Who doesn’t love healthy smoothie recipes?
The consistency and flavor of a well-made smoothie that can fill up your tummy and get you up and vibrant, ready for your morning, is downright priceless.
My favorite part is that they can easily become a complete meal in one easy to drink beverage that you can take with you everywhere (especially when you’re running late to work).
While I was making my usual smoothie the other day, I noticed I had recently started to make more sugary concoctions instead of focusing on making it filling and healthy.
And this is where your smoothies can start going downhill and not providing the nutrition your body is asking for.
It’s a fine balance, to say the least, to be able to keep your smoothies tasty and healthy at the same time (and not like you just dumped a bottle of NyQuil into it).
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That’s why it’s always helpful to include greens along with your fruits.
In the end, if you aren’t careful, you can be adding way too many sugars and not enough of all the other good stuff. That’s another reason why I love to use superfood seeds in my healthy smoothie recipes as much as possible.
Before we dive into all the different types of smoothies you can make, there are some basics that you can add to your smoothies to make them supercharged with healthy antioxidants and vitamins.
These can be things like chia seeds or a teaspoon of turmeric. Here’s a detailed list and what each does for your body.
Ingredients For Healthy Smoothies
Some of the ingredients to supercharge your smoothies with nutrients are:
Turmeric is a yellowish powder that contains curcumin, which is super healthy for you in more ways than one. It has antioxidants, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory properties along with helping improve brain function. Usually, since the curcumin is the property that is responsible for all the goodness in turmeric, people also like the buy the extract in pure form.
These are probably my favorites to sprinkle over all types of food especially because they are tasteless for the most part. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, and protein, among a lot of other things. Just pop a spoonful of this into any sort of smoothie you can think of and you’re already on your way to a healthier smoothie.
These seeds also hold an awesome punch of goodness. Flax seeds have good fats that help nourish your body and keep it moving along with Vitamin B-1, Manganese, Fiber, Selenium, and Protein.
I like to put at least two teaspoons of each thing that I haven’t yet run out of. Not to mention I also like finding ways to get them for cheaper and save tons of money on my grocery runs.
Usually, with all the different ingredients in the smoothies, you can’t even tell they’re in there. Making it a daily routine to purposely consume ingredients that are natural and good for your body does wonders in just a few short weeks.
I’ve definitely seen a difference in my hair and skin compared from when I do take care of myself properly and when I stop consuming good nutrients. It really comes down to making it easy to create healthier habits.
Take Your Smoothies With You
I love being able to take my healthy ‘concoction’ for the day with me and a glass bottle is a great way to do that.
They don’t get odors attached to them because they’re glass, and they also won’t stain inside from all the fruit acids and colors.
These gorgeous minimalist glass bottles that come in the prettiest colors are the perfect example of a smoothie bottle. You can choose your fave shade (and they’re under 10 bucks each, wowza).
How To Blend Your Smoothie Quickly
A few years ago I came across a smoothie blender that one of my good friends had that I would constantly use…up until she lost the lid for the blender part of it.
So I decided to get a smoothie bullet for myself, because they are SO convenient and they aren’t messy and they help me get out the door faster!
There are lots of them out there, and honestly, if you’re a constant smoothie maker or want to start to be, and want to start getting healthier, then invest in this Oster smoothie blender (the EXACT one I have) is a no-brainer.
It blends through ice AND nuts, which I think is pretty darn cool. But you’ll have to check it out for yourself! It’s also not too expensive, which I LOVE.
It’s saved me from so much hassle of having the empty out a huge bulky blender and take it apart and clean it. All I really have to do is rinse the blade part of the blender or just stick it in the dish washer.
The blender bottle comes with a separate lid that you can add to it and go. It’s really that easy. I can’t say enough good things about it!
Tips For The Perfect Smoothie
Perfecting your smoothie can be quite a science. Here are five ways you can up your smoothie game you might not have thought about before:
Use Medjool Dates to sweeten bland smoothies. A perfectly healthy way to add sweetness to a bitter tasting smoothie.
Use 2/3’rds mostly frozen ingredients for a firmer consistency.
Add a pop of almond butter for a nuttier taste.
Use coconut water, almond milk, or green tea as the liquid base for your smoothies.
Remember, you can even invest in an Oster smoothie bullet to make your morning routine quicker.
Oh, and one more thing. Usually, when I make an all fruit smoothie (especially with watermelon smoothies) I like to add some Tajin Clasico Seasoning to garnish the top (they are absolutely delicious this way!)
It adds a salty seasoning bit to the top that goes well with fruit and gives it a nice kick of flavor!
Now, to give you some ideas on the different smoothie recipes you can make that taste good and are good for you too, here are: 10 Delicious Smoothie Recipes To Jump Start Your Day
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Healthy Green Smoothie
Recipe Via 100 Days Of Real Food
A beginner’s green smoothie is a great ‘gateway’ smoothie to get you in the habit of drinking your greens, especially if you struggle with eating them and adding them to what you eat everyday.
And no, your green smoothies don’t have to be bitter. You just have to get savvy with what you put in them to make sure they don’t taste too bad!
Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
Recipe Via Teal Notes
For a refreshing smoothie to help make sure you’re also getting your fair serving of fruits, try this watermelon strawberry smoothie. For an extra kick of flavor, add some tajin as garnish on top so you get a treat of salty and sweet refreshing goodness.
Recipe Via Food Network
A berry almond smoothie is a super good idea for those of us who are lactose intolerant. If you wanna talk about healthy smoothie recipes, this is one to keep on your ‘to do list.’
It’s also a great way to try almond milk if you haven’t already!
Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Recipe Via iFood Real
There’s nothing like a classic strawberry smoothie recipe. Especially when it’s a HEALTHY strawberry smoothie recipe. It always makes for a nice sweet treat that you can take on the go in the mornings or on the weekends.
Recipe Via The First Year Blog
This particular rainbow smoothie is FILLED with fruit. You’ll have to try making it at home to gauge the level of sweetness, since its guaranteed to satisfy just about any sweet tooth.
Peachy Oat Smoothie
Recipe Via Food Network
This Peachy Oat Smoothie is an easy weight loss smoothie that anyone can make. Adding oats to it make it more sustainable and makes it stay filling for longer in the day.
Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
Recipe Via Fit Foodie Finds
If you’re a sucker for peanut butter then you HAVE to try this smoothie recipe. It honestly might have more sugar than other smoothies, but if you’re having a cheat day or you’re particularly needing a peanut butter fix then this one’s for you.
Superfood Sunshine Smoothie
Recipe Via Love and Lemons
Give me anything with superfoods in it and I’m all in. With this smoothie it’s no different. We all know by now the power of superfoods and how adding them to our daily diet is SUPER good for our health. Adding things like flax seed or chia seed into your smoothies will just about do the trick.
Classic Green Smoothie
Recipe Via Teal Notes
A green smoothie can look green but that doesn’t mean it has to taste like rancid kelp. It can actually be really tasty while packing a punch full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So don’t shy away from making green (sometimes they even turn dark green/brown) smoothies!
Banana Nog Smoothie
Recipe Via Food Network
Here’s a little something different that you might not see everyday. A Banana Nog Smoothie! If you like egg nog, then this healthy smoothie recipe is set to be a winner in your book.
Berry Almond Milk Smoothie
Recipe Via Teal Notes
This is another variation of the berry almond smoothie that also tastes great and is worth trying. The Oster smoothie blender is perfect for grinding all kinds of nuts and ice so you definitely wouldn’t have a problem making this smoothie in a few.
Recipe Via Minimalist Baker
Smoothie bowls! These are another great way to make sure you’re making healthy smoothies that taste good and that ARE good for you. I love putting granola in smoothie bowls because they become more filling.
Island Mango Goji Berry Sunrise Smoothie
Recipe Via Half Baked Harvest
Healthy smoothies that taste good do exist. I promise. For one, you can try this Island Mango Goji Berry Smoothie and see how you like it. If the bright colors don’t send a message of how good this smoothie is then I’m not sure what will (maybe the name?!)
Recipe Via Dansle Lake House
A layered smoothie is another cool way to get all your vitamins and minerals in in one smoothie and go. That’s probably my favorite thing about smoothies. They can be SO versatile and you can put A LOT f different ingredients in them. I especially like smoothie recipes with yogurt.
Energizing Mocha-Almond Smoothie
Recipe Via BHG
Sometimes we just want that extra jolt of energy in the day but don’t quite want to buy that overpriced sugary drink. So just make this mocha smoothie instead. It takes a few unconventional ingredients but by the looks of it the taste is pretty promising!
Start your day right with easy healthy smoothie recipes
Hopefully you are now equipped with all the knowledge to make a heavenly smoothie you can brag to your friends about. It’s great that smoothies aren’t only for ingesting sweets, but can be turned into a great way to add super foods into your diet and consume essential vitamins and antioxidants vital to performing and feeling well.
Healthy green smoothies really aren’t that hard to make once you learn a few smoothie making basics that’ll basically make you a smoothie pro.
Try out some of the smoothie recipes and remember to mix and match. There is ultimately no right or wrong way to come up with a healthy smoothie recipe (as long as you don’t load it with sugar…then it isn’t healthy anymore ?).
Which smoothie caught your attention the most? Make sure you comment below.