Summer Smoothie Swaps so You Can Eat in Season

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.

To make a smoothie swap I like to just follow the most basic of my recipes. That is the Base Greens, Fruit 1 and Fruit 2 along with any extras like a protein or fat.

My go-to smoothie is always:

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.

For 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

Chart via https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide

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

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 juice lemon
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • Pinch of mint (optional)

Tropical Vacation

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apricot
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup Coconut water

Green Dream

  • 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 along with 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 really 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 you body to use.

Happy blending! What’s your favorite smoothie for the summer? Leave the combo in the comments below!

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