As the heat of summer begins to creep in, so does the necessity for refreshing drinks or snacks. One easy way to keep cool and curb your hunger is to make a smoothie. Smoothies are delicious, easy to make and healthy, making them the perfect summer snack. However, there are so many different smoothie recipes to chose from, and finding the best mix of ingredients for you can be a challenging process. Here is a list of smoothie recipes that will be perfect for summer.
1. Emma’s Healthy Milkshake
This is one of the best smoothie recipes for summer because it’s both delicious and simple. Despite being made of only 4 healthy ingredients, this smoothie has the texture and flavor of a chocolate shake. The ingredients are: 1/2-1 frozen banana, a heaping scoop of peanut butter, one scoop of chocolate protein powder, and milk or a milk substitute. The texture of your shake will vary based on the amount of milk that you add, with less milk resulting in an ice-cream texture and more milk resulting in a shake texture. Add these ingredients to a blender and within seconds you will have a delicious, filling and healthy snack.
2. Green Dream Smoothie
One of the advantages of drinking smoothies is that they allow you to consume a large number of healthy vitamins and nutrients in one sitting. This green machine smoothie is one of the most nutrient rich smoothie recipes on this list. The ingredients include: 1 cup of kale, 1 cup of spinach, the juice of 1/2 of an orange, one frozen banana and a cup of frozen pineapple. You can optionally add almond milk if you prefer a more creamy texture. If you’re looking for a healthy post-workout snack, or a quick and easy breakfast, try this green machine smoothie.
3. Berry Bonanza Smoothie
An easy way to keep the ingredients for smoothies in your home is through buying mixed bags of frozen berries. These mixes are usually available in the frozen section of your local grocery store. Keeping your fruit in the freezer will ensure that it does not expire before you can finish it, and often the variety of fruits in these mixes makes for great smoothies. For example, if the mix of fruits contains blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, all you need additionally for a great smoothie is some greek yogurt and fruit juice of your choosing. By using frozen berry mixes, you’re ensured to have ingredients for a multitude of smoothie recipes.
4. Coffee Breakfast Smoothie
This coffee breakfast smoothie is like combining your morning coffee with your morning breakfast. To make this smoothie add 3/4 cup of cold-brew coffee, one frozen banana, 1 scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder, and ice to a blender and blend until thick and creamy. Adding honey can provide more sweetness as well. The cold-brew adds a kick of caffeine, while the other ingredients will give you fuel throughout the day.
5. Tropical Twist Smoothie
Summer time is the perfect time for a tropical smoothie. Something about the heat makes tropical flavors very appropriate. This tropical smoothie recipe requires: 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple, coconut milk, a half cup of frozen mango, and 1/2 of a frozen banana. These four simple ingredients will take less than a minute to blend, and results in a sweet smoothie perfect for sitting outside in the summer sun. Try doubling the recipe to share with a few friends, the tropical flavors will help you feel like you’re on vacation.
What ingredients are must-haves for your favorite smoothie and what ways do you customize yours? Let us know in the comments.
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