My Top 5 Favorite Smoothies (and other smoothie tips)

One of my family’s favorite ways to start the day is with a big colorful fruit smoothie. I’ve created a pretty big mental list of smoothies in my head, so that I can just check the freezer at any given moment and create something all of us will love.

Before jumping into the recipes I wanted to give a few smoothie tips that help me construct really delicious smoothies every time.

I always keep at least 4 base ingredients and restock weekly for our smoothies. Bananas, pineapples, coconut water and almond milk. These 4 things can take any smoothie to a creamy or tropical level.

Since smoothies taste WAY better when using frozen fruit, always wait to freeze the fruit until it’s ripe enough. When the bananas start to spot, I’ll unwrap, chop and freeze 4 (which is enough smoothies for 2-3 days depending on how much other fruit I’m using in the drink) and when we use that all up, freeze the rest. If they go brownish in the freezer- that’s totally okay! They are still good and in fact will probably taste even sweeter.

Frozen pineapple bought in the frozen section of the store can be super expensive if you’re making smoothies daily or even almost daily. We go to Aldi and buy 3-4 pineapples a week to chop and freeze on our own. Just do a sniff test to check the ripeness before cutting into them.

Lastly, I’ve found it’s easier on my blender to only make up to two smoothies at a time instead of forcing more fruit all at once. So all of the recipes will be for 2 regular servings. Just half the recipe if you are making only one.

Most of the ingredients can be found easily in your regular grocery store. I do purchase my Taro powder for the Taro smoothies on Amazon, though.

Top 5 smoothies:

5. Tropical smoothie

What you need:

• about 1/2 cup to 1 cup coconut water

• 1 and 1/2 frozen bananas

• 1 cup frozen pineapple

• 1/2 cup frozen mango

• 1/2 cup frozen papaya

Throw all the fruit into the blender and add 1/2 cup of coconut water. Blend on purée. If it seems like you need more liquid add the rest of the coconut water and blend until smooth.

4. Taro smoothie

What you need:

• 2 frozen bananas

• 1 cup frozen pineapple

• 1 cup almond milk

• 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

• 3 tbsp Taro powder

Throw the bananas, pineapple, almond milk and vanilla into the blender. Blend on purée. When combined, add the Taro powder and purée until completely blended.

3. Strawberry banana smoothie

What you need:

• 1.5 cups of frozen strawberries

• 2 frozen bananas

• 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 cup almond milk

•1/4 cup vanilla coconut yogurt (optional)

Yep! That’s really it. Just throw everything into the blender and purée. It comes out absolutely perfect every time. Something I like to do with this is pour into jars and top with a quick “pineapple whip.”

The pineapple whip is made by simply throwing a handful of frozen pineapple into the blender, a tiny splash of almond milk and a couple drops of vanilla extract and blend. It comes out thick and creamy like dole whip from Disney! Works really great as a nice cream, too.

2. Chocolate PB banana smoothie

What you need:

• 3 frozen bananas

• 1.5 cups almond milk

• 1 cup ice

• 2 tbsp favorite nut butter (we like almond)

• 2 tbsp favorite cacao powder or 1 tbsp vegan chocolate syrup

• 1/4 cup vanilla coconut yogurt

Throw everything into the blender and purée until creamy! You may have to scrape the sides a couple times and restart the blender so that you can get all the nut butter and chocolate in.

And now for our family favorite smoothie..

1. Carrot cake smoothie

This is just soooo good! It really tastes like carrot cake. And really what more can you ask for in life?

What you need:

• 2 frozen bananas

• 1.5 cups frozen pineapple

• 1 cup to 1.5 cups carrot juice

• 1/4 tsp of nutmeg

• 1/4 tsp ginger

• 1/4 tsp cinnamon

• 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Throw all the fruit and spices and 1 cup carrot juice and blend on purée! Add the other 1/2 cup carrot juice if you want it thinner. This is another great smoothie to serve with “pineapple whip” (mentioned under number 3, strawberry banana smoothie). Pour into jars, sprinkle some more cinnamon and enjoy!

One last smoothie tip. You can add activated charcoal to any of the above smoothies (preferably the tropical as it’s got the most fruit) to detox or kick start a cleansing eating week. I buy activated charcoal off amazon and it’s completely tasteless, completely odorless and has a ton of great health benefits that you can find with a simple google search. If you add activated charcoal, please be sure to drink more water than usual on that day as you can get dehydrated!

Happy smoothie making!