Smoothies are a great way to start off your mornings. They’re sweet, refreshing, and chock full of good-for-you ingredients. You can even sneak veggies in there without noticing them—and it still tastes good. I swear it’s magic.
Now that the weather’s heating up again, I find myself nose deep in smoothie recipes on Pinterest, dreaming of what I’m going to blend up next. Through my immense search, I’ve found the best smoothies for everyone: whether you’re trying to get your kid to eat (or drink) more vegetables or you want to add more protein to your diet.
Before you even look at this list, you’ll need to have the right blender. A cheap one will leave you with an inconsistent texture—or worse: chunks of kale floating around in your smoothie. We recommend the Breville Boss Super Blender ($339 at Amazon) for the most consistent and thorough blending. If you’re on a budget, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender($100 on Amazon), the best affordable blender we’ve tested, will work just as well.
1. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
For those of us worried that a blend of fruit will lack enough protein to sustain us throughout the day, get ready to be proved wrong. This Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie fromMaverick Baking is loaded with pea protein, which creates a creamy texture that will satisfy you until lunchtime. Pea protein may sound wacky, but it’s essentially flavorless, making it the perfect protein boost for any smoothie blend.