Smoothie recipes: how to make a smoothie with what's in the fridge

Our smoothie recipes deliver delicious results in minutes – make use of leftover fruit and instantly increase your vitamin intake

Smoothie recipes: how to make a smoothie
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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.

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 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.

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