These Five Smoothies Will Ensure That You Get Your Daily Vitamins and Antioxidants

Smoothies and berries

Lately it feels like all I do is cook and wash dishes from cooking. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve started just eating dinner out of the pan just so I don’t have to clean a separate plate. I’ve also been indulging in, let’s say, ready-to-eat meals, also known as chips straight from the bag, dipped in salsa straight from the jar.

In an effort to incorporate fruits and vegetables back into my diet without having to clean more bowls than necessary, I’ve started turning to an old favorite: smoothies. Whether you’re trying to use up some of the produce you panic-bought a week ago or just getting a bit more Vitamin C, here are a few recipes that won’t require more to wash than a blender and a single glass. Thank goodness!

The Fauxpaccino

This has horrified many a romantic partner, but I stand by it as the perfect way to get my day going. It has everything you need: antioxidants, protein, and a jolt of caffeine.


– 1 cup of black coffee

– 1 scoop vegan protein powder (especially a mocha or chocolate flavor)

– 2 cups frozen strawberries

– 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

– 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

– Ice as needed


Add protein powder and coffee to blender and mix. Slowly incorporate frozen berries until you reach your desired thickness, adding ice if necessary.

The Tropicale

Banana smoothie

Like a vacation in your mouth, no pool noodle necessary.


– 2 cups frozen pineapple

– 1/2 cup oat milk

– Splash of coconut milk

– 1 banana

– 2 Tbsp., flaked coconut

– Ice as needed


Blend milk with banana and pineapple a quarter-cup at a time. Add flaked coconut. Add ice as needed until you reach your desired thickness.

The PB&Jreen

I’ll eat kale in basically any circumstance—except smoothies. Just tastes like dumpster water to me. So I’m using spinach here where some people would prefer kale, but you do whatever your heart desires.


– 1 1/2 cup fresh spinach

– 2 scoops peanut butter

– ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

-1 cup frozen strawberries

– 1 cup frozen blueberries

– Ice as needed


Blend spinach, peanut butter, and almond milk. Add frozen berries and blueberries a quarter-cup at a time until you reach your desired thickness; add ice as needed.

The Solstice

It’s almost stone-fruit season, and I am SO jazzed. If fresh peaches aren’t available yet, use the frozen ones, and less ice.


– 2 cups sliced peaches

– 1 cup sliced pineapple

– 1 banana

– 2 cups ice


Blend peaches, pineapple, and banana. Add ice until desired thickness is reached.

The Orange Cool-yes

Mango smoothie

Bring the mall to you! Eat a huge pretzel and get an ear piercing while you’re at it.


– 1 cup frozen mango

– 1 cup orange juice

– 1/2 banana

– 1/2 cup oat milk

– Ice as needed


Blend mango, orange juice, and banana in blender; slowly add oat milk and ice as needed until you reach the desired thickness.

Written by: Kat Jercich