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If anyone knows how to make a smoothie that’s good to the last slurp, it’s the people who started their own juice and smoothie companies. Lots of the creations they sell online and in stores likely came from their own kitchens. And while we’re all for the convenience of buying those blends, we also know the risks of pulling out our debit card too often. (Account balance $0? How did that happen?)
So we decided to reach out and ask them: Which drink do you make at home? And many were happy to tell us. Try the recipes below—all you need is a blender (regular or high-speed), and you’ll be sipping like a pro. Posting an Instagram and tagging the recipe’s creator as your new bestie is optional.
Cashew Butter Baby
“The nut butter and coconut milk in this smoothie give me substance to get through the day. The berries work wonders since they’re low in sugar, high in flavor and color, and full of antioxidants.” – Eric Helms, founder and CEO of Juice GenerationIngredients:1 cup almond milk 1/2 cup strawberries 1/2 cup raspberries 1/4 cup coconut milk, frozen into ice cubes 2 tablespoons cashew butter 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs 1/2 cup iceCombine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Shauna’s Green Smoothie
“In my hometown of Austin, Texas, I am well known for this green smoothie. I started making it more than nine years ago and would take a pitcher of it to share with everyone in my fitness class. Once folks got past the ‘greenness’ of this smoothie, it was a universal crowd-pleaser.” – Shauna Martin, founder of Daily GreensIngredients:1 big handful (about 2/3 bunch) spinach 1 handful mint leaves (3 to 4 stems) 1/4-inch piece ginger root 1/2 banana (fresh or frozen) 1/2 cup chunked mango or sliced peaches (fresh or frozen) 1/2 cup filtered waterCombine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Chocolate Sunbutter Cup Smoothie
“Sometimes you just need chocolate. This recipe is a sure bet to satisfy a chocolate craving and not feel weighed down afterward. It’s packed with creamy and satiating fats from avocados and sunflower seed butter, plus antioxidants from the cacao.” – Rachel Drori, founder of Daily HarvestIngredients:3 tablespoons cacao powder 2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter 1/2 cup packed spinach 3 dates 1/4 avocado 1 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk (frozen into ice cubes, if desired) Maca powder (optional) Coconut flakes, for garnish (optional) Cacao nibs, for garnish (optional) Hemp seeds, for garnish (optional) Raspberries, for garnish (optional)Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Divide between two glasses and top with garnishes as desired.
“This is super refreshing, and I love the subtle fragrance that the ginger or lemongrass brings to the smoothie. I recommend using frozen mango or pineapple to chill the drink.” – Vantrang Manges, founder and CEO of Green MustacheIngredients:2 cups tightly packed spinach 1 cup coconut water 1 cup orange juice 1 cup frozen mango 1 cup frozen pineapple 1-2 tablespoons ground chia seeds 1 tablespoon ginger or lemongrassCombine spinach, coconut water, and orange juice in a blender until leafy chunks are gone. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.
“For me, a smoothie is most satiating when it fulfills all of my body’s cravings and needs. It will include greens for the minerals, banana for sweetness and potassium, and protein in at least one form.” – Lori Kenyon Farley, co-founder of Project Juice and certified nutrition consultantIngredients:1 cup spinach 1/2 cup kale 1/4 cucumber 1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk (or coconut water) 1 frozen banana, chunked 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 1/2 cup iceCombine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Green Berry Smoothie
“I like this smoothie because it’s super fast, easy to make, and full of nutrition. It gives me energy for hours with no sugar crash.” – Neka Pasquale, founder and president of Urban RemedyIngredients:1 cup water 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/2 cup frozen raspberries 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries 1 large handful spinach leaves 15 drops organic liquid stevia or 1 stevia packet (optional)Combine water and chia seeds, stirring frequently until thickened. Combine chia gel with remaining ingredients in a blender until smooth.
“This smoothie is a great protein-packed, nutrient-dense green blend that is filling, energizing, and tastes amazing! It’s got tropical hints and chunks of chocolate—who doesn’t love that? I like this as my breakfast because it’s truly like having a meal that keeps me going to early afternoon.” – Stephanie Walczak, founder of RawpothecaryIngredients:2 cups spinach 1/4 cup chopped pineapple, fresh or frozen 1/2 banana, fresh or frozen 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 1 tablespoon cacao powder or nibs 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut meat 1 cup waterCombine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
“I am a wee bit obsessed with making all manner of crazy blends. This classic green super blend is a favorite, and it turns out very thick, almost like a pudding. I end up with some variation most days, and it’s a perfect meal replacement or post-workout drink. It will help balance your mood and energy levels, and nourish your body. This serves three to four, so either keep extras in the fridge or halve the recipe.” – Lianna Sugarman, founder and chief blending officer of LulitonixIngredients:1 bag (16 ounces) frozen mango 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 slice lemon peel 1 1/2 avocados 1 handful mint or basil (optional) 4 cups kale, spinach, chard, or other greens (use baby spinach or kale if you don’t have a high-speed blender) 2 teaspoons turmeric or matcha powder (optional) 4-5 cups waterCombine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Green Raspberry Smoothie
“I love this smoothie recipe because it has a healthy amount of good fats and is low in sugar, so it keeps you satisfied for more than 10 minutes and doesn’t cause a spike and crash of your energy levels. You can enjoy it in the morning and not worry about getting a mid-morning snack attack.” – Annie Lawless, co-founder of Suja Juice and co-author of The Suja Juice SolutionIngredients:Handful raspberries 1/2 small tart green apple Large handful spinach 1 tablespoon raw almond butter 1/2 cup unsweetened light coconut milk 1/2 cup coconut water Splash vanilla extract Ice cubes (optional)Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Seasonal Fruits and Greens Smoothie
“I like about 50 to 60 percent of my smoothie to be liquid, then I add kale not only for nutritional benefits and color, but also for good viscosity and texture. Next I pack in superfoods, chia seeds for a good natural fat, and hemp protein or spirulina for protein. Finally, I add a handful of seasonal fruit for sweetness.” – Jimmy Rosenberg, founder of Evolution FreshIngredients:3/4 cup green juice (Rosenberg likes Evolution Fresh Essential Greens With Lime or Smooth Greens) 3/4 cup almond milk 1 handful kale 1 serving maca, mesquite, cacao, or goji berry powder (read the package for serving size) 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 scoop hemp powder or spirulina 1 handful seasonal fruit (such as blueberries, 1 apple, or 1 pear)Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.