I always try to get creative with how I make them. You can put all kinds of things in smoothies. Flavored yogurt (frozen or regular!) ice cream, frozen coffee ice cubes, fruit, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, honey, juice and even oatmeal. Maybe not all of those things together, but you get the idea.
If we just embraced the fact that many things we want in our lives and our careers really take a lot of hard work, we'd enjoy the process so much more. Stop resisting the hard work and embrace it. Chances are that your friend who has it "easier" is working her toosh off and would tell you so if you asked.