Free fruit smoothie recipes – who knew being healthy could taste SO good? There are about a million and one ways to make a thick, creamy, cold fruit smoothie. Here you’ll find some of my favorite recipes to try in your own kitchen.
I’ve been making smoothies for A LOT of years, and I even did it professionally for several (we owned a juice/smoothie/sandwich shop). The recipes you’ll find here are all ones that me and my family enjoy daily and they are ALL healthy for you. You won’t find questionable ingredients like you get in those fast food joints that want you to believe you’re improving your health by drinking their “smoothies”.
(Just the beginning…adding more all the time…)
|Bursting with Blueberry Smoothie|
|Kari’s favorite green smoothie|
|Sweet Strawberry Heaven|
|Sweet, Green, Bananalicious|
So here’s what to look for in your fruit smoothie recipes to make sure you are not only getting something delicious, but also something that will improve, not harm, your health.
Number 1: does the recipe call for lots of added refined sugar? The nice part about using fruit for smoothies is that it is already sweet. The way to ensure that you don’t need a lot of additional sweetener is to use ripe fruit.
You know those REALLY brown spotted bananas sitting on your counter? They don’t always have to be made into banana bread! Peel them, break into chunks and throw them into the freezer in a zip lock bag so you have plenty for your smoothies. The riper the better. Frozen red grapes also add a nice sweetness to smoothies, and nice, ripe mango does too. Fresh or frozen pineapple give great sweetness and a tropical flair as well. If you do need just a touch of sweetness, try a bit of honey or agave, or use some good quality juice as your liquid. Train your taste buds to be more sensitive – make each smoothie less and less sweet – they’ll learn to appreciate natural sweetness, I promise!
Number 2: does the recipe call for dairy products? So many commercial smoothie shops put dairy yogurt into their smoothies. While it does add sweetness and a nice tang, it also adds a lot of undesirables. Click here to learn more (will open in a new window). Use non-dairy alternative such as almond, soy, rice, oat, hemp or any other kind of plant based milk.
Number 3: are there lots of fatty ingredients? I used to think that adding all kinds of so-called “superfoods” into my smoothies was only making it better, until I realized I was adding a whole bunch of fat too. Beware recipes that call for lots of nuts and seeds, raw cocao beans, nut butters, coconut meat/oil and so on. Remember, smoothies are usually quite calorie dense (but also nutrient dense which is a good thing) so be mindful of how many additives you put in, particularly the fatty ones just mentioned. A tablespoon of flax seeds or some other kind of high omega-3 seeds such as chia or hemp should be plenty.
Fruit smoothie recipes like these can add a good variety to your diet and help you to get in all those servings of fruits and vegetables you need in a day to stay healthy and strong. Keep in mind, adding smoothies to your diet is a great step towards a healthier diet, especially if you struggle to make healthy snack and meal choices, but they are not a cure all. A smoothie doesn’t make that Big Mac and fries null and void. 😉 Use smoothies to replace other less healthy choices. For instance, swap out a typical breakfast of eggs, bacon, or refined cereals and pastries for a tall fruit smoothie. Now that’s heading in the right direction!
Step by Step Tutorial: How to make a smoothie