21 Reasons to Consume Healthy Smoothies

21 Reasons to Consume Healthy SmoothiesWhy do so many people consume healthy smoothies on a regular basis? I have my own reasons, but thought it would be fun and helpful for others to collect all of the more popular reasons into one spot. Initially, I planned on covering the top 10 reasons, but once I got going I realized 10 wouldn’t do justice to healthy smoothies.

While many of the reasons below are associated with a particular health benefit, several others made the list. After reading this I think you’ll be convinced that developing the habit of making healthy smoothies on a daily basis is an excellent investment of your time and money.

The 21 Reasons to Consume Healthy Smoothies

  1. Get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. Consuming the daily recommendations of fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. Blending a couple of servings of each into a smoothie helps ensure you meet your body’s daily nutritional needs.
  2. Quick and easy. Making your own nutrient dense smoothie doesn’t take as long as preparing most meals, giving you more time for others things. Taking a smoothie with you is an additional convenient option.Kids Like Healthy Smoothies
  3. Kids like smoothies. Getting your kids to eat healthy foods is not always easy. Fortunately, most kids love the taste of a creamy smoothie naturally sweetened by fruit or a good sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or stevia. You can even hide veggies in your kid’s smoothies that they would never eat on their own. For more info on kid friendly smoothies, see how to make smoothies your kids will love.
  4. Easier weight loss. There are a number of weight loss programs that promote replacing a meal with a liquid drink. Provide your body with all the vitamins and minerals it needs via smoothies, cut out the weight gaining crap from your diet, and watch the pounds melt away. Lose weight easier than before and slim down the healthy way with diet smoothies.
  5. Improved digestion. Nobody I know wants to experience constipation or indigestion. Let your blender “chew” your food and ease the burden on your digestive system while you simultaneously consume plenty of dietary fiber to ensure excellent digestion.
  6. Delicious. Yes, eating healthy and tasting great can go hand in hand. With so many recipes to choose from, finding one or more pleasing to your palate is a breeze.
  7. Detox. We’re exposed to and bombarded by thousands of man-made chemicals in today’s world, which leaves our body begging to detoxify. Give your digestive system a break while adding detoxifying ingredients like dandelion greens and kale into your smoothies to aid your body’s detoxification processes.
  8. Build muscle and improve athletic performance. Provide your body with the nutrients it needs to excel during athletic competition, and recover and rebuild after working out. It’s easier for your body to absorb and assimilate the nutrients in a smoothie as opposed to a meal.
  9. Reach your own personal health goals. Tailor your smoothies to meet your desired health goals.
  10. Beauty. Think radiant skin, hair, and nails. Supply your body with the vitamins and minerals it requires to grow healthier hair and make your skin glow.
  11. Healthy eating education. By learning what constitutes a healthy smoothie, you’ll also educate yourself on what comprises a healthy diet. This will allow you to make better decisions when the blender isn’t around. You’ll be more confident in your food choices.
  12. Strengthen your immune system. Getting sick is no fun. Reduce the number of times you get sick (if at all) and lesson the severity by empowering your immune system.
  13. Deeper sleep. Improving your health by consuming healthy smoothies almost always results in better sleep at night.
  14. Meal flexibility. You can consume a smoothie at any meal, not just breakfast. No time for lunch, grab or make a quick smoothie.Healthy Smoothie Ingredients
  15. Healthy ingredients galore. The number of healthy ingredients available for smoothies is practically limitless. After your basic fruits and vegetables, you can add an array of the various spices, herbs, superfoods, and other health foods. The possibilities and combinations are endless.
  16. Energy. Supply your body with the right fuel for more energy in the short and long term.
  17. Empowerment. Take control of your health through simple and delicious healthy smoothies.
  18. Reduce cravings. We all crave sweets and unhealthy foods from time to time. Reduce those cravings, or better yet, replace what you would normally splurge on with a healthy alternative.
  19. Brain boost. Give your brain all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to improve your mental clarity, focus, and memory. Say goodbye to brain fog.
  20. Happiness. Experience a renewed sense of calm and well-being that good health leads to. Be in a good mood all the time.
  21. Fun! Many people including myself find creating smoothies to be rather enjoyable. You can think of yourself as a modern day alchemist mixing and matching various smoothie ingredients.

As you are now aware, routinely consuming healthy smoothies is beneficial for a number of reasons. This habit has personally helped me tremendously on my own journey to better health. What benefits have you experienced from healthy smoothie consumption?

This list is not exhaustive. If there are any reasons you consume smoothies that aren’t included above, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.


77 Responses to 21 Reasons to Consume Healthy Smoothies

  1. Smoothie Diet #

    Nice! Been looking for info like this, thanks for posting.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      You’re welcome, hopefully your smoothie diet consists of nothing but healthy smoothies :)

      • Jose Arrias #

        Hi! I take a smoothie every breakfast for the past 2 years. My usual smoothies consist on a few options:

        1. Blueberries, banana, kiwi, flaxseeds and unsweetenead almond milk.

        2. Banana, kiwi, cucumber, spinach, flax seeds, same almond milk.

        3. Banana, mango, blueberries, flaxseeds, nuts and same almond milk.

        Any recommendations for other healthy smoothies that can also serve as detox? I am a vegan.

        Great article btw!

        • Ryan Carmody #

          Nice work, Jose!

          You could incorporate some healthy fats in the form of avocado or coconut oil into your smoothies. Check out my detox recipes:


        • Rose #

          Hey I always have my favourite
          Bananas, spinage, frozen berries, cocoa powder and milled chia seeds
          So good

        • Kerri #

          Peach, blueberry, chia and flax seeds and almond milk! Maybe even some honey would be good

        • Joshua Mejia #

          Half packet of frozen Acai (unsweetened), 1 Chopped Frozen Banana, Frozen Blueberries, about a half cup of Frozen mixed fruits, half a handful of mix nuts, 2 spoons of Hemp seeds, 2 spoons of Maca Root Powder, Coconut flakes, 2 spoons Chia seeds, 1 scoop of your favorite vegan protein mix, lots of Fresh Kale, lots of Fresh Spinach, Broccoli Florets, add Flax-Milk to blend well.

          I usually take this post-workout it’s the best! full of nutrients, vitamins, healthy spike of your insulin which is needed for post workout, and packed with healthy carbs and protein!

      • Daniel #

        How many smoothies do you drink a day?

        • Ryan Carmody #

          I recommend one smoothie a day, typically for breakfast, and two regular meals.

  2. Rhonda #

    Thanks Ryan!!
    I love your news letter !!!
    Great information,

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Rhonda,

      Thanks for leaving a comment and letting me know you like the information in my newsletter.

      Happy Blending!


  3. sherrybegley #

    Can u just have Smoothies to lose weight?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Sherry, sure you can drink smoothies to lose weight, but you will likely experience other health benefits as well.

  4. JoAnne #

    Thanks for the smoothie info and recipe ideas. I’ve been a smoothie maker for some time and feel great!! I do one a day and my hair and nails have never looked better. Weight is under control and I hardly ever get sick!! Fruits and veggies galore!! Keep those ideas coming!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Awesome, JoAnne! Hearing that you’re thriving on smoothies is music to my ears. Keep up the healthy habit, and keep feeling great!


  5. Bec #

    I just found your site today and have already read almost every article! I’m very excited to learn more about what I can do to improve my health with smoothies. Thank you for doing so much research and for pulling it all together in such an easy-to-follow yet in-depth way :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Bec,

      Thank you for the kind comment. It really means a lot considering the time and effort I’ve put into this smoothie site. This is information that needs to be shared far and wide so everyone can benefit. Good luck taking your health to the next level with smoothies!


  6. Anna #

    I have been having fruit smoothies almost every day for the last two years for breakfast. I used to experience bad cramps in my feet and legs at night but hardly ever experience that now.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I’d say that’s a great smoothie success story, Anna. Now let’s get rid of those cramps for good with even healthier smoothies. Cheers, Ryan.

  7. Tisa Williams #

    I decided to use smoothies to transition away from diet and carbonated drinks. After watching a program showing aspertame is proven to put women at risk for cardiac arrest I needed to do something to help me stay away from these beverages. I just take the money I would have bought soda and purchase fruit, vegetables, and spices. My body thanks me and I am more satisfied after meals instead of looking for something it thinks I have missed.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I love hearing that, Tisa, brings a huge smile to my face :) I essentially did the same thing several years back. Cut out all the crap and replaced with an array of fruits and veggies. Nothing feels better than feeling good :)


  8. Rachel #

    I loved this list. I was drinking my smoothie as I read this. I am not a huge fan of fruits and vedgies, even though I should eat them. So smoothies is a great and enjoyable way for me to get the vitamins and nutrients. Thanks for writing this, got me really excited to make smoothies every day.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Rachel,

      I wasn’t a very big fan of most fruits and veggies either which is why I turned to juicing and smoothies. After a while my taste buds changed and now I love most produce. Good luck with your daily smoothies!


  9. sonni #

    I just came across your website and have to remark how informative and wonderful it is. You have taken the time to put all of this wonderful information in one place. I am inspired to start making smoothies to help with my health and weight. I tried one you posted and have to say it was delicious and I am excited to start incorporating smoothies into my daily plan. Thank you so much for compiling all this wonderful information :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Thanks for the kind words, Sonni. You’re welcome. It’s always nice to hear when another person jumps on the healthy smoothie train :) Good luck with your smoothies and reaching your health goals!

  10. Al #

    I had a read through this article mainly to see if other people were also noticing the difference smoothies can make to your life. It’s awesome how creative you can be with them and how fun it is to experiment with specific ingredients that you know will benefit your personal goals. For instance, since training pretty intensely at the gym again I need lots of protein and good fats as well as of course eating enough vegetables etc so a couple of awesome combinations if you want an all round meal in a jug are as follows:

    1. A full Avocado, a good handful of Cashew Nuts, Spinach, Coconut Milk, Pineapple juice and top up with water or that bad boy will get pretty thick! You’ll end up with a green powerhouse smoothie!

    2. Mixed green leaves of your choice, Carrot, a Persimmon, an Apple a handful Pecan Nuts, Pineapple juice and water.

    The second one sounds a bit weird and goes an orangy brown colour but trust me get the ratios right and it’s delicious and nutritious with the persimmon and apple flavours outweighing the veg combo.

    Anyhow that’s my 2 cents and if you are training these make perfect alternatives to the all to easily available sandwiches and baked temptations for a good lunch or an after workout pick you up.


    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Al,

      That’s one of the main things I try to convey – have fun and experiment while crafting smoothies that address your own unique personal health goals. The benefits can be pretty profound.

      Your first recipe is right up my alley. I’ll have to try the second recipe. I’m definitely intrigued.


  11. Stu #

    Started doing smoothie.
    I put in water blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, green and red grapes. Is it healthy for me? What about sugar? I’m concerned regards sugar. I’m wanting to lose weight and have a flat belly?

  12. Misshl #

    I agree with your article, I love smoothies. I drink one a day, sometimes twice a day. I do green smoothies and I experiment. You are right, I do feel like an alchemist mixing new fruits and vegetables together. I also add oatmeal, flax seeds, and even nuts to my smoothies. My two year old niece eats smoothies for breakfast cause I told my sister to start drinking smoothies :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Misshl,

      Alchemist is the best word to describe creating lovely smoothie concoctions from the wide variety of ingredients available. Keep spreading the smoothie love :)


  13. Helen mcewan #

    Hi Ryan what a fantastic site .. No hidden cost valuable information always , I always look forward to your news letter … I am smoothing after a bad start ….was about to give up because my smoothies tasted awful … You promptly send me an e- mail and told me to start simple and I did with great success . My next question is do you need a juicer as well as a blender regards Helen .

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for the kind words. Nice to hear you’re finding success with your smoothies. A juicer is not needed for making smoothies.


  14. Stephanie #

    Hi Ryan,

    I was wondering if could tell me your thoughts on a simple smoothie ingredients–i make the following smoothie and I feel great an all…would like to add chia seeds eventually, but is this OK? Just a good ol’ simple smoothie…

    1 banana
    2 tangerines
    1-2 kiwis
    Handful of strawberries
    Either yogurt or nondairy almond milk.


    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Stephanie,

      Your ingredients are all good, but in combination result in a pretty sugary smoothie. This is still healthier than what most people eat for breakfast. I would ease back and only use 1 tangerine and 1 kiwi. Coconut oil or avocado are the ingredients I would look to add next. Chia seeds are great too.


  15. Hi Ryan. Loving your website. Could you suggest a refreshing smoothie I could make to consume when I’m preparing evening meal. I usually get the urge for a glass of wine and I’d love a non alcoholic alternative.

  16. Denise #

    I been doing green smoothie for 3 years. I lost over 60lbs and feel great. I live with MS everyday. I workout at the gym 4 days a week. Green smoothies is the way to go. I never get sick.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Music to my ears, Denise :) Keep it up!

  17. karen #

    Im having a fruit and veg smoothie with fruit juice or almond milk for breakfast. Im an active postwoman no snacks incuded. Will I loose or gain weight? With a main meal in evenings

  18. Michelle #

    I just started doing smoothies a month ago and am already seeing improvements in my overall eating habits as well as my energy level. I drink them on a daily basis and find that my desire for sweets and fried foods is diminishing. I like being able to blend my favorite fruits with my not so favorite vegetables to make a very satisfying drink that keeps me going all day !

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Music to my ears, Michelle :) Keep on rocking those healthy smoothies!

  19. lilani #

    Could you please suggest me a weight gain smoothi as I need it. Thanks. Lilani….

  20. Ron Smith #


  21. Nancy #

    I just started making fruit smoothies to get healthy as well as loose weight….this was a wonderful read!! Thank you and am looking forward to many new recipes and ideas!!


    • Ryan Carmody #

      You’re welcome, Nancy. Welcome aboard the healthy smoothie train!

  22. stella #

    i just started smoothy, I am expecting good result especially in my weight

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Good luck and enjoy, Stella.

  23. Karla #

    Hello Ryan,

    My name is Karla and I am new to your site. I can currently attempting to do the 10 smoothie cleanse, and other than my overwhelming desire to eat a bag of chips I am doing OK on day 2. My question is, my husband and I do not eat vegetables much at all and I would like to know what type of smoothie would be good to drink everyday to at least get our servings of vegetables and fruit everyday. Also, is it ok to double the ingredients and put them in one blender for the both of us? Or should I just make it twice? Last, he is adamant about eating breakfast in the morning so my last question is can we drink the smoothie and not skip a meal? For example to drink before lunch or after to hold us over until dinner or whatever meal. Thank you again, I look forward to continuing to read your articles and learn more about making my home a little more healthy. Thanks!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Karla,

      What types of smoothies to drink everyday to get adequate servings of fruits and veggies? The majority of my recipes fit that bill. There’s over 200 on my site. Browse by category or ingredient and start with a few that call to you. You’ll likely gravitate towards certain ingredients and make your smoothies around those. Like I have with avocado, chia seeds, and cacao.

      Sure you can double the ingredients and make two servings at once.

      Yes, you can have your smoothie in-between meals. However, make sure to consume them on an empty stomach. Some of my smoothies are pretty dense and you might find you can replace a meal with them.


  24. Melissa Mellie #

    Thank you so much! If you want a healthy life then you should take healthy food. It helps you to make your digestive system better and improve your health.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      You’re welcome and totally agree, Melissa.

  25. Oyama #

    Hi Ryan,

    Thank you so much for the article, I have started working out and I drink smoothies regulary and I can see the difference. My tummy is getting smaller,I haven’t been sick since I started.

    This is great!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      You’re welcome, Oyama! Here’s to continued smoothie success!

  26. MichelleNovak #

    When did you publish this website?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I created the site in 2011 and have been publishing content regularly ever since.

  27. Joy #

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful information!!!! You inspire me everyday…

    • Ryan Carmody #

      You’re welcome, Joy :)

  28. I thought it was interesting how the article mentions that consuming smoothies can help improve your digestion. I feel like I’ve been having some digestive issues lately, so would you recommend blending at least one meal a day in order to reap the benefits of improved digestion? And would using a superfood smoothie mix bring the same benefits as listed in the rest of the article?

  29. Hello Ryan,

    I found this post very helpful.

    This is such a fun site, I would subscribe to your newsletter!

    My smoothie combination: apples (green or red), pear, grapes, pineapple, watermelon, bananas and sometimes a little soya milk.

    What do you think?

    Also, do you recommend sieving after blending?

    Winnie from Nigeria.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Winnie from Nigeria,

      If you like my site I think you’ll enjoy my newsletter too.

      I bet your smoothie is delicious. However, it’s a little high in sugary fruit. Maybe substitute avocado for the banana. You could also incorporate a little coconut oil for healthy fats and to slow down sugar assimilation.

      I don’t recommend sieving after blending – you want all that good fiber.


  30. Denise #

    I just started making smoothies.. can you tell me if this recipe is okay? 1 cup carrots.. 1 banana ..1 cup peaches/pineapple/strawberries… pinch of turmeric..pinch of ground ginger …1 tsp of chia seeds..splash of lemon juice .. 2 spoons of fage zero percent fat greek yogurt

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Yes, that recipe sounds great, Denise!

  31. Can a smoothie a day help increase sodium levels ?

  32. Rajendra Gaikwad #

    Great health benefit of smoothiee.

    • Ryan Carmody #


  33. Lucy #

    Hello! My smoothie is an acai protein power purée pack (90 cal and 5g sugar) with 1/2 cup raspedberries, 1 cup almond Milk, and half a banana. What are your thoughts on this? Is it too sugary or is it perfect for an everyday breakfast?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Your smoothie is a bit high in sugar, Lucy. I would remove the banana and use 1/2 avocado instead.

  34. Jennifer #

    What year was this article published?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      It was published in 2012, Jennifer.

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