Even thought they're chock full of nutrients, smoothies don't have to be boring. These healthy smoothie recipes are anything but, featuring sweet, colorful frozen fruit (and veggies!), unexpected herbs and spices and creamy add-ins like yogurt and banana to make the dreamiest sips ever. Plus, smoothies make the best quick breakfasts that you can enjoy on the go or as you sit down at your desk. They're a great way to make use of leftover fresh fruit or to sneak in some extra superfoods that you wouldn't normally eat on their own. First, learn how to make a smoothie like a total pro (hint: there's a certain order you should add ingredients to the blender!) then get ready to mix up a tasty breakfast or snack that's good for you, too. Nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables and protein-filled yogurt and milk will give you an energy boost that will keep you going until lunch.
Our Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab also tested the best blenders for whipping up the smoothest, creamiest drinks. The Vitamix E310 Explorian nabbed our top spot, but check out the KitchenAid 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender as a budget buy or the NutriBullet Blender Combo for single-serve options. To make smoothies ahead of time, stash your dry ingredients (such as fruits, vegetables, powders and seeds) in the freezer in freezer-safe bags or food storage containers. In the morning, just add your liquid to the blender, followed by the frozen dry ingredients and blend. Breakfast in 5 minutes? Easy!
Just pull out these pre-made mixes from the freezer, add liquid, and blend.
Cucumber makes this sipper super hydrating.
Choose between raspberry, mango, strawberry or green smoothie options so you'll never get bored. Better yet, try them all!
Power up your morning with this fruit-veggie combo, sweetened with honey yogurt.
Why put your smoothie in a bowl? One word: Toppings.
Our go-to smoothie formula? Purée fresh fruit with yogurt and milk! Or, make multiple batches and layer two flavors in one glass for an Insta-worthy effect.
Sweet peaches and tropical mango offer dessert-like deliciousness — plus a ton of vitamins!
Yes, this sipper is loaded with leafy greens, but frozen mango and pineapple keep it sweet.
A little ginger and tart pineapple juice add a kick to this sweet but healthy blend of banana and berries.
This golden smoothie looks and tastes like sunshine in a glass, and it's a nutritional knockout to boot. The orange juice and pineapple are high in vitamin C and the banana is a good source of potassium.
For a thicker, colder smoothie, cut peeled banana into chunks and freeze for up to a week in a self-sealing plastic bag.
Tropical flavors offer a mini vacation in a cup. You won't even notice the grated carrot added for extra sweetness and a bonus boost of veggies!
It's all in the name: This fresh fruit and ginger smoothie will help you put your best foot forward.
A little nut butter can give you the protein boost your morning needs.
Best part about smoothie bowls? The toppings. Load up this one with Cara Cara oranges, pepitas and toasted coconut chips.
Coconut milk adds slightly sweet, tropical taste to this pineapple-spinach blend.
Sneak frozen peas into your smoothie for extra vitamins and nutrients. They're super creamy too!
Packed with good stuff like chia seeds and goji berries, this smoothie will keep you full until lunch.
If you're trying to cut out pastries, this smoothie is the next best thing.
One peeled, cooked beet adds extra-pink color and earthy sweetness to this berry-ful bowl.
After overdoing it on the heavy foods and booze, this is what you want to put in your body.
Coffee lovers, rejoice! Smoothies should not (and will not) replace your cup of joe.
Try carrot juice in your next smoothie bowl (like this one!) for the right amount of sweetness, plus a dose of beta-carotene.
It's not quite a tequila sunrise, but it's pretty close.
This one pretty much tastes like a bowl of brownie batter.
This one's for all you Shamrock Shake lovers out there.
Whenever we can make chocolate an appropriate breakfast choice, we're all in.
Got the sniffles? Here's a big ol' glass of vitamin C.
This is basically the breakfast version of guac, right?!
This is everything you love about pie, minus the crust.
Pour yourself a tall glass of fall with this spiced concoction.
If you can't tell, we're in the business of making our smoothies taste like dessert.
When you need a little extra pep in your step.