Hey guys! It’s time for another fun mix and match recipe post, this time featuring healthy smoothie recipes! If you missed the previous mix and match recipe posts, check those out too: Mix & Match Grain Salad Bowls, Easy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes, and Avocado Toast Recipes.
As the weather continues to heat up, I’m loving refreshing and hydrating smoothies, so I thought a mix and match formula for how to build a healthy and satisfying smoothie would be helpful. Use this as a template to get creative – or try some of my favorite combinations, included at the end of the post. Enjoy!
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Mix and Match Healthy Smoothie Recipes Formula
Step 1: Start With Fruit.
Add 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit to your blender – any fruit will work! I like to use frozen fruit over fresh because it gives your smoothie a frosty thickness without having to water down the flavor with ice. Plus, it’s usually cheaper than fresh fruit AND it’s available year round. 🙂 The only fruit I usually use fresh is a banana – although they freeze well, too, so long as you peel them first!
Step 2: Add Greens (optional).
Adding 1 cup of greens like kale or spinach gives your smoothie a nutritional boost and fun color, but I promise you won’t notice the taste! If you’re trying this for the first time, start with spinach – it’s even less flavorful. And be sure to remove the stems if you use kale – the stems can be bitter!
Step 3: Add Protein.
I like to add 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder to my smoothies. Adding protein makes your smoothie much more filling and satisfying!
Step 4: Add Healthy Fat.
Adding a tablespoon or two of flax or chia seeds or nut butter gives your smoothie much more staying power so you don’t sip it down and get hungry right after! Avocado is also great in smoothies – just add 1/4 to 1/2 a ripe avocado instead of the nuts/seeds.
Step 5: Add Liquid.
Add 1 cup of liquid to your blender. I like to stick to unsweetened plant-based milks or whole dairy milk rather than juice, because you have plenty of sweetness from the fruit already!
Step 6: Boost with Flavor Add-Ins (optional)
Take your smoothie to the next level with flavor add-ins like vanilla extract, lemon zest, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and more!
Here’s a breakdown of the formula to keep on hand as a handy resource! 🙂
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And now, for a few recipe ideas! The combinations are endless, but here are some of my tried and true smoothies:
Strawberries, blueberries & cherries (1/2 cup each) + Greek yogurt + chia seeds + almond milk
Mango & pineapple (1/2 cup each), 1/2 banana + kale + Greek yogurt + chia seeds + almond milk
1 banana + spinach + protein powder + peanut butter + almond milk + vanilla + cocoa powder + cinnamon
Strawberries (1 cup), cherries (1/2 cup) + Greek yogurt + flax seeds + milk + vanilla + lemon zest
What are your favorite smoothie combinations? What combinations are you excited to try? Get creative!
Here are a few of my other smoothie recipe variations already here on the blog:
- Hangover Busting Smoothie Recipe
- Banana & Spinach Smoothie (classic + simple)
- Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie
- Lemon Berry Ginger Protein Smoothie