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Morning Sunshine! 20 Must-Try Smoothie Recipes

By Lora O’Brien

I think it’s fair to say the smoothie’s fame is thanks to the internet. Most people would have just called a smoothie ‘juice’ until Instagram practically created this drink: there are entire accounts dedicated to shining a spotlight on Nutribullet babies of all colours and consistencies.

Whether you decide to drink them from a glass, eat them from a bowl, have them as a breakfast or make them as an afternoon snack, smoothies are quick, easy, and most importantly – they’re a super convenient way of smashing in those greens when you’re in a rush. And the best thing? You can’t even taste that you’re eating stuff like chlorella. And trust us, you will even start to like them so much, you”ll soon be making them without the apples!

It would seem pretty easy to make a smoothie, but if you’re not careful, you either end up with something that tastes like a cold soup, or has the consistency of something you find in your gutters around March. So I scoured the internet to find smoothie recipes that not only taste amazing, but will keep you healthy and glowing throughout the year, too.

1. Pbee & Banana Smoothie

Alexandra makes smoothie bowls look effortless and her Instagram page is packed full of bright green bowls of absolute goodness. This recipe is no exception. And I know what you’re thinking: anything green doesn’t always strike you as being the best match for peanut butter. But while this smoothie may be packed full of spinach and avocado, you would never guess it – it’s all about the banana and peanut butter combo.  If you don’t believe me, go make it for yourself – I guarantee you’ll come back to me a green smoothie convert.

Get the recipe here.


2. Easiest Breakfast Smoothie

Lovely Ella of Deliciously Ella has come up with yet another hit recipe, and this one is a great way of packing oats into your smoothie. This  will leave you feeling fuller for longer, and it’s the perfect on the run option if you’re in a hurry, and you don’t have time for a sit down breakfast. And if you’re a morning gym kind of person, this is the perfect post-workout breakfast.

Get the recipe here.


 3. Blueberry Coconut Super Smoothie

For a quick and easy smoothie that is still packed full of nutrients, try out this blueberry and coconut based smoothie from Green Kitchen Stories. The ruby red colour is so pretty, but also indicates that you’ll be drinking in loads of anti-oxidising phyto nutrients!

Get the recipe here.


4. Frozen Banana & Cacao Smoothie

You could call Elizabeth Rider’s concoction a super healthy version of a chocolate milkshake. Yep, that’s right – a chocolate smoothie that is actually good for you! The creamy texture comes from the frozen bananas, which basically act like ice cream in this tasty treat.

Get the recipe here.

Chocolata banana smoothie

5. Berry Good Smoothie

Have you met Essena? She’s the Queen of simple, yet healthy recipes. This one will take you seconds to throw together, but it will be so berry, berry good. I love the raspberries thrown on top – reminds me of a bouquet of roses! Just be sure your berries are always organic – did you know they’re one of the most heavily sprayed crops, in terms of pesticides?

Get the recipe here


6. Green Avocado & Mango Smoothie

Madeleine has created a perfect, fresh smoothie recipe. It may seem odd, but don’t be scared of adding avocado to your smoothie. Not only is avocado a healthy fat that’s oh so good for you, it also makes your smoothie creamy and delicious.

Get the recipe here.


7. Raspberry Dream Smoothie

Do you have a sweet tooth? Well sit back and enjoy this smoothie, and feel absolutely no guilt over the sweetness factor. Karly’s concoction gets its sweet edge comes from medjool dates, best described as “natures candy”. If you haven’t tried adding medjool dates to sweeten up your smoothie recipes before, go do it right now!

Get the recipe here.


8. Tropical Green Smoothie

If the weather outside is far from that of a tropical island, don’t sweat it. Grab your blender and make yourself this tropical smoothie courtesy of The Merry Maker Sisters, and just pretend you’re sippin’ it on a sandy beach. This recipe is also a great one for those with digestive issues.

Get the recipe here.


9. Sweet & Lemony Smoothie

If you’ve never come across this website, then as a smoothie lover you’re going to go mad for it. It’s literally a treasure trove of delicious smoothie recipes, and they all manage to look insanely tasty. This sweet and lemony smoothie uses beets which is why it’s this gorgeous colour, but there’s also lots of other flavours from lemon to pears, blueberries and cucumber. And if that doesn’t have your mouth watering, check out the other recipes!

Get the recipe here.


10. Pumpkin Smoothie

We know what you’re thinking, pumpkin . . . in a smoothie?! But we have a lot of faith in Natasha of Honestly Healthy, and this recipe is actually seriously good. Add some almond milk and spices and it’s practically a pumpkin latte.

Get the recipe here.


11. Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

This is just as rich, thick and tasty and the tropical cocktail – minus the rum, obvs. Sub the greek yoghurt for soy if you’re vegan, and you’re onto a winner with this smoothie. Perfect for pre or post workout, and it’s full of probiotics to help your digestive health.

Get the recipe here.


12. Avocado Strawberry Smoothie

A perfect cool-down drink in summer! If you’re still not convinced by the avocado base in a smoothie recipe, just give it a whirl. It really does transform the texture of your smoothie to being so creamy and delicious.

Get the recipe here.


13. Stress Buster Orange Smoothie

So far, most of the recipes here have focused on summer fruits, but oranges are great because they’re available all year round. De-stress with this vibrant citrusy smoothie and feel your woes slip away.

Get the recipe here.


14. Banana Bread Smoothie

This may seem a little more ambitious than your average smoothie recipe, but it’s also way more filling due to the use of quinoa. It’s certainly super nutritious, and packed full of all things good for you. And who wouldn’t want a smoothie that tasted just like banana bread? Which it does.

Get the recipe here.


15. Crazy Healthy Smoothie

The name of this smoothie says it all. It’s packed full of all things good for you, every single sip of it will have you bursting with energy and vitality. Great for your skin, too!

Get the recipe here.


16. Super Detox Green Cleansing Smoothie

If you’re looking for a recipe that is packed full of detoxifying ingredients, then this super green smoothie by The Green Forks is the one for you. Personally, I’d say this is the smoothie of choice for the morning after the night before, if you know what I  mean.

Get the recipe here.


17. Papaya Sweet and Sour Smoothie

This recipe is one for the more adventurous of smoothie makers, but it still packs a punch and is bursting with flavours. Just make sure your papaya is organic – did you know it’s one of the foods that is most commonly genetically modified! Ew!

Get the recipe here.

pineapple papaya smoothie

18. Cucumber Melon Smoothie

Summer in a glass! Cucumber mixed with melon creates a fresh, yet incredibly sweet smoothie that we think you’ll really love. Again – ensure your cuke is organic, as these are one of the most pesticide sprayed veggies out there.

Get the recipe here.


19. Peanut Butter Nana Smoothie

It may be our second peanut butter and banana recipe, but these smoothies are packed with vegan protein. Plus, they’re simply heavenly on the tastebuds! Not so light on the calories, though, so don’t go drinking these like they’re water, unless you’re actually trying to pack on some pounds, of course.

Get the recipe here.


20. Tropical Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Feel like tasting the tropics with your morning smoothie? Well then this recipe by Natasha’s Kitchen is for you. The flavours of the mango, orange and pineapple blend so well together, it truly is a little taste of the tropics in a glass.

Get the recipe here.


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    Emma and Carla aka The Merrymaker Sisters
    May 4, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Thanks so much for including us in this delicious round up! All the smoothies look great! 🙂

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    May 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Can’t go wrong with berry smoothies! I never thought of Avocado and Strawberry together, sounds like an interesting combo.

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      May 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      It’s surprisingly tasty! Avo also makes a suprisingly good base for ice cream, we discovered…

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    Mar 11, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Great 20 round up for morning breakfast. I want to try them all. Keep posting more.
    Cheer !!!

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