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Posted: 04 Apr 2019 By: Shraddha Thakur

10 Healthy Smoothie Recipes For This Summer Season

In the summer we have access to all of the Mother Nature’s gifts, which means it is the right time to include a lot of fresh and healthy ingredients in your diet.

If you’re looking for something easy to prepare, that still tastes delicious and will give you the energy for the whole day, then you’re in the right place. It’s the time to swap your sugary treats for a healthier alternative, packed with many vitamins and protein- a healthy fruit smoothie.

What’s good about smoothies? They can be your breakfast-to-go, giving you a healthy kick in the morning, a sweet treat after dinner, or a good source of protein for gym enthusiasts. The options are endless.

There are thousands of healthy and simple smoothie recipes online, but I thought I will put together 10 of my favorites will help you start your day right. Get ready for some fruit indulgence!

1. Strawberry, Banana & Pineapple Smoothie

Benefits: This is a proper immunity booster and a Vitamin C bomb. Manganese present in bananas is extremely good for your skin, and together with a pineapple can aid indigestion. Strawberries regulate your blood sugar, decreasing the risk of diabetes and with their anti-inflammatory benefits, they are a great weapon against allergies.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup strawberries
• ½ cup pineapple chunks
• 1 banana
• 2 cups orange juice (freshly squeezed or cold pressed)
• ½ cup low-fat greek yoghurt
• 1 cup spinach (optional)
• 1 tablespoon chia or flaxseed (optional)
• Ice

2. Green Superfood Smoothie

Benefits: Spinach, being a superfood, is loaded with nutrients, low in calories and very important for your skin, hair and bone health. Grapes are packed with antioxidants which may prevent chronic diseases and generally decrease blood sugar levels. Additionally, the presence of pineapple supports your immune system as well as your digestion.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup pineapple
• 2 cups spinach
• ½ cup grapes
• 1 ½ cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed or cold pressed)
• 1 banana
• Ice

3. Sweet Cherry Almond Smoothie

Benefits: Cherries are known for helping people with diabetes, because they help lower blood sugar levels. Being a good source of anthocyanin, they can also help enhance memory. Almond milk is low in calories and sugar, and high in calcium, vitamin E and D, which is an excellent addition to a healthy diet.

Ingredients:

• 1 ½ cups cherries
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
• 1 banana
• Ice
• Top up with unsweetened coconut flakes and almond butter (optional)

4. Peachy Mango Smoothie

Benefits: Very nutritious, rich in dietary fiber and Vitamins C, A and E, peaches have certainly many health benefits. They may aid indigestion, reduce allergy symptoms and improve heart health. Mixed with mangoes and banana, they improve your skin health and give you a proper immunity booster.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup peaches
• 1 cup mangoes
• 1 banana
• 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed or cold pressed)
• ¼ teaspoon turmeric
• ¼ teaspoon ginger

5. Youthful Glow Green Smoothie

Benefits: Both kale and spinach are among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Together with lemon, they are an excellent source of Vitamin C and boost your immunity. On top of that, kale can lower your cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and fuel your body with antioxidants.

Ingredients:

• 2 cups kale
• 2 cups baby spinach
• 2 cups pure apple juice
• ½ cucumber
• ½ lemon, squeezed
• 1 banana
• Ice

6. Triple Berry Smoothie

Benefits: Berries are extremely nutritious, low in calories and are a great source of dietary fiber which aids digestion. They have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which helps your body defend itself from infections or injuries. On top of that strawberries protect your heart, lower your blood pressure and guard against cancer.

Ingredients:

• 1 banana
• 1 cup strawberries
• 1 cup blackberries + more for garnish (optional)
• 1 ¼ cup almond milk
• ½ low-fat greek yoghurt

7. Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Benefits: This tropical dream is packed with essential nutrients and may help you maintain excellent digestive health. Mango is rich in Vitamin C, which promotes healthy skin and eye health, as well as Vitamin A that encourages hair growth. Additionally, pineapple is a real immunity booster and improves bones strength.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• ½ cup mango
• ½ cup pineapple chunks
• 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (optional)
• Raw honey for the sweet taste

8. Keto Smoothie

Benefits: Raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are slightly lower in carbs than other popular smoothie fruits like mangoes, bananas and pineapples. Being a great source of dietary fiber, they help with digestion and are very beneficial for weight loss. Mixed with spinach, fresh orange juice and coconut milk, this smoothie is packed with vitamins and boosts your immunity.

Ingredients:

• 2 cups strawberries
• 2 cups raspberries + more for garnish (optional)
• 2 cups blackberries
• 2 cups coconut milk
• 1 cup baby spinach
• ½ freshly squeezed orange juice (or cold pressed)
• Unsweetened shaved coconut for garnish (optional)

9. Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Benefits: Both blueberries and oats may lower your cholesterol levels and keep you feeling full for longer. Oats are a powerful source of fiber and reduce blood sugar levels, lowering the risk of diabetes. Blueberries reduce DNA damage, which may help you protect against aging and cancer.

Ingredients:

• ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
• ½ cup low-fat vanilla greek yoghurt
• ½ cup blueberries
• ½ frozen banana
• ¼ raw oats
• ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
• ½ cup ice cubs

10. Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie

Benefits: Green tea is extremely beneficial for your body, boosting your metabolism, lowering the risk of cancer and giving you an energy kick in the morning. Raspberries contain strong antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease and high tannin content may benefit blood sugar control.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup green tea, chilled
• 1/3 cup low-fat greek yoghurt
• 1 cup raspberries
• 1 large frozen banana
• 1 tablespoon honey
• ½ cup ice

Cold Pressed Juices Benefits in the Summer

Apart from these delicious smoothies that we mentioned, let’s not forget about a serious source of nutrients that cold pressed juices have to offer. They are made from 100% natural ingredients, full of fiber help you fight indigestion. Using hydraulic press to extract the juice from fresh fruit and vegetables, no vitamins, minerals and enzymes are destroyed from the raw produce intact, and a natural flavor is protected.

Cold pressed juices should be reached for in the summer, because they are super refreshing when the temperatures are high. Once consumed in the morning, they give us an energy kick for the whole day. Full of vitamins and antioxidants they boost our immunity and provide a healthy-looking skin. Made from fresh fruit without any additional nonsense, coming with endless benefits for our body, they should definitely be included in our summer diet.

Summary

These easy-to-make recipes are a fantastic alternative to unhealthy treats in the summer. They are not only sweet and delicious, but also rich in essential nutrients. Once delivered to your body, they will give you a real energy and immunity boost. Smoothies can be consumed in many different ways, ingredients can be changed, and recipes updated. Find what suits you best and remember these key notes:

1. All of the above recipes require adding ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
2. You can add ice, depending on temperature preference.
3. You can experiment with quantity of the product and change the fruit.
4. You can use frozen or fresh fruit, depending on your preference and access to it.
5. You don’t have to add any protein powders to it, if you want to keep it 100% natural and there is no need for you to increase your protein intake.

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