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 20 delicious, healthy smoothie recipes that you can try today, and none of them are green!
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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) Orange-Carrot Smoothie
The beautiful orange blend is refreshing and delicious. Carrots provide fiber and vitamin A (as beta-carotene), which supports vision and skin health.
3) 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 I shared on Incredible Smoothies, 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.
7) Strawberry-Beet Detox Smoothie
Yes, you can use beet in a smoothie! If you have a Vitamix, use raw beet to preserve all of the vitamins. Otherwise, steam and then cool the beet.
Beets blend well with sweet, flavorful fruits like strawberries. The avocado adds healthy fat.
8) 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.
9) 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!
12) 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.
13) 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!
14) 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!)
15) 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 beans (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.
16) 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
17) 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
18) 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
19) 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.
If you love these healthy smoothie recipes, you’ll love these super-delicious green smoothie recipes!