Easy Healthy Smoothies to Start Your Morning Fast

No matter how busy your mornings are, these quick and easy healthy smoothie recipes are perfect to start your morning the right way. Mix and match the healthy morning smoothie ingredients for a quick or on-the-go breakfast for the entire family and kids of all ages love a yummy natural smoothie!

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Making healthy smoothies is a great way to use up fruit before it goes bad!

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

I love smoothies, because they are a quick way to get good nutrition when you are running around during a busy morning. My kids like making healthy smoothie recipes and have found some of their favorite smoothie recipes that they now can make on their own.

You can also make smoothie recipes ahead of time and freeze them!

Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes to start your day

Here are the best smoothie ingredients for a few basic smoothies recipes. The best thing about making healthy smoothies:

  • Add your own ingredients and make your own smoothie creations with whatever you have! 
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative with smoothie ingredients and make your own personalized smoothie recipe!
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I love to wash and chop my fruit right after grocery shopping, so that it’s prepped and ready to go for smoothies and snacking!

Smoothie Recipes Healthy Ingredients

1. To Make Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 ripe small bananas, halved
  • 3 cups strawberries, halved
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup ice cubes

2. To Make a Green Smoothie Recipe

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple, chunks
  • ½ banana
  • 2 cups spinach, lightly packed
  • ½ cup ice cubes

3. To Make a Peach Mango Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 ½ cup no-sugar-added peach nectar, chilled
  • 2 cups mangoes, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup peached, chunked
  • 2 cups ice cubes
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Frozen fruit has just as much nutrition, and you don’t have to worry about it expiring as quickly as fresh fruit. Frozen fruit also works as “ice” in smoothies, too.

How To Make Healthy Smoothies

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Keep water nearby in case your smoothie is too thick.

Step 1

Place ingredients into a blender.

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Start blending slowly, and make sure that lid is on all the way, so you don’t spray the walls!

Step 2

Turn on blender starting on a low speed and slowly increase to high.

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Keep a slilicone spatula nearby to scrape the sides of the blender.

Step 3

Blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the desired consistency.

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You can also add yogurt or kefir to add probiotics to your smoothie.

(Optional) Step 4

There are a ton of ingredients that boost the nutrition of a smoothie recipe. I like to add yogurt or kefir for the probiotic benefits. My oldest son who trains nearly daily adds protein powder. And we have a favorite vitamin additive we often include as well.

Can You Freeze Smoothies? 

If you make a smoothie recipe ahead of time, store in an air-tight container.

  • You can refrigerate smoothies for a couple of days.
  • You can freeze smoothies for up to two months.

The nutritional values are at their highest if smoothie recipes are freshly consumed. 

Making smoothies ahead of time when you do your weekly meal prepping, and then freezing them, makes it easier to eat healthy during a hectic week.

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Turn your favorite smoothie into a yummy smoothie bowl and top it with healthy favorites, like nuts and fruit!

How Healthy are Smoothie Bowls? 

Just like smoothies, smoothie bowls are only as healthy as what you put into them!

Take one of your favorite healthy smoothie recipes, and then pour it in a bowl. Add yogurt or kefir to the smoothie base for added nutrients!

Top with fresh granola, nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and sliced fruit.

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Involving your kids in the making of smoothies is half the battle in getting them interested!

How Can I Interest My Kids in Healthy Smoothies? 

The biggest way to get kids on board with anything is to make it fun and involve them!

  • Set up a smoothie bar:  Let your kids help with selecting what ingredients go into the smoothies, and also choosing fun and healthy toppings, like chia seeds, flax meal, sliced almonds, and fresh fruit! They will be more likely to try it if it’s their creation!
  • Play “smoothie shop”: On weekend mornings, or whenever you have time. Play smoothie shop with your kids! Let them take your order, and help make the smoothies as much as they are able to, by age. 
  • Ask for their help in the kitchen!: Kids are amazing helpers, especially in the kitchen! They are naturally curious, and love to spend time together. Nurture this, and show them all of your favorite healthy cooking tips! 
  • Work in your garden/ get groceries as a family: My daughter has always loved helping in the garden. It’s a great time to discuss our food and where it comes from! If you aren’t able to take your little ones to the grocery store, let them help you compile the grocery list.
  • Read about fruits and veggies: There are tons of children’s books on about fruits, veggies, farming, and eating healthy! 
Yield: Serves 3-6

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Prep Time 15 minutes 10 seconds
Cook Time 1 minute 30 seconds
Total Time 16 minutes 40 seconds

Ingredients

  • Strawberry Banana Smoothie:
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 ripe small bananas, halved
  • 3 cups strawberries, halved
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • Green Smoothie:
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple, chunks
  • ½ banana
  • 2 cups spinach, lightly packed
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • Peach Mango Smoothie:
  • 1 ½ cup no-sugar-added peach nectar, chilled
  • 2 cups mangoes, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup peached, chunked
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

    1. Place ingredients into a blender.

    2. Turn on blender starting on a low speed and slowly increase to high.

    3. Blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the desired consistency.

More Healthy Smoothies Recipes for Kids

What is your favorite healthy smoothie recipe? Comment below! 

Healthy Smoothie FAQs

How to make smoothies healthier?

Making smoothies healthier is about choosing the right ingredients. Start with unsweetened dairy or plant-based milk (I like coconut milk) then add in your favorite fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables – see suggestions in this article. The fruits and veggies are filled with good vitamins and minerals. You can choose to add natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup or just find sweeter fruits. Add a little protein to your smoothie with Greek yogurt or nut butters. Healthy fats like avocado, chia seeds and nuts will keep your kids full longer. I love making smoothies because it is a “choose your own adventure” kinda recipe!

Are smoothies good for weight loss?

It really depends on the type of weight loss diet you are on whether smoothies are a good strategy. Weight loss plans like keto will not include smoothies which include too many carbs and natural sugar components. Weight loss plans that include a balance of carbs with proteins and fats will often include healthy smoothies. Make sure you are adding enough fiber-rich ingredients to your smoothies if you are seeking weight loss. Ingredients like chia and flax seeds can help you feel full longer and reach your weight loss goal.

Is it healthy to drink smoothies everyday?

It is possible to incorporate drinking smoothies everyday into a balanced diet. Just be mindful of variety and don’t use smoothies as a full meal replacement unless you are including all the food groups into your smoothie routine.

What are the healthiest things to put in a smoothie?

Finding unsweetened, natural ingredients will help you keep your smoothie the healthiest! Avoid processed foods and sugars when choosing your smoothie ingredients.

What should you not mix in a smoothie?

The trick is to avoid adding smoothie ingredients that counter the healthy benefits of other smoothie ingredients! Avoid ingredients like sugars – both white and brown, syrups and artificial sweeteners. Also skip ingredients like sugary juices or sweetened milk substitutes. Another pitfall to making a smoothie is portion control. It is easy to add way more than a serving size of a specific ingredient because it blends into the others and you end up eating (or drinking) way more than you expected!

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