12 Easy to Make Smoothie Recipes That Are Healthy and Delicious

Looking for some quick and easy smoothie recipes? Well, you’ve landed on the right page because here are 12 blends that taste great and are good for you – in multiple ways.

Nothing beats the taste of a fresh-made smoothie. It’s rich, creamy goodness can raise your spirits and energize you. Smoothies are quick to prepare and they fill you up, due to the fact that they’re made from whole foods. And using all natural ingredients without added sweeteners, makes them nutritious too.

But beware of any smoothie you buy when you’re out and about. There could be other ingredients in there that you just don’t need.

It’s easy to make smoothies at home, and pretty much anything goes. Most smoothie recipes use bananas as the base ingredient. Then other fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, ice, yogurt, and/or liquids like almond water, or coconut milk which can be added before the mixture is blended into a tasty milkshake-smooth beverage.

You’ll need a high-powered blender for the best smoothies. Those dirt-cheap models aren’t made to handle the kinds of things that you can put into a machine like a Blendtec.

Use these simple recipes as a launch point and then try different variations to create your own favorites. Some recipes you’ll find as you expand your collection include fresh fruit juices, so it’s best to prepare any juice in advance by using your home juicer, rather than store-bought juice.

All amounts suggested are approximate and should be adjusted to suit your preferences and desired quantities.

1. Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 fresh banana
  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of soy or almond milk

Using bananas as a base for smoothies gives you fiber that helps fill you up. It also provides a healthy amount of vitamin B6 (which helps decrease one of the triggers of heart disease and strokes), plus a moderate amount of vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system.

Strawberries are a rich source of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Strawberries help the body in many ways including helping to fight aging, inflammation, neurological illnesses and cancer.

2. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

  • 1-2 whole bananas
  • 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter (you could substitute with peanuts instead)
  • 11/2 cups of soy milk

Need a quick boost before heading out the door? Here’s a simple solution that tastes great and will give you the energy you need. Combine a banana, peanut butter (or whole, unsalted peanuts), and your choice of milk beverage for a quick fill-up, or healthy breakfast on the go.

Bananas are easy to digest, yet they fill you up fast to satisfy that nagging hunger. Bananas also contain magnesium and manganese. Magnesium helps protect the heart and strengthen the bones, while manganese plays a part in metabolism, blood sugar regulation, and calcium absorption.

Peanuts are a good source of protein and an excellent source of resveratrol – an antioxidant that helps protect the body from viral and fungal infections, nerve disease, heart disease, and cancer. This smoothie is an easy way to do a whole lot of good for your body and it tastes great too.

3. Banana and Vanilla Smoothie

  • 2 large whole bananas
  • 11/2 cups of vanilla almond milk
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Simple, yet absolutely delicious. This is one smoothie recipe you’ve got to try. Be willing to experiment with quantities, however. For example, you might like more milk or more vanilla flavor to combine with those luscious, not quite fully ripe bananas.

Bananas are such a nutritious and yet inexpensive food that they deserve to a food that’s enjoyed every day. Bananas also contain small amounts of powerful antioxidants like lutein and beta-carotene to help fight off those harmful free radicals.

4. Strawberry, Banana, Yogurt, and Flax Smoothie

  • 1 whole banana
  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 a cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of soy or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seeds (ground or whole)

This one adds even more nutritional value to the everyday strawberry banana smoothie.

Plain, low-fat Greek yogurt adds protein to your beverage. And flax seeds are one of the few foods that provide the body with omega-3s, which are associated with a lowered risk of depression, heart disease, and cancer.

Most people don’t get enough omega-3 and this simple recipe takes care of that in a delicious way.

5. Spiced Banana, Blueberry and Pear Smoothie

  • 1 large whole banana
  • ½ – 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 whole pear (juiced)
  • ⅛ of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon

If you don’t juice the pear first, you’ll need to add some liquid to the recipe. Either way, it’s a deliciously different taste sensation.

What makes this smoothie different is the added twist of cinnamon. Not only does cinnamon provide excellent flavor, it’s one of the healthiest spices around. Cinnamon helps lower blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Pears are packed with nutrition too. They are a good source of fiber, helping to keep the digestive track clear of cancer-causing toxins. Pears also contain a decent amount of vitamin C and antioxidants – making it another fruit you want to not just eat – but drink too.

6. Blueberry, Pear and Almond Smoothie

  • 1 whole banana of any size
  • ½ cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 whole pear
  • ¼ cup of pure almond butter (with no additives)
  • ½ cup of plain or vanilla almond milk

Just look at the list of ingredients here. It’s all good for you – so drink up. Bananas and pears are superb for your health. But wait -there’s more. Almonds should be part of your daily diet and this recipe makes it easy to do.

Almonds are excellent for lowering bad cholesterol levels while increasing the good. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant – as well as many important vitamins for the B-complex group including niacin, thiamine, folates, vitamin B-6, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.

If that’s not enough of a nutritional punch, almonds are also a good source of minerals like magnesium, selenium, zinc, calcium, potassium and manganese.

There are lots of ways to add almonds to your smoothies too. Try whole almonds, almond butter or almond milk. It all adds up to a healthier you.

7. Strawberry, Mango and Lime Smoothie

  • 1 large whole banana
  • 3 whole Clementine or Mandarin oranges (peeled and juiced)
  • 2 cups of whole strawberries
  • ½ of a fresh mango (peeled and pitted)
  • ¼ of a fresh, organic lime (including rind)

Mango introduces a unique fragrance and taste to your smoothies. It’s also remarkably good for you with its pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

In particular, mangoes are a valuable source of potassium and top source of vitamin A. They also contribute a meaningful amount of vitamins B, C, and E. Mangoes taste great and provide multiple health benefits, so it makes sense to enjoy them frequently.

8. Blackberry and Apple Smoothie

  • 2 whole apples (juiced)
  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • 1 cup of plain or vanilla low-fat yogurt

All berries are nutritional powerhouses and blackberries are no exception. Rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, blackberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, helping to fight off infection, inflammation, and free radicals.

They’re also loaded with phytochemicals of numerous types, helping ward off the effects of aging and serious disease.

9. Pineapple, Green Grape and Spinach Smoothie

  • 1/4 of a whole pineapple (rind removed)
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 – 2 cups of fresh green grapes

This is a favorite way to get the nutritional punch of green vegetables into a smoothie that tastes fantastic. Try it. I’m sure you’ll be thrilled, though you may want to experiment a bit with quantities.

Greens are among the healthiest foods on the planet and spinach is one of the best. It contains iron – a trace element that’s essential for red blood cell production. Spinach is also a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K – a key ingredient for strengthening bones.

10. Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

  • 1 large whole banana
  • 1/4 of a fresh pineapple (rind removed)

Simple and fast to prepare, this smoothie combines two fruits from the south and the result is heavenly. Add some yogurt for its creamy goodness, or almond milk, if you prefer it thin.

Pineapple contains bromelain, an important enzyme that aids the body by breaking down protein. But that’s not all Bromelain does. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-clogging qualities, making it tremendously valuable nutritionally.

11. Apple and Peach Smoothie

  • ½ of a frozen banana
  • 1 large tart apple (juiced)
  • 2 fresh peaches (pitted)
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (with no additives)
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered greens

Oh yes – you can add powdered greens to any smoothie to ramp up the nutrition even further. This one features peaches. Peaches feature a moderate amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, and beta-carotene. Vitamin A aids with night vision, while beta carotene serves as a powerful antioxidant.

12. Strawberry, Banana and Orange Smoothie

  • 1 medium-large banana
  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 1 large orange (peeled)
  • ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • Soy, almond, or coconut milk as needed

This exciting blend takes the strawberry banana smoothie to a whole different level of taste. Oranges are juicy and loaded with fresh juice, providing the liquid necessary to get everything blended. Add your favorite milk if it’s required.

In addition to the wholesome goodness the other ingredients provide, you’ll be getting a shot of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and pectin.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight off colds, viruses and more. Fiber helps keep the digestive system healthy. Pectin serves as a natural laxative that keeps the colon healthy.

It’s also demonstrated its effectiveness at reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. Oranges are definitely a health food and when added to this recipe, create a slightly foamy and absolutely awesome smoothie. 

Conclusion

There you have it – 12 delicious smoothie recipes that provide health benefits with every sip.

Smoothies are easy to make and there are no rules set in stone regarding what goes inside. The only thing I advise is that you stick to healthy whole foods, preferably of the organic kind.

Whatever you do, do not add any sugar or artificial ingredients. It’s not necessary as your smoothies will taste great without them, so all you have to do is enjoy the taste and the added health benefits.