Whether you’re trying to cut calories and are looking for tasty meal replacement options or are just in search of a delicious, refreshing treat perfect to enjoy on a warm summer afternoon, smoothies are the perfect anytime treat.
With an endless variety of ingredients to experiment with, it’s easy to find a smoothie to fit anyone’s taste. From banana smoothies to strawberry smoothies, kale smoothies, and so much more, there’s a perfect blend of flavors to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Want to enjoy a smoothie on the go? Stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store to enjoy a refreshing, delicious smoothie made from fresh, never-frozen ingredients. Our Edible® Treats menu includes a variety of delectable smoothies, such as the classic favorite Strawberry + Pineapple + Banana or the perfectly sweet Mocha Almond + Banana. Our Pineapple + Honeydew + Kale smoothie is also a big hit with customers looking for a tasty treat packed with nutrition. You can even create your own mouth-watering flavor combination by choosing your own ingredients from our Create-Your-Own menu for limitless delicious possibilities!
For more must-try smoothie recipes, 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.
Joe Flanagan is the Operating Officer at Suddora.
“Beetroot, kale, and berries:
“Use 1 cooked beetroot – not pickled, 25g of kale, 100g berries, and 200ml of water. Throw in a handful of oats to thicken.
“Berries are uses to sweeten, oats to fill, kale and beetroot hold iron benefits, and the latter is proven to lower blood pressure and boost performance during exercise.
“It’s a beetroot boost with a twist.”
Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams
Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams is a pharmacist turned wellness writer and content creator at The Domestic Life Stylist.com. Lisa has appeared on both national and regional television, including the Dr. Oz Show. She enjoys cooking up wellness recipes where antioxidants and non-inflammatory ingredients reign supreme.
“My favorite smoothie is a berry kale smoothie. Kale is full of nutrients like fiber, vitamin k, protein, vitamin B6, calcium, and more. The berries are packed with antioxidants, and of course bananas are filled with potassium and a natural dose of sweetness. Don’t worry, you can barely taste the kale, and kids love it too!”
Marly McMillen is a certified plant-based home chef and shares easy vegan recipes on her site, Namely Marly.
“The best smoothie has lots of healthy greens in it, in addition to delicious flavor. Does that sound like an impossible combination? It isn’t! Because when you include things like fresh spinach with a banana, some green tea, and maybe even some matcha powder, you have yourself a smoothie that not only tastes great, but it’s so good for you! Green tea is a flavonoid-rich food that can be great for your metabolism! You can add other flavor and nutrient enhancers, like a scoop of plant-based vanilla protein powder, too.”
Lisa Richards is a nutritionist, published author, and expert on low-sugar diets. Through her website, TheCandidaDiet.com, she explains the benefits of a low-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet designed to beat candida overgrowth and restore optimal gut health.
“My energy-boosting morning smoothie contains half an avocado, half a banana, half a cup of frozen berries like blueberries, some frozen vegetables like broccoli, a quarter cup of kefir, a pinch of Himalayan sea salt, and a small scoop of hemp seeds or chia seeds. I mix in a scoop of high-quality pea protein powder, add water, and blend it all together in my Vitamix.
“This smoothie contains lots of healthy fats and protein from the avocado, kefir, and protein powder. This gives me sustained energy throughout the morning. It’s also rich in antioxidants and micronutrients and contains a good dose of probiotic bacteria from the kefir. It gives me a solid nutritional foundation to start the day!”
Abe Navas is the General Manager of Emily’s Maids, a house cleaning service in Dallas. Their mission is to make families happier by creating clean, healthy home environments.
“A banana smoothie is perfect for every occasion.
“For one big smoothie:
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon sugar or honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons oatmeal”
Beverly works as a content manager for several consumer websites such as MyFoodSubscriptions and ReviewingThis, with a background in marketing, social media, and business development. She also has a personal affinity for anything and everything related to home cooking or baking, recipes, and particularly making delicious and unique smoothies (that taste great without breaking the calorie bank).
“My favorite go-to smoothie is a fresh fruity spin on a Pumpkin Puree Spice Smoothie with hints of nutmeg.
“This is a spin on a traditional pumpkin smoothie recipe I’d found. I tried adding some fresh fruits along with different spices to get the perfect taste down, and have received many compliments on it (and certainly enjoy it myself).
“This recipe combines fresh pumpkin puree with fruit like bananas and raspberries for a naturally sweet flavor, along with cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as maple syrup. While it isn’t your average smoothie or green pick, it’s absolutely delicious, filled with protein, and comes in at under 300 calories, which is quite a bit less than your average Starbucks drink. It’s even tastier given the fresh quality homemade spin.
“The recipe calls for:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tablespoon allspice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup soy milk (you can supplement with almond, regular, or skim as per your preference)
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin puree (can be supplemented with canned)
- 1/4 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup raspberries (if desired for additional sweetness)
“Simply mix/puree all ingredients together until smooth using your standard blender.
“This recipe comes in at 296 total calories, with 4 grams of fat and 10 grams of protein, but can be made even lighter by supplementing whole milk for skim and using less maple syrup. I’ve found it to be just as tasty using 3/4 of a tablespoon of nutmeg and with skim milk. You can also put your own spin on it by adding in additional fruit or experimenting with different spices. It is not only delicious, but it provides me with amazing energy (along with protein) for hours that’s better than any cup of coffee as a morning or much-needed afternoon pick-me-up. It usually yields two servings per the provided recipe.”
Bryan Stoddard is currently running a website called Homewares Insider that explores all things related to homes, interior design, furniture, and gardening. He’s also a passionate home designer who loves to tinker with DIY, design, and organizing schemes.
“If you sometimes take too long to wake up in the morning and you don’t have enough time for breakfast, use this simple and quick recipe for a delicious, nutrient-filled smoothie that you can drink on your way to work.
“For one serving of this oatmeal smoothie, you’ll need:
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 1/2 cups of white yogurt with low-fat content
- 1 cut banana
- 1/2 cups oatmeal flakes
- 1 spoonful honey
- 1 cup coconut milk
“Blend the ingredients in the order in which they are listed. First the raspberry with ice and then the other ingredients. Mix until you’re satisfied, and enjoy.”
Cam is a blogger and publisher of RealHomeJobsNow.com, a site dedicated to helping job seekers find legitimate work that can be done from the comfort of home. She’s been researching home-based work and working at home since 2008.
“My favorite smoothie recipe makes a bright and delicious smoothie that maintains its beautiful green color and provides a great mix of carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 scoop unflavored protein powder
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored
- 2 celery stalks
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks (or more/less for desired taste)
- Filtered water (enough to reach desired consistency)
“Blend and enjoy! Note: If you prefer a cold smoothie, make sure to use cold water and/or add ice. If you are using a high wattage blender, you can blend all ingredients at once. If not, blend the first three ingredients with water, then add the remainder with enough water to reach the desired consistency.”
Meaghan is a self-taught foodie and down to earth writer with the Grit and Grace Project and BeautyfromBurntToast. When she’s not in the kitchen cooking up something new or working on her latest article, you can find her living the real life as a wife, mother, coffee lover, and book nerd.
“My favorite smoothie recipe is The Best Green Detox Smoothie:
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 frozen banana (cut into pieces)
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or 2 cups coconut water for a thinner smoothie)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup”
Liliana Alvarez is the Founder of WhoopWellness.com. She helps vegans who are struggling to lose weight shed the extra pounds, so they can feel more confident, more energetic, and in turn unlock ageless health!
“Because I am vegan, a smoothie is almost always my morning go-to. It is so easy to prepare and so convenient since I am always on the go! I’ve tried many variations of smoothies, but this recipe is my best work:
- 2 cups water (you can also use soy or almond milk, but I prefer water to save some calories)
- 1 banana (frozen ones are better to make the smoothie be colder and thicker)
- 1 date (makes my smoothie taste sweeter)
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (for protein and healthy fats)
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds (for the omega-3s)
- 1/2 cup of berries (they are loaded with antioxidants)
- As much power greens or spinach as you can handle (you won’t even be able to taste them, trust me)
“Instructions: Blend everything up together. Yep, that’s it! You have to try this recipe. I promise you will feel satisfied and amazing afterwards!”
Katie Horgan is the Co-Founder and VP of Business Development with the Certified B Corp and shopping rewards program, GivingAssistant.org. She specializes in identifying, developing, and launching new ideas into the market.
“I love smoothies. I just finished one today:
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen kale
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/4 avocado
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- Collagen peptides
- Chia seeds
- Nut butter (sunflower seed is my favorite)
“Sometimes, I add a splash for greens powder for extra good juju. And if I’m really hungry, I use less almond milk to make it dense, then pour into a bowl and top with granola, honey, and fresh fruit.”
Yasmin is the cook behind By The Forkful, providing easy, plant-based recipes that everyone can enjoy.
“My favorite smoothie (as in, I have it almost every single day!), is simple, healthy, and utterly delicious. It consists of:
- Half a frozen banana (I always keep sliced bananas in my freezer)
- A handful of frozen mixed berries
- A scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder
- 100mls ice cold water
- 200mls almond milk
“I’ll then stir a tablespoon of chia seeds into the blended smoothie for extra protein and fiber to keep me fuller for longer! To mix things up, I often turn this smoothie into a smoothie bowl base, which is equally delicious!”
Amy McCord Jones
Amy McCord Jones is the owner of Flower Moxie.
“My favorite recipe is this Superfood Smoothie recipe. I started drinking smoothies every morning about a year ago. Like a new coffee drinker, I started out by making my smoothies taste like a candy bar (full of peanut butter, chocolate, and bananas) but quickly learned that if I wanted to trim down my muffin top, I’d need to develop a more ‘mature’ palette. It was a bit of trial and error, but I finally came up with a recipe that was healthy and drinkable. Sure, it’s no pina colada, but it will do.
- Scoop of Vanilla Vega Protein Powder
- Handful of frozen blueberries
- Handful of frozen spinach
- Teaspoon of tumeric
- Add ice and water”
Patti Tucker is the Owner, Editor, and Writer at Oh, Mrs. Tucker!
“Who doesn’t love an easy and delicious smoothie? This one is simple and packs a nutritional powerhouse punch with no added sugar.
“Bonus: Kidlets love it and don’t need to know the details of the how good it is for them. Shhhh.
“The secret to the creaminess of this smoothie is using frozen fruit in place of ice. Add a fun straw – BAMMO! Now it’s a party.”
Andy Griffiths is an online personal trainer who specializes in fast tracked body transformations. As well as offering exercise advice, he can also customize dietary and nutrition plans to meet the needs of clients.
“Peanut butter and jelly is a favorite breakfast flavor combination, and this smoothie offers a healthy, protein rich, and dairy free alternative to the usual recipe.
“We’re encouraged to eat 0.8 grams of protein per kilo of body weight per day, but it can be difficult to pack this in. Peanut butter is rich in protein, while soy milk offers higher protein and is cholesterol free. The additional protein powder not only adds a vanilla kick to the recipe but also adds a little extra protein to the mix.
“A single serving of this smoothie provides 30g of protein, as well as 26g of carbs, 12g of fat, and 330Kcal of energy. It makes a great breakfast treat because it will provide sustenance for the morning, and it also proves a great snack treat, whether you’re sticking to a healthy diet or not.
- 100g frozen berries
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 30g vanilla protein powder
- 240 ml soy milk
“Blend all the ingredients together until you get your desired consistency.”
Heather Schisler is the founder of PassionForSavings.com where she shares money saving deals and recipes for saving your time, money, and sanity!
“My favorite smoothie recipe is this Pomegranate Strawberry Smoothie recipe. It’s perfect for summer when strawberries are on sale and also has the perfect blend of yogurt and fruit. It’s great for making on your way out the door in the mornings. I like to keep mine in a Yeti cup so that it stays cold all morning while I’m working out or running errands.
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 2 tsp honey
- 3/4 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
- 1/3 cup yogurt
- 4 ice cubes
“Directions: Whisk honey into pomegranate juice until completely dissolved. Add pomegranate mixture and remaining ingredients to blender. Run for 2 minutes or until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with pomegranate arils if desired.”
Chef Jess has her own meal delivery service and catering company. Chef Jess has been featured on the The Food Network, The Today Show, and Essence Magazine. In addition to being a chef, she is a registered dietitian, which is a rare combo. She will be a featured chef at this year’s Essence Festival Eats Stage.
“Here’s my favorite recipe for the ideal smoothie:
- 1 scoop pea protein powder (high protein, no saturated fat)
- 1 large handful kale (low calorie, high in nutrients)
- ½ cup frozen blueberries (low on the glycemic index)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (high in fiber and good fats)
- ½ cup ice (calorie free)
- ½ cup water (calorie free)
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (sugar free)
“Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth.”
Roberta Perry is the President at ScrubzBody Skin Care Products and the President and Author at Point to Point Partners Press.
“My favorite smoothie recipe these days is as follows:
- 1 large head of spinach
- 4 large kale leaves
- 1 cucumber
- 6 celery stalks
- 1 apple
- 2 very large pineapple chunks
- 1.5 inch piece of ginger
- 2 lemons
“If juicing only, add the above ingredients and put through the juicer. If you’re making a smoothie, add 4 oz. of coconut or regular water, starting with the greens and adding the rest as it whips.”
Deborah Lucero is a best-selling author of BEF*#%ING AMAZING! and the Founder of Live Your Full Life.
“My favorite smoothie recipe is an Avocado Pear Smoothie which I call The Best Smoothie Ever. It’s packed with healthy fat, low in calories, and curbs overeating!
“Note: If possible, shop for items that are organic, unsweetened, and do not contain preservatives.
- Flesh of 1/2 of a medium-sized avocado
- 1 medium-sized fresh, ripe pear, core & skin removed
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
“Instructions: add all ingredients into food processor or blender. Mix. ENJOY!
“Avocado is considered a healthy fat, so it will keep you full and satisfied.
“Pears are great to eat if you’re watching your weight or diabetic, because they rank low on the Glycemic Index.
“Spinach is low in calories and it curbs overeating.”
Danielle Hunter is a yoga, pug, guacamole, and smoothie-loving health researcher and marketing queen at Formulated For You.
“I’m a big fan of acai smoothies. Acai bowls are all the rage, but sometimes I don’t have time to make it look all pretty, so simply zipping it all up in a blender works just fine for me. My go to smoothie recipe comes down to a simple four-step formula:
- High quality protein powder for longer satiation
- A little bit of fruit for natural sweetness (like berries or half a tartness of the acai)
- Coconut milk for added creaminess and healthy fats
- The acai powder, of course!
“Optional Additions: To this, I’ll also usually add a handful of fresh greens like spinach leaves, a pinch of cinnamon, and a superfood powder like Maca for the added health benefits.
“The best thing about smoothies is they’re an easy way to get more micronutrients into your diet without really trying!”
David Leonhardt is an eclectic writer. Nutrition is only one of his interests, along with the great outdoors, fantasy fiction, and puzzles.
“My favorite smoothie recipe is based on melon, because I love the flavor.
- 1 very ripe banana (ideally frozen, for a thicker texture)
- Half a medium-size cantaloupe
- Half a medium-size honeydew
- A handful of baby spinach
- A touch of grated ginger (I keep it in the freezer, so that it grates easier)
- A tablespoon of cinnamon
- A cup of milk
“For nutritional purposes, I usually add some ground flax, ground chia, or hulled hemp seeds (or a combination of the three). These are optional, but good additions if you want an even healthier smoothie.
“Note: I have also added watermelon to this, but I do not recommend adding much, as it changes the flavor substantially.”
Rebecca Park is a Registered Nurse from New York City and founder of the natural health resource, RemediesForMe.com. She is always looking for new ways to eat healthier and to find foods that will benefit her gut health and metabolism.
“Breakfast green protein smoothies help to keep you full and lose weight. They also taste great! Here are my two favorite green smoothie recipes.
“Green Blend Smoothie
“This smoothie contains healthy, good, satiating fats, vitamins and minerals, and omega-3s. Recipe:
- 1-2 scoops of protein powder
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup of organic vanilla soy/almond/cashew milk
“Spirulina is a superfood that is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Protein helps you to stay full for longer and makes building lean muscle quicker. More muscles help the body to burn more calories throughout the day. Recipe:
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 cup of organic vanilla soy/almond/cashew milk
- 1 banana”
Candess Zona-Mendola is an award-winning blogger, the Editor of MakeFoodSafe.com, and the Senior Trial Paralegal for the Lange Law Firm, PLLC. Candess became a paralegal in order to help people. When Candess learned that millions of Americans each year were becoming sick from food contaminated with pathogens, she wanted to do something about it.
“My favorite smoothie recipe is The Chunky Chimp.
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or dry milk with sugar-free chocolate syrup)
- ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup of almond milk (or whatever kind of milk you like)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (or any other nut butter you like)
- ½ cup crushed ice
- Optional: 1 tsp honey or Splenda to taste for some additional sweetness)
“Directions: Throw it all in and blend it up!”
These delicious smoothies make a great anytime treat, or you can use them as a meal replacement or a tasty way to add some essential nutrients to your diet. If you’re in the mood for an oh-so-delicious smoothie when you’re on the run, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store to try one of our amazing done-for-you smoothies. Choose any combination of our fresh, never-frozen ingredients from our Edible® Treats menu for a completely custom flavor blend created just for you.