Five Simple and Delicious Smoothies

I’ve never met a smoothie I didn’t like, but these are the smoothies I make again and again.

The smoothies I make all share the same basic foundation; milk, juice, frozen fruit and yogurt. I eat more than enough sugar, so I usually don’t add extra sweeteners, unless I’m working with a particularly tart fruit. When I’m in a hurry, I’ll put most of the ingredients in the blender the night before, then stick the pitcher in the fridge, so all I have to do is add the frozen ingredients and blend in the morning.

Several smoothies of different colors are sitting in a bed of ice.

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The Love Me Smoothie

This is an adaptation of a very unhealthy milkshake I make, which I call “The Shit That Killed Elvis.”

Mix 3 oz. milk, 1 oz. banana nectar, 1 frozen banana (chop it up before you freeze it), 1 T. peanut butter, 2 oz. Greek yogurt, and a tiny dab of honey on puree.

The Call Me Melba

Mix 2 oz. milk, 2 oz. peach nectar, 3 oz. (by weight) frozen peaches and red raspberrries, 2 oz. Greek yogurt, and mint leaves.


Mix 2 oz. milk, 2 oz. blueberry pomegranate juice, ½ frozen banana, 2 oz. frozen blueberries, 2 oz. Greek yogurt and a dab of honey.

The Pip Pip Cherry-O

(With sincere apologies to our British readers for my terrible pun.)

Mix 2 oz. milk, 2 oz. red juice (I’ve used cranberry blends, sweet cherry juice, and red superfruit blends), ½ frozen banana, 2 oz. frozen, pitted cherries, 2 oz. Greek yogurt, and honey if you taste it and think it needs more sweet.

The Persephesmoothie

Mix 2 oz. milk, 2 oz. pomegranate juice, 1 whole frozen banana, 2 oz. Greek yogurt, and 1 t. cane sugar until smooth, then stir in the seeds from one pomegranate. You can blend the seeds, but I think it adds something fun when they’re whole.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

3 replies on “Five Simple and Delicious Smoothies”

My standby tends to be: frozen fruit (usually bananas, strawberries, and blueberries), a heaping scoop of yogurt, and some kind of fruit juice. I always get ambitious at the grocery store and buy all sorts of fresh fruit, but then it starts to go bad, so I chop it up and chuck it in the freezer.

Also, an immersion blender is a smoothie-maker’s best friend. Quick, easy, and most importantly, minimal cleanup.

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