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Though it’s fleeting, summer is *here*, folks, and ICYMI, this is the season for sipping fruit smoothies while you’re sitting poolside, chilling on your roof in the heat, or whipping up a yummy (and nutritious!) midday snack. However, it’s easy to go a ~little overboard~ when adding ingredients to your smoothies, making them less-than-healthy, per se. (But hey, not everything has to be about #health, so if you’re not concerned, just make what’s most delicious to you!)
First things first, making a nutritious smoothie is all about what you put in there. “When making a smoothie, the goal should be to make a nutrient-rich drink that helps you feel satisfied,” explains Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CPT. “Adding sources of fiber, lean protein, and healthy fats are one of the best ways to do this. You want to avoid large amounts of added sugars, however, since this often provides little nutritional value or fullness.” That means being mindful of the spoonfuls of granulated sugar you add, but also being weary of how much fruit juice you throw into your smoothie, since that can contain large amounts of sugar, too.
If you need a bit of inspo, think about what texture or flavor you’re craving, and then guide your search for a recipe based on that. For example, if you want a creamy smoothie, try something with avocado or bananas. If you want something sweet, look for a smoothie recipe with pineapples or dates. Want a minty taste? Look for a recipe that includes spearmint in its ingredients. You get the idea.
Now that you’re ready to upgrade your smoothie sitch, here are the 10 best healthy fruit smoothie recipes you should try this summer and every season, TBH. Happy sipping!
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Vegan Mango Pina Colada Smoothie
If you want something that reminds you of your fave alcoholic beverage, check out this vegan-friendly piña colada smoothie recipe. With sweet ingredients like frozen mango, pineapple, dates, and coconut milk, it’ll taste (almost) as yummy as the ~real thing~. (Sans rum, of course.)
Per serving: 310 calories, 11 g fat, 6 mg sodium, 58 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 3 g protein
Vegan Triple Berry Smoothie
Another vegan option, this triple berry smoothie will satisfy all your in-season summer fruit cravings. In it, you’ll blend together ingredients like banana, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, a touch of maple syrup for sweetness, and your choice of non-dairy milk. Insert your straw, sip, and taste all the berry deliciousness.
Per serving: 296 calories, 18 g fat, 93 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein
Ever heard of a cantaloupe smoothie? If not, know that they exist and they’re here to amp up your summer smoothie sitch. All you need for this one is a cantaloupe carved into chunks, a banana for texture, a bit of yogurt, and your choice of milk. Blend together and enjoy!
Per serving: 152 calories, 5 g fat, 29 g carbs, 4 g protein
Pink Beet Smoothie
Yup, this smoothie tastes as delicious as it looks: It’s pink, folks. ICYMI, it gets its pretty color from beets, with added flavors from ingredients such as frozen berries, ginger, hemp seeds, raw cashews, and lime juice.
Per serving: 219 calories, 13 g fat, 279 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein
Golden Yellow Smoothie
Wondering what makes this smoothie so golden? (And good for you!) It includes yummy fruits and seasonings like turmeric, carrot, avocado, cucumber, and more. Pro tip: Add a bit of ginger before you blend for an extra kick.
Per serving: 242 calories, 11 g fat, 20 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 4 g protein
Vegan Shamrock Shake
PSA: This is the smoothie that legit tastes like the cult-favorite McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. It includes easy ingredients like avocado, banana, maple syrup, peppermint extract, and more to replicate the fast food favorite. (Plus, it’s vegan-friendly.)
Per serving: 260 calories, 18 g fat, 337 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 4 g protein
Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie
Here’s a fun new combo that you probably haven’t tried quite yet: strawberry and watermelon. This smoothie is simple: Add watermelon pieces, strawberries, lemon or lime juice, and mint. Then blend together for your new favorite summer drink.
Per serving: 62 calories, 0.3 g fat, 15.9 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 1.1 g protein
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This one’s a classic for a reason—it’s easy to make and, most importantly, it tastes good. All you need to make this yummy drink are strawberries, bananas, a bit of milk, and (optional) a bit of yogurt and vanilla extract for more creaminess and sweetness.
Per serving: 185 calories, 4.6 g fat, 50.6 mg sodium, 29.7 g carbs, 4.9 g fiber, 8.4 g protein
Vegan Breakfast Smoothie
If you like having your smoothies at the beginning of the day, this one’s for you. (You can even bring it on-the-go, if you’re busy.) The ingredients? Blend together berries, protein powder, peanut butter, and your milk of choice. Pour in your to-go cup and enjoy.
Per serving: 115 calories, 3 g fat, 264 mg sodium, 10 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 12 g protein
Keto Blueberry Smoothie
Yes, this blueberry smoothie is keto-friendly and very simple. The only fruit you need is blueberries, then add almond butter, your milk of choice, some sweetener, and boom, you’re good to go.
Per serving: 158 calories, 11 g fat, 164 mg sodium, 10 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 5 g protein
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