Healthy Smoothie Tips and Ideas (Plus 8 Recipes)

Smoothies are an easy way to nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein that are otherwise hard to eat in large quantities– Can you imagine trying to eat a large handful of kale, a raw carrot, half a cucumber and a tbsp of flaxseed in one sitting without the convenience of a smoothie? I don’t think so.

Most kids and adults don’t eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables, because it’s freakin’ hard! Just the preparation alone turns into an excuse to just get take-out instead. But, with a smoothie, you can simply throw fruits and veggies in the blender (along with a few other things like yogurt or flaxseed), and have a healthy snack or meal replacement that even kids will think is a treat.

As long as you know some of the basics, you really don’t need any fancy recipes. I’ve put together this info-graphic to show you how to put together the perfect smoothie, but here are some other tips:
  • A good quality blender is essential for making a good smoothie. My Vitamix turns ice into a fine powder in just seconds, and I never have to worry about ice chunks.
  • If you’re watching your sugar or calorie intake, limit the amount of fruit you use– even just half of a frozen banana is enough to sweeten a smoothie. Stick with mostly vegetables and protein, and consider it a meal replacement, not a mid-day snack.
  • Add your liquid base and ice last (small increments at a time) until you get the consistency you like.
  • Frozen fruit will give your smoothies a thicker consistency without having to water it down with ice. Anytime your bananas start to get to too ripe, simply chop them up and store them in the freezer for a future smoothie. Also, you can save money by buying fruit in bulk with the plan of freezing half of it for smoothies.
  • Spinach is a good start if you’re new to drinking greens. You can really add a lot of it to the blender without an overwhelming taste. I’d be a little more careful with other greens like kale– if you add too much, you may find it a little hard to get down.
  • Although I’ve got some of my favorite smoothie recipes down below, the idea here is to experiment with the foods you already have and create recipes that suite your dietary needs.
  • I’ve found that the easiest way to clean my blender is by rinsing it out, and then filling it half full with hot water and a little dish soap, and then simply let the blender do the hard work.