Tips & Tricks with Andrea: 7 of the best smoothie recipes!

Are your mornings rush rush rush and no time to eat? 

Breakfast smoothies are a great alternative to get a different flavor each day, and get your fruits, veggies and protein in before 9 a.m. I love them because they are so quick. I prepare bags of fruits in my freezer so they are ready to go when I need them.

Smoothies are also great for a midday snack if you are watching your weight, and also a healthy dessert if you are craving something sweet!
I want to share a few of my favorite smoothies with you for you to enjoy during your busy days.

Strawberry Shortcake Protein Shake

200 Calories and one of my favorites!

  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Strawberries
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 scoop Lady Boss Lean Vanilla Cake
  • (Or vanilla protein powder)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Mix in a blender and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Banana Vanilla Protein Shake 

360 Calories for something this good!?

  • 1 packet vanilla breakfast essential 
  • 2 Tbsp of PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup ice

Mix in a blender till smooth.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

320 Calories and Oh So Delicious!

  • 1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1– 5oz Vanilla Greek yogurt (1 individual-sized container)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana slices
  • 1/4 cup raw, uncooked quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes


Add ingredients to Nutribullet or mixer and blend till mixed. About a minute or so. Top with a dollop of cool whip or Reddi- Wip, sprinkle of oats and a blueberry. Enjoy your guilt free smoothie. 

Frozen Yogurt Birthday Cake Shake
A great dessert shake/smoothie!

  • 1.5 Quarts of Frozen Yogurt
  • 2 cups of milk (Give or take on how thick or thin you like your shakes!)
  • 5 Tbsp. of confetti box cake mix
  • Mix all ingredients well in the mixer.
  • *Makes approx. (6 cups) of milk shake.*

Cooks Notes: To put sprinkles around the brim of your glass, simply put an inch of water into a bowl and dunk the top of your glass into the water. Then place the glass into a bowl of sprinkles and turn until sprinkles are stuck fast.

Banana Mango Green Smoothie

This is the perfect introduction to a green smoothie. The sweetness of the apple juice and bananas masks the taste of those greens! 

  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 cup mango chunks, frozen
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice, or fresh apple cider
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby kale leaves
  • 1 handful fresh baby spinach leaves

Caramel Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Protein Shake

425 calories for the whole batch!

  • 1 frozen or ripe banana
  • ⅓ cup quick oatmeal
  • 1 Caramel Premier Protein Shake 
  • 2 Tbsp of PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)
  • Ice (About ⅔ cup)

Makes enough for two drinks. 

Orange Julius

Because who doesn’t love a traditional Orange Julius!?

  • 1 (12 oz.) can frozen orange juice concentrate, partially thawed 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 cup water  
  • ¾ cup “pulp” orange juice (If you don’t have this, you can still make it without) 
  • 1/3 cup sugar 
  •  1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 2 ½ cups ice cubes 

Put all your ingredients into the blender. I put the liquids in first, then the ice, because it seems to mix it up better. Poor into glasses and place in freezer about 20-30 minutes to chill. Slice oranges and place on rim for festive beverage. Enjoy this frosted treat! 


Andrea McElroy

Andrea is a stellar country living cook with a robust social media following and lots of great recipes to share.

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