Smoothies Recipes

Who doesn't love a good smoothie?  Full of blended goodness, they are a great way to consume extra fruits, veggies and fiber.  Perfect for breakfast!
These recipes are from the Power Blender Revolution paperback by Vanessa Simkins and if you want more recipes and tips on blending, consider this cookbook on how to use your blender for everything.

Smoothie Tips

  • Most smoothies taste best when you blend them with ice.  It helps the texture and the taste. If you prefer to not use ice but like the frozen element, you can always slice and freeze fruit to be used in your recipe ahead of time. Frozen fruit will create the same effect as ice.
  • To save on the time it takes to make smoothies, make smoothie bags by combining chopped fruit + greens inside pre-portioned plastic bags to store in the freezer. When you’re ready to blend, just pull them out and place them in your blender with the liquid
  • Spinach and kale are the most used greens for smoothies, but almost all greens blend well. Experiment with your favorite off-beat green that you may see at the farmer’s market or that you have growing in your garden. 

  • If you have insulin problems or are concerned with sugar in your diet, add a healthy fat into your blend. Healthy fats, such as coconut oil or fresh avocado, when mixed with sugary fruits in a smoothie will help the sugar to digest slower into your bloodstream.

  • Greens with hard stems will blend well in high powered blenders unlike regular blenders that need de-stemming your greens before blending.
  • For the best blending experience, load your blender with liquid and soft items first, and then the firmer items on top.

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

This tastes just like ice cream, but better!  Nothing is more awesome than the heavenly, candied flavor of mint + chocolate.  Bonus: this is naturally green hued from the kale and spinach.

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Makes 16-20 ounces 

  • ½ cup canned lite coconut milk
  • ½ cup plain probiotic yogurt
  • 1 peeled banana, broken into chunks
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 3 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  1. Add the coconut milk, yogurt, banana, spinach, kale vanilla extract, mint extract, chocolate, honey or agave and ice to your blender container.
  2. Blend on high until smooth and fully combined, at least 25 seconds. This smoothie tastes better when it’s thick, so you might need to add more ice.
  3. Pour into a glass and add chocolate shavings on top.  Serve immediately.

Peanut Butter & Jam Smoothie

A green smoothie that tastes like PB & J? Oh yes, you’ve found it! You’re going to love this healthy combo that tastes just like your favorite childhood sandwich. If you want to up your leafy green game, add an additional cup of spinach to this mix - you won’t taste it.

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low Sugar, Makes 16-20 ounces

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup red grapes, stems removed
  • 1 peeled banana, broken into chunks
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  1. Add the almond milk, red grapes, banana, spinach, peanut butter and ice to your blender container.
  2. Blend on high until smooth and fully combined. Serve immediately.

Green Goddess Smoothie

This blend is one of my all-time favorite smoothies and it’s one I made for years as my breakfast before walking into my office job. It’s an easy go-to any time of day, and a great supplement to consume for replacing electrolytes after a hard workout. To really make this stand out, add spirulina to the ingredients for its cleansing and healing properties.

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low Sugar, Makes 12-16 ounces

  • ½ cup cold almond milk
  • 1 peeled banana, broken in chunks
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or 1 pitted medjool date or 5 drops liquid stevia extract
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon spirulina powder 
  1. Add the almond milk, bananas, spinach, vanilla extract, ice and sweetener to your blender container.
  2. Blend on high until smooth, or until spinach has fully combined Serve immediately.