smoothie recipes and tipsI think it’s safe to say my love for smoothies began with the virgin frozen piña colada at a Red Lobster in Queens, New York, in the 1980s. I mean, technically, those could be considered smoothies, right? Right?!

My smoothie game has come a long way over the years. From Red Lobster to Jamba Juice (hello, ’90s!) to actually incorporating vegetables, smoothies have taken on a world all on their own. They’ve even changed the hearts, minds, and tastebuds of quite a few naysayers along the way. 

Whether you’re a smoothie novice or a connoisseur, you’ll love these smoothie recipes and tips for fresh inspiration!

1. For the novice

Check out this great step-by-step introduction on how to make a smoothie. This site really walks you through various options and ways to go about getting your desired effect from the whole smoothie experience. Yogurt or milk? Fresh fruit or frozen? These tips and tricks will make trying your hand at this smoothie game super simple. 

2. When you want to try something new

If you’ve mastered your go-to concoctions and wanna mix it up, you can certainly find a smoothie from this list of 50 recipes (or, at the very least, get inspired). Sometimes we get in a rut, or even just a routine, and this list will be sure to provide some new flavor to your palette and pep in your step. 

3. When all else fails, go with the smoothie recipe you know!

Let’s go back to basics. My go-to smoothie that never fails, even when it’s boring, is a super simple foundation of goodness. It’s usually “a little bit of this” and “a little bit of that” and “ohhh, this is yummy!” kind of thing. But here’s a brief recount of my standard drink:

– 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (roughly)
– 1/2 a banana
– 1 small handful fresh baby spinach
– 8-12 oz. almond milk (depending on the consistency you like)

That’s it! Sometimes I’ll add shredded coconut flakes, chia seeds, and cinnamon for kicks. I can make this in a matter of minutes and be on my way. (Without the crash and hangry aftereffects of skipping or forgetting breakfast!)

4. Think outside the glass

There’s no right or wrong way to make a smoothie. It has to taste good to you, meet your needs, and be enjoyable — to you. Experimentation is key to creating your dream smoothie, so get creative! Adding shredded coconut to my go-to drink was a game changer I didn’t know I needed. Try a new fruit or veggie in your next smoothie, or test out different protein powders, or add in fun toppings before or after blending!

5. Remember your health

There are great health benefits associated with smoothies. If you have specific health needs or concerns or dietary requirements, smoothies can be a nice way to achieve the well-being you’re seeking. Talk to your doctor and do additional research to craft a beverage that will be just right for you and your goals.

6. Think of the cost savings!

Like many things in life, making it at home (smoothies, coffee, etc.) is going to save you money in the long run. The cost-effective act of buying smoothie ingredients in bulk (frozen fruits or veggies, nut butters, mix-ins) makes it a real win when you think of the price of a single smoothie from your neighborhood juice bar!

So raise a glass full of fresh fruits and veggies, whether your smoothie is dairy, vegan, or something else entirely. Or, treat yourself with your smoothie recipe and add peanut butter, chocolate chips, and whipped cream galore. Whether it’s the little kid inside of you — or the one sharing your smoothie, sip by sip — whip it up to your heart’s desire. Offer up cheers with abandon, and continue to be creative — in and outside your glass.

Amber Michele
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Amber has lived in the Greater Boston area for double digits now. In previous years she spent her time commuting for auditions and SAG-AFTRA work between New York City and Boston. In May 2020, she became a mom to her daughter, who has kept her on her toes - and brings her joy ever since. Constantly on the lookout for "ways to elevate her every day," and yours too, she completed her yoga teacher training in 2021. An important reminder to find and create movement each and every day. Which is easy enough, with her love for - and a household full of music. From Biggie to Beethoven, to Billie Holiday and beyond, there's always sounds and dance parties to be had. Always keeping an eye out for creative adventures in and around New England, Amber will jump at any chance to visit the local farms to see the goats and simply be outdoors. Otherwise, she's often found by the window, calligraphy pen in hand, practicing her favorite craft. After enjoying a hiatus from the restaurant & hospitality industry while being a SAHM mom, Amber is currently working — and learning — in the world of tech. Amber will always hype: brunch and simply ALL food, dancing — even in the grocery store, travel and any chance to be at the beach. You can miss her with: cold wet weather (even though she was born in January?!) and horror movies. Look for more thoughts and musings from Amber at