Take Your Smoothie Game to the Next Level

by Lauren Caggiano

Smoothies are nutritious and delicious and can be enjoyed on the go or with a meal. Beyond that, they are also versatile. The ingredients will depend on your preferences and the flavor profile you’re trying to create. Regardless, here are some ideas to take your smoothie game to the next level. All you need is a blender, ingredients and some creativity.

Fruity

Fruit is a nutritional powerhouse, and it can serve as a great base for smoothies. Here are a few recipes with fruit as the main act:

It may be cold in many parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream of days gone by. Nothing will take you back to the warm days of summer like these recipes from Good Housekeeping. The best part? Your prep time is under 5 minutes.

This basic fruit smoothie from All Recipes is far from plain tasting. Simply throw the ingredients in the blender and then enjoy! It may become a staple in your household.

Berries are known to be a superfood, and this smoothie recipe is certainly super. The twist is that it has pomegranate juice, which is also a favorite of nutritionists because of its antioxidant properties.

Mad for mangoes? This breakfast smoothie recipe is for you. Mangoes, peaches and dairy come together to create a symphony of flavor.

Savory

Do you need to gravitate towards salty foods? These recipes will scratch that itch while still keeping you on track.

Greens pack a mean punch and this recipe is chock full of them. Avocadoes add a creamy dimension to this morning or afternoon pick-me-up. Yum!

Craving something more substantial? This one is basically a salad in a jar, but a twist. Nuts balance it out and add some healthy fats and flavor.

This green paleo smoothie is a great way to start your day and fuel your brain at the same time. Healthy fats are the way to go.

Sweet

Can’t say no to sweets? These whole foods recipes are healthier alternatives to inflammatory ones:

One of the more simple smoothie recipes for beginners and pros alike, is the infamous strawberry smoothie recipe. As a breakfast or a snack, the protein in the yogurt will keep you full longer than a carb-heavy meal.

You can have your pie and eat it, too. This banana pie smoothie recipe might fool your brain into thinking it’s the real deal!

Protein-Rich

Protein is essential to building muscles and fueling your metabolism in general. These recipes contain protein as one of the ingredients:

This peanut butter and jelly smoothie will take you back to your grade school days. And the best part? It’s sugar free, high in protein and low in fact.

Nuts and seeds are great vegan sources of protein, and this one contains chia seeds and is both flavorful and creamy.

Cottage cheese, anyone? This peach, banana, honey and cottage cheese smoothie is a perfect snack or breakfast for kids and adults.

These recipes can be great foundations on which to build your own varieties. Add fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, yogurt, nut milk, and protein powder to put your own spin on these blogger’s concoctions. Here’s to your health!

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