When I was a kid, we never had smoothies in our house.  I don’t know why exactly.  I’m sure it never would have occurred to my dad to make them for us.  Anyway, this lack of smoothies meant that when I did finally get to have one, I thought it was like, the most special treat in the whole world.  Surely they were complicated to make and really bad for me – after all, they tasted so good.  I remember once going to a friend’s house to play after school and her mom made us smoothies as an after school snack.  I couldn’t believe it.  To me, it was equivalent to getting huge bowl of ice cream for a snack – before dinner, no less!  I thought her mom was way cool.

Once I moved into my own house with my own blender I decided I should start making smoothies.  After all, adults get to do what we want, right?  (This means I also drink chocolate milk almost daily, because I can :))  You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that smoothies are actually a very healthy indulgence.  I’m sure there are plenty of smoothies out there full of all kinds of refined sugars, artificial flavors and such, but not the kind I make.  And it’s amazing – just some frozen fruit, yogurt and a splash of milk make my perfect smoothie with no sugar added.  My kids will definitely grow up knowing the joys of smoothies.  In fact, Andrew and I have smoothie dates on weekend mornings where we split a big smoothie with two straws.  I’m thrilled that he loves them as much as I do.

I know a lot of people don’t use recipes to make smoothies and I really don’t either.  I never measure when I make mine.  But, I have given a basic recipe here which you can obviously tweak to your liking and based on what you have available.  A few tricks I have learned along the way include using frozen fruit so that you can skip adding ice, giving a more concentrated flavor.  The pineapple I use is nearly always from a whole pineapple that I cut up myself, and I keep it in the freezer so it is ready whenever smoothie time strikes.  I always add a banana no matter what flavor of smoothie I’m making because it helps with the texture.  I never add any sugar because the fruit and yogurt are sweet enough on their own, but you can add a tablespoon or two of honey if you need some extra sweetness (especially if you use plain or greek yogurt).  Finally, I add ground flax seed to the mix for a little extra fiber.  You can’t taste it at all but it is a nice nutritional bonus.


8 oz. low-fat vanilla or plain yogurt
1 large banana
1½ cups chopped pineapple, frozen
1½ cups frozen strawberries
2-3 tbsp. ground flax seed
¼ cup milk


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    Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Process until thick and smooth.  Add ice to thicken, if desired, or milk to thin.  Serve immediately.


  • Psychgrad has been saying nice things about you, so I thought I’d pop by! My mom was a bit health-obsessive when my sisters and I were growing up and smoothies were the big treat! So delicious AND good for you. She’d put protein powder in for the nutritional kick. We basically thought protein powder came with the taste of yogurt ;-)

  • I never thought to put pineapple in a smoothie, yum!

  • A divine combination, mmhhh!



  • its so difficult to clcik drinks,but u do it so well,..-)

  • Oh my goodness, this looks so yummy! I’m ready for summer. C’mon mother nature!

  • One of my fav fruit combos! :)

  • Nicole

    My 2 year old LOVES smoothies (or moothies, as he calls them) I make them for him as a snack at least 3 days a week. I agree, they are super healthy if you make them w/ fresh fruit and plain yogurt. And I add in a handful of baby spinach leaves for an extra serving of green leafy veggies… it turns the smoothie a strange color, but you can’t taste it at all!

  • Angie

    I take those overripe bananas that are left browning on the counter, peel them, and then break them up into 4-5 pieces and put them in a freezer bag. They work wonders in smoothies since I like mine so thick that I can eat them rather than drink them.

  • Yum! I make an almost identical smoothie and its my favorite flavor combination. I was actually just about to make one!

  • I use frozen bananas in my smoothies. It’s how I use those just-about-overripe ones if I don’t feel like making banana bread. :) Peel them, and pop them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Using frozen bananas helps to add an almost ice-cream-like texture to the smoothie. I’ll also throw in some 100% fruit juice to thin, instead of milk. Peach-mango juice makes a great tropical addition to a smoothie!

  • I start almost every morning with a smoothie! They are just so fantastic, refreshing and fueling. I like to make mine with almond milk, banana, spinach leaves (you can’t taste them!), vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground ginger and a bit of sweetener. Works every time!

  • LeAnn

    looks delicious like the rest of your recipes!! just found you and i’m thrilled!!!!!!

  • Heather

    I work at the head office a smoothie company. I get free smoothies! ;)

  • Dee

    Beautiful pictures! I make smoothies all the time for my kids and I. We add some vanilla protein powder to make it more filling. Such a yummy treat, especially with Spring arriving :) Have a good day :)

  • I love smoothies! Sounds like a great combination, I’ll have to make this one for sure.

  • Smoothies are wonderful, and I don’t make them nearly enough! I especially LOVE strawberry ones :)

  • Ummmm. I’ll take mine to go.

  • Your smoothie tips and tricks are so smart. My mom used to make strawberry smoothies all the time for us growing up. Always a treat!

  • Valerie

    What kind of blenders do you guys use? My never seems to blend well and everything gets stuck to the blade. The ice comes out in big chunks too… makes it not worth doing at home ;( Any suggestions?

  • I love smoothies too, and make them regularly. I have a smoothie maker which I adore, since it “smooths” better than my blender. It’s still a bit cold to make them here every day, but I “indulge” as much as I can tolerate the chill!

  • Annie

    You can find mine in the “Annie’s equipment” area of the sidebar. It’s a KitchenAid model. I used to have a crappy one (sounds exactly like yours) and I cannot believe what a difference the new one has made.

  • Lori

    I just started making smoothies for my family. My youngest son is on the crew team at school and his coach made them buy Nancy Clark’s book on sports nutrition. I used that as a starting point and went from there. In addition to the ground flax seed, I also put in some toasted wheat germ. They don’t know it’s there but I do. :)

  • My mom use to make smoothies as after-school snacks all the time! I need to get a blender so I can make them for myself!

  • Eva

    Those look delicious! I love the little striped straws too, so adorable :)

  • Heather

    Wanted to tell you about adding spinach, but looks like someone already did. Try it. You really can’t taste it. Here’s a link to a bunch of recipes: http://greenmonstermovement.com/

  • Annie

    Yes, I’m well aware of it. This is just how I like to make smoothies.

  • I love that you used a strawberry & pineapple mix! Such a great combo, but so under-used. I’ll have to get one of those KitchenAid blender like you use (I’m another one with a useless blender), but this will be the first smoothie recipe I try at home! Can’t wait. :)

  • The smoothie looks delicious. I just love your photography!!

    I think it is very cute that you and Andrew have smoothie dates on the weekends. :)

  • These are just the prettiest things ever. I make lots of smoothies in the summer. Great strategy for getting my kids to consume more fruit. When we go strawberry picking, I freeze almost a full flat of berries so I have them on hand for smoothies. This recipe looks great and I love the addition of flax seeds.

  • Beautiful photos…and the recipe looks sublime. I’m such a blender crazy human. Mmmmm….

  • Yum! I do love a good smoothie. Thanks for the tips – I have recently removed all cereal from the house, given the lack of solid nutrition such a carb overload gives my boys before school. Smoothies are now a go-to breakfast. I’m going to have to get some flax seed to add, and some pineapple.

  • Eva

    This smoothie looks and tastes amazing. I hadn’t thought of the strawberry and pineapple combo, very nice. Love your site, you have some fantastic recipes!

  • We’ve been making smoothies a lot but I haven’t added pineapple yet. I think we’ll try this tonight! Thanks!

  • emily e.

    SO good! We usually just do frozen fruit and apple juice (to keep things healthy), but these were the best smoothies I’ve ever had! Wonderful, and a great snack for my little ones :o)

  • I love a nice smoothie first thing in the morning or even after a workout. This looks so fresh and delicious!

  • Michelle

    THIS IS THE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER!!!! I made it yesterday to cool off from a hot spring day here in FL. Was perfect :)

  • Heidi

    I made this smoothie this morning! So delicious, great start to the morning!

  • Jay

    This is a fun recipe and tasty too. Love your tip about using frozen fruit instead of ice for coldness. It is pretty easy to add too much ice to a smoothie and dilute the taste.

  • fernando

    im gonna make this. looks really good. great idea of the frozen fruit.

  • fernando

    love this recipe

  • Nomad

    My husband is allergic to bananas, what’s a good substitute?

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  • Lori Ann

    I REALLY am not an experimental person, I almost NEVER come up with something on my own, do you think it would taste good with blueberries mixed in also?

  • Toddlermama

    I do! I have found that just about any kind of fruit that I like to eat tastes good in a smoothie! (and my little munchkins have yet to deny any smoothie I’ve randomly concocted! My 3 year old calls it blue ice cream when we add blueberries. YUM)