20+ Healthy Smoothie Ideas

20+ Healthy Smoothie Ideas

Looking for Healthy Smoothie Ideas?  Try my 20 BEST Smoothie Recipes that can help you get back on track after the holidays.  These good and easy smoothie ideas cover everything from breakfast fruit smoothies to easy and simple yogurt smoothie snacks.  There is something for everyone!

Healthy Smoothie Ideas collage with 3 smoothies.

Healthy Smoothie Ideas

With Christmas winding down and New Year’s almost here, it’s time to think about and embrace the inspiration a New Year brings.  I’m a sucker for fresh starts, new beginnings, and goals so this time of year always feels so uplifting to me.  Even though 2021 still holds a lot of uncertainty, there is magic this time of year that is super motivating to start new goals like becoming a bit healthier.

I never stray off the healthy eating course much, but I do allow myself to indulge around the holidays without guilt.  I firmly believe life is about balance and we should not deprive ourselves especially around holidays centered around food.  Now that the holidays are over though, I’m also all about taking this special time of year to get back to embracing healthy whole foods.  One of my favorite ways to add nutrients to my diet is embracing healthy smoothie ideas!

Are Smoothies Good For You?

The short answer is they CAN be!  If you include healthy ingredients in reasonable proportions smoothies can be a great way to get extra nutrients and a fast and tasty meal.  Often smoothies at restaurants and cafes can be filled with unhealthy ingredients or even ice cream.  Make sure you read the ingredients before you dive in.

My Healthy Smoothie Ideas feature frozen fruits and often bonus ingredients like leafy greens, ginger, or turmeric.  To get a healthy smoothie be cautious of what’s going in them and proportions. Otherwise, you could end up with a 1000 calorie smoothie!

The Best Blender for Smoothies

You don’t need a super fancy blender to make good smoothies.  In fact, I’ve used several $30 blenders to make a lot of smoothies shown below.  I did finally upgrade my blender to THIS ONE to make baby food for the twins BUT don’t not having a fancy blender keep you from making smoothies.  A lot of the more expensive blenders to blend frozen fruit and ice without as much fuss, but many of them still work.

Here are some of my top picks at different price points from budget to deluxe.

How to Make a Smoothie

Before we dive into my Healthy Smoothie Ideas I wanted to share a few of my tips to make a smoothie.  I firmly believe smoothies should have just a few ingredients and come together in less than 5 minutes!  I make mine with whole foods and try to sneak in superfood and health boosts when possible.

Here’s how to make a smoothie…

  1. Grab all of your ingredients first.
  2. Add the ingredients to your trusty blender.
  3. Blend your smoothie until creamy.  If it seems too thick add a little more of the liquid until you hit your desired consistency.  If you have a less powerful blender you may need to stop the blending for a moment and manually stir the smoothie around to get it going.
  4. Pour in your favorite mason jar and enjoy.

Smoothie Toppings

You can enjoy your smoothies plain or with fun toppings!  Here are some of my favorites.

  • Peanut Butter
  • Granola
  • Nuts
  • Seeds (Chia or Flax)
  • Fresh Fruit

I’ve published a lot of fabulous smoothies over the years on Running in a Skirt and today I’m sharing 20 of my favorite Healthy Smoothie Ideas so you can get back to embracing healthy food too.  Before we dive into the recipes, I wanted to share a few of my tips on my favorite blenders and how to make creamy smoothies.  Plus be sure to scroll to the bottom for my basic recipes to turn any of your favorite fruits into a smoothie!

 

 

20+ Healthy Smoothie Ideas

Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Smoothie

Looking for my best healthy smoothie ideas?  This is it!  This Green Detox Smoothie features kale and ginger wrapped in a sweet tropical based smoothie with pineapple and banana.  It tastes so good you’ll never even taste the greens!

THE Best Detox Green Smoothie Recipe/ Running in a Skirt

Orange Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie

If you are looking for a smoothie idea full of vitamins and anti-inflammation foods, this is IT!  The flavors in my Orange Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie are pure perfection and this drink is food medicine in a cup.  It’s super healthy BUT still tastes bright and delicious.

Anti Inflammatory Orange, Ginger & Turmeric Smoothie recipe

Watermelon Mint Smoothie

Pour a glass of summer during any season with my Watermelon Mint Smoothie.  This refreshing and hydrating smoothie is made with coconut water making it perfect to quench your thirst.

Healthy Watermelon Mint Smoothie Recipe / Running in a Skirt

Kale and Blueberry Smoothie

I love featuring greens like kale in my healthy smoothie ideas!  This Kale and Blueberry Smoothie has frozen blueberries, kale, and chia seeds making it a well-balanced meal or snack.

Healthy Kale and Blueberry Smoothie recipe

 

Fresh Cranberry Smoothie

Did you know cranberries are a superfood?  This Fresh Cranberry Smoothie is filled with vitamins and antioxidants thanks to a bunch of fresh cranberries.  It’s tart and delicious for any time of year.

Cranberry Smoothie recipe

 

 

Orange Mango Smoothie

This bright and beautiful Orange Mango Smoothie is backed with all sorts of vitamins!  You can boost your immune system with this vitamin C bomb!

Orange Mango Smoothie- refreshing healthy smoothie ideas

 

Honeydew Kiwi Smoothie

This unexpected combination of Honeydew and Kiwi is bright and vibrant!  I added a touch of lime to bring out the flavors.  This green healthy smoothie idea also features a handful of healthy kale.

Honey Dew Kiwi Smoothie recipe. Vegan, Vegetarian, Creamy, Healthy and delicious!/ Running in a Skirt

 

 

Berrylicious Layered Smoothie

If you are looking to WOW your family and encourage them to try something new, try my fun layered smoothie!  This Berrylicious Smoothie features a triple berry flavor which is perfect for kids.

Berrylicious Layered Smoothie- fun healthy smoothie idea / Running in a Skirt

Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

If you love CHOCOLATE and peanut butter, this smoothie idea is for you!  My Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie is filled with chocolate and peanut butter in a totally healthy package.  This is great for a snack or even dessert.

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie recipe

Pineapple Mint Smoothie

I love this fresh and unexpected Pineapple Mint Smoothie.  It’s light, bright and the mint has a fun mojito feeling!  This creamy smoothie is a total winner.

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Kale Pina Colada Smoothie

This is another one of my favorite smoothie ideas because it features fruit and fresh greens!  This Kale Pina Colada Smoothie is sneaky with the greens and covering it in classic Pina Colada flavors like pineapple and coconut.

Kale Pina Colada Smoothie recipe

 

Peaches and Cream Smoothie

This Healthy Peaches and Cream Smoothie just screams summer!  Use frozen peaches and you can get a taste of the season all year long.

Healthy Peaches and Cream Smoothie

 

Triple Berry Smoothie

This classic Triple Berry Smoothie is made with only 4 Ingredients!  It’s packed with antioxidants and features frozen mixed berries and a handful of spinach.  If you love berries, THIS will be your go-to smoothie.

Triple Berry Smoothie Recipe - healthy smoothie perfect for breakfast or snack. Uses almond milk, banana and blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and spinach. / Running in a Skirt

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

If you haven’t added ginger to your smoothies yet, you are missing out.  Adding ginger gives an irresistible bite to my Pineapple Ginger Smoothie.  Ginger is great for inflammation and a wonderful addition to your diet.

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Layered Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Here’s another fun layered smoothie try!  My Strawberry Mango Layered Smoothie has a layer of delicious mango and strawberry.  The strawberry layer has some hidden greens making this a perfect healthy smoothie idea.

Healthy Strawberry and Mango Smoothie Recipe - the best healthy smoothie ideas!

Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie

This smoothie is another dessert inspired favorite.  My Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie has creamy banana, greek yogurt, cinnamon, and vanilla… plus a few tasty vanilla wafers!

Easy & Healthy Banana Pudding Smoothie recipe / Running in a Skirt

 

 

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie 

Looking for a more filling smoothie?  My Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie has oatmeal, chia seeds, and greek yogurt in it to make it creamy and filling.

Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie recipe / Running in a Skirt

Strawberry Basil Smoothie

Here’s another out of the box smoothie idea.  My Strawberry Basil Smoothie recipe features the unexpected flavor of fresh garden basil.  The lightly floral basil pairs perfectly with the sweet berries and creamy yogurt in this healthy smoothie recipe.

Strawberry Basil Smoothie recipe

 

Unicorn Smoothie

How much fun is this?! My Healthy Unicorn Smoothie is tasty, festive, and delicious!  It features frozen berries, almond milk, and rainbow toppings.

Healthy Unicorn Smoothie recipe -- fun Unicorn Drink! / Running in a Skirt

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

This healthy dessert-inspired Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie is made with just five ingredients!  The combination of cocoa powder and frozen strawberries are reminiscent of this favorite sweet treat.  So good and surprisingly easy to make.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie recipe / Running in a Skirt

I hope you enjoy these healthy smoothie ideas.  To make any of these smoothies protein smoothies, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.

From green smoothies, fruit smoothies, and even breakfast smoothies…. the possibilities are endless!

Other Healthy Smoothies to Love for the Holidays:

 

If you make these recipes, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment and a star rating ★ below. Make sure to follow me on InstagramPinterest, and Facebook too!

 

 

Kale Pina Colada Smoothie recipe

Basic Recipe for Healthy Smoothie Ideas

This is the basic recipe for Healthy Smoothie Ideas that you can use as a template to make any healthy smoothie you'd like!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Smoothie
Cuisine American
Servings 2 smoothies
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 handful greens - kale or spinach
  • 3/4 cup liquid or your choice (coconut milk, almond milk, ect)

Notes

I calculated the nutrition facts for this recipe with strawberries, kale, and almond milk.  This makes 2 small smoothies or one larger one.
If you don't like banana substitute any other frozen fruit you do like.
To make this a protein smoothie add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 129mgPotassium: 402mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1686IUVitamin C: 67mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Healthy Smoothie Ideas
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!

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By | 2020-12-28T07:30:43-05:00 December 28th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Food, Recipe Roundup, Smoothies & Drinks|28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Leslie December 29, 2020 at 9:58 am - Reply

    5 stars
    You have some great flavor combinations with these smoothie recipes! Your Watermelon Mint smoothie and Peaches and Cream Smoothie look especially delicious!

  2. Deborah Brooks December 28, 2020 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I am definitely bored with my current smoothies. Thanks for all the great ideas can’t wait to check some of these out

  3. […] why enjoying smoothies using lots of frozen fruit is a great idea.  Check out this post with 15 Fun & Fabulous Smoothies OR my Smoothie Recipe Page to get you started with […]

  4. Miz Helen January 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic collection of smoothie’s, I am pinning this to have for my new blender I got for Christmas. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Hope you get a chance to try some of them.

  5. Kimmythevegan January 12, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Happy New Year Julie!
    Ahhhh so many smoothies!! I’m finding it a little tougher to enjoy them with the cooler weather, but I still enjoy them at least twice a week and I’m in a smoothie rut. This will help me climb out and into new, fun flavours. I’m really eyeing up the orange mango smoothie since it’s orange season in California. YUM.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays – I’m pinning & sharing!

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Oh yes! The orange mango is one of my fav. I adore fresh citrus. Hope you are having a good weekend.

  6. Courtney January 9, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Yay, smoothies! I want to have them ALL! 🙂

  7. Wow that’s quite a round up of deliciousness!

  8. Farrah January 7, 2017 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    These all look so good! <3 Choosing what to start with is going to be a struggle, but the Orange Mango one is callin' my name right now–I need more vitamin C! 😛

  9. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition January 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Such great smoothie inspiration Julie! They all look fabulous but I’m really eyeing up that Berrylicious one!

  10. Kristy from Southern In Law January 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Yum! I am loving all of the beautiful colours and delicious flavours of these smoothies!

  11. [email protected] January 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Oh, that peaches and cream smoothie looks luscious! Thanks for the great smoothie ideas!

  12. Blane Sherer January 5, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Yep, smoothy time !
    You always have that little extra
    running down the side on your shots (smile ).

    • JulieWunder January 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Aw thanks! Just a little for the photo effect. 🙂

  13. Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle January 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Ah! This is so great!! 2017 = year of the smoothie. Every day, I want a healthy, nutritious-fruit/veggie filled smoothie in my body! Thanks for these 15 (!!!) recipes!!

  14. Lisa B. January 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    All such delicious ideas, Julie! The peanut butter cup one is most intriguing! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017 to you and your husband!

  15. Emily January 5, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Smoothies are a PERFECT way to get those nutrients in while not compromising on any taste!

  16. Dan Steadman January 5, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

    The PB Cup is calling my name

  17. heather @Lunging Through Life January 5, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

    The berry one was my favorite! I love anything with berries 😉

  18. Susie @ SuzLyfe January 5, 2017 at 6:50 am - Reply

    I won a nutrininja just before the holidays and it has been languishing, waiting for me to use it. Problem solved!

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