Healthy smoothies are not only a great treat, especially if you have children, but they’re a fantastic way to consume nutritious foods that you might otherwise not fit into your daily meals.

As a family of 7 (yes, 5 kids!) we’re always looking for ways to get our kids to eat healthy as well as get them involved in the process so that they learn the value of healthy eating.

And healthy smoothies are an easy way to achieve both of these goals. We have fun in the kitchen making the smoothies with the kids, talking about the ingredients and of course watching it all get blended up and then tasting the goodness!

I hope you enjoy these healthy smoothie recipes and can turn them into a learning opportunity if you have young children too!

Dmitri.

Dmitri Simons
Head Trainer at Exercises.com.au, Triathlete, Qualified Chef, Father of 5

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie: Chocolate Cravings… Be Gone!

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Get your chocolate in, I mean anti-oxidants with this tasty smoothie!

Have a chocolate craving you need to satisfy? Try this chocolate raspberry smoothie. Unlike a typical milkshake that comes loaded with fat and sugar, this smoothie is high on taste AND nutrition.

Raspberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and bring plenty of dietary fibre to the smoothie while the cocoa powder helps add an extra dose of nutrition and can help ward off diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

The almond butter is added to balance out the carbs with some healthy fats and to this, you’ll have the protein powder giving your muscles the amino acids they need to recover from your exercise sessions.

Drink this as a post-workout shake, a snack between meals, or as a dessert when you want to make a healthy choice.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Moderate
Fats – Moderate

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup almond milk
1-2 ice cubes
½ tsp. xanthan gum
½ tbsp. cocoa
1 tbsp. almond butter
stevia/splenda to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie: Get A Boost Before Exercise With This High Energy Smoothie!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

With natural sugar, this smoothie is the perfect pre-workout hit!

This delicious Strawberry Banana smoothie recipe will be a great way to help fuel your next big workout.

The natural sugar in the bananas will provide the energy your muscles need while the protein powder will supply the amino acids that are required to support muscle growth and regeneration.

The addition of strawberries will provide a hearty dose of vitamin C, which will help support your immune system and combat free radical damage, while also bringing some added fibre to the smoothie.

The almond milk adds a small dose of healthy fats along with a nice creamy taste. This is coupled with the xanthan gum for added thickness.

If you prefer, you can swap out some almond milk for coconut milk instead to increase the total fat content of this smoothie.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – Low
Carbs – High
Fats – Low

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or strawberry protein powder if you can find it)
1 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk
½ cup frozen strawberries
1-2 ice cubes
½ tsp. xanthan gum

Makes 1 serving

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie: Delicious High Protein, High Fibre Smoothie

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Get your daily vitamin C hit in this delicious smoothie

If you’re looking for a refreshing way to start your day, this orange creamsicle recipe is sure to please. It’s rich in quality protein, high in vitamin C, and will also provide a great dose of fibre as well thanks to the frozen peaches.

While you could always start your day with a glass of orange juice, the problem here is that orange juice provides a high dose of sugar and not much else.

You’re lacking the protein and fibre you need to make it a healthy selection for a morning meal.

This orange creamsicle can be served all on its own for a light breakfast on the go or you can serve it alongside some eggs or whatever else you prefer to have for breakfast.

If you’d like to add some greens to this smoothie, do so by incorporating in some fresh spinach leaves.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Medium
Fats – Low

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup frozen peaches
¾ cup almond milk
¼ cup orange juice
½ tsp. xanthan gum
1-2 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Tropical Fruit Smoothie Recipe: Get A Pick-Up With This Fruit Smoothie!

Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Get a midday lift with this delicious fruit smoothie!

Looking for a refreshing smoothie to start your day? Or maybe you want something to pick you up mid-day to get you through the afternoon?

Whatever the case may be, this fruit smoothie recipe will fit the bill perfectly. It offers a strong hit of protein along with a nice blend of carbohydrates for energy.

The frozen banana provides complex carbohydrates along with potassium, making it a great option if you plan to do exercise in the coming hours.

In addition to that, the mango will add a delicious taste that almost everyone will love while providing a powerful dose of vitamin C.

This smoothie is also dairy-free as it calls for almond milk rather than cow’s milk, so those who are lactose intolerant can still indulge without worry.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Moderate
Fats – Low

Fruit Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 frozen banana
½ cup frozen mangos
¼ cup orange juice
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 ice cube

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached.

Apple Carrot Smoothie: The Ultimate Health Booster Smoothie!

Apple Carrot Smoothie

Get nutrition and taste with this delicious smoothie!

If you want to boost your health and satisfy your craving for something sweet, this apple carrot smoothie will fit the bill perfectly. It has a casein protein powder for slower digestion, ensuring this smoothie will keep you feeling satisfied for hours.

Added to that you have a carrot, which will provide you with ample vitamin A along with biotin, vitamin K, potassium, vitamin C, B vitamins, as well as phosphorus and folate.

Apple is also added to the mix, offering a nice dose of pectin fibre, also known for slowing digestion and keeping hunger at bay.

You’ll flavour this smoothie with a few different herbs – cinnamon and cloves, both of which add a delicious taste while offering added benefits including regulating your blood sugar level.

Coconut is added as the healthy fat in this smoothie, which will act as an instant energiser in your body and will keep you going until your next meal.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Low
Fats – Moderate

Apple Carrot Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla casein protein
1 carrot, shredded or slices
½ cut apple
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cloves
2 tbsp. dried unsweetened coconut flakes
stevia to taste
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached.

Cucumber Blueberry Smoothie: Start Your Day The Right Way!

Blueberry Smoothie

Full of antioxidants and taste for a morning boost!

Blueberries are one of the best berries that you can add to your diet and this smoothie makes it easy to include them.

Simply blend these up along with your favourite protein powder and a few added ingredients for taste and enhanced nutrition and you’ll be all set.

Blueberries are rich in fibre, relatively low in sugar and contain a powerful source of antioxidants as well. This recipe calls for almond milk, however you can use cow’s milk if you prefer.

Just do be aware that there is natural lactose sugar in milk, so this will increase your overall sugar consumption. Finally, feel free to add extra greens to this smoothie if desired.

The spinach added in will pack a wealth of nutrition including vitamin K, A, C, and E along with zinc, iron, and calcium.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Moderate
Fats – Moderate

Creamy Cucumber Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 handful spinach leaves
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ tsp. xanthan gum
1-2 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Mint Smoothie: Beware Of This Potentially Addictive Smoothie!

Chocolate Mint Smoothie

Get your chocolate fix with this healthy smoothie

For those who are on a lower carb diet, this smoothie will be sure to satisfy any cravings you have while keeping your nutritional requirements in check.

The chocolate mint smoothie uses natural flavours and packs a serious protein punch.

To help create an ultra-thick smoothie that gives a milkshake feel, we’ve used half a scoop of regular whey along with half a scoop of casein protein.

This also means that this smoothie will be very slow digesting, providing your body with the nutrients it needs for hours to come.

We’ve also included some sugar-free Greek yogurt to add that creamy taste that you’ll love. This smoothie is very high in protein while being low in carbs and moderate in fat, making it a great option before turning in for the night.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – No
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Low
Fats – Moderate

Chocolate Mint Smoothie Recipe

½ scoop chocolate whey protein powder
½ scoop chocolate casein protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp. almond butter
½ cup plain sugar-free Greek yogurt
2-3 drops of mint flavor extract
1-2 tbsp. powdered Stevia to taste
1-2 ice cubes
½ tsp. xanthan gum

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Pina Colada Smoothie: Get That Holiday Feeling With This Healthy Smoothie!

Pina Colada Smoothie

Get the delicious Pina Colada taste without the calories!

Looking for a little tropical treat to fuel your day? Why not create your own healthy smoothie.

While the conventional Pina Colada is quite high in calories, often made with high fat, high sugar ingredients, you can make your own version that will do your health well.

This Pina Colada smoothie uses banana flavoured protein powder to bring up the protein content while giving you that delicious banana taste you love without having to use as much pure banana.

This allows you to keep the sugar and calorie content of the smoothie in check. To that we’ve added some dried unsweetened coconut flakes, which will deliver a healthy dose of fat and long lasting energy.

Finally, you’ll finish off with some frozen pineapple to bring texture to the smoothie and complete the taste. The xanthan gum is also included to help thicken the smoothie, giving it that milkshake-like consistency you’ll love.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – No
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Moderate
Fats – Moderate

Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop banana flavoured protein powder
1 cup almond milk
½ frozen banana
½ cup regular or frozen pineapple
1 tbsp. unsweetened dried coconut
½ tsp. xanthan gum
1-2 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Cucumber-Lime Smoothie: Nutritious AND Delicious!

Cucumber Lime Smoothie

Give yourself a boost for the day with this delicious Cucumber-Lime Smoothie

Want something refreshing to start your day? Sometimes beginning your day with a smoothie is the perfect option when you’re short on time and looking to get nutritious fuel into your system.

Plus, you can actually get a full serving of vegetables in with your smoothie, which most people completely overlook.

Best of all, with the right mix of ingredients you’ll hardly notice they’re in there. This cucumber smoothie has it all.

It brings the rejuvenating taste of cucumber along with the creamy texture from avocado, all blended together with some fresh melons for added vitamins.

The avocado will supply the healthy fats along with vitamin E while the melon will bring a hearty dose of antioxidants and vitamin C.

Finally, the spinach adds a wealth of nutrition, giving you vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, and calcium to name just a few. Blend this together with some unsweetened almond milk (or real milk if you prefer) along with as a few cubes of ice.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – No
Grain Free – No
Protein – High
Carbs – Low
Fats – Moderate

Cucumber-Lime Smoothie Recipe

½ sliced cucumber
¼ sliced avocado
½ cup cubed honeydew melon
1 handful spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
3-4 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until the desired consistency is reached.  Serve immediately.

With this list of healthy smoothies you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth while getting a nutrition boost all in one!

I’d recommend scheduling these smoothies into your weekly meal plan in order to help reduce cravings for potentially grabbing an unhealthy version if you’re out on the go somewhere.

Prevention is easier than cure, as they say. And with your body and tastebuds satisfied with these delicious and easy-to-prepare healthy smoothies, you get the best of both worlds.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these recipes, and if you have any questions, please drop a comment below and I’ll respond shortly.

Stay strong!

Dmitri.