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5 Quick and Healthy Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie Recipes

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Kathy is a busy mom of two teens who loves to cook tasty and simple food for her family and friends.

Cranberry Peach Smoothie

Cranberry Peach Smoothie

Smoothies are so easy to make and can be an important part of a healthy diet for both children and adults. It is fun to experiment with different fruits and other ingredients to find your favourite combinations.

The USDA's MyPlate program recommends the following amounts of dairy for good health:

  • Children aged 2-3: 2 cups per day
  • Children aged 4-8: 2 1/2 cups per day
  • Children 9 and up and adults: 3 cups per day

Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to ensure you get your recommended amounts of fruit and dairy each day. The recipes that follow are quick and easy, and you can easily switch any of the fruits for other ones you have on hand.

USDA Daily Fruit Serving Recommendation

AgeRecommended Amount of Fruit

Girls 4 - 18

1 1/2 cups per day

Women 19 - 30

2 cups per day

Women 31 and older

1 1/2 cups per day

Boys 4 - 13

1 1/2 cups per day

Boys/Men 14 and older

2 cups per day

1. Pineapple Orange Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vanilla or lemon flavoured Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of diced pineapple, fresh or canned
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in blender until smooth.

Note: This smoothie is definitely on the tart side. I find it refreshing, but you may want to add a banana or a tablespoon of honey or agave syrup to sweeten it up a bit.

Pineapple Orange Smoothie

Pineapple Orange Smoothie

2. Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This is a great basic fruit smoothie recipe to use to experiment with other fruit combinations. It is delicious with blueberries as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

3. Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of skim milk
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.
Raspberry Smoothie

Raspberry Smoothie

4. Cranberry Peach Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of vanilla or strawberry yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 peach, cut up with skin removed
  • 10 fresh cranberries - or 2 tablespoons of cranberry sauce
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.

Note: If you do not have fresh peaches, you can substitute 1/2 cup of peaches packed in fruit juice or water.

Cranberry Peach Smoothie

Cranberry Peach Smoothie

5. Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
  • 3 or 4 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Optional healthy add-in (see suggestions below)

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.

Healthy Smoothie Add-Ins

Add any of these healthy add-ins to your favourite fruit smoothie for a nutritional boost.

IngredientAmount to AddBenefits

Flax seed

1 tablespoon

Contains fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, helps regulate blood sugar

Wheat germ

1 tablespoon

Good source of dietary fiber

Oat bran

1 tablespoon

Good source of insoluble fiber

White chia seeds

1 tablespoon

Plant based source of omega-3 fats, high in minerals and antioxidants

Hemp seeds

1 tablespoon

Good source of plant based protein; source of good fats (GLA) and dietary fiber. Each Tbsp contains 5 g of protein

Protein powder

1 scoop

Helps maintain healthy muscles and tissue, helps control blood sugar levels

How to Make Your Smoothie Thicker or Thinner

Everyone has different preferences for the consistency of their smoothies.

  • If you prefer a thinner consistency, you can add a handful of ice cubes, some skim or almond milk or even a bit of water to any of these recipes.
  • If you want to thicken up any of these smoothies, try adding a frozen banana or a spoonful or two of cooked oatmeal or dry oats. Using any of the healthy add-ins will also usually result in a thicker smoothie.
  • To sweeten any of these smoothies, you can add a teaspoon of organic honey, agave nectar or 1/2 of a banana.

Comments

Brittany Banks from Spokane, Washington on April 25, 2017:

I love fruit and I eat a lot of it. I have a magic bullet so I make smoothes all the time. I never thought to add honey though. I do use vanilla Greek yogurt with mine.

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on June 15, 2014:

I've gotten big on smoothies over the past few weeks. Every morning, I make one after my workout so that I can re-energize and be ready for the day. I usually like to change it up, but lately I've been using a ripe banana, Greek yogurt, and then frozen blackberries, strawberries, and peaches. I add some liquid and I'm ready to go! I will have to try some of your recipes because they sound absolutely delicious!

Bruce Chamoff from New York on April 14, 2014:

They all look, especially the last one where you added the cranberry to the peach cranberry smoothy. Nice touch. I make these too and have a few hubs on smoothies, but yours is tasty. Voted up!

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on March 15, 2014:

I know I need to eat a lot more fruit and for the past couple months, I've been trying to find ways to eat a more balanced diet to include more fruit and vegetables in it. I do enjoy smoothies and want to make them more often at home, so I'm glad I ran into your hub. My kids eat fruit but are so picky. I like the recipes you laid out here, I'll have to try them out. :)

kikalina from Europe on January 01, 2014:

Lovely smoothie recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 19, 2013:

Thanks for reading, titi6601!

titi6601 on March 14, 2013:

Thank you for sharing!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 12, 2013:

Thanks Ruth. The possibilities are really endless with smoothies - I'm glad you liked the combinations I included.

Ruth R. Martin from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York on January 12, 2013:

Fruit smoothies are always a popular topic :) I love the combinations of flavors you have here.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 08, 2013:

I'm glad you found some new smoothie ideas to try with the fruits you have available Vespa. I hope you like them!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 06, 2013:

We have a smoothie every morning but tend to get stuck in a rut: banana, papaya and mango since that's what's available here. The pineapple orange and tropical smoothies are both great for us since those fruits are easily available. I'm going to throw one together tomorrow morning. Thanks!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 02, 2013:

Thanks CZ! I appreciate the visit and the feedback.

CZCZCZ from Oregon on January 02, 2013:

Delicious and Tasty, I like the photos of the smoothies that you included.

tigerbaby777 from Nampa on December 31, 2012:

Happy New Year!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2012:

That's great tigerbaby777! Happy New Year! Enjoy your smoothies. :)

You can also use regular yogurt for that smoothie Betty, if you have any of that on hand. Thanks for the visit and Happy New Year!

Betty (Alawine) Overstreet from Vacaville, Ca. on December 31, 2012:

Enjoyed, now I must run out and buy some Greek yogurt

tigerbaby777 from Nampa on December 31, 2012:

Hey I'm making smoothies for new years eve! Excellent timing Kathy! Great hub, voted up and useful.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 30, 2012:

I find it hard to eat enough fruit too Georgie. That's why I started making smoothies. The best part is I taught my daughter to make them, and now she'll make them and surprise me with one. Score!

The Pineapple Orange one was my most recent concoction - created out of a need to use up some leftover pineapple that nobody was going to eat.

GH Price from North Florida on December 30, 2012:

I definitely do not eat enough fruit. I'm all over that Pineapple Orange Smoothie, thank you for sharing!