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Best smoothie recipes

If you want a simple and satisfying way to get a nutrient-packed meal or snack fast, you can’t beat a smoothie. They've got everything you need—from protein and fiber to healthy fats and a heaping serving of fruits and vegetables—all in one sweet, slurp-able package.

Jordan Mazur, who oversees all nutrition related services for athletes and football operations for the San Francisco 49ers, swears by smoothies. He often makes them for his athletes as well as for himself. But, he warns, not all protein powders are created equal. “Just comparing prices when it comes to protein shouldn't be a deciding factor for you—quality is what you're looking for,” he says. “Oftentimes you pay for what you get, and high-quality ingredients don't come cheap.”

The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit organization that examines labeling safety issues, analyzed the top-selling powders and drinks on the market and found that many of them contain elevated levels of heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead and BPA. “These heavy metals are bad for the body because they can build up,” says Mazur. “And there's evidence to suggest that build up of these contaminants can have adverse health effects.” That's why he relies on grass-fed whey protein from Momentous. It's not only NSF Certified for Sport and Informed Sport Certified, but it's also top-rated on the Clean Label Project.

We asked Mazur, along with celebrity trainer Joey Thurman, for a few of their favorite smoothie recipes. Ones that don't just taste good but pack a serious nutritional punch. These would be ideal breakfasts or easy afternoon snacks and would certainly hit the spot after a workout.

3 Smoothies to Try

Five-Ingredient Go-to Green Smoothie


Go-to Green Smoothie

This creamy and satisfying yet simple smoothie is the go-to recipe for Jordan. It's packed with good fats, nutrients and plenty of protein. Plus, this recipe makes two servings—so feel free to share it with your significant other or store the second one in the fridge (it'll keep for a full 24 hours).

  • 1½ cups of ice
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • ½ avocado
  • 1½-2 cups of the milk of your choice
  • 2 scoops protein powder
The Perfect Pre-/Post-Workout Smoothie


The Perfect
Pre-/Post-Workout Smoothie

This is what Joey Thurman whips up for himself and his celebrity clients, usually after a workout. “This has a great ratio of protein to carbs to fuel your workout and repair,” he says. It's a great energy-booster as well, especially for early morning workouts. He says you can omit the espresso shot if that's not to your liking, but he appreciates the extra jolt.

  • 1 serving of collagen peptides
  • 1 serving of protein powder
  • 1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup orange juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 shot of espresso or coffee
Anti-Inflammatory Cherry Smoothie


Cherry Smoothie

The compounds in cherries called anthocyanins have been found to reduce inflammation and block muscle pain post-exercise by reducing the possibility of muscle damage. “When building this shake, I start by adding the liquid, followed by the cherries, and cashews,” says Jordan. “Finish with the protein powder and add a little ice for a thicker shake.”

  • 1½ scoops of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup tart cherry juice (I really like Cheribundi)
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • Splash of water or ice as needed

Ultimate Smoothie Machine

This commercial-grade blender saves you time and trouble because you never need to chop or dice your produce in advance of blending. Plus it's fast, quiet and easily wipes clean.

Blendtec 625 WildSide+ blender, $284.95 by Blendtec