In the summertime, you’d rather be outside enjoying the sunshine with your family than stuck in the kitchen – have a look at these recipes for healthy smoothies for a quick, easy breakfast or snack, as well as tips on how to save even more time by preparing the ingredients in advance.
You start the week intending to make healthy smoothies, but within a couple of days the fresh berries in your fridge have turned to mush… If this sounds familiar, get superfoods delivered to your door from Daily Harvest – the ingredients will arrive frozen in pre-portioned cups ready to be blended for a nutritious breakfast.
You might think that making a smoothie is as simple as throwing the ingredients in to a blender. Well, it turns out that there’s more to creating a well-balanced smoothie: don’t forget to layer. Check out this post to become a pro at this fine art.
Smoothies make a wholesome breakfast, but the truth is you still have to sacrifice having another 10 minutes in bed to knock one together in the morning. Read this post to learn how you can prepare and freeze the ingredients in advance, so you can hit the snooze button on your alarm.
You don’t have to spend your evenings preparing fruit and vegetables for the following day’s meals to eat clean – select from 11 recipes and GreenBlender will deliver the ingredients straight to your door, helping you to spend less of your time in the kitchen.
Not just for juicing, you can also make fruit smoothies and sorbets using this Juicinator to give to the kids as a healthy, summer snack to help them cool down. And because of the low frequency of revolutions, the fruit isn’t heated or oxidised, ensuring it doesn’t lose any of its nutrients whilst being pressed.
Green smoothies often aren’t a popular choice, especially in the morning, but you won’t even taste the greens in this immune-boosting recipe (not even the kale). Read this post to find out what you need to make this foolproof recipe at home, and you’ll go green more often.
When you’re in a rush to get to work or the kids are whining for a snack NOW, you can blend together a nutritious smoothie in under a minute if you have these DIY smoothie freezer kits already prepared. Have a look at this post to find recipes to inspire you.
If you’re thinking of jacking in your diet, read this recipe to make a delicious smoothie to add color to your usual, boring breakfast. Low in fat and calories, it’ll make you feel good on the inside and help you look good on the outside.
Replace your usual cup of coffee (or 3) with this energizing smoothie and you’ll be surprised at how revitalized you feel – it’ll even help to avoid the mid-morning crash that causes you to reach for the cookie jar. Have a look at this recipe to see what to add to your shopping list.
It can be difficult to get kids eating healthily, especially at breakfast time when they fill their bowl with cereal coated in sugar or smother their toast in chocolate-flavored spread. Have a read of this recipe to learn how to make a delicious blueberry muffin smoothie that will satisfy their cravings.
You’ll feel like you’re lying on a beach in paradise when you take a sip of this tropical smoothie. Like a Pina Colada but without the rum (or the calories), read the recipe to find out how to make this non-alcoholic alternative to your favorite poolside cocktail.
It can be tough to find Paleo recipes that are quick and easy to make – this berry shake is packed with antioxidants to help kick-start your metabolism in the morning, as well as regulate your blood sugar levels throughout the day, making sure you don’t crash in the afternoon.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so start your morning off with this healthy smoothie to build up your immune system. The virtuous-looking green smoothie will also help you to detox after a not-so-saintly weekend. The recipe is suitable for vegans and suggests other ingredients to add depending on your taste.
If you’ve got a presentation at work, make yourself this anti-anxiety smoothie beforehand to control your nerves – check out the recipe which uses natural ingredients that are known for reducing stress, including peaches and spinach, so you’ll remain calm regardless of the questions that are flying at you.
If your kids are averse to fruit and vegetables, get them to eat more of the good stuff with this chocolate avocado smoothie recipe – it might seem like an indulgent treat, but in fact it’s only around 200 calories per serving and packed with natural ingredients.
Blueberries are known for being one of the best antioxidants out there, and this smoothie is bursting with the purple berry, helping to boost your immune system when you’re feeling run down after making the most of the long summer evenings. You can enjoy it if you’re on the Paleo diet, too.
Is it a smoothie or is it art? Read this post to learn how to impress your family and friends with this rainbow smoothie recipe – it may not be one that can be whizzed up for a quick breakfast, but it’ll add a splash of color to a teetotal celebration.
Kiwi contains over 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, making this smoothie a quick, easy way to get more nutrients in to your diet without going to the effort of eating clean. Have a look at this post to see just how easy it is to make using only 5 ingredients.
When it’s too warm for a hot drink, try this coconut tea green smoothie instead of your usual cup of coffee – it’s better for you too, as it’s caffeine-free, and you can sweeten it with almond milk or a natural sweetener like stevia for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Not only does the turmeric turn this smoothie a vibrant orange-color that’s like summertime in a glass, it also speeds up your metabolism, making it a great snack when you’re trying to lose weight. Check out the post to find out more about the benefits of the ingredients that go in to this healthy recipe.
It’s not enough to have unicorn-print clothing and stationery – even food and drink has been given a multi-colored makeover from unicorn-themed cupcakes to Frappuccinos. Kids may not be worried about the amount of sugar they’re consuming, but you can win them over with this unicorn smoothie recipe that’s additive-free.
You won’t get a healthier start to the day than with this apple and spinach green smoothie (although you could also go for a 5k run…) – using just 4 ingredients, and only adding water and ice to blend, you can feel smug the whole morning.
If your cheat day was only yesterday and you’re already craving sugar, indulge on this chocolate covered strawberry protein shake without feeling any guilt. Check out the simple recipe to see what you need to whip it up – adding the chocolate protein powder also makes it a healthy post work-out snack.
If it’s green, it must be good for you, right? That’s true of this bright green smoothie, which is made using avocado and spinach. Have a read of the recipe to see what else goes in to this smoothie to sweeten it, including pineapple and honey.
You’ve read articles about swapping coffee for healthy smoothies, but let’s face it, when the kids got you up at 5am and you’ve got 3 meetings before lunchtime, you need a caffeine fix – this coffee smoothie recipe is filled with protein from milk and egg yolks, as well as a much-needed shot of espresso.
Kids will love this bright pink raspberry and lime smoothie recipe – the limeade and key lime pie yogurt mean that it doesn’t taste “too healthy”, but you know they’re getting 1 of their 5 a day. Add a splash of rum or vodka for adults to enjoy it too…
If you’re not convinced that serving up smoothies made just from fruit for breakfast will fill up the bottomless pits in your kids’ stomachs, have a look at this recipe that uses yogurt, almonds and oats to release energy throughout the day. The thick texture that’s like a milkshake will win kids over too.
You may be more familiar with slathering Burt’s Bees™ products over your family’s skin rather than adding them to your food, but it turns out they do a range of plant-based protein powders that will pep up your shake post work-out. Try this recipe for a vanilla chai protein shake that’ll help you to refuel.
On the Paleo diet, it can be hard to find delicious, dairy-free chocolate substitutes. Check out this recipe for a banana chocolate shake – it tastes like a milkshake from a fast food restaurant that’s made using milk and ice-cream, but its creamy texture is from natural ingredients, such as coconut milk and almond butter.
While you wouldn’t eat a plate of blueberries and spinach, blend them together in a smoothie and suddenly they taste delicious. Prove the doubters (i.e. your kids) wrong with this healthy recipe for a ‘power’ smoothie – they’ll soon get it down them when they learn that it’ll give them super powers…
Like orange juice only creamier, this ‘dreamsicle’ smoothie is a throwback to hot, summer days (of which they’ll hopefully be many more this year) when you need a citrus drink to quench your thirst. Whizz together the ingredients in this recipe to create a refreshing smoothie that’s best enjoyed outside in the sunshine.
If you’re missing the holiday season, try this pumpkin coconut smoothie recipe, which tastes just like Grandma’s pumpkin pie – the cinnamon and ginger that are added before blending bring back memories of Thanksgiving. This vegan, dairy-free recipe is suitable for the whole family too, whatever their dietary requirements.
Sadly carrot cake can’t be counted as 1 of your 5 a day, but this heathy smoothie can – have a read of this recipe and whip up your own, adding maple syrup to sweeten. It’s much quicker than slaving away over a hot stove baking a cake too.
Get more protein in to your family’s diet with this blueberry banana coconut smoothie recipe with almond butter – this post will show you how to make it, as well as give you tips on ingredients to add if you’ve got a sweet tooth. Have it for a vitamin-packed breakfast or snack.