Healthy smoothie recipes do not have to be bland or taste like lawnmower clippings. You can have fun, fruity (or chocolate) flavors and bold colors while still getting many health benefits.
Yes, I’m a huge fan of green smoothies. They are absolutely the healthiest food on the planet.
But does a smoothie need to be green in order to be healthy?
Definitely not. Here are 30 delicious, healthy smoothie recipes that you can try today, and none of them are green!
Let’s get blending!
1) Cocoa-Berry Chia Smoothie
Chia seeds and cacao (raw chocolate powder) give this delicious smoothie a powerful dose of antioxidants, minerals, and omega-3s. And it tastes like chocolate and berries. Yum yum!
2) Banana-Berry Cherry
This healthy smoothie recipe is as delicious as it is colorful. It supplies a powerful blend of antioxidants and immune-supporting nutrients.
I just love the deep purple color of these healthy smoothie recipes! They are made with an unusual leafy vegetable – red cabbage!
Now hear me out on this one! Red cabbage is actually quite good in both of these recipes! I swear! Give it a try!
This delicious, lemon-lime detox smoothie recipe was one of the first recipes that I ever shared on this blog, and is one of the top 5 most popular blends!
It’s a perfect cleansing smoothie with a delicious, tangy flavor.
Here’s another bright orange smoothie that blends the flavors of citrus, carrots, and ginger.
This recipe provides a ton of vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and vitamin C, as well as fiber, and many other vitamins and minerals.
This is another early recipe of mine, and also one of my top 5.
6) Strawberry-Coffee Smoothie
Have you ever tried coffee in a fruit smoothie? Add decaf to give your blend a deliciously bold, complex flavor.
Use a little bit of regular coffee and you’ll get vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants along with your morning pick-me-up.
7) Hawaiian Macadamia Nut-Coffee Smoothie
If you truly want to be decadent, and dream about sitting under a palm tree on a white-sand beach in Hawaii, then try this recipe!
Savor the flavor of fall any time of the year with this super-simple apple-cinnamon smoothie that evokes the flavor of fresh apple cider.
Since this healthy smoothie recipe contains all of the fiber, it is a much healthier alternative to apple cider.
This recipe isn’t strictly a smoothie. It’s a “whole juice” – that is, it’s a juice made in a blender.
It’s delicious, with tropical flavors and lots of beta-carotene.
And unlike a regular juice, a whole juice includes essential, health-supporting fiber!
10) Antioxidant Blast Smoothie with Pomegranate
Okay, this recipe does call for leafy greens. But the smoothie itself is not green.
I regularly meet people who just cannot handle the green color of a smoothie. If that’s you, try this blend.
Also, there is an alternate superfood smoothie recipe featured on this page that is jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – without being green.
11) Peachy Blueberry Veggie Smoothie
Here’s another technically “green” smoothie that isn’t colored green. It’s a wonderfully refreshing, nourishing blend using some of my favorite summer smoothie foods – cucumbers, peaches, and blueberries!
12) Vegan “Egg” Nog Smoothie
This healthy smoothie recipe suggests the flavor of a favorite holiday treat – eggnog. There is no egg or dairy in this recipe, however. There’s no added sugar either.
Plus, you can make it any time of the year! (Yes, I’m talking to you Christmas lovers who start counting down in July!)
13) Dairy-Free Strawberry Milkshake Smoothie
I love strawberry milkshakes! But I hate the dairy, added sugar, and epic amount of calories that are in milkshakes.
But what if you could make a healthy, dairy-free, no added sugar milkshake that you could drink without any guilt at all? Well, here you go:
- 2 frozen bananas
- 3 teaspoons organic vanilla extract, or use the vanilla from 1-2 vanilla bean (How to use vanilla bean.)
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup whole strawberries
Directions: 1) Slice frozen bananas and add to your blender with vanilla, 1/4 cup almond milk, and 1/2 cup whole strawberries.
2) Hit your blender’s “Pulse” button a few times to mix the ingredients, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the blender (if necessary).
Nutrition: Calories: 270 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 61g
Servings Size: One.
14) Blackberry Smoothie
This simple blackberry smoothie hits the spot. Plus, it provides a healthy dose of omega-3’s while providing a good source of calcium thanks to the chia seeds.
- 6 ounces almond milk
- 1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds, soaked for about 10 minutes
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 213 | Fat: 4g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 44g | Calcium: 9% RDA | Iron: 1.2mg | Vitamin A: 13% RDA | Vitamin C: 45% RDA
15) Un-Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
What do you do if you’re craving pumpkin pie when it’s not pumpkin season? You improvise with fresh seasonal fruit! This was a happy accident that I discovered not too long ago.
Instead of using pumpkin, I used mango. Blended with the other ingredients in this recipe, you’ll get a smoothie that definitely suggest a creamy pumpkin pie!
It’s perfect for a spring or summertime pumpkin pie fix when pumpkins are not available. (See my original pumpkin pie smoothie recipe here.)
- 1 medium, very ripe mango, peeled and pitted
- 1 medium orange, peeled and deseeded
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon spices (I used 1 teaspoon cinnamon, but you can use allspice or pumpkin pie spice)
- 2 ounces of filtered water
Note: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you’ll want to grind the oats in a coffee grinder before adding them to your blender.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 354 | Fat: 3g | Protein: 8g | Carbohydrates: 78g | Calcium: 8% RDA | Iron: 2.3mg | Vitamin A: 64% RDA | Vitamin C: 156% RDA
16) Sweet Grapefruit Smoothie with Orange & Banana
The powerful antioxidants in grapefruits may lower risk for heart disease. A 12-week study at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego lead by Dr. Ken Fujioka showed that eating one half grapefruit before meals helped facilitate weight loss due to a compound in the fruit itself.
Grapefruits contain compounds that interfere with certain medications such as statin drugs like Lipitor and Zocor. If you are on any medications, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist before consuming grapefruit.
- 1 grapefruit, peeled
- 1 large orange, peeled
- 1 banana, peeled
Recipe Tip: Give a squeeze to both the grapefruit and orange when you add them to your blender so that you have some free liquid to help blend. This worked fine in my blender without needing to add water. If you have difficulty blending this smoothie in your blender, add just a little bit of water or extra squeezed orange juice.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 247 | Fat: 0.8g | Protein: 3.9g | Carbohydrates: 63g | Calcium: 10% (RDA) | Iron: .8mg | Vitamin A: 35% RDA | Vitamin C: 204% RDA
17) Sunrise Surprise Smoothie
A reader, Elle, sent in this recipe for me to try. I have never used bell peppers in a smoothie before and I was curious to try this one.
Okay, maybe I was a little bit afraid to.
But I gathered my ingredients and was pleasantly surprised at this brilliantly colored, orange-red smoothie! It was delicious and sweet.
- 2 handfuls of red grapes
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 apple, cored
- 4 ounces of filtered water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 235 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 59g | Calcium: 3% RDA | Iron: 1.3mg | Vitamin A: 131% RDA | Vitamin C: 196% RDA
(Nutrition information is for 1 cup grapes)
Did you know that you can make a healthy smoothie with sweet potato?
Sweet potato blends deliciously with citrus or bananas. It’s especially good when you add cinnamon, vanilla, or other spices to the blend.
19) Banana-Mango Smoothie Recipe
Here’s a simple, delicious tropical smoothie. In fact, it’s my favorite tropical flavor combination! It’s creamy and smooth and has 27% of your daily fiber.
Coconut water has lots of electrolytes to refuel your body and give you some natural energy.
You can also make this a green smoothie by adding your favorite leafy greens. I recommend using baby spinach, leaf lettuce, Romaine or chard. You can also add an orange some extra vitamin C.
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1/2 large mango, pitted and peeled
- 4 ounces coconut water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 239 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 62g | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 3% | Vitamin A: 71% | Vitamin C: 90%
20) Banana-Orange-Vanilla Smoothie Recipe
Here’s a quick and easy smoothie that will give you a good dose of vitamin C. It’s a vibrant yellow, low fat and low calorie smoothie. Vanilla blends with banana and orange to give a sweet, citrus flavor with a hint of the tropics. I didn’t add greens to this recipe, but of course you can add greens if you want.
- 1 large banana, peeled
- 1-2 inches of vanilla bean (How to use vanilla bean.)
- 1 large orange, peeled
- 8 ounces filtered water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 185 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 47g | Calcium: 8% | Iron: 3% | Vitamin A: 21% | Vitamin C: 144%
21) Banana-Papaya-Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Here’s another tropical fusion smoothie with banana, papaya and strawberries! You can add greens to it if you want, but I just made it with fruit this time. It’s a refreshing tropical drink on a hot, summer day.
Papayas are rich in antioxidants and the enzyme papain, which helps promote digestive health. Lycopene content of papayas may help protect against prostate cancer.
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 cups of papaya, cuped
- 1 cup of sliced strawberries
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 372 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 94g | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 1.6 mg | Vitamin A: 108% | Vitamin C: 324% RDA
22) Blackberry Jam Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie is DELICIOUS!! The combination of blackberry and papaya reminding me of blackberry jam.
This is not a very large smoothie, so it is not a meal. I also skipped the greens on this one (it’s rare that I do that). I only had kale and dandelion greens in the house when I made this recipe, and I really wanted to enjoy the blackberry flavor.
If you want to boost the mineral content with some leafy greens, skip the bitter ones and go for fresh baby spinach or mile flavored escarole lettuce.
Blackberries are among the top-ranked antioxidant-rich fruits. A phytochemical in blackberries, cyandin-3-glucoside, may help protect against certain cancers as it has been shown to possess both chemo-preventive and chemotherapeutic activity.
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup papaya, cubed
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Nutrition Information: Calories: 210 | Fat: 2g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 52g | Calcium: 4% RDA | Iron: 1.7mg | Vitamin A: 13% RDA | Vitamin C: 177% RDA
23) Strawberry-Raspberry Heart Healthy Smoothie
This strawberry-raspberry smoothie is not only a delicious treat, but it’s good for your heart as well!
According to Harvard researchers, eating strawberries may help reduce inflammation linked to clogging and hardening of the arteries and may reduce your risk of heart attacks. Raspberries are among the Cleveland Clinic’s list of 40 best foods for heart health.
Almonds are nutritionally dense and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods around. They also help you lose weight and can lower cholesterol.
- 4 to 6 ounces almond milk
- 1 cup whole organic strawberries
- 1 banana, peeled (use frozen banana, thawed enough to cut for a chilled smoothie)
- Vanilla from 1/2 vanilla bean (How to use vanilla bean.), or use 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract (alcohol-free recommended)
- 1/2 cup organic raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 teaspoon maca powder
Nutrition Information: Calories: 207 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 46g | Calcium: 4% RDA | Iron: 1.3mg | Vitamin A: 4% RDA | Vitamin C: 123% RDA
24) Tropical Freeze Smoothie Recipe
This delicious, tropical creation is a reader-submitted recipe from Ron.
The “Tropical Freeze” smoothie has a delicately tropical flavor, especially if you use coconut water. I let the fruit thaw for about 10 minutes so it wasn’t super cold.
Mangoes are a great source of fiber. This recipe has 34% of your daily recommend value!
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled and thawed slightly
- 1 cup frozen pineapple, cubed and thawed slightly
- 1/2 mango, peeled and pitted
- 8 ounces of filtered water or coconut water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 359 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 93g | Calcium: 4% RDA | Iron: 1.2mg | Vitamin A: 35% RDA | Vitamin C: 142% RDA
25) Dragon Fruit-Persimmon Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie was absolutely delicious! One reason was that it had persimmons, one of my favorite fruits.
Dragon fruit is another exotic ingredient in this recipe. It has a very mild flavor, so I didn’t add a lot of other ingredients to this smoothie. I kept it simple with the persimmon and banana. The vanilla really helps round out the flavor.
Dragon fruit is a great source of vitamin C. Just one cup of dragon fruit, (about 200 grams) contain 24% of your daily recommend value of vitamin C. Most of the iron in this green smoothie comes from the dragon fruit, which contains up to 3 milligrams per serving. It also contains 4 grams of protein.
- 1/2 a large dragon fruit (about one cup of the white fruit and seeds)
- 1 persimmon, seeds removed
- 1 banana, peeled
- The vanilla from one vanilla bean (How to use vanilla bean.)
- 4 ounces of water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 256 | Fat: 3g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 53g | Calcium: 1% RDA | Iron: 3.9mg | Folate: 23.6mcg
Vitamin A: 1% RDA | Vitamin C: 60% RDA
26) Papaya-Mint and Ginger Smoothie
This smoothie with papaya, mint and ginger is just the thing for a hot summer day! It’s both refreshing and delicious!
Papayas are at their best when they are very ripe. If you get the large Mexican or Caribbean Red papayas, the peel should be mostly yellow and speckled with brown spots. The green, firm papayas you often get at the store are not ripe enough. Let them sit on the counter until they are ready!.
Nutritionally, this smoothie is full of vitamins – especially vitamin C and folate. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is good for people with arthritis.
- 1 and 1/2 cups papaya, cubed
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 4 to 5 large mint leaves
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- 8 ounces homemade almond milk
Nutrition Information: Calories: 237 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 3.4g | Carbohydrates: 52g | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 0.9mg | Vitamin A: 15% | Vitamin C: 195%
27) Orange-Tamarind Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie is simple, but very tasty. Tamarind is slightly bitter, but it complements oranges nicely.
The tamarind fruit is encased within a brown pod. Inside the pod of the tamarind is a soft, brown pulp with hard-coated black seeds. It is this pulp that people eat to get all the nutritional and health benefits of the tamarind.
Oranges have been shown to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C in oranges are associated with reduced risk of colon cancer. Diets high in citrus fruits, such as oranges, have been shown to lower the risk of esophageal, oral and stomach cancers.
- 3 medium oranges, peeled and deseeded
- 1 cup fresh tamarind pulp
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 to 4 ounces of filtered water (or coconut water) if needed, depending on how juicy your oranges are.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 385 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 99g | Calcium: 14% | Iron: 2.4mg | Vitamin A: 26% | Vitamin C: 198%
28) Tropical Mango-Carrot with Pineapple
Here’s a delicious fruit smoothie for you. I love the tropical blend of flavors and the beautiful orange color.
The orange color also means that there is a super dose of beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. This smoothie also provides a good source of vitamin C.
- 1 large mango, peeled and pitted
- 1 medium carrot
- 1/4 cup pineapple
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 180 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 46g | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 0.6mg | Vitamin A: 393% | Vitamin C: 90%
If you love these healthy smoothie recipes, you’ll love these super-delicious green smoothie recipes!