Some people hear smoothie and they immediately think of frozen yogurt and added sugar. We’re here to help you change your mindset. You’ll love these insanely delicious and healthy smoothie recipes to kick start your day or even fulfill your afternoon sweet tooth.
The Sweet Tooth – Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Who doesn’t love eating dessert first?! This first smoothie recipe reminds me of the holidays. Pumpkin pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts, so it’s only right that I made it into another one of my favorites – a smoothie!
By the way, do you know how good pumpkin is for you?
It’s rich in antioxidants – especially good for eye health.
Can improve digestion.
Boosts immune system.
Now you don’t have to limit pumpkin pie to the holidays. If you like pumpkin pie as much as we do, let us know in the comments!
Ingredients(makes 1 serving):
½ can (about 7 oz.) Pure Pumpkin
¼ tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp Cinnamon
6 pitted Dates
½ -¾ cup unsweetened Plant Milk (I prefer Coconut for this one)
½ cup Ice
In a high-speed blender add pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, dates and plant milk.
Blend for 10 seconds then add banana and ice.
Blend until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!
The Refreshing Sweet Tart – Grapefruit & Greens Smoothie
This next recipe was one of my favorites during the early stages of pregnancy. It has a somewhat tart flavor, yet the added apple and banana balances the bitter bite of grapefruit. And the ginger soothed my tummy when nothing else would.
Ingredients:(makes 2 servings):
1 medium Grapefruit (peeled, seeds removed) When removing the seeds try to save as much of the juice into a cup so that you can add to the blender with the remainder of ingredients.
1 medium/large Apple (cored) I prefer Fuji, and I like to keep the skin on to maximize nutrients
2 cups Spinach
1 large Banana (sliced and frozen – if you don’t have frozen bananas, use a regular banana and add more ice below)
2-3 Ice cubes (or 1 cup without frozen banana)
1/2 cup unsweetened Plant Milk or Coconut Water (more if using the full cup of ice)
1/2 tsp fresh Ginger, peeled (optional)
In a high-speed blender add spinach, apple, and banana. Blend until mixed.
Add peeled and deseeded grapefruit, grapefruit juice and ginger (if using).
Blend again until mixed, then add plant milk or coconut water, ice and blend until desired consistency is reached.
The Beach Goddess – Azul (Blue) Leche Smoothie
This is a smoothie that I adapted from a vegetarian restaurant in Cabo. I wanted to include it, not because of how much I love it but because my husband actually enjoyed it too! And we all know how hard it is to find a recipe that the entire family enjoys. Nutritious and delicious – yes, they can go hand in hand!
1 heaping handful Spinach (about 1 cup)
½ cup frozen Blueberries
1 Banana (fresh or frozen)
1 TBS Chia Seeds
1 heaping TBS Almond Butter
1 cup Almond Milk
½ cup Ice (optional)
In a high-speed blender add spinach, blueberries, banana, almond butter, and almond milk.
Blend until roughly mixed, then add chia seeds, and ice (if using).
The consistency should be smooth and creamy. Pretend you’re sitting poolside while enjoying this one!
A Chocolate Lover’s Dream – Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Finally, I had to include a smoothie recipe for all the chocolate lovers out there. Think of this as a healthy chocolate shake! Unsweetened cocoa powder has some great benefits since it’s packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients. You can also leave this a little thicker and eat from a bowl as a “nice cream”.
4 – 6 pitted Medjool Dates
1 cup Plant Milk (coconut, almond or cashew)
1 ½ TBS unsweetened Cocoa Powder (if you’re a chocolate lover, add 2 full TBS)
2 medium Frozen Bananas (if you don’t have frozen bananas, you’ll add ½ cup ice)
In a high-speed blender add plant milk and dates. (Dates take a bit longer than other ingredients to break down.)
After dates are completely blended, add cocoa powder and bananas until smooth.
Once smooth, enjoy this yummy goodness without the guilt! …and gulp down as much as you possibly can before the kids ask to try it!
As you may have noticed, most of these smoothie recipes include an array of nutrients, without lacking flavor. If you ever feel like you want to add more to your smoothie, especially when consuming as a meal replacement, here are some additional add-ins that I love!
Collagen Booster (I love Animu Mundi plant-based booster)
Pea Protein (unflavored, unsweetened)
Hemp (goes great in Azul Leche and Chocolate Banana)
What are some of your favorite healthy smoothie recipes? Let us a comment with your favorites!
Lacy Catao is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, former paralegal and Army veteran. Motherhood inspires Lacy to share her knowledge of nutrition and optimal wellness, while also providing lifestyle insight as a mother striving to parent with grace and patience. This California native planted her roots in northern Nevada with her husband in 2016. She contributes her love for country living to Idaho, which is where she spent most of her school-age years. Lacy is the mother of three girls and two stubborn Bulldogs.