Build Your Own Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Headache Smoothie
Headache Fighter Smoothie

I’ve had quite a few people ask me for healthy smoothie recipes, so I thought it would be helpful to give you a list of my favorite ingredients.  Have fun mixing and matching!  If you’re trying to make a green smoothie, make sure not to add red fruits, or it’ll turn brown.  If you’re trying to make a pink smoothie, you can add some greens, but only a small amount.  I generally ignore the color and go for optimum nutrients, which means lots of greens…and lots of greens mixed with red fruits mean brown smoothies!  If you’re brave, try throwing in a couple small chunks of cauliflower with your red smoothies.  I usually don’t taste it, and it doesn’t mess up the color.  (By the way, smoothies are a great way to encourage your picky little eaters to eat veggies!)

Mint Chip Smoothie
Mint Chip Smoothie

Leafy Greens:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Mint
  • Fennel Leaves
  • Basil
  • Beet Greens (strong flavor, so go light on these)
  • Parsley
  • Mixed Baby Greens

Other Veggies:

  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Sweet Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli

Fruits: 

  • Mangoes
  • Pineapples
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Peaches/Nectarines
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Plums

Spices and Other Flavors: 

  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Turmeric (small amount…good for inflammation and mood boost)
  • Vanilla
  • Cocoa Powder

To Make it Filling (protein and fat):

  • Avocadoes
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Chia/Flax Seeds
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Coconut Cream
  • Raw Nut Butter

Add a Little Extra Sweetness:

  • 1 or 2 Dates
  • 1/4 of a Banana (freeze the rest)
  • 2 Tbsp Fruit Juice
  • Stevia
  • Mangoes and Pineapples (listed under fruit, too, but I wanted to mention them here, because if you don’t add the other sweeteners, you should include one of these to make it sweet enough)

Liquids: If you have trouble getting your ingredients to blend, add more liquid! I usually use some water, along with a tablespoon or two of juice and/or coconut milk.

  • Water
  • 1-2 Tbsp Juice
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Lemon or Lime Juice

Smoothies are very healthy, but can be very high in sugar.  Do your best to use lots of veggies!  Here are a few links to some more specific smoothie ideas (or you can do a search for smoothies in the upper right hand side of this page):

Chocolate Smoothie
Black Forest Green Smoothie

 

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