5 Smoothie Recipes to Sneak In More Nutrients

5 smoothie recipes the family will love

With summer on its way and temperatures rising, now is the perfect time to dust off the blender and have some fun mashing and smashing fruit into delicious and nutritious smoothies!

From green smoothies packed with vitamins found in spinach, kale, cucumber and mint to the occasional, but decadent dessert smoothie chock full of creamy vanilla ice-cream, ripe banana and topped with whipped cream. Smoothies are fast, delicious and often packed full of important vitamins for the whole family.

They’re also great as a fun and handy way to get extra fruits and vegetables into the whole family’s diet – especially if you ever need to disguise certain fruits or vegetables amongst the yoghurt, ice-cream or other more favourable flavours.

In fact, there are so many options for smoothie types and flavours that it should be a very long time until you hear the dreaded “I’m bored” or “Not this again!” from the critics.

We have 5 smoothie recipes that we love (and can’t make enough of) at the moment.

1. Tutti fruiti smoothie recipe – Serves 4

The tutti fruiti smoothie mixes together everything that reminds us of summer – fresh juicy strawberries, sweet pineapple, ripe banana and a splash of orange juice all wrapped up in a creamy vanilla yoghurt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple & juice (canned is just fine too)
  • 250ml plain vanilla yoghurt (soy or diary based)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 large ripe Banana (sliced or cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup ice cubes or crushed ice

Method:

Pour all ingredients in a blender and watch as they mash and smash together. Blend for 3 minutes or until smooth with a velvety texture.

2. Crunchy chocorama-banana smoothie recipe – Serves 4

We love this smoothie as an afternoon treat for the kids (big & little!) before they head out to play. The energy content helps to keep them going, while the sneaky banana adds an extra serving of fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 8 table spoons Milo (we like Milo because it adds some crunch, but you can use any chocolate flavoured drink powder)
  • 2 large bananas
  • 500ml milk (soy, almond, rice or diary based)
  • 250ml plain vanilla yoghurt (soy or diary based)
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Method:

Mix all ingredients together in a blender on medium for 3 minutes or until the banana, ice-cream and honey are mashed together. The Milo will blend, but might rise to the top, forming a crunchy layer of chocolate for kids to enjoy with a spoon (or make Milo milk mustaches!)

3. Super berry supreme smoothie recipe – Serves 4

This is our favourite breakfast smoothie as it gives us a little kick to get going.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mixed berries (frozen or fresh)
  • 200ml berry flavoured yoghurt (choose your preferred Berry option)
  • 500ml milk (soy, almond, rice or diary based)
  • Optional addition: 20g plain vanilla protein powder (per serve, so if you’re making 4, add 80g)

Method:

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes. Once blended, you have the option of straining the smoothie to remove any little berry seeds or “bits” in the drink otherwise this one is ready to go!

Helpful hint: If you’re using frozen berries and prefer a smoother texture in your smoothie, thaw the berries overnight in the fridge. That way, you still get all the benefits of having a cool smoothie, without the frozen bits!

4. Mango to go-go smoothie recipe:

Mango is one of our favourite things about summer and now is the best time to take advantage of the variety and supply of these delicious stone fruits.

Ingredients:

  • 500ml milk (soy, almond, rice or diary based)
  • 1 cup vanilla yoghurt
  • 3 cups chopped mango
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Method:

Add chopped mango, yoghurt and milk to the blender and set on low until smooth (approx. 2 mins).

Helpful hint: You might also like to add another fruit to the mango to go-go to make it more exciting. Our favourites are blueberry mango (add 1 cup blueberries), banana mango (add 2 large bananas), and pineapple mango (add 1 tin crushed pineapple).

5. Big apple smoothie recipe:

We love this smoothie because it tastes a bit different to the standard Yoghurt based smoothies we often make!

Ingredients:

  • 500ml apple juice
  • 250ml pineapple juice
  • 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream

Method:

Add the 4 large scoops of vanilla ice-cream into the blender. Next, pour the apple juice and pineapple juice in and blend ingredients together on low until the mix is smooth and creamy. Pour into fun milkshake glasses and add a swirl of whipped cream to the top.

What are your favourite smoothie recipes? Tell us below in the comments.