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Healthy Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great

Healthy Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great

Nutritious doesn’t have to mean bland

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When you think of healthy smoothies, you might think of green drinks that taste like blended grass or the brown ones that leave a gritty protein powder residue in your throat. In reality, though, you can make a perfectly healthy smoothie that tastes so good you might feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.

While many smoothies you order in a cafe or juicery might taste amazing, it’s important to know that just because there is blended fruit in your smoothie doesn’t mean it’s healthy. What makes for a nutritious smoothie is one that is free of added sweeteners. Luckily, if you have a blender, smoothies are super easy to make at home.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Dairy-Free Yogurt

Courtesy of West of the Loop

Layered Tropical Fruit Smoothie

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Green Dream Smoothie

Creamy Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie Bowl

Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

Admittedly, this cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl does have one ingredient that is not so healthy. Swap the cream cheese for full-fat Greek yogurt to maintain the creaminess while lowering the sodium content and greatly increasing the protein and calcium content. But if you want cream cheese, go ahead. Enjoying a full-fat dairy product in moderation is OK, and who wouldn’t want cheesecake for breakfast once in a while?

Cherry Mocha Smoothie

Zingy Ginger Mango Smoothie

Courtesy of the National Mango Board

Mango Berry Lime Smoothie

Courtesy of the National Mango Board

One cup of mangoes provides 100% of your daily vitamin C and 35% of your daily vitamin A, and it’s a good source of folate. Vitamin C helps maintain and repair tissues, cartilage and bones while also fighting off damage from free radicals, and folate is important for healthy cell functioning. And that’s just one ingredient in this nutritious mango berry lime smoothie.

Minty Mango Smoothie

Courtesy of the National Mango Board

Mango Smoothie With Turmeric Green Tea and Ginger

Courtesy of the National Mango Board

Mango Protein Smoothie

Courtesy of the National Mango Board

Mango and Banana Smoothie

Courtesy of the National Mango Board

Matcha Smoothie

Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

Coffee Banana Oat Smoothie

Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

Healthy Mint Chocolate Smoothie

Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

Keto Avocado Chocolate Smoothie

Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

Pear Smoothie with Kale

Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

Green Energy Smoothie

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Taste the Rainbow Smoothie

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Carrot, Apple and Turmeric Smoothie

Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Without Ice And Syrup

As parents, we know that kids love smoothies. We love healthy smoothie recipes that don't load our child up on syrup.

The typical smoothie you get at a restaurant is basically crushed ice and flavored syrup. The syrup is primarily sugar, which is something we wanted to avoid (see our natural sugar substitutes page for more info).

But while healthy eating is a primary goal, we also don't want to sacrifice Amelia's enjoyment for it. And smoothies are primarily a treat, not a food.

So I'd just about resigned myself to now and then giving her a sugar-filled smoothie, when Lisa went to the kitchen and experimented. I had pictures of a mad scientist in her laboratory, mixing beakers of bubbling fluids.

When she came out she had a smoothie that was all organic, with no added sugar, and delicious! You can see the details on our

Another time, she experimented with making an ice cream smoothie. The results were pretty good, although we've had to make a substitution to avoid dairy. See the ice cream smoothie page for details.