Get your diet back on track with 30 Days of Healthy Smoothie Recipes! These high protein, low calorie options make a healthy breakfast or satisfying snack quick, easy and delicious!
I enjoy a protein smoothie recipe with my breakfast or for a quick snack just about every single day. They're the one option I've found that consistently fills me up and keeps my stomach satisfied for hours!
So whether your goals this year include weight loss, more energy, or just delicious variety in your diet, these easy healthy smoothie recipes are sure to help!
Are smoothies healthy for breakfast?
Yes -- as long as you use healthy smoothie ingredients! All of the recipes that I'm sharing in this list include fruits, veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or fiber to give your body the nourishing nutrients that it needs.
Which smoothies are good for weight loss?
If you’re wondering which smoothies are good for weight loss, you’ll have to look at the ingredients. You can fill your glass with nourishing fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals, or you can purchase a store-bought smoothie that’s loaded with sugar, fat and calories.
The best smoothies for weight loss are those that are low in sugar and calories, but high in protein, healthy fats, and other satiating ingredients like fruits or vegetables. The options below fit this criteria!
How to Make Healthy Smoothies at Home:
If you're looking for healthy breakfast smoothie recipes, then you're in the right place! You can make each of these shakes at home, with minimal ingredients, a blender, and about 5 minutes of your time!
What are the healthiest things to put in a smoothie?
For my own smoothies, I almost always use a whey protein powder as the base. My favorite brand is IdealLean protein powder i (I always have the Cake Batter (or Vanilla) flavor and the chocolate protein powder in my pantry). I also like Quest protein powders for a good alternative. They are both low sugar, low calorie and high protein options.
Not only does the protein powder boost the satiating protein in the smoothies, but it also adds a sweet taste and serves as a thickener. I'm much happier when I can eat my smoothie with a spoon (rather than sip it through a straw) because it feels like a real meal!
Other healthy ingredients to add to these smoothies include:
- chia seeds
- nut butters
- coconut oil
- ground flax seeds
- milk or non-dairy milk alternatives
- vegetables that you can’t taste in a smoothie, such as baby spinach or frozen cauliflower florets
- frozen fruit for added sweetness and a thicker texture, such as frozen sliced banana or frozen berries
- Greek yogurt
What to serve with healthy smoothies:
On their own, these smoothies are probably not enough to serve as a stand-alone meal. You’ll either need to boost up the calories and fat content to make it more satisfying by adding some of the mix-in’s listed above; or, you can serve the smoothie as a side along with a larger breakfast. For instance, I like to enjoy my protein smoothies with:
- Peanut butter toast or English muffin
- A bowl of oatmeal or a slice of baked oatmeal
- A bagel topped with nut butter, butter, or cream cheese
- Granola on top
- Pancakes or frozen waffles
- A muffin
Or anything else that you think sounds delicious! Just make sure that you’re pairing the smoothie with enough carbs and healthy fats to create a satisfying meal that won’t leave you starving an hour later. That said, the smoothie makes a perfect light snack on its own — at any time of day!
COOK'S TIPS AND RECIPE VARIATIONS:
- If you’re preparing these healthy smoothies for kids, you can omit the protein powder and substitute with Greek yogurt. Since the protein powder adds not only thickness, but also flavor to the smoothie, you’ll want to use a sweetened vanilla Greek yogurt or use a plain Greek yogurt and add your own sweetener, to taste. You will also need an additional 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder for that chocolate taste. The taste and texture of the smoothie recipe with yogurt will not be quite the same as the protein powder version, but your family will still love it!
- Keep the healthy smoothie recipe low sugar by using unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a sugar free protein powder.
- I prefer whey protein for flavor and thickness in this smoothie, but if you prefer a plant-based breakfast, you can substitute with a vegan protein powder.
- Use these recipe ideas as inspiration to create your own delicious concoctions! You can alway make a healthy smoothie with spinach, a healthy smoothie with almond milk, a healthy smoothie with peanut butter, or a healthy smoothie with banana simply by adding these ingredients to your favorite mix! With a handful of added spinach (which you can't even taste), any of these recipes become Healthy Green Smoothies!
With that, let's get to the recipes!
30 Days of Healthy Smoothies:
8. Cinnamon Roll Protein Smoothie: use vanilla protein powder, ice, milk (or almond milk), a pinch of salt, and plenty of cinnamon!
26. Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie: use the Shamrock Shake recipe above, but add some chocolate chips or cacoa nibs to the mix!
29. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie: use chocolate protein powder, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, frozen (or fresh) strawberries, milk and ice.
So what do you think? Which healthy smoothies will you try first?! Let me know your favorites!
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