How to Make the Perfect Frozen Fruit Smoothie (With Fresh or Frozen Fruits)

What better way to start the day than with a delicious frozen fruit smoothie? 

If you’ve never made a smoothie before, or you’re just looking for some guidance, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve been making smoothies with frozen fruits for breakfast for months now, and I know the secret to making them taste great!

Ready to learn how to make a smoothie with frozen fruit? It’s easy, keep reading!

How to Make The Best Frozen Fruit Smoothie

For starters, the most obvious thing you need to start making your fruit smoothies is a really good blender. It’s going to make all of the difference I promise. So invest in yourself and get a blender that will last.

A Good Frozen Fruit Smoothie Blender

I started out with some model of Osterizer or other, but it never really met my standards. If you want to take this seriously, you owe it to yourself to have the right equipment.

Personally, I’ve used the Nutri Ninja Auto iQ (my girlfriend loves this blender and uses it every day without fail!).

It’s the best blender I’ve ever had and it’s ridiculously simple to use. There’s no worrying about pulsing or speed adjustment or anything, you just fill up the cup, lock it in place, and hit the Auto iQ button; the Ninja takes care of the rest.

There are tons of blender options so make sure to do your research first. SharkNinja, Vitamix, and Magic Bullet are a few of the better options here, but as always, shop to your budget.

Pro Tip: Need a blender that works but doesn’t cost a fortune? (Buy a refurbished quality brand blender like this one!). It’s a great deal!

The Best Fruit For Smoothies

Any good smoothie MUST HAVE fruit; we all know this. I like to use a combination of fresh fruit and frozen fruit.

The best fresh fruit I like to add into my smoothies:

  • One banana, to serve as a base and thickener.
  • Half an avocado, to add a creamy texture and those wonderful monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
  • Finally, blackberries, which have TONS of health benefits!

Of course, there are tons of other types of fresh fruit you could use in a smoothie, and these are just the ones that I use on a day-to-day basis. The real star of the show, though, is frozen fruit.

Most grocery stores have Organic (must be organic) frozen fruit on the cheap. I like Cascadian Farms and often find it on sale in the frozen grocery isle.

What Makes Frozen Fruit in Smoothies So Great?

It’s like using ice cubes that are packed with nutrients and vitamins:
Frozen fruit gives you the smoothie chill and texture you’re looking for and only adds flavor, instead of watering your smoothie down like normal ice cubes do!

I use a wide variety of pre-frozen fruits in my smoothies; most commonly, I use frozen blueberries or mixed berries and a blend of frozen mango, papaya, and strawberry chunks.
An especially popular frozen fruit right now is Acai (ah-sai-ee). This South American stone fruit can be found in its natural form, as a powder, or as frozen blocks, and makes a fantastic and healthful addition to any good smoothie.

There are likely many different varieties of frozen fruit at your local supermarket though, so don’t be afraid to try some new things!

How to Freeze Fruit for Your Smoothies

You can even freeze fruit yourself! While the ‘proper’ way to freeze fruit includes washing the fruit, then drying it and placing it in a pan to freeze, then putting it in a bag once it’s frozen, you really don’t need to be that strict about it.

You can freeze overripe bananas (when they’re at peak sweetness and loaded with cancer-fighting goodness), strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and more; the only limit is your imagination!

Frozen Fruit and Water

Now that you’ve got all of your smoothie goodness ready to go, you’ve got to get some lubricant up in that mix.

There are tons of options here, but my go-to has to be OJ, and not any of that pasteurized sugar-water:

I’m talking fresh-squeezed, baby.

If that’s too much (natural) sugar for you, you can substitute with spring or mineral water, flavored or plain coconut water, soy milk, any kind of nut milk, or other fruit juices like pineapple, grape or apple. Again, your imagination is really the only limit here.

Should You Add Vegetables to Your Fruit Smoothies?

I like to add a little extra green in my smoothies for extra nutrients and vitamins. My most common additions are kale and spinach, but I’ve also been known to add beets from time-to-time.

Some people like to add carrots, cucumbers and even cauliflower to their smoothies and if you’re feeling brave, you could even try sweet potato chunks or butternut squash.

Whichever path you take, I highly recommend sneaking some veggies into that smoothie for a much more wholesome and filling drink!

The Finishing Touches…

Now that you’ve got your smoothie all blended up, you can either cut to the chase and gulp that bad-boy down, or take it slow and do yourself a favor.

Add These Superfoods to Your Smoothie For A Nutrient Boost

Chia Seeds…
This superfood has been all the rage lately and for good reason. The health benefits of chia seeds are honestly ridiculous.


I usually add two or three teaspoons to every smoothie I make because they’re very high in protein and fiber.

A few other superfoods I like to add to my smoothies are flax seeds, hemp hearts, coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, granola, and spirulina powder.

I usually like to keep it simple with chia seeds and a complex granola blend with low added sugar, but there is a wide variety of add-ins you can mix into your smoothie for an even healthier treat.

Should You Add Dairy to Your Smoothies?

You might have noticed that nowhere in this article did I mention adding yogurt or milk to your smoothie, which is advice you might have seen elsewhere on the internet.

Considering that 75% of the global population is lactose intolerant, humans are the only mammals on earth to drink milk after infancy, and the dairy industry as a whole is a sick, cruel joke, I do not use any kind of dairy in my smoothies, or life, for that matter.

I promise, you won’t miss it; in fact, you’ll probably notice that it weighs your smoothie down. You can get everything you need out of food without any kind of dairy in your diet and you’ll probably feel better and notice an improvement in your health too!

Skip the dairy and use only live, whole foods in your smoothies and I promise, you will not regret it.

However, If you feel like you must add some dairy to your smoothie, consider adding Kefir, a fermented dairy product that is loaded with good probiotics for your gut.

Get to Work!

Now that you’ve got a better understanding of what makes a smoothie tick, you owe it to yourself to get out there and find what you like the most.

All you need is:
• A good blender
• Fresh fruit
• Frozen fruit
• Veggies
• Liquid
• Add-ins

There are so many different combinations of smoothies waiting to be slurped, and that glass of sunlight isn’t going to make itself!

If you have any questions or you’d like to further discuss something with me, don’t be shy! Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Tropical Bliss Pineapple Fruit and Green Smoothie Recipe

This pineapple green smoothie recipe has a nice creamy texture and sweet pineapple flavor – which is what makes it so refreshing. It’s a great way to get the vitamins, minerals and essential gut flora your body needs to thrive! Oh, I almost forgot about the greens – I promise you won’t even know this has spinach! Your taste-buds might think this is a pina colada!

Tropical Pineapple Green Smoothie – Key Health Benefits

  • Pineapple is a super sweet fruit full of vitamin C, making it valuable for strengthening the immune system. It is also a great source of manganese – a nutrient that aids metabolism and sugar regulation while also helping to strengthen bones and connective tissue in your body. Pineapple also has Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme that helps with pain and inflammation in the body.
  • Spinach is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A and C, calcium, magnesium and iron.
  • Avocados contain potassium, which can often be a neglected part of your daily diet. They also give you a lot of fiber. In fact, one avocado can provide nearly half of the daily recommended value! But the best reason to consume avocados daily is due to their healthy fats! Feed and nourish your brain and body with essential fats (yes FAT IS GOOD!).
  • If you decide to swap out the water liquid base for non-dairy milk like almond milk or coconut milk, these are great alternatives to dairy milk as they are rich in natural B vitamins and minerals like phosphorous and magnesium!

Tropical Bliss Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

Make sure you have a good blender and this recipe should only take a few minutes of your time to make! Note, you can also turn this into a pineapple coconut smoothie or strawberry pineapple smoothie simply by swapping out the liquid base and frozen fruit in the ingredients below!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup water (you can also substitute your favorite non-dairy milk like almond milk, oat milk or coconut milk and I’ve used coconut water too which makes a tasty coconut smoothie!).
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen organic pineapple chunks (look for the bags on sale at your local grocery). If you choose to add fresh pineapple, reduce to 2 cups and add 1/2 cups ice cubes.
  • 1 medium ripe avocado halved and pitted
  • 2 cups spinach (or your favorite green like boston lettuce or even kale)
  • Optional – if you want to add protein powder to this, you can certainly do so. This is my favorite plant protein powder.

Directions:

  1. Place all prepared ingredients into the blender in the order listed. Doing this helps keep the consistency smooth and keeps your blender happy.
  2. Blend ingredients until smooth, or until your desired consistency.
  3. Enjoy!

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10+ Gut Healing AIP Smoothie Recipes (Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Often, many people don’t even realize they have a leaky gut which usually results from an autoimmune disease. To help restore the gut and body, you must pay close attention to your diet.

One of my favorite ways to help restore the gut and soothe inflammation is to eat foods that are anti-inflammatory and rich in essential gut-friendly nutrients and probiotics like you’ll find in these AIP smoothie recipes.

All you need is a good blender to start benefiting from nature’s amazing healing foods.

It doesn’t matter if you are on a paleo diet, vegan gluten-free diet, or somewhere in between, we’ve created a list of delicious gut healing smoothie recipes that you can easily modify for your own personal dietary preferences.

After reading this, you’ll be on the path to reducing inflammation and healing your gut, one sip at a time!

Coconut Mango Spinach Smoothie

If you were recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and are following the autoimmune protocol, or if you are just beginning to add green smoothie recipes into your diet, it can be hard to adjust to the flavor of recipes containing leafy green vegetables. This kid-friendly Coconut Mango Spinach Smoothie uses foods that will promote good digestion and won’t trigger any “flare-ups” when you drink it. You can also add your favorite plant protein powders to this recipe like hemp protein, to boost the amino acid profile.

Peppermint Smoothie

This five-ingredient Peppermint Smoothie recipe contains vitamins and minerals that promote a stronger immune system by providing essential gut flora. This works for paleo diets and vegan gluten-free diets – you can choose how you want to customize this to meet your dietary needs.

Kefir Gut Healing Smoothie

Fermented foods are great for an AIP diet since they are loaded with probiotics. This coconut water, Kefir Gut Healing Smoothie recipe contains lots of Vitamin B12, magnesium, and other important nutrients. Kefir contains a number of good probiotics, making it a prime option for a smoothie. Get ready to feel lessened symptoms from your leaky gut!

Healing Pineapple Smoothie

Herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables are all packed into this Healing Pineapple Smoothie. With natural anti-inflammatory ingredients (such as turmeric), it’s the perfect smoothie to drink when you want to begin healing from the inside out.

Gut Healing Smoothie

Kale and spinach are two leafy greens that help with the healing process for your body. This Gut Healing Smoothie contains superfoods and beneficial ingredients full of fiber in order to help combat your leaky gut and symptoms resulting from your autoimmune disorder. The interesting mix of ingredients makes for a unique and original flavor. You can also add collagen protein (gelatin) or whey protein (for non-vegans) to boost the amino acid profile. If you are vegan, try a plant-based protein powder.

Healing Turmeric Smoothie

Don’t like the taste of most green smoothie recipes? Try this Healing Turmeric Smoothie recipe with fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangos, and papayas. All ingredients have healing properties, and it tastes delicious!

Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Following an Autoimmune Protocol diet does not mean you should miss out on your favorite tasty treats. This Chocolate Protein Smoothie is like a banana smoothie but with a twist: it uses ingredients like avocados (rich in healthy fats), bananas, and non-dairy milk such as coconut milk to create a recipe that tastes like a dessert. Regulate your immune system while you sip on something sweet!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Because dairy is not a health-positive food group, you may think this AIP smoothie recipe will lack creaminess – but this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie shows you that is not the case! By using pumpkin, dairy-free coconut milk and avocado, this recipe maintains a creamy consistency while still working to regulate your hormones, provide healthy fat and support your immune system.

Blackberry Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are a fun twist on smoothies. But you can easily add these ingredients into your favorite blender and enjoy on the go! Turmeric is a strong fighter of inflammation, and blackberries are a powerful fruit full of antioxidants. With these two ingredients and multiple sources of protein, this Blackberry Turmeric Smoothie should work to alleviate symptoms of chronic symptoms while helping restore your gut biology. Feel free to swap out the blackberries for strawberries or blueberries.

Blueberry Mint Smoothie – The Perfect AIP Breakfast

If you have mint tea in the cabinet and are looking to do something different with it, this Blueberry Mint Smoothie is a perfect excuse to use it! Enjoy this for a morning breakfast or even an afternoon snack. The blueberries in this recipe are naturally sweet and rich in antioxidants. The avocados create a creamy texture and provide the essential fats our body craves. If you don’t like blueberries, I am sure you can swap for other berries like strawberries.

Sunrise Smoothie

Lettuce is a great leafy green with ample benefit (I suggest trying boston lettuce). If you don’t like the texture of green smoothies, spice things up with this Sunrise Smoothie recipe. It has the bold and powerful flavor of pineapple; orange; and grapefruit, you will forget you are eating anything green I promise! You can drink this healthy smoothie recipe for breakfast or any other time in the day.

Do any of these recipes sound delicious to you? Have you tried them? Did they help? Let us know which you liked best! By drinking these AIP smoothie recipes rich in vitamins; minerals; antioxidants; and more, we hope you start feeling the benefits all of these smoothies have to offer!

 

10 Spinach Green Smoothie Recipes You NEED to Try!

Spinach is a powerful vegetable with lots of nutritional value packed in. To make it easy to benefit from spinach each day, we have 10 delicious spinach green smoothie recipes for you to try! 

1. Green Pina Colada Smoothie

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If you want the taste of relaxation combined with nutritional value, this Green Pina Colada Smoothie recipe is perfect for you!  All you need is 5 minutes to make this, and it’s great for any time of day.

2. Pineapple Spinach Green Smoothie 

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 This Pineapple Spinach Green Smoothie recipe takes just two minutes to make, and includes ingredients you likely have in your refrigerator already. Great for a grab and go breakfast!

3. Green Monster Smoothie (with Chia Seeds!) 

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Looking for something nutrient-rich and filling? This Green Monster Smoothie recipe has it all! Perfect for the morning or for a midday snack to keep you feeling full and ready to take on the day. 

4. Strawberry Spinach Green Smoothie 

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Grab your blender and get ready for a flavor party! This Strawberry Spinach Green Smoothie recipe combines oranges, bananas, strawberries, and spinach for a refreshing smoothie that is great any time of day. Sip it at breakfast or while you are laying in the sun. 

5. Tropical Green Smoothie 

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It may seem hard to believe a green smoothie can taste like a sweet treat, but this Tropical Green Smoothie recipe will show you just how possible it is! With mango, pineapple, strawberry and more, this is one flavor-packed smoothie full of vitamins and nutritional value. 

6. Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie

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 Tropical fruit flavor isn’t reserved just for juice. This Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie recipe gives you that tropical taste while also providing you with a wealth of nutrients. Just toss the ingredients in the blender and you are ready to go!

7. Chocolate Mint Spinach Smoothie 

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Mint is one of the most refreshing tastes, but we seldom have mint leaves in our diet. This Chocolate Mint Spinach Smoothie recipe lets you feel as though you are just drinking a sweet treat – but it is full of benefits for you! Talk about a great alternative to fattening dessert options. 

8. Wild Blueberry Banana Spinach Power Smoothie  

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Love berries? This Wild Blueberry Banana Spinach Power Smoothie recipe incorporates all of your favorite berry flavors with banana, spinach, and even chia seeds! This smoothie is full of fiber and naturally sweet. 

9. Pink Grapefruit Green Smoothie 

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The taste of a juicy grapefruit is a great start for the morning. This Pink Grapefruit Green Smoothie recipe combines pineapple, grapefruit, spinach, and avocado for a nutritious breakfast. This is a smoothie you could easily eat every day!

10. Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie 

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It can be difficult to get kids to eat their vegetables. Luckily, with this Toddler-Friendly Green Smoothie recipe, it has never been easier to make veggies taste good! All you need for this is four ingredients.

 

Hopefully you found a spinach smoothie recipe here that suits your needs! If you have any suggestions, let us know. Feel free to ask any questions or let us know what you liked best! 

Kale, Lemon and Mint Detox Smoothie

After a long night out or a week of bad eating, detox your body with this delicious green smoothie.

This recipe uses kale, spinach, lemon, cucumber and chia seeds.

With the added vitamin C from the lemon and oranges, this recipe will boost your immune system and help you recover from a late night out or poor food choices.

For added hydration, use coconut water in place of the purified water. It’s full of electrolytes and has more potassium than bananas!

Key Health Benefits

  • Kale is a good source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Lemon gives your immune system a boost.
  • Mint helps with your digestion and is anti-inflammatory.
  • Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

Add the superfood chia seeds to help clean your colon with insoluble and soluble fiber while giving you a daily value of omega 3.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of kale
  • 1/2 spinach
  • 1/2 of lemon
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 of cucumber
  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 mint leafs
  • 2 cups purified water

Directions

  1. Soak your chia seeds in water before adding to smoothie. The seeds will activate and become a gel.
  2. Combine ingredients, blend on high for 30-45 seconds in your blender of choice.
  3. Detox and enjoy!

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