Scrumptious Natural Smoothie Recipes for Healthy Eaters

Natural, Healthy and Easy Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies

Smoothies are a simple, colorful and flavorful treat that appeal to almost everyone. Healthy smoothies can include just about anything to give you a perfect balance of both taste and nutrition. But that’s not all they offer…

Often packed with a blend of fiber, protein and other vital nutrients, fruit and vegetable smoothies can increase satiety, improve digestion, support weight loss efforts, boost immunity and help detox the body among other benefits.

How to Make Healthy Smoothies

Making a healthy smoothie comes down to choosing the right ingredients for your nutritional goals. If you want it to be a meal replacement or you’re more fitness-minded, you’ll want to make sure it has plenty of protein, calories and fiber for long-lasting energy and satiety. If you’re looking for more of a sweet afternoon treat to keep you and your kids from munching less healthy alternatives, then flavor may be your biggest consideration.

It’s really a matter of taste, as long as you’re not loading your smoothie with lots of processed sugars, syrups and other unhealthy ingredients. To nutritionally supercharge your smoothies, use any of Nature’s Sunshine’s protein powders as a base and add your choice of fruits, vegetables and other ingredients for added nutrition, flavor and color.

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Note: If you’re trying to minimize sugars in your diet, then fruit juices and even whole fruits may be too much for you. Also be careful with yogurts as they often have more sugar than you realize. Or use Greek yogurt with twice the protein and half the carbs of regular options.

Easy Smoothie Recipes for Everyone

One of the best things about smoothies is how easy smoothie recipes are to follow. Here are a number of recipes to get you started, but feel free to experiment and make your own delicious blends.

Healthy Breakfast Smoothies

Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day so start your day off right with some hearty, healthy breakfast smoothies!

Banana Chocolate Almond Smoothie

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 scoops Chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

Combine ingredients in blender and mix until smooth for an easy protein-rich breakfast smoothie.

Bright Berry Smoothie

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Combine yogurt, almond milk, protein powder and fruit in blender. Cover and blend until smooth, then add ice and mix until almost smooth for a perky, colorful breakfast or snack.

 

Veggie Smoothies & Green Smoothies

Not everyone thinks of blending vegetables and leafy greens into a smoothie, but they offer some seriously healthy benefits with seriously great flavor. Try out these fruit and veggie smoothies!

Green Pineapple Smoothie

  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup frozen seedless grapes
  • ½ cup chopped apple
  • ½ cup water or apple juice

Combine ingredients in blender and mix until smooth for a healthy green smoothie to start your day.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Combine ingredients in blender and mix until smooth for a flavorful, seasonal smoothie! Feeling ambitious? Serve topped with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a great visual presentation.

What Makes a Superfood Smoothie?

The idea of superfoods is a hot topic in the health world, and generally speaking, a superfood offers something beyond calories and basic nutrition. Superfood smoothies feature things like kale, spinach, blueberries, strawberries, banana, turmeric, ginger and chia seeds.

These ingredients pack in vitamins, antioxidants and other important nutrients that dramatically impact health and fitness. Bananas, for example, are a common inclusion in many smoothies. They add to the creamy texture and give a slightly sweet flavor. But they’re also high in fiber, which supports healthy digestion and elimination, and they’re rich in potassium, which helps support healthy heart, muscle, nerve and kidney function.

Chocolate Powerhouse Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup ice

Combine ingredients in blender and mix until smooth for an energy-rich, chocolatey smoothie.

Peach Mango Bliss

  • 1 cup peaches
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ginger

Combine ingredients in blender and mix until smooth for a creamy, fruity smoothie enhanced with ginger and turmeric.

In case you didn’t notice, the directions on each of these recipes were to put the ingredients in a blender and mix. That’s it! That’s how to make healthy smoothies …and it couldn’t get any easier. Enjoy these recipes, search online for others, and experiment with your own to find your favorite healthy smoothie.

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