8 Easy And Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Did you know that a blender is one of the most versatile kitchen appliances you can invest in? It’s true! A high-quality blender can be used to make soup and hot drinks in addition to smoothies. And these days, there is no shortage of recipes available online. From quick and easy fruit-based blends to more complex green ones with added protein or superfoods, you're guaranteed to find something that suits your taste preferences.

Smoothies are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. They're usually easy and fast to make, and they taste good. Smoothies can also be a good way to bulk up your breakfast if you don't have time for anything else in the morning. However, it can be hard to know what ingredients to use for different types of smoothies. If you want to add some variety to your morning routine, here is a great list of recipes for smoothies that we think will make your mornings brighter and more nutritious.

As a bonus all these recipes can be found in the plate up app! 

Simple Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

We’ll start off with the classic smoothie combo, strawberries and banana. This recipe is both healthy and yummy, containing almond milk and peanut butter. Peanut butter and banana - a match made in heaven. This thick and creamy smoothie is one of our favourites. and doesn't require freezing any ingredients in advance. Not only is this recipe great for your health but it’s also vegan and dairy-free. So be sure to enjoy this guilt-free smoothie! With such few ingredients it will take you no time at all to make, for those busy mornings, there’s honestly no going wrong with this recipe.

Tropical Carrot Smoothie

Who knew carrots and pineapple to work so well together? This smoothie gives you this amazingly unique combo combining tropical flavours with autumn (now there’s a combination I’d never think to imagine!). This smoothie is made out of carrots (which are quite high in dietary fibre), pineapple, ginger, turmeric and banana. You’d think you were making some sort of soup without the pineapple – but no this really works, trust me! Blend these ingredients and you’ll be left with not only a delicious smoothie but a great antioxidant drink. This refreshing, tropical smoothie is a great way to wake up in the morning. Feel free to increase the total amount of fresh ginger if you like it extra spicy.

Creamy Avocado Smoothie

We’ve all been in that avocado craze right? Don’t worry we got you covered. Although usually served in savoury dishes, avocados are great in smoothies. They make everything extra creamy, and extra filling. This green smoothie is made out of you guess it – Avocados! Not just that though, there’s also bananas, kiwi, spinach and even strawberries. Despite this smoothie being a lot more filling than the ones above, the ingredients mentioned means that it’s no less healthy than the others. If you’re looking for a really rich, creamy and filling smoothie then be sure to try out this one.

Recipes by Barbara Cox

Beetroot, Orange, Ginger and Spinach Smoothie

Smoothies benefit us in a different way from juices because smoothies contain the whole fruit, not just the juice. This means that smoothies contain the fibrous matter of the fruit and so are good sources of fibre, as well as a great way to supercharge our intake of vitamins and minerals. This smoothie by Barbara Cox gives you all of that and more. Oranges give you the vitamin C you’re always after. Beetroots and spinach are low in calories but high in vitamin b and minerals such as magnesium. Not only that but they are also known to tackle high blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels. Meanwhile Ginger is loaded with antioxidants. This smoothie is jam-packed with health benefits and is also 4 of your recommended daily 5 a day. It’s incredibly quick to make too so there is no reason why you shouldn’t make this recipe!

Nut Butter Power-Up Smoothie

Here’s another recipe by Barbara Cox. This is for everyone who is extremely tired and feels as though they’re half-awake in the morning. This smoothie does exactly what it says on the tin and is great for starting your day off in an energising way. Amazingly it only needs 3 ingredients! Almond, bananas and cashew butter makes this smoothie incredibly simple but powerful. If you’re feeling particularly sluggish in the morning, we recommend this recipe to help brighten up your day, making sure you can reach your full potential through the use of 3 ingredients and a blender.

Blueberry, Almond and Cherry Smoothie

When we think about smoothies, I’m sure we all picture the classics, either strawberries and bananas, or the classic berry smoothie. What if I told you, you can make one of the best smoothie recipes out there with only three ingredients? With Barbara Cox’s Blueberry, almond and cherry smoothie now you can!

We all think about the berries, strawberry, blueberry, even blackberries but how many of us ever thought of putting some cherries into our smoothies? In one single fruit you can get a ton of vitamins and minerals, for example cherries have vitamin C, A and K and cover things like calcium, magnesium and potassium. This smoothie is packed with antioxidants from the blueberries and cherries; antioxidants are anti-inflammatory and lower the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease. Berry good! You can use fresh or frozen cherries for this recipe.

Recipes by Kitty Martone

Quick Berry 'n' Greens Smoothie

Not a fan of green vegetables? There’s no better way to hide them than in this deliciously deceiving berry smoothie. This is especially a neat trick to get your kids eating veggies! With this recipe you won’t be able to tell the difference. This smoothie by Kitty Martone gives you many of the key nutrients you need throughout the day. It’s made out of raspberries, banana, spinach and blueberries, which give it that amazing purple colour! It’s perfect if you’re particularly thirsty or in need of a refreshing drink. This smoothie can be made with either water or almond milk so either way you can enjoy this drink with things laying around the house. 

Monkey Madness Banana Smoothie

This banana smoothie is packed full of energy. The smoothie by Kitty Martone contains bananas and medjoul dates but also has the taste of almonds from the butter and milk. Coconut might be another flavour to come out whilst drinking as it contains coconut water. The dates (one of my favourite foods) are high in fibre, dates also act as a natural sweetener, so say goodbye to the added sugars. For those days when you are craving something sweet, be sure to make this recipe. The smoothie is really great if you are looking for something to energise you for the day ahead. The smoothie unlike lots of others is also quite filling so it’s perfect as a snack, dessert, and even breakfast.

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