5 Delicious Summer Smoothies
There is nothing better on a hot summer day than a frozen treat! And while I’ll always be partial to a couple scoops of Jeni’s ice cream after dinner (if you’ve never tried it or don’t live across the street from a Jeni’s like I do, you can order some to have shipped to you!), I like to keep my freezer and pantry stocked with some simple ingredients so I can make my own dessert. I know a lot of people like to have their smoothies for breakfast or post-workout, but I love having them for dessert, especially in the summer.
Over the past five years, I’ve perfected five smoothies that I like to alternate between during the heat of the summer, depending on what I’m craving. All of the recipes are simple, with no more than four ingredients, and take no more than 5 minutes from start to clean-up. I always try to use frozen fruits in order to cut out the need for ice (no one wants a watered down smoothie.) And because I often find that the fruit in these smoothies are sweet enough, I use unsweetened non-dairy milks and yogurts; however, feel free to get the sweetened kind if you want your smoothies a little sweeter (or add 1 tbsp of maple syrup.) Finally, a smoothie hack that I thought was obvious to everyone, but I’ve learned is not -- peel your bananas and put them in a tupperware in the freezer rather than freezing them with their peels on.
Let’s get to the delicious summer smoothie recipes!
Boost Your Smoothies
For those of you that are always looking for ways to “sneak” some extra nutrients into your diet, I have a handful of ingredients that I’ve found can boost your smoothies without changing the flavor of the smoothie. Below are the smoothie booster that I use most often. (When adding to a smoothie, I follow the serving size recommendations on the package.)
Spirulina, especially Blue Majik spirulina - loaded with antioxidants
Chia seeds - robust little seeds packed with fiber, antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids
Ground flaxseeds - necessary addition for those wanting more fiber in their diets
Hemp seeds - powerhouse of plant protein and Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids
Protein powder - great to add if you’re looking for “help” in balancing all the sugars from the fruit (I use plant-based protein powder)
Ok, now let’s get to my top five favorite smoothie recipes for summertime.
Five Delicious Summer Smoothies
Piña Colada Smoothie
½ frozen banana
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup canned coconut milk
¼ - ½ cup water
Strawberry Limeade Smoothie
1 cup frozen strawberries
4 oz vanilla coconut yogurt
½ cup vanilla coconut milk (from a carton)
½ frozen banana
½ cup frozen raspberries
1-2 heaping tbsp(s) of peanut butter
1 cup of plain oat milk or almond milk
½ cup frozen blueberries
4oz plain almond milk yogurt
½ cup plain almond milk
Chocolate Cashew Butter Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 heaping tbsp of cashew butter
1 tbsp of cacao powder
1 cup of plain oat milk
Final Smoothie Recommendations
What I think is so great about smoothies is that it’s super easy to play around with the recipe to fit your taste. So if you are finding that a smoothie is just “ok”, ask yourself what you think could make it taste better, and experiment. That’s exactly how I found out that my chocolate cashew butter smoothie tasted so much better to me with cashew butter rather than peanut butter. And don’t get too wrapped up in making a dessert smoothie “healthy.” Just enjoy it as a sweet treat to cool you off in the summertime heat!