Categories: Food & Drink

18 Summer Smoothies So Refreshing You’ll Forget It’s Hot

Summertime in New England can be hot, but these summer smoothies aren’t. Smoothies are the perfect mixture of fruit and ice cream, meaning they’re the best drink to have on those ninety degree days. These are some of my favorite recipes for summer smoothies.

1. Pineapple Cream Tropical Smoothie

This smoothie is sweet, creamy, and dairy-free. Pineapple is a great fruit for smoothies because of how sweet it is. Orange juice and pineapple juice combined make the perfect taste for sweet summer smoothies.

Ingredients:

3 cups of crushed ice

3/4 cup of DOLE pineapple juice

1/2 cup of orange juice concentrate

1/2 cup of cashew milk

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

Steps:

1. Place the crushed ice in a blender, and then add the other ingredients.

2. Using the ‘liquify’ setting, blend the ingredients for 10-15 seconds, until the ice is completely crushed and the texture is slushy but smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

2. Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Who doesn’t love blueberry muffins? This is the healthier version of that food. Blueberries and yogurt are a great combination and adding oats to the smoothie just makes it taste better.

Ingredients:

2 cups of milk or almond milk

1 cup of frozen vanilla or Greek yogurt 

2 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries

1 1/2 cups of Old-Fashioned oats

2 tablespoons of honey

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Large handful of ice

Steps:

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until the texture is smooth. Serve immediately.

3. Orange Pomegranate Smoothie

Pomegranates are probably one of my favorite fruits. It sounds weird to put them in a smoothie, but pomegranates make the smoothie taste that much better, especially with the orange.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of Florida Orange Juice

1/4 cup of POM (pomegranate juice)

1/2 cup of frozen strawberries

1/2 cup of Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

Steps:

1. Gather all the ingredients and put them in the blender.

2. Put an orange slice on top of the cup.

4. Blackberry Raspberry Smoothie

These summer smoothies sound like there are too many berries, but there’s really not. Raspberries and blackberries are the perfect combinations of berries for a sweet-tasting smoothie.

Ingredients:

1 cup of frozen blackberries

1/2 cup of frozen raspberries

1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

1 cup of Silk unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

1 tablespoon of honey

Steps:

1. Add milk, yogurt, honey, and frozen berries to the blender in that order.

2. Blend for 60-90 seconds, or until smooth and thick.

3. If it is too thick, add 1/4 cup of milk and blend again.

5. Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Bananas with any fruit make for really good summer smoothies. My family combines every fruit with bananas for the perfect smoothie. The banana adds more to the texture, making the flavor amazing.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 banana

1 cup of raspberry

1 medium carrot cut into pieces

1 1/4 cup of almond milk

1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons of honey

Steps

1. Put all the ingredients in the blender and mix until smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes.

2. Add more honey depending on your taste.

6. Kiwi Lime Banana Smoothie

I’m not a huge fan of limes, but putting them in a smoothie with kiwis and bananas is a really good idea. Summer smoothies with kiwi are really good, and a hint of lime makes it that much better.

Ingredients:

2 kiwifruits, peeled and chopped

1 banana, peeled

1/2 cup of almond milk

1 lime, juiced

2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

1 cup of ice

Steps:

1. Add kiwis and banana to the blender, with the lime juice, milk, yogurt, and ice.

2. Pulse and blend for a minute or two, until ingredients are mixed and smooth.

7. Beet and Blueberry Smoothie

I never thought beets were a good summer smoothie ingredient, but it’s actually amazing. The blueberries added to it make the beet’s flavor stand out a little more, making it taste that little bit better.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, frozen beets

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1/4 of a banana, frozen

1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Steps:

1. Blend all the ingredients together in the blender until smooth. Enjoy the smoothie!

8. Mango Coconut Lime Smoothie

Coconut is the one fruit I will not eat on its own, so I was a little hesitant to try these summer smoothies. But the mango makes the coconut a little less noticeable, which makes the smoothie a good one to try.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of frozen mango chunks

1 cup of coconut water

1/4 cup of lime juice

1/4 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon of honey

Steps:

1. Place all the ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately. Enjoy!

9. Watermelon Smoothie

I love watermelon. I could eat a whole one by myself, so I love this smoothie. It is totally worth trying this summer smoothie because the combination of flavors is just perfect.

Ingredients:

2 cups of diced, seedless watermelon

1 cup of frozen strawberry slices

1 lime, juiced

1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

2-3 ice cubes

Steps:

1. Add watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, and coconut milk to the blender. Blend on high for 20-30 seconds. 

2. Add ice to make a thicker smoothie. Enjoy!

10. Cantaloupe Smoothie

Cantaloupe is a really good fruit, but I didn’t think it would taste good in a smoothie with milk. I was happily proven wrong when I tried this summer smoothie. It was definitely worth trying.

Ingredients:

2 cups of cantaloupe, peeled and cubed

Banana, ripe and medium

1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds

1/2 liter of whole milk

1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

Sugar to taste

Steps:

1. Put the banana and cantaloupe cubes in the blender. Pour the milk over the fruit, along with the ice cream. And blend the ingredients together. 

2. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds and enjoy the smoothie!

11. Lemon Strawberry Smoothie

I think strawberries make everything taste sweeter, even the sour taste of lemons. Summer smoothies with strawberries are even better when mixed with something a little sour and tangy.

Ingredients:

1 cup of strawberries

Juice from 1 lemon

1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

1/4 cup of milk (any kind)

2 teaspoons of honey

1 cup of ice

Steps:

1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and pulse and blend until ingredients are well combined and smooth.

2. Pour into a glass and enjoy it!

12. Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

I thought this smoothie would taste like the Cherry Cola my mom used to get us, and I was wrong. It tastes even better than the soda, especially with the orange zest it gets combined with.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of frozen sweet cherries

1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 cup of vanilla soy milk

zest of one orange

Steps:

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1. Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Top with frozen cherries, if desired. Enjoy!

13. Three Layered Smoothie

One smoothie is really good, but three summer smoothies in one are amazing. The flavors of this three-layer smoothie all go together really well. It’s not too sweet and it’s not sour, just the right flavor.

Ingredients:

1/4 of a cantaloupe cut into small pieces

1 mango, cubed

4 kiwis, peeled and cut into pieces

1 cup of strawberries

1/2 cup of blueberries

Steps:

1. Blend cantaloupe and mango in a blender and pour them into a cup.

2. Blend the kiwis, and use a spoon to layer them on top of the cantaloupe.

3. Blend strawberries and blueberries, and pour them on top of the kiwis using a spoon.

4. Serve immediately and enjoy

14. Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Dragon fruit makes a really good base for a smoothie. You can add any other fruit to dragon fruit and you’ll get a sweet tasting smoothie. I highly recommend trying this smoothie this summer.

Ingredients:

1/2 of a dragon fruit

1/2 of a banana

1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk

1-2 tablespoons raw honey

1 cup of ice

Steps:

1. Cut the dragon fruit in half and scoop out one half of the fruit. Toss the dragon fruit, banana, coconut milk, raw honey, and ice into the blender.

2. Puree until all the ingredients are mixed and smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

15. Orange Mango Smoothie

Oranges and mangos are two completely different flavors, but putting them in the same smoothie tastes so good. The tangy flavor of the mango with the almost sweet flavor of the orange goes really nicely together.

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas, sliced

2 oranges, peeled and divided into pieces

2 whole mangos cut into pieces

1 cup of vanilla yogurt

Steps:

1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.

2. Serve immediately.

16. Pineapple Mint Smoothie

This was another one of the summer smoothies that I didn’t want to try at first. Pineapple and mint are two flavors you wouldn’t normally find together, but they taste extra good in this smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 cups of fresh pineapple peeled, cored, and cubed

6-7 mint leaves chopped

1 cup of ice

1/4 cup of water, add more if needed

Steps:

1. Blend all the ingredients in the blender until creamy. Serve immediately and enjoy!

17. Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple is really good, but it’s not my favorite smoothie flavor. Spinach also is not one of my go-to smoothie ingredients. But this smoothie made me wish they were my favorites.

Ingredients:

1 mango cubed

1 cup of fresh pineapple cubed

1 cup of coconut milk

1 cup of fresh baby spinach

1 cup of ice

1 pinch of allspice

Steps:

1. Add milk, spinach, fruit, allspice, and ice to the blender in that order. Bland and pulse for 1-2 minutes, until creamy and smooth.

18. Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

As I said earlier, I don’t really like coconut, but I felt like this was a smoothie recipe I needed to include. My parents really like coconuts with blackberries. The combination is really good.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of frozen or fresh blackberries

1/2 frozen banana

1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

1 teaspoon of coconut extract

A handful of ice cubes

Steps:

1. Place ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

2. Garnish with coconut flakes and fresh blackberries.

These summer smoothies are my favorite, but there are so many more out there. What are some of your favorite? Leave them in the comments below!

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