Can’t get enough of your favorite superfoods?
Substituting your balanced breakfast for a balanced shake on the go?
Want new recipes to play with for the morning shake?
Look no further than these healthy smoothie recipes.
Strike a Balance with These Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Whether you’re a young professional or new parent, you know that the morning smoothie will set the overall tone for the day. That being said, it’s crucial to get it right to start the day on a good note.
What better to include in your daily smoothie than some of these jam-packed-with-healthiness superfoods. There are your old-timers such as kale, ginger, and blueberries while the new superfoods such as maqui berries, turmeric, and camu camu powder are making their big debut.
Here are 9 healthy smoothie recipes with the ever-popular superfood ingredients that you should think about before the next morning shake.
1. Pineapple Kale
Smoothie Bursting with nutrients, this smoothie features the bittersweet flavors of kale and pineapple.
Kale is most definitely the Megalodon of leafy greens, containing more antioxidants and vitamin A than most fruits and vegetables. It is a great source of fiber, calcium, and iron.
Pineapple is great for your digestion and boosts your immune system.
- 2 cups kale leaves, lightly packed and stems removed
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- Honey to taste (typically 1-3 teaspoons)
To make this delicious smoothie, combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid such as milk or water to your liking.
A nice mix of fruits, vegetables and nuts, this is one of the most balanced of these healthy smoothie recipes.
Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. Omega-3 essential fatty acids have positive heart health effects while lignans have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities.
Beets are known to boost stamina and are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can help fight disease and strengthen vital organs. Some studies even suggest that betalains, the purple pigment in these veggies, can help combat cancer and other degenerative diseases.
- ½ green apple
- ¼ cup kale
- 1 frozen banana
- ¼ medium beet
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- 1 cup water (or coconut water)
Note: Before blending these ingredients together, it will be useful to steam and let cool the beet before using your blender. Beets have a thicker skin that is difficult to peel with a hand peeler or knife.
Once the beet is cooled, combine all the ingredients in your blender, starting with the lowest speed and gradually move up to its highest. Blend at the highest speed for at least a minute to break down the flaxseeds completely.
You’re breakfast oatmeal just became your breakfast oatmeal shake.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. They are also high in Vitamin B-6, manganese and dietary fiber.
Greek yogurt is all the rage in the twenty-first century. Known to improve digestion and bolster the immune system, it is full of protein and probiotics.
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 frozen, sliced banana
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
To make this delicious smoothie, simply combine all the ingredients into your blender and start on a lower speed then gradually increase it to your highest level. Blend on high until it reaches your desired consistency.
This is one of those healthy smoothie recipes you’ll not only enjoy, but gush to all your friends about how healthy it is.
It contains goji berries, which are excellent sources of antioxidants. Studies have shown that these berries could help prevent cancer, boost energy levels, and improve cholesterol levels.
Coconut water also may have antioxidant properties as well as may help prevent kidney stones and support heart health.
- Zest from 2 oranges
- 2 peeled oranges
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup coconut water
- 1/3 cup dried, goji berries
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Juice from 2 limes
- 1 cup ice
To make this smoothie, blend all the ingredients, except for the ice. Once the blend reaches a smooth consistency, add the ice until the blend becomes smooth again.
5. Lemon Turmeric Detox Drink
This is one of those healthy smoothie recipes that pack a punch.
Commonly used in Asian dishes, turmeric contains large amounts of curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some studies have shown that turmeric can help prevent cancer, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease, and even combat depression.
Cayenne pepper is the real kick in this drink. The herb may contain some medicinal value, especially in improving digestion: It can boost your metabolism, reduce the risk of cancer, and lower blood pressure.
- 2 cups water
- 1 squeezed lemon
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon stevia OR 1 tablespoon honey or real maple syrup
To make this drink, blend all the ingredients. If you can’t take the heat, don’t add cayenne pepper to your smoothie.
6. Peanut Butter Cup Delight
This is one of those healthy smoothie recipes you’ll want in your smoothie repertoire.
James A. Garfield was on to something when he said, “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” Peanut butter is known to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, lower type 2 diabetes, and lower colon cancer in women.
Aside from being a natural sweetener, Medjool dates are high in disease-fighting antioxidants and fiber. They can also promote brain health and natural labor in pregnant women.
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 peeled and frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon flax meal or hemp hearts
- ¼ cup oats (choose gluten-free if need be)
- 3 pitted Medjool dates (or maple syrup to taste)
- 1 tablespoon cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- Handful of ice
To make this healthy smoothie, simply blend all the ingredients together starting on a low speed and gradually increase to the highest speed. Blend on the highest speed for at least a minute to fully break down the flax meal or hemp hearts and ice.
7. Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
Would you believe that chocolate and avocado go together like PB and J? Well, they sure do in this smoothie recipe.
The purest form of chocolate, cocoa powder is a fighter in your body too. Cocoa powder can improve various symptoms of depression, aid in weight control, and have cancer-protective
Avocados are the official fruit of the twenty-first century. They contain more potassium than bananas and are loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids — the good kind of fat.
- 1 avocado
- 2 frozen bananas
- ½ cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups almond or coconut milk
To make this drink, blend all the ingredients together, starting on low speed and gradually increasing it to the highest.
8. Plum Quinoa Shake
Who would’ve known that you can mix quinoa in your morning breakfast smoothie? It seems the staff at Turnip the Oven did, the people who brought you this interesting recipe.
Our ancient ancestors initially cultivated quinoa in the surrounding area of Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. Today, many people worldwide enjoy the ancient grain as it is high in fiber, gluten-free, and high in protein and essential amino acids.
Whether fresh or their dry counterpart prunes, plums are rich sources of antioxidants. They also can relieve constipation, lower blood sugar, and promote bone health.
- 1 large ripe plum, pitted and cut into chunks
- ½ large frozen banana
- ¼ cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 or 5 ice cubes
To make this drink, blend all the ingredients together. Begin on a lower speed and gradually increase to highest.
9. Muscovite Kefir Smoothie
You don’t need to be a Muscovite to enjoy this delicious and healthy smoothie.
Originating from Russia, kefir is fermented milk with bacteria culture. It has more probiotics than yogurt and strong antibacterial properties that protect against infections. The fermented milk can improve bone health, protect against cancer, and help with digestion.
Chia seeds are bursting with antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. They can also help lower your risk of heart disease, and aid in weight loss.
- 1 cup milk kefir
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup frozen banana
- Sweetener as desired
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
To make this shake, blend all the ingredients together. Start on a lower speed and gradually increase your speed to incorporate all elements of the drink.
Blend. Shake. Drink. Enjoy. Repeat.
That’s all you need to do. If you haven’t done so already, maybe it’s time to swap the morning breakfast for a morning shake and try one of these healthy smoothie recipes when you’re ready to make the transition.
Enjoy a healthy shake today.