5 Delicious, Healthy Smoothies to Try This Summer

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This time of year, local farmers markets beckon with their array of sun-kissed cherries, ripe apples, and the true fruit of summer–juicy watermelon! It’s so difficult to choose which fruit to enjoy first; so why bother choosing one when you can enjoy all of them?

Nutrient and water-laced fruits can be used in almost infinite combinations to create a lip-smackingly good summer smoothie. We wanted to share a few of our favorite recipes for some smooth-spiration, that, dare we say it, will also help you stay healthy! Check out the variety of recipes that we’ve included that show off the true versatility of these ice-cold delights.

1. Glowing Green Goddess Smoothie

This smoothie, from nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s best selling The Beauty Detox Diet became well known after many celebrities endorsed it as their breakfast of choice. There’s a good reason for it: the smoothie is easy to make and provides a full serving of greens in one cold, tasty glass. And if you eat it for breakfast, it takes care of one meal a day—all of the nutrients, meanwhile, will give you a boost that will carry you over until lunchtime!

(photo credit: Kimberlysnyder.net)

Recipe:
1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
6 cups spinach, chopped
5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
2 stalks of organic celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice

Optional Ingredients:
Ice cubes (the extra coldness can help newbies with the taste)
1/2 cup of organic cilantro
1/2 cup of organic parsley

Directions:
Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth. Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

2. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

This punch-packing smoothie is the perfect post-workout snack. You need protein after working out, as it provides the amino acids necessary for rebuilding muscle tissue, and also improves muscle hydration. So go ahead: feel the burn… and then cool it right back down with the refreshing flavors of cold chocolate and banana. Elvis would approve—and we do, too!

(photo credit: sassybanana.blogspot.com)

Recipe:
Two cups of 1% Milk
One small(6″-6 7/8″ long) Banana
Two scoops 100% chocolate soy protein powder
A few crushed ice cubes(optional)

Directions:
Take first 3 ingredients and put them in a blender. Break up the banana in pieces.
(Use crushed ice cubes as an option for a frosty shake!) Blend well.

3. White Tea Ginseng Smoothie

This smoothie’s complex and vibrant flavors make it delightfully versatile. It can serve as a breakfast or lunch replacement, a great snack, or the healthy ending to a meal. Better yet, the very flavor that makes this smoothie so healthy also provides its extra burst of flavor. Recent scientific studies have found that white tea has both high levels of anti-oxidants and anti-aging potential, both of which could help prevent cancer and heart disease. Now that’s what we call a win-win.

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Recipe:
1 tsp. white tea leaves or 1 white tea bag
1 tsp. sliced ginseng root or ginseng powder
8 fl. oz water; very hot not boiling
1 small wedge of honeydew melon; peeled, seeded and chopped
2 pineapple rings; chopped
5 fl. oz freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions:
Place the tea leaves (or tea bag) in a heatproof jug, add ginseng and pour over the water. Let stand for 2-3 minutes, then strain if using tea leaves and ginseng root, or remove the tea bag. Let cool. Speed up the cooling process by adding 2-3 ice cubes to the jug. Place the melon and pineapple in your blender with the orange juice. Pour in tea and process until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

4. Healthy Dessert Smoothie

There’s a reason that health gurus everywhere extol the virtues of Greek yogurt. Super-high in protein, but low in fat and calories, Greek yogurt packs a punch by helping you stay full for longer. This delicious recipe helps you reap the yogurt’s benefits, counterbalancing its flavor by the sweet hint of strawberries (no slouch in the health department, either). Enjoy.

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Recipe:
8 to 10 Strawberries
1/2 cup of non-fat Greek Yogurt (I like vanilla)
1 cup of ice
Water

Directions:
Put everything into a blender. Start with about a half a cup of water and add more if the smoothie is too thick. If you don’t like your smoothies frozen, you may omit the ice. You can also use frozen strawberries in which case the ice is also not needed.

5. Indulgent Dessert Smoothie

Of course, there are some times when a healthy fruit substitution simply won’t do. This smoothie is perfect for summer because it mimics the flavor of one of our favorite baked goods—key lime pie, mmmm!—without any slaving in front of a hot oven. And that sounds pretty darn unappealing during the peak of summer, anyway. Just throw together a few ingredients, and voila! Enjoy.

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Recipe:
2 Tbsp. key lime juice (about 8 limes) OR you can use the juice of 1 regular lime
1 Tsp. key lime zest
1 Tbsp. coconut oil*
1 cup light coconut milk
1 ripe frozen banana
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. agave syrup (or other sweetener)
2 Tbsp. graham cracker crumbs
ice cubes

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Top with additional graham crackers, if desired.

There’s plenty of warm weather ahead, be sure to try out each of these fantastic and delicious smoothies – don’t forget to pass them along to your friends! Come back to the Cold-EEZE Facebook page or Get Well Sooner Blog and let us know which smoothie is your favorite.