Smoothies have long since shed their reputation as run-of-the-mill, fruit-based, slurpable diet foods. The latest generation of smoothies uses nutrition as medicine, homing in on specific health outcomes like improved gut health, immune support, or even better sleep. Many of these recipes have embraced collagen and bone broth benefits, while some have incorporated fermented foods and even cannabis-based ingredients.
Whatever your ailment or need, here are 15 smoothie recipes that will keep you in prime form:
1 Love Your Liver
Anthony William, aka the Medical Medium, suggests combining an unusual ingredient — pitaya, or dragon fruit — with the usual cast of anthocyanin-rich berries to give your liver some much needed love. Per Williams’s suggestion, pitaya contains a class of antioxidant pigment called betalains, also available in beets, that will help your liver cells regenerate. Use fresh, frozen, or even high-quality powdered pitaya to add into your smoothie.
Liver Rescue Smoothie
1 banana or ¼ Maradol papaya cubed
½ cup fresh, 1 packet frozen, or 2 tablespoons powdered red pitaya
1 celery stalk
½ cup sprouts (any variety)
Blend everything up until smooth, adding up to a ½ of water to reach your desired consistency.
2 Post-Workout Treat
If you want to pack your gym sesh smoothie with the nutritious punch of bone broth, this mocha fudge smoothie from celeb nutritionist Dr. Axe is for you. The chocolate-y flavors against a gentle caffeinated pick-me-up of instant coffee make this collagen-rich recipe taste more like a sinful treat rather than a well-deserved replenishment after your workout.
Mocha Fudge Smoothie
1 cup frozen banana
¼ cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon carob powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee
12 ounces coconut milk
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 scoop of protein powder made from bone broth (vanilla or chocolate)
Simply blend ingredients together until smooth.
3 Go With Your Gut
Whether you suffer from leaky gut syndrome, are undergoing high amounts of stress, or have just finished a course of antibiotics, you’ll want to blend up this gut-healing smoothie, also from Dr. Axe, to give your gut some TLC.
Gut Healing Smoothie
1-2 cups full-fat coconut milk or almond milk
2 cups kale
2 cups spinach
2 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
½ tablespoon chia or flax seeds
½ tablespoon bee pollen
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
1 tablespoon raw honey or manuka honey
2 tablespoons collagen protein or whey protein
Combine ingredients in a blender
4 Keto-Friendly Greens
Just because you’re following a ketogenic protocol that eschews sugar in any form doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sweet smoothie. This creamy green Bulletproof smoothie, sweetened with a bit of stevia, will go a long way in satiating your sweet tooth while clearing away your brain fog.
Keto Green Lemon Smoothie
½ large avocado
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups baby spinach leaves, lightly steamed
½ cup coconut cream or coconut milk
1 tbsp. Brain Octane Oil
1 scoop Bulletproof Whey Protein
1 scoop Bulletproof Collagen Protein
Excluding the collagen, blend all ingredients together until smooth; the recipe suggests incorporating collagen last to avoid damaging the proteins. Sweeten smoothie to taste with stevia.
5 Savory Greens
In Spain, gazpacho is typically served chilled in a glass rather than a bowl, making this classic dish the perfect base for a savory smoothie. Adapted from Bon Appetit’s Sippin’ Green Gazpacho, our version integrates the alkalizing twist of apple cider vinegar and uses spinach as its green base. Make this smoothie the night before so that the flavors have time to meld and chill.
Good Morning Gazpacho
½ English hothouse (seedless) cucumber, chopped
½ smashed garlic clove
1 cup baby spinach
½ cup total of chopped cilantro, parsley, and/or mint
1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons good quality extra-virgin olive oil
Blend cucumber and garlic together first, adding just enough water until they form a smooth and thick puree. Excluding olive oil, add in remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth. With motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil in order to bring the mixture into a velvety emulsion (adding it too quickly or all at once will leave you with an oily, separated mess). Generously season with salt and adjust acidity with more ACV if needed. Add enough water to bring smoothie to a drinkable consistency. Allow flavors to combine in the refrigerator overnight.
6 Matcha Made in Heaven
This antioxidant-rich matcha smoothie from Minimalist Baker is so voluptuous it’s best served in a bowl. Top it with fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds to get yourself to chew your smoothie: this chewing action will help kick start your digestive juices in the morning.
Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl
2 peeled, sliced and frozen ripe bananas
¼ cup chopped fresh or frozen pineapple
¾ – 1 cup light coconut milk
2 tsp matcha green tea powder
1 heaping cup organic spinach or kale
Blend ingredients together. Serve with your favorite fruit and nut toppings.
7 Smoothie for Stars
Okay, even though the clickbait headlines incorrectly claimed that this smoothie cost $200 when the recipe was first published in 2016, it’s still pretty dang expensive for an at-home concoction. At over $10 a pop, not everyone is going to be able to afford Gwenyth Paltrow’s high-rollin’ morning smoothie that she supposedly drinks every single day. But don’t you want to know what’s in this adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating elixir?
GP’s Morning Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons vanilla mushroom protein powder
1 teaspoon maca
1 teaspoon ashwagandha
1 teaspoon he shou wu
1 teaspoon cordyceps
1 teaspoon moon dust of choice: Action Dust, Beauty Dust, Brain Dust,
Goodnight Dust, Sex Dust, or Spirit Dust.
Himalayan sea salt
Blend ingredients until smooth, flavoring to taste with a bit of sea salt and vanilla powder.
8 Calming CBD Smoothie
A dose of CBD each morning will help you chill out and hone your focus to the things that matter. If you have a bottle of full-spectrum tincture hanging out in your medicine cabinet, move it to the kitchen for this smoothie adapted from NYC-based Root Blends recipe.
Root Blends At-Home Smoothie
1 cup organic pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
1 cup fresh kale (or ½ cup frozen)
1 cup fresh spinach (or ½ cup frozen)
1 tsp fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp marine collagen peptide (or 1 scoop organic plant protein)
1 whole dropper of 500mg full-spectrum CBD Oil (about 12.5mg)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, adding enough coconut water (or plain filtered water) at the end until it reaches desired consistency.
9 Probiotic Beets and Berries
Detoxify and fortify your GI with this raw, probiotic beet smoothie. It requires the extra but easy step of making your own beet kvass, a traditional fermented beet beverage made with filtered water, salt, and unpeeled beets. At average room temperature, the kvass takes approximately a week to ferment on your kitchen counter. Be warned when you open it: the contents will have built up lots of pressure while fermenting, so open carefully over a large bowl in your kitchen sink. Refrigerate unused portion of kvass until ready to use.
Beet Kvass Smoothie
½ cup beet kvass
½ cup fermented beets
Fresh lemon juice
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 tbsp ground flax seed
Blend ingredients together with enough water until smooth and pourable.
10 Miso Morning Detox
Another Goop favorite, this savory shake uses the salty umami notes of fermented miso paste as a flavor base, thinned out with bone broth and made creamy with fresh avocado and a rich plant-based milk.
Goop’s Savory Shake
1 cup bone marrow broth
1 tablespoon miso
½ cup almond or coconut milk
Combine in blender until smooth, seasoning to taste with sea salt if needed.
11 Smoothie for Sleep Health
Smoothies aren’t just for the morning or after the gym. Nearly every ingredient in this smoothie contains tryptophan while a few of them contain significant amounts of magnesium, both of which will prime you for a good night of sleep.
1 cup kale leaves
1 cup natural yogurt
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp raw almond butter
2 tsp flax seeds, ground
2 kiwi fruits
½ cup almond milk
12 Immune Booster
This gorgeous and sunny smoothie from Half Baked Harvest is perfect in the wintertime when citrus is ripe, just in time for when you’re trying to stave off catching whatever bug is going around the office. Chockfull of vitamin C, fiber, and anti-inflammatory ingredients, it might just be enough to keep your immune system in tiptop shape.
Winter Citrus Smoothie
1 cup frozen mango chunks
juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 small raw red beet, chopped
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 peeled cara cara orange, blood orange, or grapefruit, broken into segments
½ cup pomegranate juice
13 Smooth Mocha Morning
Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine’s recipe for their Morning Energizing Smoothie, this caffeine-free smoothie might taste like your favorite coffee drink – but it’s actually made with roasted chicory root, a cheap and accessible superfood rich in prebiotic fiber. With the help of fiber-rich prunes, this smoothie will also keep your morning bowel movements on point.
Mocha Morning Smoothie
1 tbsp roasted chicory root powder
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
3 pitted prunes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp natural unsweetened almond butter
6 ice cubes
Cover chicory powder and prunes with 1 cup of boiling water, allowing the ingredients to soak for 10-15 minutes. Combine this brew into blender with remaining ingredients, processing until smooth.
14 Fortify Yourself Like Rocky
For the daring smoothie aficionado, this raw egg, collagen, and coffee blend from Living the Nourished Life makes for a tasty, protein-and-fat-rich breakfast that supports joint health and boosts your metabolism with its overall balance of energy sources.
Secret Coffee Smoothie
6 ounces of fresh brewed coffee
8 ounces of milk or coconut milk
1-2 raw egg yolks
2 tablespoons collagen powder
1 tablespoon of maple syrup or your preferred sweetener to taste
1-3 teaspoons coconut oil
Blend together all ingredients until smooth, adding in egg yolks at the end if coffee is still hot so that you don’t end up scrambling the yolks.
15 Raw Cannabis for Breakfast
Cannabis must be decarboxylated, or heated, in order to get you high. If you consume the raw product though — as liquid pressed from the uncured buds and fresh leaves through a wheatgrass juicer — you’ll stay sober and instead tap into cannabis’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant benefits. The next time you have access to some spare organically-grown cannabis, try it out in this hemp-based smoothie from Leafly.
Cannabis Breakfast Blast Smoothie
½ cup organic hemp milk
1 Tbsp organic hemp seeds
1 tsp organic flax seeds
½ cup organic green kale
¼ cup organic cucumber
2 slices organic cantaloupe
Fresh raw cannabis (about 1/2 cup)
Combine in blender, adding water until desired consistency.