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8 Best Smoothie Ideas with Recipes

Posted by JES Team on 7/8/2021
8 Best Smoothie Ideas with Recipes

Delicious and satisfying, smoothies are a good idea for your customers and your business. Today's diners are seeking healthier options as well as quick meals they can enjoy on the go. Smoothies are the perfect fit. In addition, they offer an opportunity to capture incremental revenue, making smoothies an essential item on your menu.

Popular among diners of all ages, smoothies can be served with fruit at breakfast, make a complete standalone snack, and complement a sandwich or salad for lunch. Smoothies have become the preferred choice for many diners, as proven by their explosive growth.

They are a simple and cost-effective way to increase your sales and profits. For example, making smoothies available in a grab-and-go refrigerator or cooler can help you make it easy for customers to take what they want. You can easily bundle them with other nutritional menu items to increase sales.

Easy-to-make smoothies appeal to the increasing number of diners who want a great-tasting, nutritious snack or meal. Packed with protein, fruit, calcium, vitamins A and D, they give your customer a healthy, low-fat, and often gluten-free option in one tasty drink.

Below are 8 smoothie ideas filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and most importantly, flavor.

Healthy Fruit Smoothie Recipes

1) Spinach and Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

Vegan, low-calorie, all-natural, and raw, this smoothie recipe has everything your health-minded customers are looking for. No sweetener is required, the blueberries and ripe banana add all the sweetness needed.

  • 4 large ice cubes
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • ¼ milk substitute or water
  • 1 cup fresh spinach

Blend ice cubes, blueberries, banana, and milk substitute or water until smooth. Add spinach and blend some more until smooth and creamy. Makes 1 16 oz serving.

2) Banana Orange Smoothie

In the tradition of the best fruit smoothie recipes, this recipe keeps it simple with just four ingredients. It makes a refreshing breakfasts smoothie.

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1½ cup cold orange juice
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients and process until smooth. Makes 1 16 oz serving.

3) Banana and Mixed Berries Smoothie

Because they become so creamy when blended, bananas are often found in the best smoothie recipes, and once your customers take a sip, they'll see why. This blend of honey, banana, and low-fat yogurt combine to make a creamy texture in this delicious drink.

  • ½ frozen ripe banana
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 1 16 oz serving.

4) Mango Avocado Smoothie Recipe

If you want something a little more tropical on your menu, this idea for healthy smoothies does the trick. Smooth avocado and succulent mango play well together when orange juice.

  • 1 cup cubed mango
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Ice cubes as needed

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 1 16 oz serving.

5) Honeydew Melon Smoothie

Mild and sweet melon mixed with apple juice and yogurt makes a refreshingly satisfying smoothie.

  • 1 cups honeydew, cubed
  • ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple juice
  • Ice

Blend melon, yogurt, and apple juice until smooth. With blender running, add the ice until frothy. Garnish glass with a melon slice. Makes 1 16 oz serving.

6) Traditional Strawberry Smoothie

This simple smoothie recipe is popular with children and adults. It makes a refreshing breakfast add-mid-afternoon snack.

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup cranberry-raspberry juice
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • Garnish with fresh strawberry

Add frozen strawberries to the bottom of the blender, add the juices, and top with yogurt. Blend until smooth. Makes 1 16 oz serving.

7) Low-Calorie Vegetable Smoothie

For those customers who like something a little savory for breakfast, this vegetable smoothie does the trick.  

  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • ¼ cup carrot juice
  • ½ cucumber peeled
  • 1 stalk celery
  • A handful of spinach leaves
  • ½ cup ice
  • Dash of hot sauce if you want it spicey

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 1 16 oz serving.

8) Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Protein-packed and creamy, this rich-tasting smoothie is beloved by health-nuts and children alike. Dairy, soy, vegan, and gluten-free, it checks all the boxes.

1 ripe banana

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ½ vanilla almond milk or other milk alternative
  • ¼ cup ice cubes

Add bananas, cocoa powder, honey, and peanut butter to blender and blend until the banana is mashed and ingredients are just combined. Add the milk alternative and ice, continue blending until creamy and smooth. Makes 1 16 oz smoothie.

Refreshing and satisfying, smoothies are an ideal enhancement to the menu of any restaurant that wants to boos business in a way that appeals to consumer desires.

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