Summertime is the perfect time to get your smoothie on! An ice-cold blended drink is the perfect snack or meal when the heat is rising, and these ten smoothie recipes are chock full of fresh, healthy ingredients like seasonal berries and fruits.
1. Strawberry And Goji Berry Smoothie
Have you tried Goji berries yet? These tiny red berries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and have earned their reputation as a “superfood.” Goji berries are a potent source of beneficial antioxidants. They have up to 500 more times vitamin C than an orange, and more vision-promoting beta-carotene than a carrot. Gojis contain 11 essential vitamins and 22 essential minerals, making them a perfect addition to a healthy smoothie recipe. In this Strawberry and Goji Berry Smoothie, these superfood berries are combined with ripe, red strawberries, a touch of sweet honey, and almond milk.
2. Spirulina Superfood Smoothie Recipe
Spirulina, the spiral-shaped, blue-green algae, is the most “user friendly” of blue green algaes. It dates back to the Aztecs in the fourteenth century, who used it to boost their energy. Spirulina has plenty of health benefits, and is an almost perfect post-workout food. If you’re looking for a post-workout protein boost, try this take on a blue milk. It’s made with antioxidant-rich blueberries, spirulina, and has a little extra protein boost from your favourite vanilla plant-based protein.
3. Blueberry Flax Superberry Smoothie
Blueberries may look small, but they are a mighty superberry. Blueberries are another berry extremely high in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins. There is evidence these particular antioxidants have properties which are anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, help control obesity, and alleviate diabetes. This Blueberry Flax Superberry Smoothie gets even healthier with the addition of ground flax seed, spinach, greek yogurt, and coconut milk.
4. Tropical Superfood Smoothie
One sip of this healthy smoothie, and you may think you are on a tropical island vacation. Goji berries make another appearance, this time in the form of goji berry powder, which you can most likely find at your local health food store. Maca powder is another superfood ingredient that included in this Tropical Superfood Smoothie recipe, and this Peruvian root vegetable will add stamina, strength, energy, and a sense of vitality to your day. Papaya, mango, and pineapple provide the exotic flavors that will make you feel like there is sun in your hair and sand beneath your toes all the way to the last drop!
5. Cranberry Orange Smoothie
6. Cherry Almond Smoothie
Cherry and almond is a divine flavor combination that makes this healthy smoothie taste like a dessert. You may not realize it, but cherries have some pretty amazing super powers. Like many other berries, cherries offer a big dose of antioxidant protection, as well as vitamin C and vitamin A to keep hair strong and skin glowing. The anthocyanins in cherries have been shown to help improve memory, and cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin that can help you get a better night’s sleep. Try a Cherry Almond Smoothie for dinner or as a pre-bedtime snack to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer tonight.
7. Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie
Ready to start your day off with a fabulous smoothie that will get you up and running? Then pair those sweet-tart cherries with espresso and chocolate almond milk with this recipe for a Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie. Just because cherries will help you sleep better doesn’t mean they can’t be a great start to your day, either. For even more chocolate-y goodness, try adding some raw cacao powder to this smoothie. Raw cacao,or unsweetened chocolate, has an equally impressive amount of antioxidants and will take this chocolate-cherry combination to the next level of healthy benefits and sinfully rich flavor.
8. Blueberry “Brain Food” Smoothie
Can a smoothie make you smarter? It might if it’s a Brain Food Smoothie with blueberries, chia seeds, baby spinach, and green tea. Green tea has been found to protect the brain from mental decline, and increase activity in the area of the brain associated with memory tasks. Flavonoid compounds in blueberries have been linked to improved memory, learning, and general cognitive function such as reasoning skills, decision making, and verbal comprehension. That’s one smart smoothie.
9. Spiced Blueberry Cashew Coconut Smoothie
With all of the benefits that blueberries have to offer, it is no wonder they appear again and again in healthy smoothie recipes. For a new flavor twist, try this Spiced Blueberry Cashew Coconut Smoothie. Cardamom is spice that is used in many Indian and Asian dishes with a warm, spicy flavor. This recipe only has four ingredients, cardamom and honey cashew milk, coconut butter, blueberries and a banana, but its sophisticated flavor will taste like much more.
10. Berry Berry Smoothie
Sometimes less is more, and when you want a simple, easy, and healthy drink this will hit the spot. This Berry Berry Smoothie recipe combines blueberries, raspberries, and milk for a fresh and delicious fruit smoothie that will hit the spot any time of day. What do you get with this simple smoothie? How about two of the highest ranking antioxidant-rich berries, plenty of beneficial vitamins and minerals, and a sweet flavor that announces “Summer is here!”