Eating For The Rest of Your Life

Smoothie Blend Ideas

by Jon Weaver

When it comes to smoothie recipes, the sky is the limit. Depending on the type of blender or food processor that you use, you can include everything from berries to avocados to leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, to your smoothie mixes. You can customize your smoothies according to you and your family's tastes, preferences, dietary restrictions, and health needs.

In addition to fresh produce and other natural food items, you can also add custom mixes, which will add nutrients such as protein and antioxidants to your smoothies for an extra nutrient boost. The dry powdered blends are available in a variety of flavors, such as plain, banana, berry, chocolate, and vanilla, to appeal to everyone. You can easily turn a smoothie into a filling meal with the addition of some mixes. 

Here are some smoothie blend ideas that you can whip up for breakfast, dessert, and anytime in between:

1. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie 

This classic smoothie recipe is ideal to start your day with, with the peanut butter providing plenty of protein and the banana adding a touch of natural sweetness, potassium, and several other vitamins and minerals. This is also a great smoothie blend to share with your children, as it contains kid-friendly flavors.

You can also substitute the peanut butter for almond, cashew, or any other kind of nut butter for a different flavor. Adding Greek yogurt and/or protein powder will give the smoothie even more nutritional benefits, especially if you need more protein in your diet.

2. Green Smoothie 

Making delicious green smoothies is a great way to sneak more vegetables into your kids' diets. When blended with sweet, fresh or frozen fruits, such as bananas or strawberries, the leafy greens taste much more palatable. 

The dark greens contain a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, and you can add a shot of wheat grass as well. If you want to make a vegan smoothie, add almond or soy milk for a touch of creaminess; otherwise, Greek yogurt will do the trick while adding protein as well. 

3. Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

A sweet and creamy pineapple coconut smoothie will transport you to the tropics and will work as either a tasty breakfast or dessert. Simply blend either coconut milk or cream with frozen or fresh pineapple chunks, and add in any other fresh fruit, such as mango or banana, that you'd like. Add extra nutritional benefits with a powdered essential vitamin blend. 

For extra coconut flavor and more healthy fats, mix in some coconut oil and top the smoothie with unsweetened shredded coconut flakes.