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Healthy Eating: Drink to Your Health1

Jennifer Hillan, Emily Minton, and Linda B. Bobroff2

Shakes and smoothies are a great and tasty way to incorporate more fruits and nutrients into your diet. For the following recipes, blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. If you use frozen fruit, no ice is needed. Otherwise, blend with a few ice cubes.

Each recipe makes about 1–2 servings. Enjoy!

If you are lactose-intolerant, use lactose-free milk, or try calcium-fortified soy, rice, or almond milk instead of cow’s milk.

Tip: Wheat germ will add many key nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin E, folate, fiber, and protein to your shakes and smoothies.

Strawberry Shake

1 cup low-fat buttermilk

½ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

¼ cup cranberry juice

2 tablespoons wheat germ (optional)

Berry Banana Smoothie

1 cup low-fat plain yogurt

½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

½ small banana (fresh or frozen)

2 tablespoons wheat germ (optional)

Peachy Smoothie

1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

½ cup peaches, sliced and drained (fresh, frozen, or canned in juice)

¼ cup 100% orange juice

2 tablespoons wheat germ (optional)

Apple Pie Smoothie

1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

¼ cup 100% apple juice

½ apple, peeled and diced

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Chocolate Banana Shake

1 cup low-fat milk

1 small banana (fresh or frozen)

3 tablespoons powdered cocoa

1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

Peanut Butter Banana Shake

1 cup low-fat milk

1 small banana (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Tropical Shake

1 cup low-fat buttermilk

½ cup mango, peeled and diced

½ cup pineapple (fresh or crushed canned)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Batido Smoothie*

1 cup papaya chunks (fresh or frozen)

1 banana (overripe, sliced)

½ cup plain low-fat yogurt

½ cup ice cubes (unless using frozen fruit)

Avocado Melon Breakfast Smoothie*

(makes 2 meal size servings; keeps well in refrigerator up to 24 hours)

1 large ripe avocado (pitted and peeled)

1 cup honeydew melon chunks

1½ teaspoon lime juice (about half a lime)

1 cup fat-free milk

1 cup fat-free plain yogurt

½ cup 100% apple juice or white grape juice

1 tablespoon honey


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This document is FCS8694 (la versión en español de este documento es Alimentación Saludable: Bebidas sanas (FCS8694-Span)), one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date August 2004. Revised September 2015. Reviewed September 2018. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.


Jennifer Hillan, MS, RD, former ENAFS nutrition educator/trainer; Emily Minton, BS, former ENAFS program coordinator; and Linda B. Bobroff, PhD, RND, professor; Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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