Top Summer Smoothies that are Healthy and Refreshing
With summer bursting through and bringing so much fresh produce, it’s hard not to want to eat some of it. Including in-season produce is a great way to add variety to your diet, eat what there is an abundance of in your grocery store, and potentially even save some money because in-season produce can often be the most affordable.
For a balanced smoothie, I like to follow the most basic combination. That is 1 Base Green, 2 Fruits, and 1 Fat or Protein.
Simple Smoothie Base:
Base Greens: Spinach
Fruit 1: Banana
Fruit 2: Mixed berries
Then I love to add things like a protein powder scoop, hemp hearts, or even some almond butter before I blend it up.
In the summer I usually see things like melons, a wider variety of berries, and a wider variety of greens on sale. Here are some of my favorite swaps.
For greens: Broccoli, Swiss Chard, Kale, Dandelion Greens, fresh herbs of all kinds
For Fruits: Apple, Apricot, Banana, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Coconut
Even avocados seem to be on sale more often, and I always try to scoop up a few extra for some healthy fats in my smoothies.
Try some of these awesome summer smoothie combos:
Strawberry Tini Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 juice lemon
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup kale
- Pinch of mint (optional)
Tropical Vacation Smoothie
- 1 cup kale
- 1 banana
- 1 apricot
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1 cup Coconut water
Green Dream Smoothie
- 1 cup swiss chard
- 1 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 3 Kiwis
- Pinch of cilantro (optional)
For each smoothie, add all the ingredients into a blender with a handful of ice. Top with water (or coconut water if desired) and blend. These all can be easily adjusted for what is available at your store. I find the balance of the banana base and 1 additional not-as-sweet fruit, and a serving of veggies to be perfect for me. Use more or less of anything you like or don’t like.
Adding avocado to any smoothie can bump up the creamy factor and add healthy fats to your smoothie that also help make the vitamins in the fruits and veggies more available for your body.
Happy blending! What’s your favorite smoothie for the summer? Leave the combo in the comments below!
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