Reach for Your Blender: 8 Satisfying Smoothie Recipes

January 07, 2016

If you’ve resolved to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables this year, making protein and antioxidant-rich smoothies is one way to make that happen. We asked cookbook authors and Edible magazine publishers to share their go-to recipes for smoothies that are both satisfying and nutrient-filled. Try one of these recipes to get your day started off on the right foot.

totally tropical smoothie recipe by Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram
Melissa Skorpil

Totally Tropical Smoothie
“This delicious banana, mango, pineapple and coconut smoothie (with a hint of kale!) takes me to the beach. I like to put a tropical tingle in all I do, and keep things simple – and full of flavor and fiber, too. That's why I love the Totally Tropical Smoothie. The combination is hydrating and sweet, with a tropical twist that will leave you wanting more.”
—Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, The Fully Raw Diet


Parsley Green Glow Smoothie
Yuki Sugiura

Parsley Green Glow Smoothie
“I created a smoothie that would give me loads of energy and make my skin, hair and eyes glow.  Thus, the name—Green Glow Smoothie. People forget how amazing parsley is for energy and skin, hair and eyes and therefore only really use it as a garnish.  But the power of parsley is huge and so this smoothie has more than just a garnishing.”
—Julie Montagu, Superfoods: The Flexible Approach to Eating More Superfoods 


green chia smoothie
Matthew Noel

Green Chia Smoothie
“Chia seeds, first cultivated by the Aztecs, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Grinding them makes the omega-3s and vitamins more available to the human body. Parsley—flavorful, inexpensive, and packed with vitamins and minerals—is also a central element. The banana is there to add substance, texture, and a touch of sweetness.” -Lauren Carter Grimm, co-founder, Grimm Artisanal Ales 


vegan berry smoothie
Fair Winds Press
Vegan Berry Smoothie
“I love this smoothie because it is an antioxidant – rich vegan powerhouse that has the added benefits of magnesium, omega fatty acids, and protein from the hemp seeds. It is delicious and so easy to prepare this ‘meal on the go.’” —David Kirsch, David Kirsch's Ultimate Family Wellness


cashew banana smoothie
Jennifer Rubenstein

Cashew Banana Smoothie
“This is a super smoothie that will fill you up with good proteins and start your morning off properly.”
—Jennifer Rubenstein, Publisher, Edible Indy 


energy-boosting green smoothie
Signe Birck
Energy-Boosting Green Smoothie
"I love green juice, but we don’t have a juicer, so I started making this green ‘smoothie’ in my blender. I don’t bother peeling the fruits and vegetables because the skins are packed with nutrients. This drink isn’t intended to be very sweet, but feel free to play around with the combo of greens and fruit to get the flavor you like." --Anna Watson Carl, The Yellow Table


cinnamon bun smoothie
Grace Dickinson, Michael Reh, and Anthony Gaston
Cinnamon Bun Smoothie
"This smoothie is a super satisfying, nutrient-filled meal in a glass. It cures a sweet tooth without any refined sugar, and gives you tons of long-lasting energy thanks to the addition of oatmeal. It’s the perfect on-the-go breakfast, lunch, or post-workout smoothie."
—Ella Magers, The Six Weeks to Sexy Abs Meal Plan
super green smoothie
Jen Ede for Edible Milwaukee

Super Green Smoothie
"Beans' Super Green Smoothie (from Beans & Barley, Milwaukee, WI) is a health lifeline in and of itself—pair with a classic cream scone and you’ll be in minimalistic breakfast heaven." --Jen Ede, Publisher, Edible Milwaukee