Smoothies make a fantastic addition to any healthy diet, especially in these hot summer months. No matter your dietary preferences or restrictions, smoothies can be tailored to your exact needs and flavor preferences with little to no effort. An effective way to stay full and hydrated, smoothies also help us sneak in fresh vegetables and fruits, herbs and superfoods without having to obsess. The best part is that they can be made in five minutes or less, leaving little clean up. All you need is a basic blender; liquid, fresh or frozen fruits or veggies; and any add-ons you have in your pantry, such as cinnamon, chia seeds, nuts or other seeds. Below are 9 refreshing smoothies to help inspire your healthy smoothie habit.
Five ingredients and five minutes is all you need for a smoothie that tastes better than a milkshake! Strawberries and banana provide fiber and 73% of your daily requirement of vitamin C, and coconut milk creates that smooth milkshake mouthfeel while transporting you to a tropical paradise
Simple, elegant and really good for you, this mango tahini combo only has four ingredients: frozen mango, tahini, lime juice and water. Tart mango and savory tahini create a really unique flavor combo and experience that is both refreshing and filling. Mango and lime provide 4 grams of fiber and a whopping 84% of your daily vitamin C needs, while tahini adds protein and healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats, helping balance hunger levels throughout the day.
Superfoods on superfoods, this hearty drink provides pure goodness in a glass (and it only takes 5 minutes). Frozen blueberries and spinach are antioxidant powerhouses, while Greek yogurt provides 12 grams of protein as well as 47% of your daily requirement for calcium. Finally, the secret ingredient — chia seeds — is filled with heart-protective healthy fats and has a satiating effect in the gut, expanding in the digestive system and keeping us full throughout the day. Adding seeds such as chia and hemp into your smoothie is a great way to get an easy boost of health-promoting nutrients without even tasting them.
Herbs make a flavorful addition to any smoothie. This beautiful blueberry blend features mint to add depth and a refreshing quality to an otherwise basic tart smoothie. This purple gem will also keep you full and focused with 17 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein, and avocado adds a flavor-neutral dose of healthy fats and fiber.
You aren’t just limited to milk or water for your liquid when making smoothies. This balanced blend uses fizzy kombucha (which adds tartness), as well as hydrating cucumber and kiwi, and plain Greek yogurt for a natural source of protein.
Not all smoothies have to be green or purple — this bright drink wakes up your tastebuds and your eyes, blending fresh carrot juice with whole fruits for vitamin C and 6 grams of fiber. Ginger adds a dose of spice and potential anti-inflammatory benefits, while flax meal boosts this orange beauty with healthy fats and a tad of fiber.
This blend uses real frozen strawberries and banana instead of jam and natural peanut butter to achieve the PB&J effect. It even sneaks in some fresh spinach for a dose of iron and vitamin C, and yogurt to balance the smoothie out for a total of 18 grams of protein.
Chilled teas are low-cost, easy ways to elevate your smoothie game. This super green smoothie uses green tea as the liquid for a toasty, grassy note and a boost of antioxidants. Spinach and avocado sneak your veggies in and create a deep green color and smooth flavor profile. This blend is also high in vitamins A and C, and a good source of plant-powered calcium.
Kale smoothie in 5 minutes? Yes, please! This is the perfect green smoothie — it blends cruciferous veggie kale with vitamin C–rich mango, flaxseed and refreshing coconut water for a balanced blend with a tropical twist. The ringer here is the cottage cheese, added to a boost of whole-food protein (this smoothie has 17 grams per serving!) and a touch of creaminess.
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