, I know not everyone likes/eats bananas. If you aren’t into bananas, you can add some Greek yogurt + sweetener + ice or a half of avocado + sweetener + ice. Those two combos will replace a banana nicely in a smoothie and still give you a nice rich and smooth texture.

8. Add “Extras” to Your Liking.

There are so many amazing things that you can add to a smoothie to increase it’s nutritional bang for your sip, though you don’t have to add anything at all. I keep all kinds of “superfoods” around and throw in what sounds good. I’ll normally add 2 or 3 “extras” to my smoothie each morning. Different things that I like to add include: hemp seed hearts, flax seeds, chia seeds, spirulina, organic brown rice protein powder, pea protein, and/or cacoa nibs. Other people also add things like goji berries, macha powder, and bee pollen, but I haven’t dabbled in those yet.

When it comes to picking what to start with, decide what you want from them. I’ve done quite a bit of research on magnesium and know that I need more of it in my diet than I typically eat. I also like superfoods with extra protein because I lift weights 3 mornings a week and want to trade fat for muscle. So I like things with added magnesium and protein. Do a little research and pick superfoods based on what you think your body can use more of. Again, these are extra, so don’t feel like you have to add anything at all.

8 Simple Smoothies

8 Simple Smoothie Recipes

Now, let’s get started!

Strawberry Banana Simple Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe - Ingredients

This is forever a favorite! I stock up on strawberries when they are in season because this is the smoothie my kids ask for all of the time. It’s a pretty light pink, sweet, and creamy, and perfect every day of the year.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
 
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Makes: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies.
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your blender to process well. Enjoy right away.

 

Tropical Simple Smoothie

Tropical Simple Smoothie - Ingredients

My sunshiny Henry loves this smoothie; it’s sunshine in a glass. It’s sweet and tastes like summer, even in the middle of winter. It’s a lovely creamy orange and always a hit at our house. Costco sells frozen mango and pineapple cubed and ready to go for a great price.

Tropical Simple Smoothie

 

Simple Tropical Smoothie
 
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Makes: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies.
Ingredients
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup mango (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ an orange, peeled
  • ½ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup ice (not needed if using frozen mango and pineapple)
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your blender to process well. Enjoy right away.

 

Very Berry Simple Smoothie

Very Berry Simple Smoothie - Ingredients

Very Berry smoothies are forever a classic, because who doesn’t love berries? This one almost tastes like ice cream and it hits the spot anytime of day. I make this one on movie nights and call it a “milkshake.” My kids have no idea it doesn’t actually include ice cream!
Very Berry Simple Smoothie

 

Very Berry Smoothie
 
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Makes: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies.
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your blender to process well. Enjoy right away.

 

Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie

Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie

Long live the peanut butter smoothies. This is one of my favorites. I love (LOVE) peanut butter, and when I put a tablespoon of it in my smoothie, I get to drink a whole big glass of peanut buttery goodness and not just one spoon’s worth. This tastes like dessert and I love it.

Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie

 

Peanut Butter Smoothie
 
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Makes: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies.
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your blender to process well. Enjoy right away.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie - Ingredients

A chocolate peanut butter smoothie is another dessert-like smoothie that feels like a total treat without any guilt. I also love this smoothie because chocolate + peanut butter is a match made in heaven, if I do say so myself.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
 
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Makes: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies.
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
  • Sweetener to taste (I like to add a little honey to this one to sweeten up the cocoa a bit)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your blender to process well. Enjoy right away.

 

Cherry Pomegranate Detox Simple Smoothie

Cherry Pomegranate Detox Simple Smoothie - Ingredients

Cherry Pomegranate Detox Smoothie is one of my favorites. Sour cherries and pomegranates are both really cool ingredients that I’ve read a lot about. They both have all kinds of antioxidants and help fight inflammation (common side effect of too much sugar in your diet). Plus, sour cherries are also natural sleep aids. I like to enjoy this smoothie after a long weekend of food and friends when I’ve been a bit indulgent. It’s sweet but also nutritious, and helps to get my healthy eating back on track.

Cherry Pomegranate Detox Simple Smoothie - Ingredients

 

Cherry Pomegranate Detox Smoothie
 
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Makes: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies.
Ingredients
  • ½ a frozen banana
  • ½ cup sour cherries
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your blender to process well. Enjoy right away.

 

Green Goddess Simple Smoothie

Green Goddess Simple Smoothie - Ingredients

Green Goddess Smoothie is one of the best and simplest green smoothies out there. It’s a beautiful color, it’s sweet and creamy, and I promise you don’t even know the spinach is in there. If you are new to green smoothies, baby spinach is a great place to start. It’s mild tasting and blends up better than other heartier greens.

Green Goddess Simple Smoothie

 

Green Goddess Smoothie
 
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Makes: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies.
Ingredients
  • ½ a frozen banana
  • ½ cup green grapes
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your blender to process well. Enjoy right away.

Extra Green Simple Smoothie

Extra Green Simple Smoothie - Ingredients

Extra Green Smoothie is the smoothie that I make myself almost every day with my assorted “mix-ins” that I mentions in my tips and tricks section. It’s still sweet, but packs a lot of nutrition. I like to get a mixed greens bag at the store that is baby kale + baby Swiss chard. They are delicious and still pretty mild in flavor. Breakfast never looked better, if you ask me.

Extra Green Simple Smoothie

 

Extra Green Smoothie
 
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Makes: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies.
Ingredients
  • ½ a frozen banana
  • ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ an orange, peeled
  • 1 to 2 cup baby kale and/or baby swiss chard
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your blender to process well. Enjoy right away.

 

8 Simple Smoothies

There you have it! All kinds of extra tasty, budget-friendly, and super simple smoothie ideas to get your new year started off with a healthy bang. This post is going to be your go-to smoothie guide! I hope you use it over and over again. If this post speaks to you, you think someone else might like it, or you want to save it for later, by all means share it on your social media platforms. Pin itFacebook it, throw a picture up on Instagram and tag me (#blessthismesseats). All of those things are incredibly helpful to me. There is so much power in your sharing, you literally have no idea how important that is for me.

Thank you for being here and ENJOY!

8 Simple Smoothie Recipes

3 comments on “8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

  1. I am just starting to make smoothies consistently as an attempt to get my almost 20 month old to get fruit/veggies in each day so I was super excited to see this post in my email! I know you have a toddler, what do you add to his smoothies to make sure he is getting enough protein, healthy fats, etc? I just don’t know the best things to add into hers…

    1. Smoothies are my all time favorite way to get good things in my babies! I have an (almost) 18 month old and a 3 year old so I totally know what you are talking about. When I feel like they need fat and protein I always add a heavy hand of Greek yogurt. I generally add unsweetened and just let the fruit sweeten it, but you can add what you like. So much fat and protein there! I also add a handful of raw cashews to theirs. They are delicious and not as “nutty” as peanut butter. I’m also a big “super foods” fan so I almost always throw in some chia seeds, hemp seed hearts, and flax seed for good measure, they blend right up. My three year old doesn’t like green smoothies now (it’s new, in the last year or so he’s gotten funny about them thanks to his older siblings) so if I’m hiding greens in it, I have to add blue berries or the triple berry mix from Costco so that it’s a nice dark purple color. And my last thought, if they get to help make it, they will like it more. They love to help. Ok, I lied, two more thoughts. They LOVE straws, they are a must. Unfinished smoothies and whatever is left in the blender is always made into popsicles. They have a popsicle almost every day in the afternoon and you just can’t feel bad about that. ENJOY! Did that help at all? Good luck mama! You are doing great!

  2. I recently found your blog and I love it! Thanks for these yummy recipes. I am excited to try them all. Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to sneak veggies to my picky eaters! And I agree that bananas are the best in smoothies!

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