You want a tasty, healthy smoothie that's higher in fibre and packed with vitamins? Take any of these ideas and add 1/2 to 1 cup fresh spinach. I kid you not, man this idea is all over certain other message boards. It looks like crap but you CAN'T TASTE the spinach. All the fruit flavors over-power it.
There. Now go drink healthier.
I am the smoothie queen (I worked at a Jamba Juice-type place for years.)
The trick, as others have mentioned, is to use frozen fruit to thicken - preferably banana.
Other liquids you can use: almond milk, lite coconut milk, carrot juice, cooled chai tea, pineapple juice, kefir, horchata.
Other thickeners: silken tofu, fruit juice concentrate, tahini, avocado, cottage cheese, stewed fruit.
Good combos: coconut milk, pineapple chunks, frozen mango and/or banana; carrot juice, ginger, tahini, stewed apricots; almond milk, frozen banana, tofu, cocoa; avocado, soymilk, limeade concentrate; chai tea, frozen mango chunks, tofu, soymilk.
I like to use Jay Robb's whey or egg white protein powder, sometimes just powder, soy milk (vanilla), cinnamon, ice, and vanilla extract.
Pumpkin, non-fat ricotta cheese, a couple of ice cubes, and pumpkin pie spices. My bf likes to add a bit of fresh chopped or crystallized ginger to it as well.
Okay...this will sound more complicated than it is...but I LOVE this combo! Banana, soy milk, fresh dates, vanilla, oat bran, flaxseed. I poach the dates (about 10, depending on size; if using medjools, it would be 3-4) in about a 1/2 of water with a tsp of vanilla. When cool, I pit them and freeze them overnight with the poaching liquid. I always have chunks of frozen banana on hand. So, each morning, I grind up 3 tbsp flaxseed with 1 tbsp oat bran...put the equivalent of about 1/2 banana in the blender...add about 10 oz or so of vanilla soy milk...add the flaxseed/oatbran...add the frozen dates...blend together on highest setting. You can use dried dates if you have to, but the mixture will never be as smooth. The resulting smoothie will be about 16 oz or so. Don't let it sit around too long or the flaxseeds will make it viscous.
A couple different favorites:
I always add a scoop of protein powder to these...for extra nutrition and thickness.
1 serving silken tofu
2/3 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 cup pineapple juice
5-6 ice cubes
1/2 cup soy milk
3/4 cup orange/mango juice
2/3 cup frozen peaches
5-6 ice cubes
1/2 cup peach or raspberry soy yogurt
2/3 cup frozen mango chunks
2/3 cup blueberry or pomegranite juice
8 ice cubes