Looking for a tasty smoothie recipe? It's certainly true that you can throw whatever you have hanging around – fruit and veg wise – into a smoothie. What you will need to be mindful of is the fact that what could be a super tasty fruity can quickly resemble pond water if you mess up the ratios too much (or go too heavy on the leafy greens).
Whether you're looking to use up leftover fruit and veg before it goes off, want a healthier alternative to the biscuits you keep reaching for (not that there's anything wrong with that), or simply want to increase your vitamin and mineral intake for improved health, there's never been an easier way to enjoy fruit and veg in large quantities.
We've given you some basic tips on preparing a smoothie with whatever you have in the fridge below, along with ideas for some of our favourite recipes. When you're done, you can find more recipe ideas and inspiration over on our food hub.
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This five-a-day smoothie scores points because it takes just minutes to make, so you can whip it up for your own breakfast in a trice. As it’s vegan, it might also prove a hit with other family members, too. How would we serve it? With a side order of pancakes, waffles or eggs, please... and that's what might just persuade your kids to drink it, too, if they're averse to anything that looks even vaguely healthy.
Want to whizz up a delicious five-a-day smoothie? You will need:
- 1 Cox or Braeburn apple (but others will do)
- 1 pear
- 1/4 ripe avocado, peeled
- 10g spinach leaves, washed
- 70ml coconut milk
- 150ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1. Wash and core the apple and cut into small pieces. Do the same with the pear.
2. Cut the avocado into small pieces.
3. Put the apple and pear pieces, avocado, spinach leaves, coconut milk, and orange juice into a blender or smoothie maker, and pulse for three minutes. Serve straight away.
Top tip: Kids want it to taste even sweeter? Throw in some strawberries and/or banana – just be aware that these will thicken the smoothie so you might want to add more milk. And... don't forget that you can freeze smoothies to make ice cream. Now if that doesn't persuade them...
- Special thanks to Aldi for sharing this recipe with us
Vegan blueberry & banana protein smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to get fruit in and are high in energy-boosting carbohydrate and essential fatty acids and minerals if you use milk or yoghurt. However, if you are vegan and trying to add more protein to your diet to stay sated or perhaps for post-workout repair, a smoothie would not be your go to. That is unless you boost it with protein powder. SF Nutrition have shared this fruity protein smoothie with us which contains SF Nutrition Vegan Lean Whey Protein in Madagascan Vanilla flavour, for a serving that is more nutrient rich than drinking protein shakes or smoothies alone.
For a protein packed vegan smoothie, you will need:
- 8–12 blueberries (a handful or thereabouts)
- 1 small banana
- 30g oats
- 350ml almond milk (or your milk of choice)
- 1tbsp almond butter
1. Rinse the blueberries and peel the banana.
2. Add all the ingredients to your blender.
3. Blend for 30 seconds or until well mixed.
Tip: For a colder drink, use frozen fruit.
More smoothie recipes
As we mentioned above, you can pretty much make a smoothie with whatever you have hanging around in the fridge, or fruit bowl. But some of our favourite combinations, using the same method as above, include:
- Banana, apple, spinach, celery and passionfruit
- Peanut butter, milk (dairy or non-dairy), banana, cinammon and spinach
- Strawberry, banana and oat
- Orange, carrot and ginger
The best way to make a smoothie is definitely to experiment with different combinations of fruit and veg. However, you may find the following tips handy.
- Swap milk for water: If you're looking to make something light and easy to drink, consider opting for water rather than milk. Or, go for an even ratio of water to milk.
- Make it sweeter by adding a date, cacao powder or a sprinkle of cinnamon is an easy way to make your smoothie taste sweeter without resorting to adding refined sugar.
- To thicken up your smoothie, consider adding yogurt, a frozen banana or even half an avocado.
- Increase your daily greens: you can almost never taste spinach in your smoothie, so don't be afraid of adding a few good handfuls. There's also nothing wrong with freezing your spinach to be added to a smoothie.
- Add oats to feel fuller for longer: If you're thinking about having a smoothie for breakfast, adding oats is a great option that will keep you fuller for longer.
- Add protein powder: If you work out a lot, it may be worth adding a serving of protein powder.
- Add frozen fruit to a smoothie, this can be a great way of reducing food waste, too.
More healthy snacks:
- Smoothie bowl: our go-to healthy summer breakfast idea