31 Easy and Healthy Smoothie Recipes That Actually Taste Amazing

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easy healthy smoothie recipes: blueberry ginger smoothie with carton of blueberries and knob of ginger
Erin McDowell

You want to eat healthier, but do you have the time? The answer is yes: From berry smoothies to protein shakes to acaí bowls, drinking your breakfast is a quick, simple way to up your fruit and veggie count for the day without much fuss. Not only are smoothies great for getting energized first thing in the morning (sorry, caffeine), but they’re also the ultimate post-workout meal. Just choose ingredients you love and give them a whirl in your blender—it’s that simple.

Here are 31 easy, healthy smoothie recipes worth getting out of bed for, plus tips from a dietitian for making them as nutritious as possible. (Psst: Not sure what to try first? Our favorites include a blueberry ginger smoothie, a raspberry-coconut smoothie bowl with collagen and dark cherry smoothie bowls.)

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Meet the Expert

Dr. Felicia Stoler, DCN, is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and exercise physiologist. She's the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great and the former host of TLC's Honey, We're Killing the Kids.

The Best Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes

1. Green Smoothie with Avocado and Apple

  • Calories: 417
  • Protein: 9 grams

Get your vitamins and minerals without really noticing. Banana, coconut water and honey add sweetness to this nutritional powerhouse that calls for three cups of spinach, a whole avocado and one Granny Smith apple. Add chia seeds for crunch and as a thickener.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

  • Calories: 259
  • Protein: 7 grams

Whoa, we had no idea cauliflower could look this gorgeous. It takes over for banana, making the smoothie filling minus the carbs and sugar. Get celebrity-status skin from antioxidant-rich blueberries, protein from almond butter, brightness from fresh lime and a pinch of sweetness from almond milk and a chopped date.

3. Salted Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

  • Calories: 854
  • Protein: 23 grams

Dessert for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do. Treat yourself to a peanut butter and banana mash-up, spiked with cocoa powder and vanilla almond milk. Add a scoop of whey protein powder to make it even more filling. We’re topping ours with shredded coconut and flaky sea salt.

4. Green Machine Smoothie Bowl

  • Calories: 316
  • Protein: 9 grams

No straw? No problem. Whip up wellness blogger Kerri Axelrod's morning gem in less than 15 minutes. It also includes maca powder, an energy booster made from the Peruvian maca root. (Green tea lovers, feel free to go wild with the matcha, too.)

5. Blueberry Ginger Smoothie

  • Calories: 244
  • Protein: 6 grams

We can’t get enough of this spicy, immunity-boosting root. After a spin in the blender with blueberries, coconut milk, coconut yogurt and honey, it mellows out and turns tangy. We’ll take ours with an extra dusting of cinnamon, please.

6. Juicy Green Pineapple Smoothie with Mint, Basil and Spirulina

  • Calories: 114
  • Protein: 3 grams

You’ve seen spirulina on the menu at every fancy juice bar, but what the heck is it? It’s a blue-green algae that’s packed with protein, iron, B12, beta-carotene, iodine and lots more your trainer will be psyched about. Don’t bother squeezing the lime—just throw the whole thing in the blender, seeds and all, a la Reese Witherspoon. (Mmm, fiber.)

7. Raspberry-Coconut Smoothie Bowl with Collagen

  • Calories: 741
  • Protein: 11 grams

Breakfast for you, a spa day for your hair, skin and nails. A scoop of powdered collagen peptides can help reduce wrinkles and inflammation. Even better, you can top it with basically any fruit or crunchy bits you want. (We like sliced dragon fruit, chopped walnuts and coconut flakes.) Did we mention it’ll only take you five minutes to make?

8. Triple-Berry Smoothie Bowl

  • Calories: 598
  • Protein: 19 grams

Rise and shine with this vibrant number, starring blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. It’s as simple as adding Greek yogurt (yay, protein) and ice and blending. Top it off with your favorite granola, flaxseeds or extra berries.

9. Avocado Power Breakfast Smoothie

  • Calories: 322
  • Protein: 5 grams

This five-ingredient gem is a no-brainer because it’s packed with two cups of baby spinach, lots of parsley and half an avocado. Its sweetness comes from chopped pineapple and agave. Good morning indeed.

10. Green Smoothie Bowl

  • Calories: 754
  • Protein: 12 grams

Isn’t she pretty? Ditch cereal for a mix of banana, spinach, avocado, apple and almond milk. You can top it off with whatever you’re in the mood for, but we love the look of toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and goji berries, the latter of which are packed with amino acids and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

11. Vanilla-Oat Smoothie Bowl

  • Calories: 685
  • Protein: 27 grams

If a sugary bowl of instant oatmeal is one of your go-tos, consider this a healthier remix. Rolled oats are blended with banana, Greek yogurt, almond milk, vanilla and cinnamon, plus just a tad of turbinado sugar. Top with cocoa nibs for a decadent finishing touch.

12. Hibiscus Ginger Zucchini Smoothies

  • Calories: 145
  • Protein: 2 grams

Combine tart, fragrant hibiscus concentrate with frozen raspberries, zucchini and a hefty chunk of ginger. If it’s too savory for your taste, add a banana or a drizzle of honey. This version is topped with chopped nuts and bee pollen (a surprisingly good source of antioxidants), but go with whatever your heart desires.

13. Creamy Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie

  • Calories: 231
  • Protein: 6 grams

You might’ve never thought to use cardamom, maple syrup or grated ginger in your morning smoothie, but once you do, you won’t go back. It’s complex yet balanced with buttery avocado and acidic orange. You might want to cut corners with the presentation if you’re drinking this solo, but a little layering and swirling makes the bev worthy of some Instagram love.

14. Açai Smoothie Bowl

  • Calories: 530
  • Protein: 13 grams

Meet açai, the trendiest superfood out there. These South American berries are packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants, healthy fats and all the vitamins and nutrients. Search for an unsweetened pack in the frozen fruit section of your supermarket.

15. Green Keto Smoothie

  • Calories: 223
  • Protein: 1 gram

Mint, cilantro and lime juice make this beyond refreshing. The recipe calls for full-fat coconut milk, which is loaded with medium-chain fatty acids that break down rapidly for an instant energy boost. If you’re keto, use a low-carb sugar substitute instead of honey or sugar.

16. Mango Spinach Smoothie

  • Calories: 608
  • Protein: 12 grams

Passion fruit. Coconut meat. Fresh mango. Hello, tropical getaway in a glass. The recipe includes maca powder, but if you’re in a pinch, ginseng or raw cacao powder work too.

17. Green Goddess Smoothie

  • Calories: 235
  • Protein: 4 grams

Six ingredients, one blender, all the potassium and omega-3s. It’s also rich with fiber (we’re talking more than 9 grams per glass) and gluten free. Use a sweet apple variety, like Honeycrisp or Gala.

18. Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie

  • Calories: 292
  • Protein: 3 grams

All the perks of a PSL with way less sugar. In this morning glory, the autumn flavor comes from pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. You can also substitute cinnamon and ginger to taste if you don’t have any pie spice on hand.

19. Blueberry Coconut Water Smoothie

  • Calories: 301
  • Protein: 17 grams

Ready to graduate from flaxseeds and chia? Enter hemp hearts. They’re nutty and packed with protein (10 grams per serving, y’all), magnesium, calcium, zinc and tons of vitamins and nutrients. Substitute or add any berries you have on hand.

20. 2-Minute Green Smoothie

  • Calories: 609
  • Protein: 35 grams

OK, get ready for a hack that will make busy mornings a total breeze. Fill a freezer bag with all your produce, protein powder, hemp seeds and add-ins. Store it until you’re ready to use. When the time comes, all you’ll have to do is dump and blend.

21. Feel-Good Pineapple Smoothie

  • Calories: 266
  • Protein: 5 grams

If you have psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis or another form of chronic inflammation, meet your new daily wakeup call. The secret ingredient? Antioxidant-rich turmeric. It’s meant to be healthy, but we won’t tell if you add a splash of coconut rum.

22. Paleo Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

  • Calories: 346
  • Protein: 8 grams

This smoothie borders on milkshake territory, even without any dairy or added sugar. Vanilla extract and coconut milk make it sweet and creamy. Don’t skimp on the collagen protein powder—your hair will thank you later.

23. Creamy Golden Milk Smoothie

  • Calories: 295
  • Protein: 4 grams

Golden milk is one vegan trend that's worth the hype. The anti-inflammatory sipper is made with non-dairy milk, turmeric and varying spices that give it a gorgeous color and warm flavor. Here, fresh carrot juice and ginger take it over the top.

24. Rainbow Coconut Smoothie Bowls

  • Calories: 639
  • Protein: 9 grams

Coconut milk and meat are blended with bananas, honey and hemp seeds before being topped with the whole color spectrum, from raspberries to plums. Add a sprig of fresh mint or a sprinkle of shredded coconut as a pretty topper.

25. Raspberry Sunrise Smoothie

  • Calories: 220
  • Protein: 5 grams

Just pretend it’s your favorite tequila cocktail. You’ll still feel like you’re on an island when sipping this four-ingredient beauty. Go the extra mile and blend the raspberries and mango separately for a layered color effect, or throw it all in the blender at once. You do you.

26. Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowls

  • Calories: 636
  • Protein: 17 grams

Yup, you’re having chocolate for breakfast. Slurp down tart frozen cherries, protein-packed peanut butter and crunchy chia seeds in just ten minutes. Dress it up with granola, slivered almonds and lots of chocolate chunks.

27. Peach Pie Smoothie

  • Calories: 209
  • Protein: 3 grams

The moment the clock strikes summer, we load up on peaches like it’s our job. Save a few for this sweet starter with a tasty secret ingredient you won’t be able to put your finger on. (OK, we’ll spill: It’s almond extract.)

28. Açai Pomegranate and Raspberry Smoothie

  • Calories: 112
  • Protein: 2 grams

Hello, superfoods. Bring on all the antioxidants, courtesy of açai and pomegranate juices. The best part? There’s no need for added ice cubes. Frozen berries make the smoothie frosty and thick on their own.

29. Easy Mango Smoothie

  • Calories: 288
  • Protein: 16 grams

A five-minute meal that’s as healthy as it is creamy and delicious? We’re in. Top your glass with a drizzle of honey, chia seeds or coconut shreds. Substitute dairy milk for soy, coconut or almond if you want to make it vegan.

30. Kale-Strawberry Smoothie

  • Calories: 246
  • Protein: 5 grams

The best way to squeeze lots of leafy greens into your glass without it being too obvious. The recipe calls for kale, but Swiss chard is just as nutritious. If you’re thirsty for a break from almond milk, try walnut instead.

31. Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie

  • Calories: 225
  • Protein: 12 grams

Make your own homemade walnut milk with walnut halves and cold water or save time by using store-bought. Want something extra decadent? Replace the plain Greek yogurt with vanilla or pistachio ice cream.

Tips for Making Smoothies

Before you get your hands dirty, here are a few tips for blending your most delicious breakfast yet:

  • Go easy on the ice. Too much = a diluted, slushy smoothie. Try using frozen produce instead.
  • To thicken a smoothie, add soaked flaxseeds, chia seeds, nut butter or protein powder. Without a thickener, your smoothie might have more of a juice-like consistency.
  • If your blender has seen better days, warm it up with a few pulses on low before turning up the speed. Give the smoothie a stir before pouring it out to make sure there are no ice or fruit chunks stuck at the bottom.
  • Check your smoothie’s consistency between pulses to make sure you don’t over-blend the good stuff.

How to Build a Healthy Smoothie

To make every sip as nutritionally worthwhile as possible, here are a couple of expert tips to follow:

  • A smoothie is only as healthy as the produce that goes in it. "Fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals are important components of the ingredients that people generally put in smoothies," explains Stoler. Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, protein (milk, yogurt, plant-based milk or protein powder), essential fatty acids and spices are all fair game, and you should ideally use a mix of them all to 1) keep your smoothie routine from getting boring and 2) to maximize and diversify the nutritional value of your smoothies. To make yours as tasty as possible, opt for in-season fruits and veggies that are organic or from a farmers market whenever possible.
  • Avoid using under-ripe fruit, since it’ll be less flavorful and tougher to blend. Overripe fruit, on the other hand, will enhance the sweetness of your smoothie without the help of added sugar. To minimize food waste, "use what's in your house or buy frozen ingredients, or freeze ingredients before they go bad," recommends Stoler.

Is It Healthy to Have a Smoothie Every Day?

"Smoothies [can be] the caloric equivalent of a meal or snack, depending upon the ingredients and one's taste preferences," says Stoler. "Smoothies can be consumed daily if preferred, but once again, chewing one's food takes longer than drinking liquid. I'm a big advocate for chewing your food versus drinking it because it takes longer to chew all of the ingredients, [so] you'll stay fuller for a longer duration of time."

That said, if drinking your produce is an easy shortcut to you actually consuming it, blend away. (It's better than letting your fruits and veggies rot in the crisper drawer, no?)

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