10 Delicious Smoothie Recipes for Optimum Health

These healthy smoothie recipe ideas are a tasty and nutrient-packed way to energize, rejuvenate, and detoxify your body. 

Smoothies are becoming more popular because they make it easy to meet your daily requirement of essential nutrients, especially if you aren't a fruit or veggie lover.

It's amazing how well you can hide leafy greens in a thick, frosty, milkshake-like drink. Why bribe or cajole your little ones into eating their kale or cucumbers when you can impress them with a peanut butter and banana smoothie. 

Benefit of Healthy Smoothies

  • they are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
  • they help detoxify the body, particularly the liver and colon
  • they are a great source of energy
  • they are a high in fiber
  • they can improve sleep
  • they will help strengthen the immunity system
  • they can help boost focus, concentration, and mental health

10 Smoothie Recipes for Optimum Health

Making a smoothie is really quite simple and limited only to your creativity. The combination options are endless, but here are a few ideas to get you started.......

Antioxidant Blast

1-2 cups greens (spring greens, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, and/or spinach)

1 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries

1 orange or apple

1 small beet, peeled

Water or almond milk

Ice, as needed

  • Cut the apple and beet into chunks. Slice strawberries in half.
  • Place fruit into blender, Magic Bullet, or processor.
  • Fill to desired level with water or almond milk
  • Add greens.
  • Blend until smooth.
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Top Antioxidant Foods to Eat

Carrot Ginger Smoothie

1 carrot

1 orange

1 tablespoon orange zest (optional)

2 cups chopped pineapple 

1 ½ cups spinach or other greens

½ tsp ground ginger

2 cups water (approx)

Ice, as needed

  • Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  • As a variation, the pineapple can be replaced with 1 cup red grapes and 1 small orange (clementine).

Healthy Diet and Weight Loss Plans and Tips

Banana Ginger Smoothie

1 banana, sliced

½ cup Greek yogurt or non-dairy alternative, unsweetened

2 cups milk, almond milk, soy milk, or water

3-4  ice cubes (optional)

1-2 Tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar

½ tsp ground ginger

Ice, as needed

  • Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

banana smoothie

Strawberry Banana Flax Green Smoothie

½ banana

½ cup strawberries

½ cup Greek yogurt or non-dairy alternative, unsweetened (optional)

1 ½ cups water, milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk

2 cups fresh spinach or other greens

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

Honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar to taste (optional)

Ice, as needed

  • Blend all ingredients together until smooth

**If leaving out the yogurt, add extra fruit

Avocado Green Smoothie

1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped

½  cup blueberries

½  apple

½ tsp ginger

½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

2 cups greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard)

1-3 tsp honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or stevia

1 cup water

Ice, as needed

  • Chop avocado and apple
  • Place all ingredients into blender and mix until smooth.

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Peanut Butter and Jam Smoothie

½ cups milk or non-dairy alternative

½ cups Greek yogurt or non-dairy alternative, unsweetened (optional)

1 medium banana, sliced

½ cup strawberries, sliced

1-1 ½ tablespoons natural peanut butter

1 cup fresh spinach or other greens

1-2 teaspoons honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, stevia

Ice, as needed

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth

**Add an extra ½ cup milk if not using the yogurt

**Banana may be replaced with extra strawberries, but you may need to cut back on the amount of milk used.

**Add a tablespoon of cocoa or use chocolate flavored milk (or non-dairy alternative)

Citrus Smoothie

1 orange

½ pink grapefruit, peeled and seeded

Juice from 1 lemon

Juice from 1 lime

½ cup pineapple

½ cup strawberries (optional)

1 cup almond milk or ½ cup almond milk and ½ cup Greek yogurt (or non-dairy alternative)

1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or stevia

3-4 ice cubes, or as needed

  • Blend together until smooth.

Omega-3 Smoothie

2 cups Kale or other greens

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

1 kiwi

2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon  hemp hearts

2 cups water

Ice, as needed

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth

**Chia will absorb a lot of water, so if you aren't going to be drinking the smoothie immediately, add a little extra liquid or you may end up with “pudding” - although that is good, too!

Refreshing Cucumber Smoothie

1 English cucumber, sliced

2 cups cantaloupe, honeydew, or pear

1 tsp fresh lime juice

1 celery stalk

2 cups kale or spinach (optional)

1 tablespoon chopped basil (optional)

2-3 fresh mint leaves (optional)

3-4 ice cubes, as needed

Pinch of sea salt or Himalayan rock salt

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth
  • Add salt and/or sugar to taste

Vegan Protein Smoothie

2 cups greens (spinach, spring greens, kale)

1 avocado, peeled and chopped

1 cup berries (strawberries, raspberries)

1 small orange, peeled and sectioned

¼ cup nuts or seeds such as cashews, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds (all one kind or a mixture)

1 ½  cups water

3-4 ice cubes, or as needed

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Additional Tips

  • Freeze fresh fruit ahead of time for an extra thick and creamy smoothie.
  • Liquid measurements are approximate. You may have to make adjustments depending on the water content of the fruit or veggies being used and/or the consistency you desire.
  • Try adding your favorite protein powder to your smoothie to make a delicious and nutritious meal replacement.

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