Top 10 Best Smoothies!

Smoothies are amazing if you’re in a rush or want to take a healthy snack with you on-the-go.  You can make them before you go to bed and have them for breakfast or make them within a couple of minutes before you rush out the door to your gym session.

There are so many recipes out there so we’ve gathered our Top 10 Best Smoothies that you can turn to when in need of a tasty, nutritious boost! 

1. The Easiest Breakfast Smoothie

The banana, oats and almond milk make it thick and creamy which makes it a great filling breakfast and the spinach gives you a dose of vitamins to keep you glowing from the inside out.

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 1 banana
  • 1 big handful of spinach
  • 2 handfuls of frozen berries (these keep it cool and are much cheaper than fresh berries, but fresh berries and a little ice work perfectly too)
  • 1/2 a cup of almond milk
  • 3 tbsps of oats
  • 1 tbsp of hemp powder
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • Optional: 2 medjool dates

Method: Simply peel the banana and pit the dates, then pour everything into your blender and blend until smooth. (Credit: Deliciously Ella)

2. Green Coconut Smoothie

If you’re obsessed with coconuts like I am then this smoothie won’t disappoint! It might sound a bit strange thanks to the word ‘green’ in the name but don’t worry it doesn’t taste like blended grass, it really is creamy and tasty!

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 2/3 of a mug of coconut water (200ml)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut yoghurt (I use a brand called Coyo)
  • A big handful of spinach
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp of bee pollen (optional)

Method: Simply peel the banana then place everything into a blender and blend until smooth.  (Credit: Deliciously Ella)

3. Peanut Butter and Raspberry Chia Jelly Smoothie

Fancy a smoothie that tastes more like a dessert? Then this one is perfect for you. Still healthy, with a punch of protein from the peanut butter and omega 3’s from the chia seeds, but with the added ‘jelly’ it tastes super indulgent!

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 1 frozen banana (peeled and frozen overnight)
  • 200ml of almond milk (or rice milk or coconut milk)
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • pinch of vanilla bean powder or extract
  • 50g of raspberries
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds

Method: At the bottom of your smoothie glass place the chia seeds, lime and berries. Mash with a spoon and leave to sit for 10 mins, stir every few minutes until a gel like texture is formed. In a blender blitz the banana, almond milk, peanut butter and vanilla for a few minutes. Pour over the top of the raspberry jelly. (Credit: Madeline Shaw)

4. Mango and banana smoothie

Refreshing for summer (if it ever comes!) but great to cool down after a workout too.

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 1 medium mango
  • 1 banana
  • 500ml orange juice
  • 4 ice cubes

Method: Cut the mango down either side of the flat stone, then peel and cut the flesh into chunks, then peel and chop the banana.Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, then process until smooth and thick. Keep in the fridge and use the day you make it. (Credit: BBC Good Food)

5. Strawberry, Mint and Cucumber Smoothie

Cucumber and mint make this smoothie cooling, cleansing, full of antioxidants and great for settling a nauseous stomach.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 1 punnet of ripe strawberries (400g)
  • ½ large avocado
  • ½ small cucumber (120g)
  • ⅓ to ½ can of full fat coconut milk
  • 12 whole almonds (soaked overnight in filtered water, rinsed and drained, or 1 tablespoon of almond butter)
  • 1 tbsp of fresh mint leaves
  • Optional: 2 whole dates or a dash of raw honey

Method: Blend everything together until smooth and enjoy. You can add filtered water if you prefer, to create the desired consistency. (Credit: Hemsley & Hemsley)

6. Pear and Vanilla Smoothie

This one doesn’t contain banana so if you fancy a change from the same old banana-based recipes then this one’s for you. Thanks to the oats it would also work well as a breakfast smoothie.

Ingredients:  (Serves 1)

  • 1 pear
  • 2/3 of a mug of almond milk (200ml)
  • a big handful of spinach
  • a handful of oats
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1/2 a tsp of vanilla powder

Method: Slice the pear into pieces, discarding the core. Then place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth – you may need to put it onto its highest speed to fully blend the oats.

7. Jamie Oliver’s Orange Super Smoothie

This one is a great nutritious start to the day with a twist!

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 2cm piece of ginger
  • 1 carrot
  • 200g frozen mango
  • 200ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 lime

Method: Use a teaspoon to scrape all the skin off the ginger and finely grate the ginger onto a board using a microplane. Use a Y-shaped peeler to peel the carrot, then trim and roughly chop it.

Add the ginger, carrot and frozen mango to a liquidiser and then pour in the orange juice. Cut the lime in half and squeeze all the lime juice into the liquidiser. Secure the lid and blitz until smooth, then serve. (Credit: Jamie Oliver)

8. Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie

The avocado used in this smoothie creates a lovely creamy texture and will help make your skin glow with its awesome array of vitamins. Coconut oil in this recipe also helps to raise your metabolic rate so you can burn more calories!

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 150ml almond milk
  • 1/2 large avocado or 1 small
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of acai powder
  • 50g of frozen berries

Method: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for a minute or two. (Credit: Madeline Shaw)

9. Raw Superfood Smoothie

Packed full of protein, potassium, iron, calcium and heart healthy fats.

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 1 cup raw almond milk
  • 2 frozen organic bananas
  • 1 cup organic baby spinach
  • ¼ cup raw almonds, soaked
  • ¼ cup goji berries (3 to 4 reserved for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp raw cashew butter

Method: Place all ingredients (except garnishes) in a high-speed blender. Blend and then pour into a tall glass and garnish with goji berries, coconut, cacao nibs, and Brazil nuts. (Credit: Renewed Living)

10. Creamy Date Smoothie

When you need a sweet fix don’t turn to that double chocolate cake, turn to this one instead! It’s so sweet you won’t believe it’s healthy but it is and is full of fibre too!

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup halved pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup cup ice

Method: Place the milk and dates in a blender. Cover and refrigerate until the dates have softened takes (about 15 minutes). Add the ice and blend until smooth and frothy. (Credit: Real Simple)

All these recipes are delicious but feel free to change any ingredients that you’re not so keen on because the great thing about smoothies is their versatility. They’re so fun to make and come out in all sorts of amazing colours.

So enjoy the wonders of smoothie fruit and veg combos and feel wonderful knowing that you’re getting your recommended daily dose (often all in one drink) which is an easy way to get all those powerful vitamins and minerals in!

Safia Yallaoui

Safia is a lifestyle blogger and coach at the fitness membership company MoveGB. She also has an MA in journalism and has done a variety of freelance work in print, radio and online. After losing 14lbs a few years ago Safia got into health and fitness realising the most important thing about clean eating is nourishing your body. She loves to keep in shape with weight training and going to fitness classes. Whilst training to be a Nutritional Therapist she is learning how to alleviate health problems by including or omitting certain foods and has a keen interest in the affects of sugar on a person's physical and mental health.

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