8 Healthy smoothie recipes

Health
18/02/2022

Try this brilliantly easy way to add lots of nutritious fruit and vegetables to your diet with simple but deliciously, healthy smoothies.  As we enter a new year, it is time for a new you!  Discover our full list of smoothie recipes and how you can stay healthy this year.


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From breakfast smoothie recipes to supper, a homemade smoothie can boost energy levels, keep you feeling fuller for longer and make it easy to digest all the natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need. Preferable to fruit juices (they’re a better source of fibre), they even appeal to kids, who will happily drink up all kinds of fruit and veg whizzed up with yoghurt and honey!

 

Healthy Smoothie recipes

1. Green smoothie

2. Cleansing smoothie

3. Tropical smoothie

4. Two delicious chocolate smoothies

5. Summer fruit smoothie

6. Cashew nut smoothie

7. Papaya and melon smoothie

8. Immune-boosting smoothie

Smoothie combinations

For each combination, simply peel or prepare the ingredients then blend together for a smooth, thick drink. If you can’t find some of the more exotic ingredients, don’t be put off. Just give the recipes a go with whatever you have that tastes good!

1. Green smoothie recipe

Leafy, fresh greens are incredibly healthy and packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This green smoothie will help you to detoxify, alkalise and gain energy. It will also boost your immune system. A great breakfast smoothie recipe to start the day!

Combine:

  • Apple

  • cucumber

  • spinach

  • lemon

  • lemon peel

  • ginger

  • celery

  • pear

  • avocado

  • banana

  • apple juice

  • parsley

Tip: Use green tea or freshly juiced beetroot as a base ingredient. Green tea helps to boost the metabolism, while beetroot helps to get rid of  bile and detoxify the liver.

2. Healthy cleansing smoothie recipe

This smoothie can be enjoyed on a warm spring morning to rehydrate the body and flush out toxins. This smoothie is the perfect way to cleanse and detox for a new year ahead. If you’re looking for healthy cleansing smoothies, then this is definitely the one for you!

Combine:

  • Watermelon 

  • sweet melon

  • cucumber

  • grated ginger

  • mint

  • lemon rind  

  • honey

  • As an optional extra you can add plain yoghurt for a creamier texture.

Tip: Melon is a very good diuretic. It also cleanses the lymphatic system, liver and kidneys. The cucumber contains a high amount of potassium, which helps the body to rehydrate.

3. Tropical smoothie recipe

The tropical flavours in this tropical smoothie recipe make it particularly refreshing. It’s a good one to have after a workout because coconut water is rich in electrolytes and can help to replace lost fluids and minerals after exercising. While this tropical smoothie recipe is incredibly tasty, nutritious and packed full with goodness, it will also whisk you away to an exotic country with that first sip.  What’s not to love?

Combine:

  • Coconut water

  • mango

  • banana

  • pineapple

  • granadilla (a member of the passion fruit family) 

  • yoghurt

  • As an optional extra, add fresh turmeric or half a teaspoon of turmeric powder or ginger. These spices have anti-inflammatory properties and work well in mango and yoghurt-based smoothies.

Tip:

  • Mango is a good source of beta-carotene, while the fibre in bananas will help the good bacteria in your gut to flourish. 

  • Bananas are also a source of tryptophan, which aids relaxation and sleep. Pineapple adds a lovely sweet flavour and assists digestion.

4. Two delicious and healthy chocolate smoothies recipe

Cocoa powder contains powerful antioxidants, as well as compounds that help control your appetite. It also oxygenates the body to create a sense of energy and alertness, and naturally boosts the feel good hormones in the brain. Who knew that you could have a healthy chocolate smoothie? Well you can! So, if you’re a chocolate lover looking for a healthier fix, then look no further. We’re showing not 1 but two healthy chocolate smoothie recipes.

Combine:

For chocolate smoothie 1:

  • cocoa powder

  • banana

  • peanut butter

  • cinnamon

  • vanilla

  • honey

  • milk or a milk alternative

For chocolate smoothie 2: 

  • cocoa powder

  • almond milk

  • dates

  • avocado

  • frozen banana

  • spring water  

  • a vanilla pod

Tip: Use cocoa in its natural, unsweetened form. Sprinkle either of the above smoothies with cocoa nibs for extra chocolate flavour. Use raw honey or dates to add sweetness.

5. Summer fruit smoothie recipe

Cherries add colour, fibre and important minerals to this delicious fruit smoothie recipe. Berries are in a nutritional league of their own: they’re very low in sugar and absolutely loaded with powerful, health-boosting antioxidants. Summer smoothies on a warm day are hard to beat!  But it doesn’t have to be summer to treat yourself to these scrumptious summer smoothies. You sure won’t regret it.

Combine:

  • Cherries

  • mixed frozen berries

  • orange peel

  • orange

  • honey

  • yoghurt      

  • banana

  • You could also try adding star anise, ginger, cinnamon powder or angelica.

Tip: Cherries, with their high fibre content, stimulate and cleanse the digestive system. These delicious fruits are also a natural source of melatonin, which helps to establish a healthy sleep cycle. Choose the darker cherries for their valuable mineral content (iron, magnesium and silicon).

6. Cashew nut smoothie recipe

This cashew smoothie can be enjoyed as a drink, but it also makes a delicious topping for fruit salad or sliced papaya. A cashew smoothie might be slightly different to what you’re used to, but what with it being a new year and all, what better time to try?  With a new year comes a new smoothie!

Combine:

  • Cashew nuts

  • fresh orange juice

  • fresh grapefruit juice

  • honey

  • cinnamon

  • banana

Tip: The grapefruit in this smoothie helps to break down old toxins and this aids the elimination of cellulite, while the cinnamon helps to stabilise blood-sugar levels.

7. Papaya and melon smoothie recipe

If you frequently suffer from sluggish digestion, this fruity smoothie is for you. Papaya helps to cleanse the digestive tract and, thanks to the papain in the fruit, assists in the breakdown of food, particularly protein.

Combine:

  • Papaya

  • melon

  • sesame seeds or tahini paste

  • yoghurt or a milk alternative

  • honey 
    cinnamon

Tip: Add a few papaya seeds to your smoothie as they’re great for digestion. The calcium rich tahini paste or sesame seeds add healthy fats.

8. Immune-boosting smoothie recipe

Feeling a tad under the weather? Boost your immunity with this vitamin C-rich smoothie.  We can all do with a boost to our immune system, and more so now than ever!  It’s important we stay fighting fit whatever the season, but especially in the colder months when cold and flu viruses are common.  Homemade smoothie recipes filled with natural ingredients is one of the best boosts you can give to your immune system!

Combine:

  • Lemon juice

  • lemon

  • orange

  • honey

  • yoghurt

  • spinach

  • banana

  • guava
  • ginger

Tip: Lemons, guavas and oranges are all fantastic sources of immune-boosting vitamin C. The ginger in this smoothie is great for circulation and acts as an antiseptic, while the yoghurt is rich in probiotics (these healthy bacteria play a key immune boosting role). Fruit smoothie recipes are a must!

5 top tips to serve the perfect smoothie

1. Choose your ingredients based on what’s in season. Seasonal produce contains all the nutrients you need for the specific time of year.
2. Go for pure, whole ingredients, e.g. fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
3. Avoid using sweetened fruit juice, flavoured yoghurt and ice cream as your base. Instead opt for 100% or freshly squeezed juice, medicinal teas, elixirs, aloe vera, pure spring water, coconut water, a milk alternative, or plain, unsweetened yoghurt.
4. Sweeten your smoothies naturally with fruit. If necessary, you can add some honey, xylitol, stevia, fruit juice or dates, but ideally, get used to enjoying smoothies that aren’t so sweet.
5. If you need extra sustenance add a complex carbohydrate (e.g. cooked quinoa or oats), a protein (e.g. egg, almond powder, chia, spirulina or a good-quality protein powder such as brown rice protein, pea or whey isolate) and/or a fat (e.g. avocado, coconut oil, flaxseeds, coconut milk, peanut butter, tahini, almond butter or nuts). These are brilliant when you want to whizz up a smoothie that will keep you going until lunchtime.

Get off to a smoothie start each morning

Quick to make and loved by all ages, healthy smoothies are perfect as part of our 5 best family breakfasts.  There are so many breakfast smoothie recipes to discover. Try one we’ve mentioned or create your own!