20 Refreshing Smoothie Recipes For This Summer

Smoothies are quick, tasty and just as filling as “real” meals, without making you uncomfortably full. If you have ever been ill for any length of time, you know how hard it becomes to sling down a full meal at mealtimes. Even when you have just gotten ill, the last thing that you usually feel like doing is to eat. Refreshing smoothie recipes can help you to heal your body by providing the nutrients that you need in a format that is easy to use, swallow and digest.

You can boost the healing power of the smoothie based on the condition you are suffering from – got colds or flu? Add in some ginger, honey and a little garlic and skip the dairy milk. Just feeling wiped because of a particularly rough day at work? Restore your energy with some spirulina or wheatgrass in your smoothie. Have an upset stomach? Peppermint or fennel in your smoothie can help restore the balance.


20 Refreshing Smoothie Recipes For This Summer


1. Pumpkin Juice

Pumpkin Juice - refreshing smoothie recipes

• 1 sweet potato

• 1/2 cup almond milk, soy milk, or skim milk

• 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

• 1 carrot

• 1/2 cup pumpkin

• 1/4 avocado, pitted and peeled.

Packed with omega-3s and an army of antioxidants led by vitamin A, this smoothie has everything you need to get you through the day, and its rich, smooth flavour will remind you of fall. Blend it with ice for a refreshing, midsummer treat, or stick to the milk for a comforting winter pick-me-up.


2. Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

• 6 strawberries, capped

• Seeds from 1 pomegranate

• 1 cucumber, quartered

• 1 banana, peeled.

This smoothie is a fresh and fruity way to start your day. The strawberries deliver vitamin A and the pomegranate does everything from actually stopping cancer to cleaning your teeth. Add in the potassium and vitamins from the banana along with the chlorophyll and other goodies from the cucumber, and you’re nutritionally ready to start the day!


3. Cherry Berry Mint Julep

Cherry Berry Mint Julep - refreshing smoothie recipes

Ingredients:

• 4 sprigs mint

• 1 cup raspberries

• 1 apple, cored and quartered

• 1/2 small cucumber, quartered.

The mint adds a nice touch to this smoothie. Mix up everything together. If the consistency is a bit thick, add 1/2 cup coconut water.


4. Berry-Berry Cherry Juice

 

Berry-Berry Cherry Juice

Ingredients:

• 1 cup dark cherries, pitted

• 1/2 lemon, peeled

• 1 cucumber, quartered

• 1 cup blueberries

• 1 cup raspberries

Blend all ingredients together. The lemon slows down oxidation, so you can take this to work with you without worrying about losing nutritional value.


5. Cherry Apple

Cherry Apple - refreshing smoothie recipes

Ingredients:

• 1 cup sour cherries, pitted

• 2 sprigs mint

• 1 apple, cored and quartered

• 2 ounces seltzer water

Blend the apple, cherries, and mint. Add the seltzer water to the smoothie, and pulse once or twice just to blend before pouring into the glass.


6. Pineapple Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Pineapple Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Ingredients:

• 1/4 pineapple, peeled

• 1 cup spinach

• 1 orange, peeled

• 1/4 cantaloupe, peeled and seeded

• 1 cup pomegranate seeds.

Cut the pineapple into 1-inch cubes. Toss all of the ingredients into the blender and puree.


7. Orange Carrot Smoothie

Orange Carrot Smoothie

Ingredients:

• 1 yellow beet

• 1 carrot with greens

• 1 orange, peeled

• 1/2 cup coconut water

Pulse the beet and the carrot, then add the orange and coconut water.


8. Cranberry Lemon

Cranberry Lemon

Ingredients:

• 2 lemons, peeled

• 3 cups water

• 1 cup cranberries.

By simply blending the cranberries and lemons, then adding the water. The lemons prevent oxidation, so go ahead and make multiple servings, even if you won’t be drinking them right away—they won’t lose their nutritional value. Enjoy!


9. Apple of Popeye’s Eye

Apple of Popeye’s Eye - refreshing smoothie recipes

Ingredients:

1 green apple, cored and quartered

• 1 cucumber, quartered

• 6 asparagus tips

• 2 cups spinach

• 1/2 cup water.

Add the apple and asparagus to the blender, and pulse until they are in chunks. Toss in the remaining ingredients, and puree until it reaches the desired texture.


10. Cranberry Watermelon Lime Smoothie

Cranberry Watermelon Lime Smoothie

Ingredients:

• 1 cup cranberries

• 1 cup watermelon

• 2 cup of ice water, 1 beet, with or without greens.

• 1 lime

Start with the beet first, then add the berries. Finish up with the watermelon, lime, ice, and enjoy.


11. Pineapple Celery Pick-Me-Up

Pineapple Celery Pick-Me-Up

Ingredients:

• 3 stalks celery

• 1 cucumber, quartered

• 1/4 pineapple, peeled

This smoothie is refreshing and great for a little boost of energy to get you through the summer afternoon. It tastes terrific, too! Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!


12. Citric-Berry Chiller

Citric-Berry Chiller

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup orange juice

• 4 medium strawberries, capped

• 1/4 pineapple, peeled

• 1/2 cup almond milk

Cut the pineapple into 1-inch pieces. Blend all ingredients and enjoy!


13. Summer Garden Smoothie

Summer Garden Smoothie

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup water

• 1 tomato

• 2 sprigs parsley

• 1 cucumber, quartered

• 1 cup broccoli florets

• 2 cups arugula

Add the water and broccoli in the blender, and pulse until the broccoli is chunked. Then add the rest of the ingredients and puree.

Everyone knows that broccoli and tomatoes are chock full of nutrients, but arugula has three grams of protein per serving, as well as potassium, folate, B6, magnesium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A and C—all important nutrients your skin needs to be healthy.


14. Peter Rabbit Cocktail Smoothie

Peter Rabbit Cocktail Smoothie - refreshing smoothie recipes

• 1 carrot

• 3 small sprigs cilantro

• 2 leaves kale

• 1 small cucumber, quartered

• 1 cup spinach

• 1 green apple, cored and quartered

• 1/4 cup water

Blend all ingredients together in the blender. If it’s too thick for your taste, add more water, cucumber, or apple.


15. Creamy, Chocolatey Smoothie

Creamy, Chocolatey Smoothie

Ingredients:

• ¼ cup cocoa powder or chocolate syrup

• ½ cup coconut milk

• 6 dates (pitted) 2 cups low fat milk or soymilk 2 tablespoon sweetener (your choice) 6 ice cubes

Blend all together and enjoy!


16. Watermelon Berry Cooler

Watermelon Berry Cooler - refreshing smoothie recipes

Ingredients:

•1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)

• 1 cup low-fat yoghurt ¼ cup protein powder 6 ice cubes

½ cup low-fat milk or soymilk Medium-sized seedless watermelon. Blend them all together.


17. Pineapple Avocado Smoothie

Pineapple Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients:

•½ avocado (sliced)

• ½ cup fennel (chopped)

• ½ cup pineapple (crushed from can is ok or fresh sliced)

• ½ ounce fresh mint (chopped)

• ½ cup ice cubes

• 1 cup spring water


18. Great Minds Gazpacho

Great Minds Gazpacho

Ingredients:

• 2 scallions

• 1 medium jalapeño pepper, de-stemmed (optional)

• 1 medium zucchini, quartered

• Lime juice, for garnish

• 1/2 cup water

• 2 cloves garlic, peeled

• 1 cucumber, quartered

• 1 avocado, pitted and peeled.

You can add some water while you are blending all ingredients above.


19. Plum Melon Chiller

Plum Melon Chiller

Ingredients:

• 2 plums

• 1 cup watermelon

• 1 small cucumber, quartered

Blend the ingredients and drink immediately. Just delicious!


20. Mango Mint

Mango Mint - refreshing smoothie recipes

Ingredients:

• 1/2 mango, pitted and peeled

• 3 sprigs mint

• 1 cup pomegranate seeds

• 1/4 papaya, seeded and peeled

• 1/2 cup almond milk

Blend all ingredients together. Tropical and refreshing, this smoothie reminds you of an exotic vacation.


Conclusion

There you have it. Your summer vacation will definitly saved with these smoothie recipes. Go ahead and try all of them out. These smoothies taste the best in the summer.

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