The Best Healthy Smoothie Recipes For College

Dear Little Sis,

I love smoothies! They are my go to snack, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are all kinds of awesome smoothies out there, but I wanted to share some of my favorite healthy smoothies I make in my dorm room. When you’re in a pinch these are honestly the best. All these ingredients can fit easily in your fridge, and honestly most of them can even be found in the dining hall!

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What do you need?

Preparing to make smoothies in your dorm is actually super simple. All you need is a small blender and a reusable straw. I also like to have a mason jar to pour my smoothie into, but it’s not a necessity. You don’t need a heavy duty, super expensive blender for your dorm. I recommend a small personal blender that’s super easy to store. Hamilton Beach makes some really great and reputable ones. 


Ingredient List

If you want to make a specific smoothie from below, I recommend looking at the list of ingredients there. However, if you want to just have some generic ingredients on hand for whenever you’re feeling a smoothie take a look at this list. These are the things I like to have in my mini fridge at all times. If you have at least some of these things you can pretty much always make some type of smoothie. 

Common Smoothie Ingredients:

  • Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
  • Spinach – take from salad bar and put in freezer bags
  • Banana – take from dining hall, peel, and freeze
  • Frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) – if your dining hall has these you can take a cup to go and freeze them
  • Frozen fruit (pineapple, mango, peaches)
  • Frozen avocado
  • cacao powder and cacao nibs
  • protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
  • Kefir or Greek Yogurt – you can use greek yogurt from dining hall, plain is the healthiest for smoothies
  • maca powder, flax seeds, chia seeds (all optional stuff that adds a bit of protein)

As you can see, there isn’t really a whole lot you need to get started. Once you build up that initial inventory you will be set for at least a few weeks. I ran out of bananas and spinach the fastest, but luckily I could get these from the dining hall. 

Favorite Breakfast Smoothies

Vanilla Chai Smoothie


  • handful of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (I recommend going easy on clove and nutmeg)

This makes one serving and it should look very green! It tastes so good and is super creamy though! This is my all time favorite breakfast smoothie. 

Very Berry Smoothie


  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup berries of your choice
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of Kefir or greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

This smoothie doesn’t have a whole lot of taste, so add more berries if you want more flavor. If you prefer smoothies sweet I recommend adding a tbsp of honey or maple syrup. The kefir gives it a bit of a sour taste, but I like it. This is a super light smoothie and I recommend drinking it anytime you wake up feeling bloated. Not to mention it’s a banana free smoothie recipe!

Coffee Protein Smoothie


  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of coffee
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • A bunch of ice
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • scoop of maca powder, collagen powder, or ground flax seed

I just discovered this smoothie and let me tell you it’s amazing! This also makes for a delicious afternoon snack. It tastes just like a frappe, but is so filling and refreshing. If you want to get your cup of coffee in as a meal this is the way to do it. 

Minty Morning Smoothie


  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of berries
  • handful of spinach ( I kinda pack it in there)
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • a couple of mint leaves

This is another one of my favorites. I like this one for lunch sometimes as well. It doesn’t hold you over for long, so I recommend bringing a cheese stick or another healthy snack for before lunch. 

Favorite Lunch/Dinner Smoothies

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie


  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 of an avocado or a handful of avocado slices
  • 1/2 a banana
  • handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of kefir or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of crushed oats (use a food processor to do this)
  • 1 tbsp of cacao
  • 1/2 cup of water

My go to dinner smoothie is this one right here. It’s creamy, chocolatey, and so filling. After a long day it truly hits the spot. 

Chocolate Lovers Smoothie


  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water

This smoothie is creamy and delicious. It tastes a lot like a chocolate smoothie and doesn’t leave you hungry! I like to make this smoothie whenever I have a sweet tooth. 

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie


  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water (if you want it to be more like a milk shake do almond milk instead) 
This one is creamy and delicious! I love to mix this one up by adding different types of berries from time to time. I also enjoy adding a few figs when they’re in season. If you want a less peanut taste, I also enjoy using almond butter instead. 

with love,

Ashley Ardele

Let me know what your favorite smoothie from above is in the comments! If you have any smoothie suggestions of your own, I’d love to hear them!



  1. July 30, 2020 / 6:50 pm


    Awesome post! I have recently bought a new blender and I have been looking for a good Peanut Butter Cup smoothie. Yours is definitely the winner!

      August 2, 2020 / 11:01 pm


      Thanks so much! It’s one of my favorites. Once you find a base you like it’s fun to mix it up by adding different fruits or nut butters! Have fun trying new recipes in your blender!

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