Free smoothie recipes

Not surprising how many people are looking for healthy ideas for juices and smoothies. Kids love fruit smoothies. Considering than you can mix a smoothie in a matter of minutes and they are nothing else than goodness in a glass, you can love them too.

Choose your favorite fruits and yogurt for fruity yogurt drink recipes, and don’t limit the base to yogurt. Use whole, low fat, soy; or almond milk. Mix milk and yogurt to achieve a better texture. Sweeten smoothies with sugar, vanilla flavored sugar, honey or maple syrup, to your taste. A few drops of vanilla essence can work wonders with that flavor.

How to make a smoothie

Preparing the fruit is easy. Wash, remove stems, skin, or pips as needed, and chop or slice.

Then place the fruit in a blender, add the sweet element and yogurt, pour in the milk, and blend until smooth and frothy. Taste and add more sweet if required.

Pour your smoothie in tall smoothie glasses and serve with funky straws.

Garnish with brown sugar, mini chocolate chips, or crushed toasted nuts, if you wish; just sprinkle a little of your favorite topping over the surface.

In warm days, add ice cream or crushed ice to your smoothie.

Smoothie combinations

First, find inspiration with these traditional ingredient combinations. Then get creative and try different blends to produce your own delicious smoothie drinks.

Simple banana berry smoothie - 1 small banana, peeled and sliced; 1 cup washed raspberries and strawberries; 1¼ cups milk. Add 1 Tbs seedless raspberry, or strawberry, preserve to sweeten, and 3-4 drops vanilla extract - you could use 1 Tbs sugar, but the berry preserve enhances the flavor. You’ll have enough for 1 teenager, 2 older children, or 3 pre-school age children.

Banana, apple & pear yogurt smoothie - 1 small banana, peeled and sliced, 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped; ¾ cup apple juice; ¾ cup yogurt; 1 tsp vanilla extract; 1 Tbs honey. You’ll get enough for 2-3 young kids, or 1 teenager.

Kids love berries and bananas so they will get a delicious energy boost to go on playing.

On a dairy free, milk free, diet? It does not matter. Your kids can still enjoy delicious smoothies.

Apple or pear juice is very sweet and you can use them in combination with other fruits to make all fruit smoothies packed with vitamins.

All fruit apple & grape smoothie - 1 small pear, peeled, cored and chopped, 12 seedless grapes, 3/4 cup pressed apple juice. This should not need sugar or honey as ripe fruit is sweet enough. It will serve 2 young kids, or 1 teenager.

On a dairy free, milk free, diet? It does not matter. Your kids can still enjoy delicious smoothies.

Berry soy smoothie - 2 Tbs blackcurrants; 1 Tbs blueberries; 1 Tbs blackberries; 1 Tbs maple syrup; 2 Tbs plain or vanilla soy yogurt; 1¼ cups soy milk. These quantities serve 1 teen, or 2 pre-school age children.

Mango and papaya soy smoothie - 2 Tbs blackcurrants; 1 Tbs blueberries; 1 Tbs blackberries; 1 Tbs maple syrup; 2 Tbs plain or vanilla soy yogurt; 1¼ cups soy milk. These quantities serve 1 teen, or 2 pre-school age children.

Banana, peach & strawberry soy smoothie - 1 small banana, peeled and sliced; 1 peach, peeled, pitted and chopped; 4 large strawberries, hulled; 1 Tbs maple syrup; 2 Tbs plain or vanilla soy yogurt; 1¼ cups soy milk. These quantities serve 1 hungry teen, or 3 pre-school age children.