I rarely let a day pass without making some sort of veggie smoothie. They’re just so easy, healthy and very refreshing in the Texas heat! I drink them every day which is why I’m rounding up all of my favorite recipes so you can try yourself!
Smoothies are a healthy way to pack a ton of fruits and vegetables into your diet in a delicious tasting way. Over the years, I’ve nailed down the perfect formula to get a smoothie that is creamy, sweet (but not too sweet) and won’t make your blood sugar spike!
The perfect formula
Fruit. You can definitely make smoothies without fruit, but even a small amount can really take the recipe to the next level.
You can keep it low sugar by just using berries or add some pineapple, mango and banana if you like it sweet and want to taste the tropics. I like using frozen fruit in smoothies, but fresh also works.
Something creamy. I love using almond butter or half an avocado to add some healthy fats and make the smoothie creamy. Icy smoothies are never good, so nut butters are essential!
Liquid to blend. I’m very loyal to almond milk, but my homemade walnut milk, coconut water or even regular water all work well.
In general, you can make smoothies with milk or water, but my personal preference is non-dairy milk.
Veggies. There are so many ways to add vegetables to smoothies without even seeing or tasting them.
If you don’t want to change the color, cauliflower is the way to go. Spinach is great for beginners since it’s mild, but kale, broccoli and zucchini are all staples in my recipes.
Your questions, answered!
You can, but I generally recommend serving right after blending. If you want to prep ahead of time, you can blend it up, stick it in the fridge, then re-blend or shake well before serving in the morning.
I like to blend for a good minute or so to ensure everything is totally creamy and smooth. This is especially important if you’re using a regular blender instead of a high speed blender.
Nope! All of the nutrients will be preserved when you blend, but keep in mind smoothies can contain a lot of sugar if you aren’t careful. I like to balance my recipes with a mix of carbs, fat and protein to keep a veggie smoothie healthy and balanced.
I usually don’t! Using frozen fruit can take the place of ice and make the smoothie cold. If you’re using all fresh fruit, you might want to add a handful of ice so it’s nice and cold.
I purchased a vitamix a few years ago and I am SO glad I made the investment. It’s not cheap, but I use it every day for smoothies, soups, sauces, hummus and more. It’s seemingly indestructible and lasts a lifetime! If you’re in the market for a new blender, I highly recommend a vitamix! If you want to stay under $100, Ninja is a great choice!
1) Everyday Green Smoothie
My everyday green smoothie! This recipe is fresh, healthy, easy to make and tastes like the topics. With fresh spinach, mango and chia seeds for a healthy and delicious veggie smoothie.
2) Cauliflower Smoothie
Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables to add to smoothies because it doesn’t change the color! Which makes it perfect for kids. This blueberry smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats and veggies.
3) Golden Milk Smoothie
Your favorite golden milk latte, but in smoothie form! This recipe is healthy, creamy and perfect for an afternoon pick me up.
4) Broccoli Smoothie
I know putting broccoli in a smoothie seems like just about the weirdest thing ever, but I promise you can’t even taste it! Pineapple truly makes any smoothie taste good.
5) Orange Cantaloupe Smoothie
My summer favorite! This recipe is SO refreshing and perfect for a hot afternoon. With fresh oranges and cantaloupe, this sweet recipe truly tastes like an orange creamsicle.
6) Beet Smoothie
Beets are definitely on my list of least favorite vegetables, but they’re so good for you so I like to sneak them into my diet in one way or another. This beet smoothie has lots of berries for an antioxidant rich snack.
7) Chocolate Peanut Butter
Ok, this one seriously tastes like a milkshake! But this veggie smoothie (yes, there’s veggies in this one) is SO good for you. With hints of banana, chocolate and peanut butter, this recipe is bound to be a favorite.
8) Sweet Potato Smoothie
This sweet potato smoothie is easy to make, ready in just five minutes, and tastes like healthy sweet potato pie! It’s the ultimate Fall snack or breakfast recipe and is made with simple and delicious ingredients.
9) Avocado Mango Smoothie
Kid approved, creamy, easy to make, perfectly sweet and totally healthy, this veggie smoothie recipe checks all of the boxes!
10) Blueberry Smoothie
Avocado and blueberries are two of my favorite things, so it’s no wonder I love this recipe so much. It’s thick and creamy and the most gorgeous shade of purple!