A surprising (healthy!) ingredient gives these Secret Ingredient Smoothies their creamy consistency and protein-packed twist.

Three types of fruit smoothies in glasses with fruit stuck inside

When I tell you what the secret ingredient is in these healthy fruit smoothies, you may cringe, or cry, or yell, or worst of all, you may never come back here again. So, the secret ingredient is … cream cheese. Kidding! But remember how crazily awesome cream cheese is in that other secret ingredient recipe?

Secret Ingredient Smoothies

It’s not cream cheese. It’s not flaxseed. It’s not turmeric. It’s basically nothing you’d ever imagine tossing into a blender and whipping into a creamy frenzy of healthy fruit-filled fabulousness. It is none other than … cottage cheese. Seriously. But wait! Stick with me here, cottage cheese haters. (We know who you are.)

Secret Ingredient Smoothies

Here’s the deal: The curd’s the word. Cottage cheese rocks, and for so many reasons:

  1. It’s packed with protein. And I mean packed.
  2. It has a relatively neutral taste when paired with the right complementary ingredients.
  3. It makes one heck of a creamy smoothie, no additional yogurt or milk required.

Green, pink and yellow smoothies in clear glasses with fruit

Are you sold? Trust me on this one. I’ve suggested some pretty weird culinary combinations in the past, and I’ve lived to see another blog post. So do me a huge favor. Put all those pre-conceived cottage cheese notions behind you (But, oh! The texture!) and give these recipes a whirl. You can even take your pick from three flavor-packed options: Mixed Berry, Green Machine and Mango-Peach.

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Drinks

Mixed Berry Smoothies

A surprising (healthy!) ingredient gives these Mixed Berry Smoothies their creamy consistency and protein-packed twist.
5 from 4 votes
Three types of fruit smoothies in glasses with fruit stuck inside
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 handful of ice cubes (See Kelly's Notes)
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order in which they are listed. Blend until smooth and pourable. Taste and adjust the sweetness by adding more honey or agave nectar as desired.

Kelly's Notes:

  • Start with a medium size handful of ice cubes and add more to adjust the consistency of your smoothie. Adding more ice will both thicken and chill your smoothie.
  • This recipe is merely a guideline for proportions, so feel free to customize your smoothies with your favorite fruits and veggies.
  • I prefer to use water as the liquid in my smoothies because it thins the mixture without adding the loads of extra sugar found in most fruit juices.
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Breakfast

Green Machine Smoothie

A surprising (healthy!) ingredient gives this Green Machine Smoothie its creamy consistency and protein-packed twist.
5 from 4 votes
Three types of fruit smoothies in glasses with fruit stuck inside
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup kale leaves
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 handful of ice cubes (See Kelly's Notes)
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order in which they are listed. Blend until smooth and pourable. Taste and adjust the sweetness by adding more honey or agave nectar as desired.

Kelly's Notes:

  • Start with a medium size handful of ice cubes and add more to adjust the consistency of your smoothie. Adding more ice will both thicken and chill your smoothie.
  • This recipe is merely a guideline for proportions, so feel free to customize your smoothies with your favorite fruits and veggies.
  • I prefer to use water as the liquid in my smoothies because it thins the mixture without adding the loads of extra sugar found in most fruit juices.
  • ★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!

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Breakfast

Mango-Peach Smoothie

A surprising (healthy!) ingredient gives this Mango-Peach Smoothie its creamy consistency and protein-packed twist.
5 from 4 votes
Three types of fruit smoothies in glasses with fruit stuck inside
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups diced mango
  • 1 cup diced peaches
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 handful of ice cubes (See Kelly's Notes)
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order in which they are listed. Blend until smooth and pourable. Taste and adjust the sweetness by adding more honey or agave nectar as desired.

Kelly's Notes:

  • Start with a medium size handful of ice cubes and add more to adjust the consistency of your smoothie. Adding more ice will both thicken and chill your smoothie.
  • This recipe is merely a guideline for proportions, so feel free to customize your smoothies with your favorite fruits and veggies.
  • I prefer to use water as the liquid in my smoothies because it thins the mixture without adding the loads of extra sugar found in most fruit juices.
  • ★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!

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Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 195mg, Potassium: 284mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 74IU, Vitamin C: 62mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to get my family to eat more fruits and veggies. My husband wanted “just a little taste.” Now, he wants a glass left in the refrigerator before I leave for work. That is the highest compliment I know!

  2. Love the Mixed Berry Smoothie. The cottage cheese makes it so creamy. I can’t wait to try the others. Do you have any Chocolate Smoothie recipes?
    Thanks, Georganne

    1. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Georganne! I don’t currently have a chocolate smoothie recipe but I’ll add it to my recipe development list!

    1. Hi Jane – Thanks so much for your comment! I took a look at the estimated nutritional information and realized it was calculating incorrectly for this recipe. I just updated the info to more accurately calculate the nutritional value for one smoothie. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Hiiii! I’ve recently discovered your website and this is the first recipe I’ve tried. In an effort to give my 2 year old more veggies I tested out the Green Machine and he looooooooooves it. We didn’t have kale so I used double the spinach. His dad was so disturbed by the cottage cheese but it’s a winner in our book, lol. Thanks so much! xoxo

    P.S. Let’s hope he likes it tomorrow. We all know how shady toddlers can be! Lol

  4. Long time reader, first time commenter…ha! I make up 4-5 smoothies at a time & then freeze some. They come out great! And Kelly, thank you for ALL your great recipes. Healthy eating needs to also be delicious & you are helping us in our journey!

  5. Better yet you can omit the ice, use frozen fruit and add just a spash of coconut water instead of regular water.

  6. Is there anywhere on your website that list the calories, protein, sugar ect
    In each of the smoothies ?
    Thanks, Karen

    1. Hi Karen! I am not a nutritionist so I am unable to provide nutritional info for my recipes, as I’d have to way to guarantee it’s 110% accurate (which is super important to me!).

  7. hi

    these look very good how long in advance can you make the smoothies or do you have to drink right away keep in the fridge or freezer for awhile?

    thank you

    derek

    1. Hi Derek! Smoothies are best enjoyed right after they’re blended, but you could always pop these in the fridge overnight then stir them up before enjoying them the next morning.

    1. Hi Teresa! I’m not a nutritionist so I do not provide calorie counts for any of my recipes, as I wouldn’t be able to guarantee they’re 100% accurate.

  8. Super excited to try out my next smoothie with cottage cheese! I’m a cottage cheese lover so it’s an easy sell but still sounds a lil strange. Can’t wait to test it out, thanks for the secret!

  9. I am a lover of cottage cheese, however being diagnosed last year with a dairy allergy this is now off limits, is there a “cottage cheese” dairy free alternative that you are aware of it? I miss it tremendously, and would love to have it in the delicious smoothies.

    1. Hi Kim! Thanks so much for your comment. Unfortunately I have never tried any dairy-free versions of cottage cheese so I am unable to provide a recommendation.

  10. I love the green machine smoothie recipe! It is a top favorite for me! I do add coconut oil and chia seeds and use coconut water instead of regular. Delicious! Thank you for posting these! I make fruit and veggie smoothies everyday and I never considered cottage cheese before. Now I use it as a regular add-in! Yum!

  11. I would not consider myself a cottage cheese person at all. It’s the lumpiness, I think. But those smoothies look so good. I love the vibrant colours. I will have to give this smoothie trick a try!!

  12. Pretty brilliant I must say with the cottage cheese. . personally, I love cottage cheese. . I’ve got to try this!

  13. Made the fruit smoothies this morning. A big hit with sons and husband. (I neglected to mention they had cottage cheese in them!!) They were delicious!

  14. I’m all about adding cottage cheese to my smoothies. Love the vibrant colors of your smoothies!

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