When it comes to incorporating smoothies into your healthy diet, there are a few basic rules to follow: choose one fruit per smoothie to limit sugar, add protein and fiber to keep you full, add a small amount of healthy fats like nuts, avocado, or coconut oil for energy, and don’t forget your greens! And because it’s summer now, there’s no shortage of amazing seasonal ingredients with which to step up your smoothie game—so we came up with seven smoothie recipes guaranteed to make for a healthy and delicious treat this summer!
#1. The Morning Parfait Smoothie.
This smoothie is a great breakfast option. It’s like having a granola and yogurt parfait without all the added sugar, and because it has so much protein, it will keep you full until lunch.
Combine a cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen), half a cup of low-fat yogurt, a teaspoon of acai powder, a quarter cup of oats, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a cup of greens (kale or spinach would be best), and half a cup of almond milk in your blender. Pulse until the strawberries are smooth, but not liquefied. Drink and go forth to conquer your day.
Modification: Switch out the strawberries for a whole peach or half a medium-sized mango if you prefer.
#2. The Latte Substitute.
Instead of getting a sugary, empty calories-filled latte at Starbucks, try this smoothie. You can customize it to your tastes by adding almond, vanilla, or cocoa milk, and you don’t even have to give up your morning caffeine boost.
Combine a banana, half a cup of iced coffee (you can also add a splash of your favorite kind of milk—we suggest almond or coconut), one or two tablespoons of cocoa powder, a cup of greens (like kale or spinach), half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a handful of powdered almonds or cashews. Pulse until smooth; add an extra shot or two of coffee if you need a slightly more intense boost.
#3. The Berry Antioxidant Smoothie.
This pretty purplish-blue smoothie is packed with antioxidants, thanks to the berries. If you’re looking for a summer smoothie recipe that will make your skin look amazing, this is the one for you!
Combine a cup of mixed berries (such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries), a cup of spinach or kale, half a cup of iced green tea, a teaspoon of fish oil, and one or two tablespoons of chia seeds (which are a great source of protein and omega-3’s!). Pulse until blended and serve over crushed ice.
Modification: soak some chia seeds in iced green tea overnight so that they expand. After blending all the other ingredients, stir in the chia for a bubble tea-like treat!
#4. The Almond Energy Booster.
Need sustained energy to get you through your day? This smoothie will keep you going, thanks to the banana and almonds which contain the good kind of fat that your body needs.
Combine a banana, a tablespoon or two of almond butter, half a cup of almond milk, a tablespoon of acai powder, and a cup of kale or spinach. Blend well; sip at your desk as you take over the world.
Modification: add some rough-chopped dark chocolate for some rich sweetness if you’re having a rough day.
#5. The Healthy Dessert.
If you’re craving chocolate, try this deliciously minty chocolate smoothie after dinner. It’s way healthier than cake or cookies, and your body will find it much more satisfying.
Combine a banana, half a cup of mint leaves, one to two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (or a few 70% dark chocolate squares, chopped roughly), a splash of almond milk, a tablespoon of coconut oil, and a cup of spinach or kale. Blend and serve over ice while relaxing at the end of your day.
#6. The Evening Refresher.
This is a refreshing, light smoothie to enjoy on a warm summer night as the fireflies float past. Plus you get to enjoy watermelon without it dripping down your chin.
Combine one or two cups of seedless watermelon, half a cup of fresh figs (chopped), a tablespoon of coconut oil, half an avocado and one or two cups of spinach or kale in your blender. Blend well, making sure that the figs don’t get stuck together in a big ball. You can add extra water if necessary, but you probably won’t need any extra liquids thanks to the watermelon.
Modification: Freeze some mango juice and serve in this smoothie as a slow-release flavor addition.
#7. The Tropical Treat.
Switch out your carb-laden pina colada for this healthy, non-alcoholic tropical drink. You can be healthy while feeling like you’re on vacation!
Combine one or two cups of fresh chopped mango or pineapple, two cups of greens, two squirts of lemon or lime juice, half a cup of coconut water and a tablespoon of chia seeds in your blender. Pulse until everything is smooth. Serve with a cute little umbrella in your glass; it’s summer, after all!
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