7 Super-Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Try This Week
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7 Super-Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Try This Week

Full of the protein and nutrients your body needs—and so delicious!

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By Taylor Lupo

No time in the morning? Smoothies make great on-the-go meals, and can up your daily vitamin, fiber and protein intake. Just be careful, because smoothie calories can quickly add up, sabotaging your healthy eating efforts. But, if you load your blender with the right ingredients, such as whole fruits, leafy greens and chia seeds, you can quickly create a healthy drink—perfect for breakfast, lunch or snack time.

Ready to make your first smoothie? Break out your trusted kitchen appliance and read on for seven standout recipes. Your taste buds (and waistline) will thank you! 

Brain-Boosting Banana Smoothie

2 / 8 Brain-Boosting Banana Smoothie

Bananas make a great base for a creamy smoothie, and this particular blend contains just under 300 calories. It's loaded with brain-boosting nutrients, too. This smoothie contains ground flaxseed with omega-3 fatty acids that help promote memory and mental performance. Flax meal also contains 2 grams of fiber, which is good for your digestive health.

Blend It Up:

  • ½ banana
  • 8 oz low-fat milk
  • 1 scoop 100 percent whey protein powder
  • ½ tbsp plain almond butter
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal

Nutrition: Calories: 299; fat: 9g; carbohydrates: 33g; protein: 22g

Antioxidant-Rich Berry Smoothie

3 / 8 Antioxidant-Rich Berry Smoothie

Immune-boosting antioxidants are important to your health, and some research suggests they can even help prevent certain diseases and cell damage. Much to your body's benefit, this smoothie is packed with nutrient-dense kale and antioxidant-rich blueberries, along with other healthful ingredients. The drink contains some protein, which will help keep you fuller, longer, but it also has more calories than you might want to eat in a snack, so enjoy as a meal, instead. 

Blend It Up:

  • 1 cup raw blueberries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup chopped raw kale
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 oz pea protein powder

Nutrition: Calories: 268; fat: 2.4g; carbohydrates: 57.2g; protein: 10.4g

Good-For-Your-Gut Green Smoothie

4 / 8 Good-For-Your-Gut Green Smoothie

Don't let the low calorie count food you—this smoothie is packed with nutrition and flavor. The fiber and starch, abundant in bananas, help promote healthy digestion and a balance of good gut bacteria. The pale fruit also helps give smoothies a creamy consistency—and adds some sweetness. The drink is low enough in calories to make a good mid-afternoon snack, and you won't even taste the kale.

Blend It Up:

  • ½ banana
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Nutrition: Calories: 155; fat: 1g; carbohydrates: 40g; protein: 4.8g

Immune-Boosting Colada Smoothie

5 / 8 Immune-Boosting Colada Smoothie

A typical pina colada, garnished with a pineapple wedge and a tiny umbrella, contains about 245 calories, 31 grams of sugar and less than 1 gram of protein. Although it might give you a quick buzz and a sugar high, it won’t keep you satisfied. Instead, blend up this copycat, loaded with essential nutrients and hunger-stopping protein. Sweet, yellow pineapple is packed with immune-boosting vitamin C, and contains just 80 calories per cup. Mango also contains vitamin C, but adds a punch of vitamin A, too, which is vital for eye, skin and dental health.

Blend It Up:

  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • ½ cup cubed pineapple
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 scoop tropical or plain flavored protein powder
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Nutrition: Calories: 214; fat: 3.4g; carbohydrates: 32g; protein: 16g

Potassium-Rich Avocado Smoothie

6 / 8 Potassium-Rich Avocado Smoothie

Filled to the brim with potassium—found in bananas, yogurt and avocado—this smoothie can help relieve post-workout muscle cramps. Just don’t overdo the avocado. This smoothie ingredient is rich in fiber and essential vitamins, but high in fat and calories. A quarter of the fruit is enough to make it creamy and delivers the nutrients your body needs.

Blend It Up:

  • ¼ avocado
  • ¼ banana
  • ¼ to ½ cup coconut water
  • 1/8 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • ½ tsp agave nectar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup ice

Nutrition: Calories: 166; fat: 7.6g; carbohydrates: 20g; protein: 3.75

Diabetes-Friendly Peanut Butter Smoothie

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This blend of raspberries and peanut butter tastes just like peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but won't cause a blood sugar spike. In fact, all of the ingredients are diabetes-friendly. Nut butters, like almond butter or peanut butter, are good sources of protein and add a ton of flavor to your smoothie. Just watch your portion sizes; nut butters are loaded with good fats, making them high in calories—94 per tablespoon.

Blend It Up:

  • ¾ cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbsp skim milk
  • 1 tbsp natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Nutrition: Calories: 170; fat: 8.6g; carbohydrates: 20g; protein: 5.1g

Filling Raspberry Smoothie

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Dates contain filling fiber, raspberries are rich in immune-boosting vitamin C and cottage cheese is loaded with protein. Dates and raw honey add natural sweetness to your blender, without a ton of unnecessary calories. In fact, this smoothie is relatively low in calories, but will keep you full and satisfied all morning long.

Blend It Up:

  • ¾ cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 pitted date
  • ¼ cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ tsp honey
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Nutrition: Calories: 134; fat: 1g; carbohydrates: 25g; protein: 8.4g