How to Make a Healthy Fruit Smoothie for Breakfast


Craving a milkshake but trying to avoid fattening ice cream? Try a fruit smoothie instead. Smoothies are easy to make, and are an indulgent treat at any time of the day. They're especially luxurious for breakfast, when the usual healthy alternatives are far less juicy or colorful. Depending on your preferences, a healthy breakfast smoothie can include a variety of seasonal (i.e., fresh) or frozen fruits, and can include calcium and protein too.

Puree away!

Step 1

Assemble your collection of fruits. You won't need more than four kinds of fruit, as you won't notice the distinct tastes anyway. Think of smoothie-making as an experiment of color and taste mixing. Banana, for example, dominates in taste though not in color. Blueberries or blackberries, meanwhile, create a powerful bluish purple hue but a more subtle taste.

Step 2

Combining frozen and fresh fruits is perfectly acceptable. During the winter, fresh berries are expensive; frozen berries provide almost the same taste in a fruit smoothie, and can be kept easily on hand in the freezer.

Step 3

Set up the blender, and throw in the fruit that is cut in the largest pieces. If this is a frozen fruit, also add 2-3 tbspn. water or juice to ease the blending.

Step 4

Set the blender to 'puree,' 'blend,' or 'liquefy,' and start pulsing. If you notice resistance, add more liquid.

Step 5

Stop the blender, and add more fruits, four or five ice cubes, and 1/2 cup yogurt or milk (if desired). Stir so that a mixture of fruits is near the blades. Blend away. Note that all amounts are approximate; you can really add as much or little of each item as you would like; remember, this is an experiment!

Step 6

Once you've added all the fruits and dairy, add 1-2 tbspn. protein powder if desired, stir, and blend again. The most common types of protein powders are whey, soy and egg. According to, different powders are used for different goals, for example, muscle building or meal replacement. Whey protein is the most common supplement for individuals trying to build muscle. If your primary goal is losing fat, choose a low-carbohydrate, low-calorie protein; this will allow you to keep your current muscle mass while losing fat. If you are instead aiming to build muscle, choose a high-carbohydrate protein powder that is still low in sugar and fat. If you are using protein to help you stay full (as a meal replacement), choose a powder with medium levels of carbohydrates and calories.

Step 7

Stop the blender and taste a spoonful of your creation. If it seems too thick to drink, add more ice, water, juice or milk, and blend again. If it seems too watery, add more fruit or yogurt. If one fruit taste seems too strong, add more of another fruit or add more yogurt.

Step 8

Pour into a tall glass, and enjoy! You can refrigerate any leftovers, but either shake well or re-blend before drinking the extra, because the fruits will settle in the fridge.

Things You'll Need

  • Choose at least two fruits from the list below; add dairy as you like:
  • Blender
  • Ice cubes (6-12)
  • Wooden or other large spoon
  • Tall glass
  • Water
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Banana, cut into several large chunks
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Peaches, cut in quarters
  • Mango, cut in at least quarters
  • Melon, in slightly larger than bite-sized pieces
  • Orange or apple juice
  • Orange wedges (no peel)
  • Lemon wedges (no peel)
  • Yogurt of your choice (plain or fruit-flavored)
  • Milk
  • Protein powder supplement


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About this Author

Alexandra Perloe has been writing professionally for seven years, and has been published in the Boston Globe, the Sentinel and Enterprise (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), the Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia) and the Jewish Advocate (Boston). She was also the deputy editor of the Justice, the student newspaper of Brandeis University, from which she graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in psychology, and Spanish language and literature.