9 Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes
This collection of 9 dietitian-created easy, healthy smoothie recipes will show you that smoothies can be one of the BEST ways to start your day! These smoothies are designed with balanced nutrition in mind, which make them a filling breakfast complete with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and energizing carbs. All recipes are gluten-free with many vegan options. Enjoy!
It’s no secret that smoothies are one of my favourite breakfast options, all year long. They’re such an awesome way to pack in a ton of nutrients and even veggies first thing in the morning.
I so hope you enjoy these smoothie recipes as much as I do. If you try any of them or have any future smoothie recipe requests, please let me know in the comments!
In this post, I’ve rounded up 9 healthy smoothie recipes from my blog and also shared some details if you’d like to explore the following:
- what makes these smoothies healthy + nutritious
- what makes these smoothies a filling breakfast option
- how to freeze smoothies for a make-ahead or meal prep option
- my favourite blender to use
- or, click here to go directly to the recipe roundup!
What Makes These Smoothies Healthy?
As a registered dietitian, I’ve made sure that all of the smoothie recipes shared here meet the following requirements that make them a healthy option:
- They’re filled with greens and/or fruits! Fruits and veggies provide many of essential micronutrients (vitamins + minerals), beneficial plant compounds with antioxidant properties, and dietary fiber (which we get into next!)
- They’re packed with natural sources of dietary fiber (from fruit, vegetables, nuts, and/or seeds). Fiber plays many roles in our bodies, such as regulating our digestion, promoting a healthy gut, lowering cholesterol, and keeping our blood sugar levels under control. Fiber also helps to promote satiety, and in turn may help with weight management.
- They contain sources of healthy fat, like avocados, seeds, and nut butters. Fat helps our bodies absorb fat-soluble vitamins and beneficial plant compounds from the other ingredients in these smoothies. In addition, fat plays essential roles in our bodies such as development of our brains, hormones, and all our cells. Fat also helps to slow digestion, control blood sugar, and keep you feeling full.
- They contain sources of protein, which provides essential amino acids to build and repair all of our muscles, organs, and body tissues. Protein also helps to slow digestion and make these smoothies more satisfying.
- They’re naturally sweetened with either fruit and maybe 1 date! Adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, or vanilla often helps to bring out the natural sweetness in these smoothies. I see so many smoothies out there with added sugars, which is completely unnecessary in my opinion!
Are These Smoothies Filling Enough For Breakfast?
While not all smoothies may provide you with enough fuel for breakfast, the recipes included in this roundup certainly do!
We all have different needs, but I personally love having these smoothies to start my day. They usually keeps me full well until lunch time (about 4 hours).
What makes these smoothies filling enough for breakfast?
- As mentioned above, they’re each packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber. This combination of nutritents helps to slow down digestion and elongates your blood sugar curve (i.e. no spikes + crashes), keeping you feeling full and satisfied for longer.
- They also contain ENOUGH calories! I see so many smoothie recipes that are 100 or 200 calories, which is no where near enough for a meal. While you will not see a calorie breakdown listed (it’s a personal + professional preference to not focus on numbers), these smoothies contain enough calories to be considered a complete meal for the average person.*
*Please do not fear calories! We NEED calories to fuel every. single. function. in our bodies – from keeping our hearts beating, our lungs breathing, our digestive systems working, and to performing our daily tasks. Meals that are low in calories or high in empty calories (i.e. processed foods) will make you hungry so much faster, often leading to overeating later on in the day.
**While these smoothies may be a complete meal for most, it’s important to remember that we all have different needs (and that they can vary from day-to-day). If you don’t find them filling enough, it’s 100% ok to eat more for breakfast afterwards!
Can You Freeze Smoothies?
Yes – you can freeze smoothies! It’s a great way to include them in your breakfast meal prep if your mornings are a rush. Here’s how you can do it:
- Pour any extra smoothie into silicone ice cube trays or muffin tins and place them in the freezer.
- Once frozen, you can pop out the smoothie “cubes” and store them in a freezer-safe bag. Just thaw them in your drinking vessel (cup/jar) for a few hours or the night before you want the smoothie.
That said, these smoothie will keep for about 1-2 days in the fridge. Simply pour it into a jar with a lid and refrigerate. Separation is normal – just give the jar a good shake or put it in the blender again!
My Favourite Blender To Use
Speaking of blenders, a quality high-speed blender can make a great investment if you make smoothies regularly. I completely understand this isn’t an option for everyone, but I wanted to share my personal favourite blender in case you were interested.
I use this Vitamix almost every day. I bought it about 7 years ago and it still functions perfectly. It makes a super smooth and creamy smoothie in seconds (not to mention many other meals, like soups)!
1) Banana Chai Smoothie With Vanilla
2) Ginger Pear Green Smoothie
3) Papaya Banana & Coconut Smoothie
4) Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie
5) Simple Creamy Green Smoothie
6) Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
7) Strawberry Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
8) Cherry Smoothie With Yogurt
9) Lemon Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
More Recipe Round-Ups To Explore
- 20+ Easy, Healthy Vegetable Side Dish Recipes
- 15+ Easy, Healthy Egg Recipe Ideas
- 30 Healthy Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas
- 18 Healthy Lunch Ideas To Pack For Work
- 30+ Healthy Meal Prep Snack Recipes
- 20 Easy, Healthy Pasta Recipes
- 15+ Easy, Healthy Shrimp Recipes
I hope you found some inspiration from this list of Healthy Smoothie Recipes! If you make any of these recipes, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram or Pinterest – seeing your creations always makes my day. You can also subscribe to my email list to never miss a new recipe or nutrition education post!
Get the Recipe: 9 Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes, Including Banana Chai Smoothie
- The first step in making this smoothie is steeping the chai tea! Simply add a bag of chai tea to a cup of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for at least 5 minutes, longer if you'd like it to cool down a bit more. I used this chai, but you can use any brand you'd like.
- After steeping, squeeze out the excess tea in the bag with a spoon. Remove the tea bag and pour the steeped tea into a high-speed blender (I use this vitamix).
- Next, add the almond milk and all other smoothie ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy!
- This smoothie will keep for about 1-2 days in the fridge. Simply pour it into a jar with a lid and refrigerate. Separation is normal – just give the jar a good shake or put it in the blender again.
- If you’d like to freeze this smoothie, pour it into silicone ice cube trays or muffin tins and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, you can pop out the smoothie “cubes” and store them in a freezer-safe bag. Just thaw them for a few hours or the night before you want the smoothie.
- Instead of almond milk, you can use any milk or milk alternatives that you like. Just aim for an unsweetened one, if possible.
- You can use any nut butter you’d like, such as almond, peanut, or cashew butter. I personally used almond for this one! Try to purchase nut butters where the only ingredient is the nut itself, if possible.
- I love adding in both hemp and chia seeds, but if you only have one of these that’s ok. Just double the amount of the one you have. You could also try using flax seeds!
- Frozen bananas and avocados really help to make the texture of this smoothie thick, smooth, and creamy. I love keeping frozen options on hand, but if you’re in a pinch you can use unfrozen ones. You just may need to add more ice to this smoothie.
- If you’d like to add an extra boost of protein, you can try adding your favourite unflavoured or vanilla protein powder. I personally like this recipe with a scoop of unflavoured collagen powder.