Whether you’re in need of a quick, filling breakfast, fancy a refreshing drink or are looking to get a dose of your ‘five a day’, then whizzing up smoothie is a good go-to.
While smoothies and juices have soared in popularity, many of the ones sold in shops are packed with sugar and extra calories. The healthier option is to make your own or try something like Juice Plus+, then you know exactly what’s going into your drink, not to mention it’s fun and allows you to experiment with different ingredients.
There’s plenty of healthy smoothie recipes out there, so if you’re in need of one that gives you an energy boost, full of nutrients or packed with protein then look no further, as we’ve rounded up some tasty recipes.
Remember, while it’s ok to have a smoothie to replace a meal now and again, this should not be done regularly.
Two minute smoothie
Best for: Breakfast
If you have limited time in the morning, but don’t want to skip on a good breakfast, then this breakfast smoothie from BBC Good Food is well worth whizzing up. It’s packed with banana, oats, honey, milk and fruit. The oats will help give you a slow release of energy throughout the day and it’s naturally low in fat too.
Carrot, ginger and turmeric smoothie
Best for: A healthy immune system
This seven-ingredient smoothie from Minimalist Baker is packed with ingredients that your body will love. Ginger is brilliant antioxidant that helps strengthen your immune system and fight off diseases, while turmeric is great for keeping joints healthy and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Best for: Detox
Loaded with nutrients and fruit and veg naturally low in calories, this smoothie from Detox Inista, will help flush out your body.
Peanut Butter and banana smoothie
Best for: Post-workout
Peanut butter and banana are a classic smoothie combo. This recipe from Gainful includes a scoop of protein powder (you can use any brand) to help aid muscle recovery after a good workout, as well as some cocoa powder for a chocolate flavour.
Strawberry banana smoothie
Best for: Weight loss
If weight loss is your goal and you’re trying to remain in a calorie deficit, you’ll be looking for a low calorie smoothie. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom has loads of smoothie recipes that are all under 150 calories, but we particularly love the sound of the banana smoothie one, which is only 119 calories.
Energy boosting smoothie
Best for: Energy booster
If you’re in need of a little ‘pick me up’ this three-ingredient smoothie from Cooking with Sapana will do just that. It contains superfood spinach, bananas, which are full of potassium and fibre, and apples, which are a great source of slow releasing energy.
Best for: Healthy snack
Sometimes we just get a little peckish throughout the day. But instead of reaching for the tin of biscuits, why not give this blueberry smoothie from Joy Food Sunshine a try? Blueberries are naturally low in calorie