8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

These 8 simple smoothie recipes will get you excited to drink your fruits and veggies again, plus I’m dishing up my best tips and tricks for making great smoothies, every time.

Be sure you also take a peek at this vibrant Orange Pineapple Banana Smoothie, my favorite Workout Recovery Smoothie, and this decadent Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie for more creative and simple smoothie options to work into your week!

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

8 Simple Smoothie Recipes

You guys, I am SO excited about this post! Today, I’m writing all about my favorite 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 one, either, which is the best part!

I am so jazzed to share the bare-bones recipes (meaning, just 4 to 6 ingredients each) to get you started on the road to simply delicious and healthy smoothies. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone to love, and you can customize each recipe to make it your own! The wide variety of options here covers all of my all-time favorites, and I’m sure you’re going to find your favorites in no time, too. Fire up your blender, and let’s get to smoothie-ing!

The Smoothie Rundown:

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

Just scroll through to find each recipe, and enjoy your new blendable creations!

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

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie: This is a pretty, light pink, sweet, and creamy cold drink that’s perfect all year long. It’s forever one of my classic favorites, and I make sure to stock up on strawberries when they’re in season so I can freeze them for year-round enjoyment. My kids ask for this one all the time, so you can say it’s a household requirement around here!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies. 1x

Description

Simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie a pretty light pink, sweet, and creamy, and perfect every day of the year.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 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.

  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: smoothie recipes, healthy smoothies

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Simple Tropical Smoothie

Simple Tropical Smoothie: This has a sweet flavor and reminds you of summer, no matter what month it is. My sunshiny Henry loves this one — it’s summer in a glass. The color is a lovely cream-orange, and it’s always a hit at our house. Costco sells frozen mango and pineapple cubed and ready to go for a great price.

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Simple Tropical Smoothie


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies. 1x

Description

Simple Tropical Smoothie has a sweet flavor and tastes like summer, even in the middle of winter.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 an orange, peeled
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 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.

  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: smoothie recipes, healthy smoothies

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

Very Berry Smoothie

Very Berry Simply Smoothie: This is made with mixed frozen berries that you can get in the freezer section, including blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. I mean, who doesn’t love berries?! It almost tastes like ice cream, and it hits the spot any time of day. I make it on movie nights and call it a “milkshake.” Meanwhile, my kids have no idea it doesn’t actually include ice cream!

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Very Berry Smoothie


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies. 1x

Description

Very Berry Smoothie made with mixed frozen berries that you can get in the freezer section that normally contain blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 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.

  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: smoothie recipes, healthy smoothies

Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie

Peanut Butter Smoothie

Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie: This one is a whole big glass of peanut buttery goodness that tastes like dessert but is packed with protein. I can’t get over it. It’s probably one of my very favorites because I love, love, love peanut butter. 

 

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Peanut Butter Smoothie


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies. 1x

Description

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.


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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 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.

  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: smoothie recipes, healthy smoothies

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

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Simple Smoothie: If you thought the last one felt like dessert, this one’s a whole new level. It’s a treat, minus the guilt, and I love this smoothie because chocolate plus peanut butter is a match made in heaven, if you ask me.

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies. 1x

Description

A chocolate peanut butter smoothie is another dessert-like smoothie that feels like a total treat without any guilt.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 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.

  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: smoothie recipes, healthy smoothies

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

Cherry Pomegranate Detox Smoothie

Cherry Pomegranate Detox Simple Smoothie: This one has sour cherries and pomegranates, which are both really cool, nutritious ingredients with all kinds of wholesome antioxidants (and, not to mention, flavor!). Both ingredients help to fight inflammation, and sour cherries are a natural sleep aid. I love having this smoothie after a long weekend of indulgence — it’s sweet but also nutritious, and helps me get my healthy eating back on track.

 

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Cherry Pomegranate Detox Smoothie


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies. 1x

Description

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).


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
  • 1/2 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.

  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: smoothie recipes, healthy smoothies

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

Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess Simple Smoothie: This is one of the best and simplest green smoothies out there, with undetectable veggie flavors, plus grapes and kiwis for a punch of green fruits. It’s a beautiful color, it’s sweet and creamy, and I promise you won’t taste a lick of the spinach. You’ll love this for a healthful kick.

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Green Goddess Smoothie


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies. 1x

Description

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.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 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.

  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: smoothie recipes, healthy smoothies

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

Extra Green Smoothie

Extra Green Simple Smoothie: This one is full of assorted greens and fruits to fill you with vitamins and nutrients, and I make it nearly every day with assorted “mix-ins” that I’ll mention in the questions below. It’s still sweet, but it packs a whole lot of nutrition. I like to get a mixed greens bag at the store that includes baby kale and baby Swiss chard. They’re delish and pretty mild in flavor. This smoothie makes a great breakfast!

 

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Extra Green Smoothie


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Makes one large smoothies or 3-4 "little people" smoothies. 1x

Description

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.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 an orange, peeled
  • 1 to 2 cup baby kale and/or baby swiss chard
  • 1/2 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.

  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: smoothie recipes, healthy smoothies

How to make a smoothie: 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 the 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 milk like rice, almond, coconut, and cashew. When buying nut milk, 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 health 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 milk, 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 frozen 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 an 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 cacao nibs. Other people also add things like goji berries, matcha powder, and bee pollen, but I haven’t dabbled in those yet.

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

What if I don’t have the right ingredients to make one of these smoothies?

There is NO right or wrong way to make a smoothie! These recipes are just starter ideas for you to work off of… But don’t feel like you need to stick with them to make a delicious smoothie. I never measure for smoothies and often throw in what I have on hand. My main tip, however, is if you’re using fresh fruit, be sure to throw in a little ice to add that frozen element.

What blender should I use for a smoothie?

I truly believe a good blender is worth it. I got a Blendtec a few years ago, and I’ll never go back to a normal blender again. A good blender will whip you up a thick and delicious smoothie with no chunks in about 45 seconds.

And, if you’re adding leafy greens, a good blender will make sure they’re blended up nicely and have a great texture! Mine gives me a count for how many times I’ve used it, and it’s well past the 800 mark. So, it’s definitely worth the investment, in my opinion, especially if you have a family full of smoothie lovers!

What milk should I use in smoothies?

This is totally up to you! I have used and loved all kinds of milk for smoothies, including normal cows’ milk, raw cows’ milk, and lots of nut and plant milks, like rice, almond, coconut, and cashew. Just make sure to buy unsweetened nut milk! I love cashew milk — it’s super creamy and delicious.

Do you add sweeteners to smoothies?

I don’t add any sweeteners besides fruit to my own smoothies, but sometimes my kids want them to be sweeter. I feel like the health benefits of smoothies allow me to add a little sweetener for the kids, so depending on the smoothie, I might add honey, maple syrup, more fruit, fruit juice, sweetened milk, or sweetened yogurt. Sweeten to your liking, but conservative is always best! You can always add more after tasting.

What extra mix-ins can you add to smoothies?

There are so many things you can add to smoothies to increase its nutritional benefit, like hemp seed hearts, flax seeds, chia seeds, spirulina, organic brown rice protein powder, pea protein, or cacao nibs. I’ve also seen people use goji berries, matcha powder, and bee pollen! I’ll often keep a variety on hand and add 2 or 3 mix-ins to my morning smoothie!

What if I don’t like bananas?

Bananas are the backbone of my simple smoothie recipes — to me, they add so much creaminess and natural sweetness for an affordable price. But, if they’re not your thing, you can add some Greek yogurt with a sweetener and ice, OR do half an avocado with a sweetener and ice. Those two combos will replace a banana nicely in a smoothie and still give you a rich, creamy texture.

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This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated in July 2019.

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9 Responses
  1. Allistair

    I started smoothies as a healthy alternative to eating different fruit . My 6 year old daughter and i love drinking smoothies.

  2. Jenni

    I’m one of those people that doesn’t like bananas (gasp!!). My question is, do you actually TASTE the bananas,or is it more to add the sweetness? Thanks!!!

  3. Lydia Kwiwa

    I love your tips and your recipes ,my children love smoothies , and they love doing it themselves especially my teenage son who is 13 years old, , Thank you for sharing .

    1. Melissa

      How fun that your son can make them himself! My kids are getting a bit older and more independent and I love seeing them try new things in the the kitchen too!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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