Start Your Day With a Healthy and Delicious Smoothie

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You may feel that you are unable to make yourself a healthy breakfast each morning because it is too time consuming. On the same subject, perhaps you’re a busy worker (at home or outside) and just don’t have time to fuel yourself at lunchtime.

Why not try a smoothie? You can easily prepare your fruits the night before and store them in the fridge.

Just toss your ingredients in the blender, pour your smoothie into a to-go cup, and enjoy your breakfast as you complete your morning errands, or on the commute to work (or even as a part of your quick, healthy lunch).

You can feel pretty guilt-free with these healthy blended beverages, and even less guilty if you toss in a few of these popular healthy superfood smoothie add-ins.

Breakfast time is the perfect time for a such a beverage, but these recipes can be enjoyed at any time of day. Prepare a yogurt- or milk-based shake for lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up. Kids love a refreshing fruit-based drink as an afterschool snack.

Peanut Butter Banana

My favorite flavor combination in the morning is the perfect pairing of peanut butter and bananas. If you loved peanut butter and banana sandwiches as a kid, then this is the smoothie for you.

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This delicious shake reminds me of these sandwiches from my childhood, except it tastes even better.

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  • 1 cup almond milk or whichever type milk you prefer
  • 1 banana frozen
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder You can substitute with creamy peanut butter.
  • 6 - 8 ice cubes
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Instructions
  1. Pour the almond milk into the blender.
  2. Add the peanut butter, banana, and ice.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Instead of adding traditional peanut butter, I use peanut butter powder in my smoothies. It has less fat and sugar than some types of peanut butter, and it blends into smoothies very easily.

I use Just Great Stuff regular and chocolate peanut butter powders in my smoothies. Chocolate, peanut butter and banana is a great way to start my day.

Berry Smoothie

A berry- and milk-based beverage is a great meal replacement, especially during berry season.

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Don’t fret if berries are not in season where you live. You can always use frozen instead.

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  • 1/2 cup almond milk or whichever type milk you prefer
  • 1/2 cup berries strawberries,blueberries, and/or raspberries or any others
  • 6 ounces low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 6 - 8 ice cubes
  • handful quick oats optional
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  1. Pour the almond milk into the blender.
  2. Add the berries, yogurt, honey, and ice.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth.
  4. Pour into glasses and if you have some on hand, throw a few sprinkles of quick oats on top for some texture and fiber. Serve immediately.
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Orange Creamsicle

This delicious mix of orange and cream reminds me of of the ice cream man, and Creamsicles in the summer.

If you’re a fan of this creamy citrus favorite, I would highly recommend this other similar favorite of ours: a papaya ginger smoothie! It’s got a citrus-like zing from papaya and ginger, but with that signature creaminess that papaya can sometimes evoke.

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  • 1 cup almond milk or whichever milk you prefer
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 orange peeled and sectioned
  • 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 6 -8 ice cubes
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  1. Pour the almond milk into the blender.
  2. Add the banana, orange, honey, and yogurt.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth.
  4. Serve immediately.
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33 thoughts on “Start Your Day With a Healthy and Delicious Smoothie

  1. These all look super simple to make! I’ve often started my day with a hot cup of tea and some fruit / cereal, but this looks like it would be a great way to combine a bunch of healthy ingredients quickly and easily. I think it would be a good idea to make these at night and have them chilling throughout the night and be ready to take in the morning. It’d be great if you’re in a rush!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! I love smoothies, and there is no better time to enjoy them than summertime! I’ve never considered the peanut butter/banana combination, however. I’m very anxious to try that one in particular as those are two of my favorite flavors. I also like the idea of almond milk. My family will certainly enjoy these new flavors. Many thanks to you!

  3. Om nom nom, I do miss making smoothies. I was big on them a few years back, but they fell off my radar for some reason. Berry ones were usually my favorite, and the orange creamsicle idea sounds perfect for summer. Peanut butter and banana is always a delicious combo for an on-the-go breakfast, too. I really need to give my blender a workout!

  4. I haven’t made anything like this in quite a while, and with Summer coming, this is probably a good time to start again. Your berry and orange creamsicle recipe sounds delicious. I’m going to have to stock up on these ingredients, as your recipes are much healthier than what I probably would have used otherwise.

  5. I immediately clicked on this article seeing how yummy and inviting that berry smoothie is, wanting to make some since it’s been a while. I got even more excited seeing the peanut butter and banana recipe. When I scrolled to comments, I then realized why it’s been a while since I’ve made any: it was because my blender broke. Ugh, it saddened me so much but it’s not stopping me from making these amazing frozen concoctions! I’ll probably borrow a blender from an aunt or something. These are too delicious to pass!

  6. I love smoothies! Whether it is a peanut butter, banana, raspberry variety for the kids (tastes like pb+j!) or a pumpkin pie flavored drink for the adults, I blend them up almost every day. Sometimes we like them with extra ice on a hot day to cool and refresh us. Other times we will mix up thick berry and milk style shakes for dessert. Orange creamsicle is a big hit at our house as is a stone fruit smoothie– peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines with a little blueberry to bring out all the sweet flavors.

    Here is our recipe for the pumpkin pie flavoring, I hope you try it and enjoy it!

    1 cup almond milk, vanilla soy, cashew milk, or other “milk”
    1 teaspoon agave syrup or other liquid based sweetener
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 apple peeled and cored
    Dried cranberries

    Blend everything but the cranberries, which you float on top of the beverage once it is done.

  7. What do you think about throwing some protein powder into these for an extra kick? It would up the calories of course, so it depends on what your health goals are. But there are a lot of flavor options with the protein powder that could create some interesting combinations.

    • Protein powder could be a valuable addition to these smoothies for some people and I do know gym addicts who do exactly this. They always use an unflavoured powder as the fruit gives enough flavour on it’s own, plus it avoids adding unnecesary chemicals.

  8. These recipes seem simple but very yummy!
    I have learned three new things about making smoothies, which I didn’t think was possible (I always just through a bunch of fruit together):
    1. I think it is a brilliant idea using peanut butter powder instead of regular peanut butter. I am now motivated to go buy some in the powdered form because I definitely want to try it in the peanut butter banana recipe!
    2. I never thought of using quick oats and feel like that will be a great way to get a quick breakfast in.
    3. Also, using almond milk instead of cow milk (or nothing at all in my case) seems like a way better option to me and I am going to start that up as well.
    Is it weird that I’m excited to try all of these things? Haha

    I also like to add in spinach or kale to my berry smoothies (the taste seems to blend best with blueberry, raspberry and strawberry recipes) to get some veggies in.

  9. These look delicious! I can’t wait to try some of these out, though I’d like to point out that on the Peanut Butter smoothie, they’ve spelled it “Smoothy” and not “Smoothie”. Nonetheless, looks great! Excited to try.

  10. I love adding watercress or kale to mine. Orangecreamsicle was awesome! Was missing something though,. I think I will make tomorrows with 3/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of cream.

  11. These are awesome recipes for anyone wanting a tasty but nutritious drink. I really can’t wait to try some of these out and enjoy them. These type of drinks also allow you to intake more fruit in your daily, busy life as well!

  12. These are a huge part of my breakfast menu. They are a great way to get in fiber and non animal protein. I needed some new ideas though since I do drink so many. The orange sounds delicious and a good way to break up my monotony of berry. I use hemp protein in mine though because it helps me to stay fool longer.

  13. Wow! That berry smoothie looks delicious just looking at it, I am currently on a personal fitness program and wondering what I could do to make me enjoy peanut butter a little bit more, so wouldn’t mind giving the peanut butter banana version a try. The best part about this article is that these drinks are not just delicious but good for your health and look amazing and mouth watering!.
    !

  14. My favorite kind is a banana cream but that’s not necessarily nutritious and healthy (depending on the ingredients). I will have to try out the peanut butter banana recipe, it looks delicious. I love how you add honey into your versions! I do that too, it adds a nice rich sweetness 🙂

  15. I really want to try both the peanut butter smoothie and the orange creamsicle. I honestly have never heard of peanut butter powder before. I’ll have to look for it next time I’m at the grocery store. All of these overall sound so delicious, though! I thankfully invested in a quality blender not too long ago, but I haven’t tried it out enough. I can’t wait to use some of these recipes.

  16. Some recipes for me to throw at my smoothie crazy family. We’ve been having a lot of vegetable variations recently, which can be quite hit and miss based on what we pull out of the fridge, so having some specific recipes to try out oughta be good for a change of pace. Really looking forward to the banana one, thanks for sharing!

  17. The berry smoothie looks really nice and I do so very much like berries and oats. I have used oats and ground nuts extensively in the past in a ‘smoothie’ but I have to say I have not come across peanut butter powder. That one is totally new to me and somehow I doubt that I will be able to obtain it, never mind. Smooth peanut butter it will have to be. I look forward to trying them.

  18. All of these recipes look good and with it summertime on full swing it’s something easy for me to put together in the morning for the kids. We have such busy days sometimes it’s hard to get breakfast in and I am always looking for easy and quick to make meals for them. Thanks

  19. Waiting for summer to begin on my side of the world to indulge in such amazing blended beverages… page bookmarked though, as of right now am indulging in hot spiced teas, hot chocolate and coffee, I’ve got to keep warm 🙂

  20. I have always said that while I can make fancy desserts like a molten lava cake, I can’t make something easy like grilled cheese if my life depended on it. And unfortunately, smoothies make it to one of those “can’t make” list! I do love this delicious blended drink (especially in the summer when it’s just too darn hot to eat anything), but I always make the mistake of adding too much items and not enough liquids; then my drink comes out too thick, which I have to add more liquid and puree it more (and actually end up making a mess in my kitchen. Oops!).

    I’ve also never been really adventurous about mixing up the different types of flavors and fruit/veggie combinations for these drinks. I’ve heard that kale is amazing when combined with other things…but with what?

  21. I usually drink a smoothie for breakfast every morning. It really keeps going until lunch. I like adding:
    Strawberries (or blueberries)
    A little peanut butter (or almond butter)
    Greek Yogurt
    Almond Milk

    The Greek yogurt and peanut butter have a lot of protein which keeps me full all morning. I also try to drink a veggie juice during the day. I love putting spinach and pineapple. The pineapple sweets the juice just a little so it’s not over bearing my the taste of spinach.

  22. Once again I learn something new here. I had no idea peanut butter powder even existed. I do love a good smoothie. I just hate having to clean the blender, no matter how easy it is. It’s still winter and I know some people don’t like cold beverages in the winter but I do.

    • I had no idea that something like “peanut butter powder” existed. The Chocolate Peanut Butter powder sounds exactly like the one thing my life has been missing all these years. I’ve always loved a nice, creamy smoothie, but never tried a peanut butter one before.
      Besides from that, do you think a smoothie tastes better if you use fresh fruits or frozen ones?

  23. These look great! I’m a huge fan of fruit in general, and berries and bananas happen to be among my favorites! 😀 I also have a small blender that has the drink lid on top which makes it SUPER easy to take with me, and then I don’t have to worry about washing extra cups and such. I love it.

    I’ve done berry and banana/peanut butter smoothies before, but I’ve never tried the orange creamsicle one, so I’m definitely going to have to give it a go. It looks awesome! I have a couple of red grapefruit in my fridge right now, so I think I’m going to use those and see what happens. Should be fun!

  24. I do enjoy a smoothie, and these recipes do sound delicious. Much more appetising than some of the concoctions my colleagues are bringing to the office lately. They are all-consumed by the NutriBullet and have taken to mixing up no end of odd combinations! As well as being a smoothie lover, I can quite happily get on board with juicing, but to mix the two – yuk! To destroy an otherwise tasty combination of pulverised fruit with the addition of kale or beetroot is way beyond my comprehension – it makes me shudder! Give me the peanut butter any day!

  25. Thank you for sharing! You can never have too many recipes. I agree wholeheartedly that smoothies are a great, healthy option to replace a snack or a meal. The berry blend is a classic for me. That is probably one of the first I ever tried and still go back to with frequency. I have started to branch out a bit and have tried to go for a “green” version whenever possible for maximum nutrients. Typically, I start with a banana, add whatever I have frozen to avoid the use of ice (berries, pineapple, mango, peaches, etc), add my greens (spinach or kale), add flaxseed or chia seeds, and end with a wet ingredient such as almond milk or a 100% juice. Blend and serve. Has worked out every time and is something I try to have every single day.

  26. I love this! The Peanut Butter Banana smoothie is simply to die for. I wasn’t really convinced about smoothies, though all my friends swear by them, until I tried it. Now I understand: they’re easy, convenient, and not to mention delicious. Thanks for sharing these recipes!

  27. The smoothie recipe has my vote for a great reawakening at breakfast time! For a couple of months we have been living without homemade smoothies (my husband buys some bottled ones) because our Vitamix carafe cracked and I didn’t feel up to putting out $200 for a new one. However, it is getting harder and harder to resist ordering one. Like CynB above, we also include greens in ours. I just discovered that the mat of chickweed in my garden is a nutritious and tender green that is lovely steamed. I am going to try a handful in a smoothie as soon as I get that carafe. Thanks for the post!

  28. I’ve been thinking about having smoothies every morning for some time – or at least trying to create a routine that involves them. But I’m one of those people who easily forgets about something when they focus their attention elsewhere, so it’s still just a thought.

    Still, I read that they are healthy and should be included in our diets, so I;m now very interested. I love fruit, I love milk, so I’d definitely love to drink a combination of them.

    It’s a shame I still didn’t get to it, but as soon as I read the recipe for your Peanut Butter Banana version I felt my mouth watering. I think I’ll finally have to include this in my morning routine, starting with that one. Can’t resist peanut butter in any kind of way.

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