27 Smoothie Lovers & Recipe Creators Share Their Favorite Smoothie Ideas Most People Overlook

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Smoothies are delicious and refreshing, but if you’re stuck in a rut and find yourself drinking the same smoothie again and again, it’s time to experience some new tasty smoothie ideas, such as:

What Makes a Great Smoothie?

The great thing about smoothies is there’s an endless variety of flavors and ingredient blends to make a totally unique yet incredibly delicious treat.

Some of the best smoothies taste just like your favorite desserts, like apple pie or banana split. Others use a combination of flavors that contrast yet perfectly complement one another for an out-of-this-world taste.

It’s not always easy to find the time to prepare a smoothie at home, especially if you’re craving a refreshing treat in the middle of the workday. When time is of the essence, consider a Coca Berry Burst Smoothie from your local Edible® Store. It combines fresh, juicy strawberries with sweet chocolate for the perfect blend of fresh strawberry and decadent chocolate flavors. Or, combine the delicious flavors of banana and chocolate with our Cocoa Bananarama Smoothie.

If you’re looking for a fruity smoothie, consider our Bouquet Bliss Smoothie. Featuring an ensemble of flavors including pineapple, strawberries, bananas, and orange juice, this delicious smoothie might just become your new favorite. Try our Pineapple Party Smoothie, featuring pineapple, strawberries, and freshly squeezed orange juice for a tasty and refreshing treat that’s great for fun in the sun and also makes for a sweet escape on a dreary day.

Need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? How about an anytime pick-me-up? Our tasty Kale Komfort Smoothie packs a nutritious, energizing punch with a blend of pineapple, honeydew, kale, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

What are the Best Unique Smoothie Ideas?

For more refreshing smoothie ideas you might be overlooking, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite smoothie ideas.


Pete MartinPete Martin

Pete Martin is a personal trainer, Holistic Health copywriter and founder of The Vegan Varsity.

“My favorite smoothie idea that most people overlook is an oat-ily delicious and versatile smoothie. When most people think of smoothies, they think fruit. But oats can be a great way to bulk up and spice up your protein shakes.

I mix one scoop of my protein powder with 200-250ml almond milk and a 45g bowl of muesli. It’s low-fat, with enough carbs to fuel any morning workout and enough protein if you want to use it to feed your muscles post-workout, too.

I’ve been known to throw some berries in there, too, or a banana with a teaspoon of peanut butter if I feel I need it!

A little tip: vanilla-flavor protein work best with this one.”


Mark McShaneMark McShane

Mark McShane is the Owner & CEO of Skills Training Group, a leading first aid training provider. He’s an expert at Sales & Marketing, specializing in PPC, SEO, Web design/UX & CRO.

“There are a few ingredients that I feel often get overlooked when it comes to making smoothies.

For me, adding a little bit of ginger or turmeric can really help to spice things up and add an extra flavor dimension. I also love using fresh herbs like mint or basil — they can really brighten up a smoothie and make it taste more unique. Finally, I think that a lot of people forget about the power of adding healthy fats to their smoothies — things like avocado or coconut oil can make a big difference in terms of both flavor and nutrition.”


Isla ZyairIsla Zyair

Isla Zyair is a Nutritionist and Blogger at Obesity Controller Association.

“My favorite smoothie idea that people overlook is the Mocha Acai smoothie.

It is made up of two parts. The first part is nut milk (almond, cashew, or coconut) and cacao powder. The second part, the Mocha Acai part, is a homemade acai extract. This is my favorite because it is so good. It is also made up of strawberries and bananas.

Other favorite smoothie ideas are kale, coconut yogurt, banana, green apple, blueberry, avocado, and a little lemon juice and honey. What I like about these smoothies is their nutritional value. Kale has a lot of protein, so it’s excellent for athletes and people on the go. Avocados have a lot of good anti-inflammatory fats. Green apples and lemons have a lot of vitamin C, which is great for your immune system and skin. Blueberries are full of antioxidants that help you fight aging and damage to your cells. And lastly, bananas are great for potassium, which is good for your heart, and potassium can also help cut the risk of a stroke.”


Luke DeszczulkaLuke Deszczulka

Luke is the co-founder of MassageGunAdvice, where we review Massage Guns in great detail with content that is meticulously researched and medically reviewed for accuracy.

“My favorite smoothie idea that most people overlook is The Banana Protein Caffeinató.

Ingredients:

  • A good handful of ice
  • 2x shots of your favorite espresso
  • 1x whole banana
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt (frozen, if possible)
  • 1/2 Scoop of ON Mocha Protein Powder or any other mocha-flavored protein powder (optional for additional protein)
  • 1x pump of sugar-free chocolate syrup
  • 1x pump of Kahlua syrup

It’s low in calories, has a good amount of protein from the Greek yogurt and the protein powder, and hits that caffeine spot just where you want it. The banana also balances the heavy tones from the espresso.

It’s a superb way to start your day. Pair it with a healthy bowl of overnight oats, and you have the perfect breakfast.”


Susan GagnonSusan Gagnon

@costumesheaven

Susan Gagnon is the editor-in-chief of Costumes Heaven.

“My favorite smoothie idea is the blueberry peanut butter smoothie.

It’s a misconception that bananas are the only fruit to include in a peanut butter protein smoothie, but blueberries are also important. Blueberries are also a wonder food of nature. They are incredibly rich in antioxidants and aid in preventing bladder infections. Who could have thought a smoothie would have such high nutritional value?

With blueberries, everything becomes healthy and positive. Amazingly, they can even strengthen the body against cancer. All these factors make blueberries the perfect smoothie ingredient. Mix them up with a little peanut butter, and you’ve got a smoothie that not only tastes great but also improves your overall health.”


Deepanshu BediDeepanshu Bedi

Deepanshu Bedi is a 28-year-old enterprising company owner with a strong background in online marketing. His experience lies in driving sales across multiple business verticals, including wellness and e-commerce. He also has a Master of Technology in Artificial Intelligence & Electronics.

“My favorite smoothie idea that most people overlook is a Roasted Strawberry and Tahini Buttermilk Smoothie.

This has got to be one of my favorite smoothie recipes. It’s creamy, nutty, fruity, and smoky all at the same time.

It uses one pound of strawberries, three tablespoons of raw sugar, one frozen banana, a pinch of Kosher salt, one and a half cups of buttermilk, three tablespoons of tahini, and crushed toasted sesame seeds for garnish.

All you need to do is toss the strawberry in sugar and salt, let them sit for 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves, roast them in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, and let them cool. Then toss all the prepared ingredients together with one cup of ice to a jammy consistency.”


Lisa LottsLisa Lotts

@Garlicandzest

Lisa Lotts is the owner and publisher of Garlic and Zest, a food and cooking website launched in 2013.

Tropical Green Detox Smoothie is one of the best.

Tropical flavors like fresh pineapple, banana, orange, ginger, and coconut milk give this healthy frosty drink just the right sweetness and tang. Nutrient-dense green leaf kale gives this kale smoothie recipe its signature verdant hue and fiber-rich boost. We love this green smoothie recipe for a healthy start to the day or as a post-workout pick-me-up.”


Elisa BenderElisa Bender

@RevenueGeekz

Elisa Bender is the co-founder of RevenueGeeks.

“When making a smoothie, you should make sure to choose the right liquid base.

Choose filtered water, coconut water, or any dairy-free milk (such as oat, almond, hemp, or cashew) for an extra creamy smoothie. You should steer clear of fruit juices most of the time, though, as they add unnecessary sugar. A smoothie is not complete without greens. Fresh leafy greens such as spinach or kale are an easy way to sneak in greens. This is a recipe for making the perfect smoothie.”


Kristin WeeksKristin Weeks

Kristin is the owner of the blog DirtandDough.com,  where she shares homemade recipes, teaches people how to make sourdough bread, and shares gardening tips and tricks.

“We love smoothies, and I enjoy sharing my favorites on my blog.

Some are traditional pairings but two, in particular, are combinations people wouldn’t really think about. They are a beet and blueberry smoothie and a strawberry rhubarb smoothie.

The beet smoothie calls for either raw or cooked beets, and pairing them with frozen blueberries, yogurt, banana, and honey makes the beet shine. This smoothie is a great way to incorporate beets into a regular routine.

The strawberry rhubarb smoothie is a combination straight from the garden and a classic pairing typically found in baked goods. This smoothie is like a strawberry rhubarb pie but without all the sugar.”


Christine PittmanChristine Pittman

Christine Pittman is the founder of COOKtheSTORY, creating recipes that take less time in the kitchen, giving you more time at the table. Christine is the author of The All New Chicken Cookbook: 200+ Chicken Recipes for the Air Fryer, Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, and More!

“One of my favorite smoothie recipes, the Cranberry Sauce Smoothie, is perfect for this time of the year.

Around the holidays, cranberry sauce is a popular ingredient. However, a lot of leftover cranberry sauce can go to waste. This recipe comes from my mom, she used to spoon leftover cranberry sauce into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, these cubes are the base of the cranberry sauce smoothie just add apple, Greek yogurt, milk, and an apple. The holiday-themed treat tastes just like fall!”


Isabella FlintIsabella Flint

Isabella Flint is the founder of Fanatically Food, a culinary website that aims to prove that you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to make gourmet meals and provides all the knowledge you need to make simple food taste amazing.

“One of my favorite smoothies at the moment is an avocado, chocolate, and blueberry smoothie.

I stumbled across this from a friend of mine, and my first thought was that avocado and chocolate wouldn’t work together, so I tried it out.

It works surprisingly well! The Avocado gives the dark chocolate a creamy, almost buttery texture that is balanced out by the blueberries. I really recommend giving it a try.”


Natalie KravatNatalie Kravat

Natalie Kravat is a registered dietitian working as an editor at Jugo Feed.

“This pumpkin spice smoothie is one of my favorite smoothie recipes that isn’t very common but perfect for fall time!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

All you have to do is put all the ingredients in a blender, add a desired amount of ice to give it the consistency you’d like, and blend!”


Chelsea Mae PlummerChelsea Mae Plummer

Chelsea is a dog-loving foodie and the sole recipe developer, food photographer, and content creator behind Mae’s Menu. As an aspiring intuitive eater, Chelsea believes there’s room in a healthy diet for both veggies and treats.

“One thing I love adding to my smoothies is hemp seeds!

Not only do they add a nutritional boost of protein and fiber, but they are pretty much
tasteless and help me to stay full for longer! They’re relatively inexpensive, as you only really need to add a tablespoon or two to your smoothie in the morning!”


Dr. Staci HolwegerDr. Staci Holweger

Dr. Staci Holweger is the Founder and Dr. of Regenerative medicine at Lifepatches.

“A smoothie is simple to make and packed with nutritional value.

If you have a blender and ingredients for a smoothie, you’re set! You can add bananas, strawberries, and milk. This smoothie is so yummy! You can add whey protein, almond milk, and fruit to it. This is a perfect drink for pre-workout, post-workout, or just to treat yourself.

Always make smoothies with ingredients that you know you can find easily. Enjoy!”


Maria ShriverMaria Shriver

Maria Shriver is the Co-founder and CEO of MOSH, a mission-driven company that looks to educate consumers on what they eat and drink impacts their mental and physical health.

“While blueberry smoothies are a classic, adding cauliflower to the mix makes it smoother and creamier.

And as cauliflower is such a mild flavor, it won’t overwhelm the juicy sweetness of the blueberry. The bonus is that blueberry and cauliflower are both brain-boosting superfoods. So go ahead and sip that morning brain fog away.

Simply take 2 cups of frozen cauliflower florets; 2 cups of frozen blueberries; 1 ripe banana; 1 cup of water; 2 cups of the milk of your choice (I prefer oat milk); and ½ cup of almond butter (or peanut butter or sunflower butter).

Combine the frozen cauliflower, water, and milk in a blender, and blend on high until smooth. You may want to add additional water to reach your preferred consistency. Then pour and enjoy! Bye, bye, brain fog!”


DJ MazzoniDJ Mazzoni

DJ Mazzoni is a Medical Reviewer at Illuminate Health.

“My favorite smoothie idea that most people overlook is a High-Calorie Muscle Gain Smoothie.

For individuals actively working out and seeking to gain muscle, a high-calorie, high-protein smoothie made at home can be a much healthier option than commercial mass gainer shakes.

A smoothie with oats, coconut, whey protein sourced from grass-fed animals and peanut butter is a healthy base that will provide more than 1,000 calories and more than 50 grams of protein. Add some fruits and vegetables for taste and micronutrients, and you have a muscle gain smoothie that’s nutritious and healthy!”


George DuranGeorge Duran

@chefgeorgeduran

Best known for Food Network shows Ham on the Street and The Secret Life of, TLC’s The Ultimate Cake Off, Chef George Duran is the author of the popular cookbook, Take This Dish and Twist It, which is packed with mouthwatering recipes for unexpected takes on comfort foods and snacks.

“Instead of using ice, I like freezing watermelon juice in an ice tray (Wonder Melon cold-pressed juice is good for this because it keeps its fresh flavor and you can have it anytime) and popping the frozen cubes into the blender to make refreshing smoothies that aren’t watered down.”


Jayme MullerJayme Muller

Jayme Muller is the Brand Manager at RTA Outdoor Living. They make outdoor kitchen projects more accessible to U.S. homeowners by reducing the barriers of designing, purchasing, and building.

“When an ice cream craving hits, I opt for a Matcha Banana Smoothie Bowl instead.

This yummy, anytime treat tastes just like ice cream, but it’s chock full of vitamins, calcium, protein, potassium, and antioxidants. A Matcha Banana Smoothie Bowl is also perfect for when you’re feeling a little run down because it’s immune-boosting, has just 5 ingredients, and takes only 5 minutes to make.

Simply blend ¼ cup of almond butter and ¼ cup of honey; mix in 1 cup of almond milk and ¼ cup of matcha powder; then add 2 peeled, sliced & frozen bananas; and blend until smooth. Then pour into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. I prefer blueberries and strawberries with chia seeds for a morning snack and shaved dark chocolate and coconut for a nighttime indulgence.”


Jacklin AltmanJacklin Altman

Jacklin Altman is the creator of Philly-based food blog Food by the Gram, which is focused on creating lightened-up versions of your favorite recipes.

“I love a pumpkin pie smoothie, which is loaded with nutrients, is filling, and tastes like liquid pie in a glass.

It makes for a great breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 banana
  • 5-7 ice cubes
  • 5 tbsp vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • Whipped cream + cinnamon to garnish

Combine all ingredients except whipped cream + cinnamon into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness as you’d like by adding more maple syrup. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon. Enjoy!”


Nikki WilliamsNikki Williams

Nikki Williams is a chef by trade. She works in a busy kitchen and knows the importance of having quick and easy meal options. That’s why she started Top Canned Food, to help people easily find the best canned food options available.

“My favorite smoothie idea that most people overlook is the Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie.

It’s a good idea to buy a large bag when these lovely tiny oranges are in season. This smoothie resembles a creamy Orange Julius but has more nutrients to get you through the day. A successful breakfast smoothie, for sure!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of dairy- or dairy-free milk
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 4 peeled mandarin oranges
  • One banana, frozen
  • Flaxseeds, ground, two teaspoons
  • Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

Blend all the ingredients in a powerful blender until they are completely smooth. Pour into a glass, then take a sip.”


Bridgette WitteBridgette Witte

Bridgette is a chef by trade, and in her free time, she runs the website Culinary Debates which answers common questions about popular food.

“My favorite smoothie idea that most people overlook is the Almond Orange Smoothie.

A quick, easy, and filling morning smoothie that uses ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry and refrigerator.

Ingredients:

  • 2 peeled navel oranges
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence or 1 scraped vanilla bean
  • 1.5 tbsp. almond butter

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients for 30 seconds in a powerful blender.

Serve right away.”


Jessica RandhawaJessica Randhawa

Jessica Randhawa is the head chef, recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind The Forked Spoon.

“Acai bowls are one of the most overlooked smoothie recipes.

Ready in just a few minutes, Acai Bowls are filled with acai berry puree, fruit, and all your favorite toppings.”


Christel OerumChristel Oerum

Christel Oerum is the founder, CEO, and content director of Diabetes Strong, an online resource for anyone who wants to adopt a healthy lifestyle while living with diabetes. Christel’s aim is to show that diabetes doesn’t have to limit anyone in how they approach their day-to-day lives and that with some easy lifestyle changes, there is nothing you can’t do with diabetes.

“From what I have seen from the smoothie recipes online, many people opt for smoothies that are sweetened with lots of fruit and other sugar-based products. However, I absolutely love finding new combinations of vegetable smoothies that bring their own unusual sweetness without being completely overpowering — like a carrot smoothie! I use Greek yogurt to give the carrots a rich creaminess, and then a touch of ginger and cinnamon to complement the carrot’s earthy flavors.”


Deniz EfeDeniz Efe

Deniz is the Founder of FitnessEquipped.com, a Former Leader of a Governmental Initiative (Cooperation with the Austrian Football Association), and a Student of Molecular Biotechnology.

“Smoothie bowls are a great way to mix up your smoothie routine.

They can include any combination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. My favorite combo is banana, strawberries, spinach, and chia seeds.

Another great option is to add some spices to your smoothie. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory spice that can add a lot of flavor and health benefits to your smoothie. Other spices that can be fun to experiment with include cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.

If you’re looking for a creamy texture, add some yogurt or avocado to your smoothie. Yogurt gives a nice tangy flavor, while avocado makes the smoothie creamier.

Finally, don’t forget about healthy add-ins like protein powder or superfoods like chia seeds or maca powder. These additions can help you get the most out of your smoothie and give you sustained energy throughout the day.”


Veronica ThompsonVeronica Thompson

Veronica Thompson is the COO of Everyday Power. She also holds an MBA. In her free time, she bakes, dances, and paints. She also often reads books, which inspires her to be a better person every day.

“The Spinach Breakfast Smoothie is one of the most delicious and vitamin-packed smoothies that’s easy to prepare but is often overlooked.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery sticks
  • ¼ tsp spirulina
  • 1 banana 300ml rice milk
  • 4 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 100g broccoli florets, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful spinach (about 50g/2oz), roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. Prepare the blender.
  2. Add 300 to 500ml water.
  3. Mix all ingredients and blend until smooth.”

Sarah WatsonSarah Watson

Sarah Watson is a Chief Operating Officer at BPTLAB and oversees its research division. Sarah has a postgraduate degree in psychology and 15 years of leadership experience in international companies. She is also a certified life and career coach and is passionate about helping people and organizations understand themselves better.

“One idea most people overlook is to add citrus peels to a smoothie for extra flavor and nutrition. Citrus fruits are a good source of vitamins C and A, as well as fiber. Peeling the fruit before adding it to your smoothie helps to release these nutrients into the drink. If you don’t have fresh citrus fruits on hand, you can also use frozen citrus juice or canned citrus segments.

Citrus peels offer a blast of flavor to the smoothie while also providing fiber and vitamin C. Furthermore, the peel contains significant phytochemicals, including flavonoids, carotenoids, and limonene.

Just be sure to avoid adding any of the bitter white pith to your smoothie.”


Ryan BollingRyan Bolling

Ryan Bolling is a behavior analyst with over 8 years of experience. She began her career as a special education teacher in a co-taught setting. She has a Master of Science in Special Education Teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

“I love to add cayenne to a smoothie.

Cayenne pepper is a great addition to a smoothie. It has many health benefits, including boosting the immune system and helping to fight inflammation. Cayenne is also a natural fat burner, so it can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Just add a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the smoothie and enjoy the benefits. Cayenne gives a delightful contrast to sweet smoothie components and various possible health advantages.”


If you’re tired of the same old smoothie, these tasty smoothie ideas — such as a Cocoa Bananarama Smoothie, Kale Komfort Smoothie, Pineapple Party Smoothie, Spinach Breakfast Smoothie, Almond Orange Smoothie, and more — are definitely worth a try. Whether you’re looking for a nutritious smoothie, an energizing smoothie, or a smoothie that makes the perfect substitute for your favorite dessert, you’ll find an amazing smoothie idea that offers a unique blend of all your favorite flavors.