I love smoothies. I love how much goodness you can pack into them & the sweetness that you don’t have to feel guilty for. You really can pack so many health benefits into smoothies; From leafy greens to your favorite fruits, there’s something for everyone. Unless you’re my son, who I just can’t convince to ride the smoothie train. My daughter on the other hand would eat them day & night & everywhere in between if I would let her.
Earlier this year, I started to jot down all of my fruity smoothies recipes. These are the most commonly used for breakfast at our house. Each of these recipes makes about 12-16 oz. I don’t measure out the liquid because I think that is personal to the smoothie chef. Some like very thick smoothies & some prefer them a little thinner, plus the amount of juice in the fruit makes a difference. I like to use frozen fruit instead of ice, it keeps the smoothie from watering down & is a little gentler on your blender blades. ALWAYS use a fresh banana though, there is something about that banana that completely changes the texture of the smoothie. If I don’t have bananas, usually I will have to double the yogurt & liquid to get a similar texture/smoothness. If you don’t like bananas, honestly, in most of them you really can’t taste it. Just add a little more of each ingredient to cover the banana flavor if you are really uncertain.
So here is the smoothie low down……
Really this is the favorite & the most commonly made. It is fruity & smooth & has a very light sweetness. This is a great starter if you or your family are on the fence about smoothies.
This is modeled after a smoothie that McDonalds used to have (maybe they still do, I’m not sure). I LOVE the combo of pineapple & mango. The addition of orange juice really amps up the tropicalness of this smoothie. This one just has summer written all over it.
I love giving this smoothie to my daughter. I can’t always get her to eat the superfood that is blueberries, but I know she will devour this. I can almost see the antioxidants flowing through her, lol. Sweet. Simple. Packed full of goodness. Only 3 ingredients. This would be a good one to add spinach too because the blueberries would cover the color difference great for picky eaters.
This is my personal favorite. The peaches are sweet down here in Georgia & pair perfectly with the strawberries. Since this one doesn’t have yogurt in it, probiotics would be a great addition to really amp up the benefits of this one.
This is a smoothie powerhouse right here. Spinach would be a good addition to this one too. It does have stronger flavor than the others, but is absolutely delicious; a little more slushy than the others, I think it was because I didn’t have any banana. This was an everything in my freezer kind of smoothie & the outcome was great.
I always prefer smoothies to juicing too. Smoothies retain vitamins better than juicing because the fruit is not heated. Also, you get all the benefits of the natural fiber from fruits, since there is no waste. So blend away with the last of the summer fruits.