Simple Smoothie Recipes

Simple smoothie recipes don't have to be enjoyed only on a hot summer day. Many people have a smoothie each morning for breakfast and they also make a quick healthy snack. Smoothies are a great way to get kids to drink a cool drink packed with fruit, vegetables, vitamins and calcium all depending on what you mix in them.
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Smoothies are easy to put together. Use whatever fruit you have available and add a little milk, some yogurt and some ice cubes. It really is that simple. You can also add extra flavors like sugar or vanilla. I prefer to leave the sugar out but it is an individual preference.

Simple Smoothie Recipes

The great thing about smoothies is, you can be creative and discover what your favorite flavor is. One of our favorite flavors at our house is mango strawberry. Our least favorite was when we added a grapefruit including the white part. It turned out very bitter. (we should have known) Next time we will cut out the grapefruit by sections, then blend in our smoothie!

The secret to really great smoothies is in the blender. Your best option, and most economically in the long run, is to get a heavy duty blender. I have a Vita Mix and I use it at least once a day not just for smoothies though I use mine for chopping vegetables in cooking. Cream soups are great made in the blender. Shaved ice is fun and easy with the Vita mix. It has been an investment that has really paid for itself.

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Simple Smoothie Recipes for Kids-Why they're great!

Smoothies are an ideal snack for growing kids. In our world of quick, unhealthy snack solutions, it can be hard to make sure your children are getting all the nutrients they need. Add to this the fact that kids are often put off vegetables and fruit because these foods don't have the advertising dollars behind them as certain brands of hamburgers and sugar-loaded cereals. So it can be hard to even persuade your kids to polish off the vegetables on their plate or eat the apple you put in their lunch box.

Smoothies eliminate some of these problems because you don't have to convince the kids to eat anything. If a smoothie tastes good with oranges or strawberries, you can add a stick of celery or two and half the time kids won't even notice the difference.It's a good way to sneak a few extra nutrients into their diet "under the radar."

But ultimately, you want your kids to be in on what goes in their smoothies and start making their own. In this way smoothies can become a great nutritional teaching tool as kids learn that healthy snacks can also taste great.

Simple Smoothie Recipes-How to Get Your Kids Involved

Kids are always more likely to eat something healthy if they have a hand in preparing it, and that preparation is fun. So one of the keys to getting kids interested in making smoothies is making the whole process exciting and fun.

One important tip is to keep the recipes simple at first. The easier a smoothie is to make, the faster a kid can pick up the process - and often just being able to do it will inspire your child's enthusiasm. Obviously the younger the child the more help and supervision they will need, but you can let them do things like putting the fruit in the blender and pushing the blend button.

Also, don't be too restrictive on the ingredients you allow in smoothies for kids. You should try to make them healthy, but there's nothing wrong with a dollop of ice cream or some chocolate sprinkles here and there. Just make sure the smoothies lean more towards the healthy ingredients, rather than becoming just another fatty, sugary snack.

When it comes time to make a smoothie, make sure you talk it up. Be excited about it yourself and your kids will follow suit. Try to use different variations when it comes to recipes, and be prepared to experiment with some out-of-the-box food combinations. Of course, with that in mind, you can always bribe a reluctant kid by adding a bit of their favorite food - a dollop of peanut butter can be a great secret weapon.

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Great ideas for Simple Smoothie Recipes

  • Add cream of coconut to a recipe.

  • Experiment with different juices including vegetable juices.

  • Try adding a handful of carrots or celery to the smoothie recipe. Once it is blended nobody will know it is an extra healthy smoothie.

  • Add up to 1 tablespoon sugar or honey for a sweeter flavor.

  • Add oat bran, almonds or wheat germ for an extra burst of nutrition.

  • If using canned fruit include the juice for extra flavor.

  • Add 1 tablespoon peanut butter to your smoothie recipe.

  • Substitute milk for juice or juice for the milk in any recipe.

  • To make any simple smoothie recipe thinner add more juice or milk. To make any simple smoothie recipe thicker add more fruit.

  • Share your smoothie recipe and/or ideas below.

Best Simple Smoothie Recipes

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries or berry mix
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 banana, cut in pieces
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Add ingredients together in blender and blend until smooth.
strawberry smoothie

Blueberry Fruit Smoothie

  • Carton of blueberry yogurt
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 1 Cup frozen or fresh blueberries, strawberries or peaches
  • ½ cup ice cubes
Add all together in blender and blend until smooth.
blueberry smoothie

Healthy Orange Smoothie

  • 1 orange peeled and separated
  • ¾ cup sliced peaches (if canned use juice also)
  • 1 cup peach yogurt
  • ½ cup ice cubes
Blend in blender until smooth. Substitute peaches with different fruit such as banana or a can of mandarin oranges, if desired.
orange smoothie

OJ Smoothie

  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 (6 oz.) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 (6 oz.) carton vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup cold milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 ice cubes
Pour the water in the blender. Add the juice and yogurt to the water. Carefully stir in the sugar, milk and vanilla. Cover the blend until the mixture is smooth. While blending add in 3 to 4 ice cubes at a time and blend after each addition. Continue to add the ice cubes until you have reached the thickness you desire. Makes 4 servings

Tofu Smoothie

For an extra healthy smoothie recipe try adding tofu.
  • ½ Cup tofu
  • 1 banana or 1 peach
  • 2 Cups fruit juice, whichever you would like
  • 8 oz. crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
Substitute banana or pineapple for a different type of fruit if you would like and experiment with different juices. Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

blue smoothie

Protein Smoothie Recipe

Add a scoop or 1 oz. of protein powder to any smoothie recipe.

Jello Smoothie Recipe

Small package of Jell-o or gelatin, any flavor
  • ½ Cup milk
  • 1 Cup yogurt, any flavor
  • ½ cup fruit or 1 fruit of choice
  • ½ cup ice cubes
Add ingredients in blender and mix until smooth.

Tropical Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 orange peeled and separated
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 banana cut in pieces
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup yogurt
Mix ingredients all together and blend until smooth.
pineapple smoothie
Top one of our simple smoothie recipes with fruit kabobs on a straw. Use sliced strawberries, sliced bananas or other fruit. Push slices through a straw and add to your smoothie for fun.

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Grape Smoothie

  • ½ cup white grape juice
  • ¼ cup seedless grapes
  • ¼ Cup pineapple with juice
  • ½ Cup milk
  • ½ cup ice cubes
Add all together in blender. Make any substitutions you'd like for the fruit juice or in place of pineapple. Blend.

Mixed Berry

  • 1 Cup raspberries or blackberries
  • 1 Cup blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 Cup sliced bananas
  • 1/2 Cup
  • 2-3 ice cubes
Mix until smooth and top it with some raspberries and a blueberry in the middle enjoy!
mixed berry

Cherry Simple Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 Cup pitted cherries
  • 1 cup flavored yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup strawberries, one banana or 1 peeled orange
Add ingredients together in blender and blend until smooth.

Apple Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 carton apple yogurt or other flavor
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
Mix ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth.

Banana Green Smoothie

Kids Simple Smoothies Recipes

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Banana Split Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 Cup frozen cherries
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup banana, vanilla or cherry yogurt *
*You can replace yogurt with vanilla ice cream if desired. Add to blender and blend together. Top with a frozen cherry or banana slices.

Purple Cow

  • 2 Cups grape juice
  • 1 Cup blueberries
  • 2 Cups plain or vanilla yogurt
Add to blend and blend until smooth. Top with a dollop of whip cream and purple sprinkles if desired.
purple cow smoothie

Apple Banana Smoothie

  • 1 Cup applesauce
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 banana, cut in chunks
Blend ingredients until smooth.

Breakfast Oat Smoothie

  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 instant oatmeal packet
  • 1 banana, cut in chunks
  • 1/2 Cup blueberries
  • 1 Cup apple or orange juice
Blend ingredients until smooth.

Simple Strawberry Smoothie

  • 5-6 strawberries
  • 1 Cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1 Cup orange or apple juice
Blend ingredients until smooth.
strawberry smoothie

Blackrazzleberry Smoothie

by Allyson (Greensboro,NC,USA)
Put 1 cup of blackberries into a blender along with 1 cup of raspberry sorbet.
Then add 4-5 ice cubes, then blend until smooth...enjoy!
Optional: top with a few raspberries or blackberries!

Green Monster Smoothie

by Florence
  • Couple handfuls of spinach leaves
  • vanilla yogurt
  • banana
  • berries
Put into a blender mix well. Enjoy, it really does not even taste like spinach....more like banana. Looks nasty, but tastes really good, my kids love it.

3 Ingredient Smoothies for Kids

3 ingredients
Smoothies don't have to be loaded with lots of ingredients and be difficult to make. A good go to recipe for making smoothies can include one of each of these three ingredients:
  • 1 Liquid: milk, juice, almond milk, water
  • 1 Fruit: whatever you like chopped- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mango, peaches, pineapple are all good choices
  • 1 Extra: extra fruit, yogurt, vegetables, whey protein,  ice cubes, oats, chia seeds

Fruitie Tootie Smoothie!

by Danii
  • 1 Banana peeled
  • 6 frozen strawberries or berry mix
  • 1 1/2 cups of orange juice
Blend until smooth.
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Mango Smoothie

  • 2 1/2 cups of Mango Juice
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla yogurt or plain
  • 1 Sliced Banana
Blend all ingredients together.
mango smoothie

Frozen Berry

  • 1/2 Cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 Cup orange juice
  • 1/2 Cup frozen berry mix
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until ice cubes are crushed.
frozen berries

Grape Orange

  • 1 Cup grapes
  • 1 orange peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cup frozen fruit
Blend until nice and smooth.

Strawberry Kale

  • 2 Cups strawberries
  • 1 Cup apple juice
  • 4-5 kale leaves, stems removed
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

Smoothie Bowl Ideas

Smoothie bowls are a fun way to serve a smoothie. To start make any smoothie recipe above and pour into a serving bowl. Garnish your smoothie with dried fruits, sliced fresh fruits, granola, dried oats, seeds, nuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, etc.

Yogurt Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 Cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1 banana or other fruit
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
All ingredients together and blend.
strawberry smoothie bowl
Add strawberries for ears and nose. Then top little piggie details out of chocolate to make a smoothie bowl into a pig.

Raspberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ cup juice
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
Add all together and blend until smooth.
raspberry smoothie bowl
For this raspberry bowl, top with fresh strawberries, nuts, chia seeds and pomegranate seeds.

PB and Chocolate Healthy Smoothie

  Create a chocolate smoothie and top with sliced almonds, peanuts, banana slices and chopped chocolate bar.
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 1/4 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 Cup vanilla or plain yogurt
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1/4 Cup chocolate protein powder
Blend until smooth.
chocolate bowl

Banana Blueberry Smoothie

  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 Cup blueberries
  • 1 Cup blueberry yogurt
  • 5-6 ice cubes
Blend ingredients until smooth.
blueberry smoothie bowl
Fresh blueberries, granola, banana slices and chia seeds top this blueberry smoothie.

Kids Berry Smoothie

by Katie (Schenectady, NY)
This recipe is easy to make and doesn't use that many kitchen appliances so it's safe for children.
You Will Need:
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 3/4 cups blackberries
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • teaspoon of vanilla (if desired)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream or yogurt
  • a blender
Put all ingredients in the blender in any order. Blend ingredients until a thick liquid then pour in a glass and enjoy your healthy tasty drink!!!!!
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Berry smoothie garnished with fresh fruit and granola.

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