Fruit Smoothies

Since the 1990s, fruit smoothies have taken America by storm and nowadays almost everybody knows what a “smoothie” is, thanks in part to major commercial smoothie chains such as Jamba Juice and Robek’s.

Fruit smoothies are an ideal alternative to the traditional heavy breakfast consisting of pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, potatoes, and other foods that make you feel weighed down and tired.

Fruit smoothies are light, nutritious, and delectable and you can even have them on the go. Basically, it is a liquid breakfast in a cup. However, smoothies are not limited to breakfast time. They are great at anytime of the day, and excellent for detoxing.

This article will give you some fresh new ideas about making your own smoothies and will list many beneficial ingredients you can add to them. Many people are not very familiar with smoothies and are not aware of all the great ingredients that can ben added to them.

The Base

Your smoothie base can contain fruit juice, water, or vegan milk such as almond milk, rice milk, hemp seed milk, oat milk, soy milk, and coconut milk.

Fruit juice can include orange juice, pineapple juice, mango juice, peach juice/nectar, apple juice, grape juice, nectarine juice/nectar, bilberry or blueberry juice/nectar, mangosteen, cherry, acai or just about any other fruit juice you may enjoy drinking.

Good-Berry brand probiotic juices make great smoothie bases. They can be consumed to repopulate beneficial bacteria in the colon. Good-Berry flavors include mango, cranberry-watermelon, and black currant.

Always attempt to use organic brand juices, like from R.W. Knudsen or Lakewood. These juices may be a little expensive for many people due to their quality but organic really makes the difference, especially in the taste and not just the price.

Always try to use organic brand juices because its good quality really makes the difference in taste. You can use bottled fruit juice or freshly made fruit juice.


Ice is an integral part of a fruit smoothie. Ice helps to make the smoothie cold and can also add liquid to the smoothie if you decide not to use a liquid base. However, ice can be used in your smoothie with or without a liquid base. Traditionally, most smoothies contain both.

Generally, a cup or half cup of ice is recommended and it doesn’t matter if the ice is blocks or little pieces.


The key to a fruit smoothie is the fruit. Organic fruit is the healthiest option but any fresh fruit or frozen fruit will work just fine. You could even dice up fresh fruit and put it in the freezer overnight to use first thing in the morning when you make your smoothie.

Select your favorite fruits to add to your smoothie. Some common fruits include banana, orange, grape, pineapple, mango, papaya, apple, peach, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, plum, nectarine, kiwi, and apricot.

I do not recommend adding melons such as watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe in your smoothie. Most melons are meant to be eaten in an unfrozen state.

In addition, citrus fruits such as orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit do not normally taste very good in a smoothie.

If you decide to use dried fruit, I recommend using exotic fruits such as lycii berry, acai berry, acai berry, or goji berry.

Seeds and Nuts

Certain seeds and nuts such as chia, pumpkin, sunflower, and flax may be added to a smoothie for additional health benefits.


This list contains so-called supplements commonly added to fruit smoothies for nutritional and therapeutic benefit:

  • Acai berry
  • Bee pollen
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Bromelain (pineapple enzyme)
  • Co-enzyme Q10
  • Flax seed
  • Goji berry
  • Grape Seed extract
  • Herbal extracts
  • Lycii berry
  • Mangosteen juice
  • Minerals (liquid)
  • MSM Sulfur
  • Noni juice
  • Papain (papaya enzyme)
  • Psyllium husk
  • Royal Jelly
  • Soy protein powder
  • Spirulina
  • Tofu
  • Vitamins (liquid)
  • Vitamin C powder
  • Wheat germ

Dherbs.Com’s liquid extracts are great additions to smoothies for nutritive and therapeutic value. Depending on your taste preferences, some powdered herbs may taste well enough to add to smoothie blends while others may not.

Most capsules of formulas sold by Dherbs can be opened and added to a fruit smoothie. Simply take two or three capsules, open them up, and pour the powder into the blender with the other ingredients and blend. With fruit smoothies, always try to consider the nutritional value of the content. In most cases, fruit smoothies often replace breakfast, so nutrition is critical.

Fruit Smoothie Recipes

Banana Date Supreme Smoothie

One (1) cup Coconut Milk (or Almond or Rice milk)
One (1) cup Dates (pitted), organic preferably
One (1) Banana (sliced), organic preferably and not-so-ripe (due to sweetness)
One-half (1/2) cup crushed ice (optional)

Pour coconut (or other) milk into blender. Next, add dates and banana slices to blender. Lastly, add ice to blender (optional). Puree until smooth. Makes 1-2 servings.

Pineapple-Mango Delight

One (1) cup fresh pineapple chunks
One (1) cup mango chunks
One (1) cup orange juice
One-half (1/2) cup crushed ice

Pour orange juice into blender. Next add pineapple and mango chunks to blender. Lastly, add ice to blender. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1-2 servings.

Tropical Strawberry

One (1) cup frozen strawberries
One-half (1/2) cup pineapple
One-half (1/2) cup ripe papaya
One (1) small peach
One-half (1/2) fresh, ripe avocado
One-half (1/2) cup apple juice
One-half (1/2) cup of pina colada juice
One-fourth (1/2) teaspoon coconut flavoring (optional)
One (1) teaspoon lime juice (optional)

Peel, seed and slice pineapple, papaya, peach, and avocado. Combine with strawberries, juices, and flavoring in the blender (or Vita-Mixer). Puree until smooth.

Makes 2-3 servings.

Maple Pecan Banana Swirl

Two (2) frozen bananas
One-third (1/3) fresh pecans
One (1) tablespoon fresh flaxseed
Two (2) tablespoon maple syrup
Two to Three (2-3) teaspoon slippery elm powder
One (1) cup water (adjust as needed)

In advance, peel fresh ripe bananas and freeze until hard. Grind pecans and flaxseed using an electric seed grinder (or coffee grinder). Break bananas into small chunks and combine with water, flax, nuts, sweetener and elm powder in your blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. NOTE: Be sure to use fresh nuts (preferably organic) and Grade B maple syrup.

Makes 2 servings

Spicy Raspberry Rainbow

One (1) cup frozen raspberries
One (1) ripe banana
Two (2) medium-size, ripe peaches (preferably organic)
One-half (1/2) teaspoon fresh ginger
One (1) cup coconut-fruit blend juice
One (1) tablespoon sweetener, i.e. maple syrup, agave nectar (optional)

Peel and grate a tad of ginger. Peel fresh peaches and slice. Combine with raspberries, bananas and coconut juice in blender and puree smooth. Drink immediately.

Makes 2 servings.

After reading all of the above, you should now be acclimated to the knowledge of how to make a fruit smoothie. Fruit smoothies are real easy to make and you should be able to make more fruit smoothies on your own simply by being creative and improvisational. Use your favorite fruits and be open to experiment!

Thank you for reading!


Related Questions

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    Q: Thanks for all of the information which is very beneficial I must say. My question to you is what's the best type of aloe vera juice to drink? Also I have heard that the gel from the plant can be mixed into a smoothie, is that true? Greetings! As far as the best brand I really wouldn't know as there are a few good brands on the market. Just make sure your aloe vera juice is at 99% pure and with no additives. Aloe gel can be added to a fruit smoothie though


    I personally wouldn't add it to a fruit smoothie.

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    Q: Is it alright to drink part of your fruits and veggies? I have a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and veggie drink in between lunch and dinner, nuts and a piece of fruit in between and a salad and a piece of fruit for dinner.


    Yes, you may drink part of your fruits and vegetables. As long as they are FRESHLY SQUEEZED

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    Q: Fresh fruit is mentioned in the full body cleanse literature, but I didn't see anything about frozen fruit. Can I use frozen fruit during the fbc?

    A: We don't recommend consuming foods that are frozen or canned. Consuming fresh foods is always best as you're only consuming foods that are alive and provide your body with a benefit.  There's no way of knowing the quality or state of the foods before its frozen or canned.

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    Q: Is it okay for a person with diabetes to have a fruit smoothie in the mornings during the full body detox?


    YES!!!! Just watch your sugar because most diabetics have sugar problems due to bad sugar mixed with good sugar (from fruit -- fructose).

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    A: You can only have the protein powder if its all natural and does not contain any dairy or whey. Hemp seed protein, green pea protein and spirulina are the best types of protein powder allowed on the cleanse.

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    Q: I read in the FULL BODY DETOX COMPANION that I received that I can have fruit juice. I know it's best if I make it myself, but can I drink organic apple juice?



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    Q: Hi, I am trying to find out if I can eat the following items while on my cleanse: - Oatmeal (breakfast) - egg whites - smoothies (can I use Smoothie King or Panet Smoothie or I have to make my own)


    The literature clearly states ONLY RAW FOODS (please see the article "WHAT IS RAW FOODS" in our articles section). You can make your own smoothies or purchase them. Your choice!

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    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Cleanse and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you


    1. Instead of splenda, use agave, stevia, or grade b maple syrup as a sweetener.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, an organic and natural one is great. You can also check our website for salad dressing recipes.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the cleanse, so we wouldn't advise those. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Female Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!

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    A: Yes, you can consume the foods within the diet however you like just as long as it's raw.

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    Q: Hello, Is it okay to drink the naked fruit smoothie on the 10 day detox. I read the label and no sugar and additives are in the drink. Thank you

    A: Unfortunately you cannot consume any pre-made store juices or smoothies. Those kind of beverages contain preservatives and additives to help sustain shelf life and is also pasteurized (processed foods).

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    Q: I started my full body detox program yesterday and this morning I stopped into Jamba Juice to get a wheatgrass shot. I also got a pomegranate juice, strawberry, peach and mango drink with a mega green tea boost...I drank maybe about 4 oz of the drink and trashed it. I had the worst headache I've ever experienced in my life! Was it from the sugar in the juice? They claim to be all-natural or was it from the fasting? Would you recommend this establishment for those seeking to get their body clean?


    It's best to stay on raw fruit and vegetable juices during your detox. Or, try some of the recipes for smoothies, vegetable juice, and delicious herbal teas mentioned and listed in the Full Body Detox Companion ($20)

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    Q: I eat a lot of fruits and, veggies, I don't consume a lot of meat but I'm concern about the raw veggies and fruit lately because I read and article how washing your fruit and veggies isn't helping to clean fecee and other environmental mishaps that plaque out food so what do you recommend is there a organic wash or what?


    YES! VEGETABLE & FRUIT WASHES are sold at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market.

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    Q: Hello, I'm on day 3 of the FBC and I'm having a really hard time with sweets. It's even more trying because I work in a bakery which I cannot avoid because it is a family owned business and I, myself do a lot of the baking. What do you recommend to help seize my sweet craving besides fruit? Because it seems that I can eat fruit for substitution but after a while I still want to eat cake lol. Also, what brand alkaline water do you recommend? Is it best to drink the bottled water or make it? Thanking you in advance. D.Bolden

    A: After a few days, your cravings will subside. If you feel like you need additional help with sugar cravings you can also try the Sugar Control. There are raw food desserts available in health stores like Whole Foods, raw food restaurants or raw desserts you can make. It would be best to purchase the alkaline water. Essentia, Nestle, Voss and Neo Water are some of the popular brands of alkaline water. Sugar Control -

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    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.


    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.


    I am currently writing an eBook for called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 


    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 


    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.


    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.


    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 


    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet


    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I have ordered the detox cleanse, and the weight cleanse. Both state to eat a raw diet of veggies and fruit, nuts, nut pastes??, legume sprouts, seeds, plant oils, sea veggies??,and fresh juices. It mentions Vegan Diet. What are my options when it comes to these choices? What do I eat and how often to keep my sugar from dropping, and feeling sick? Usually mid am, and mid afternoon?


    The best way to balance blood sugar and keep your body in a fat burning zone is to eat low fat and every 3-4 hours. Also high raw and high carb. Here are some options. Just a general outline.



    Muesli - fruit smoothie-green smoothie


    2-3 pieces of fruit


    Raw wraps-raw pasta-salad with legumes


    2-3 peices of fruit


    wraps-raw pasta-salad with legumes




    I suggest reading "Beauty detox solution" by Snyder, "Crazy Sexy Diet" by Karr, or 80-10-10 by Graham.


    I also recommend to check out my health coaching program for more info.


    I hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: Lunch is organic salad dressing allowed or maybe fresh lemon juice and some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) (cold pressed)


    Organic salad dressing is a healthy alternative, but because they're bottled they usually contain preservatives to sustain their condition on store shelves. We recommend sticking to raw and fresh ingredients like using extra virgin olive oil as a base for homemade dressings. Adding apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sea salts and other spices are common ingredients for homemade dressings.

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    Q: I am allergic to fresh fruit, vegetables and peanuts. I have eczema. But I have not had an outbreak for about 10 yrs now. I really want to eat healthier but this problem is hindering my goal.


    What's the problem? Who told you were allergic to these things? If you believe it, you will achieve it! The mind is powerful! I don't really believe you are allergic to fresh fruit because you require them for life. In re: eczema, please consider the FULL BODY DETOX. It will help you. Read our article on â€ECZEMAâ€. You can be healed!

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    Q: Hello I am on day TWO of 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE;. May I eat a half cup rolled organic rolled oats a day. I eat the oats to provide fuel just before my two hour core ,spinning and rowing class. May I continue to drink Ivy's drink ? It's 1 tablespoon of Spirulina Powder, 2 tablespoons Psyllium Husk , 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera 1/4 cup of apple juice and 2 tablets of 450 mg Cascara Sagrada ? Look forward to your response.


    You are free to eat as you please via free will. But we suggest the eating recommendations for a reason. The oats are okay (except they create mucus) and the Ivy's Drink is okay (nothing adverse to the cleanse)and sounds like a pretty healthy tonic.

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    Q: After being diagnosed with Scleroderma 20 years ago. I began to get pains in my stomach, more like a ball rising up on both sides. This was extremely painful. I have to sit still, until the pain leaves. It feels like I am a pregnant, and the baby is moving. For the past 4 years I've been having fruit smoothies for breakfast. Could having the smoothies, be the reason for whatever is happening inside of my body?


    What type of fruit smoothies are you having? If your smoothies consist of only fruits then no. The fruit smoothies have nothing to do with what's going on inside your body. You might just be in need of a good cleanse. Eat only when you are hungry. Try not to over eat or drink your fruit smoothies, yes they are good for you but only eat what your stomach is asking for. Start with the Full Body Cleanse followed by the 10 Day Electric Greens Combo Cleanse

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    Q: First off, thank you so much for your responses to my questions regarding my husband heart murmur and weed smoking. Secondly...I am on my third day of the Full Body Detox & it is challenging and invigorating at the same time. My newest question can I make the fruit smoothie that you recommended for drinking in the morning? & can you send my a recipe?


    A few recipes are in the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual.

    Use 1 cup of fruit juice (of your liking), 1 cup of frozen fruit (i.e. banana, strawberries, mango, etc.), 1 cup of ice (optional). Blend for about 30 seconds! Drink and enjoy!