7 Recipes for Summertime Smoothies That Perfectly Fit Your Personality

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The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer—that’s right, summer is here! And who wouldn’t want a fresh, cold smoothie on a hot day? Whether you’re looking to get your daily requirement of fruits and veggies, recovering after a hard workout, or want something quick and nutritious for breakfast, a smoothie will do the trick. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, smoothies are a great way to pack a punch in a single drink. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for summertime smoothies that pair perfectly with just about any personality.

1. Would Rather be at the Beach

You spend most of your time daydreaming of swimming in the ocean and digging your toes in the sand. You can almost feel the sun beating warming your skin—until you’re jarred back to reality with a phone call from your boss. While you may be counting down the days to your next beach vacation, bring a little bit of it to the office with this refreshing tropical smoothie, made with pineapple and mango. Add a bright paper umbrella, and you’ll almost feel the ocean breeze on your face.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of pineapple juice

  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk

  • 1 large banana, fresh or frozen and sliced

  • 1 cup of frozen mango

  • 1 cup of frozen pineapple

Blend ingredients until smooth.

Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo

2. Weekends are for Long Runs

Summer weekends mean getting up early before the heat kicks in for that long run. You do have a marathon coming up this fall, after all. But it’s just as important to recover and refuel after your run as it is to properly prepare ahead of your run. Ideally, you’ll add a mix of ingredients that includes a little bit of protein, iron, and healthy fats. Superfoods can add antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation. That’s where this smoothie comes in, checking all the boxes for a speedy recovery after your workout.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup greek yogurt

  • 1/2 frozen banana, sliced

  • 1 cup of frozen red tart cherries

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (bonus if it includes flax seeds!)

  • 1 large handful of baby spinach

Blend ingredients until smooth.

Recipe: AMRAP Life

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Looking for another way to get your greens? Mix up a spinach or kale smoothie. Jose Soriano

3. Love My Greens

This is the choice of folks who either love greens or use smoothies as a way to get their greens without tasting them. In this basic recipe, you can mix and match flavors to get all the nutritional benefits of, you know, actually eating your greens. (Tip: If you don’t really like the taste of greens, add more tropical fruits to mask the flavor.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen fruit (banana, mixed berries, tropical mix)

  • 1 cup of fresh greens (spinach or kale)

  • ½-1 cup of your favorite milk

  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground seeds (flax, chia, etc.)

Blend ingredients until smooth.

Recipe: FIT Foodie FINDS

4. Post-Afternoon Energy Boost

We’ve all been there—you know, the afternoon lull. The time between lunch and clocking out that can sometimes feel like it stretches on forever. If you’re someone who needs an afternoon pick-me-up, this smoothie is for you.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of frozen pineapple

  • 1 cup kale or 2 large kale leaves, de-stemmed

  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil

  • ½ avocado

  • 1 cup of water or coconut water (or milk of choice)

  • 1 tsp of matcha green tea powder

Blend ingredients until smooth.

Recipe: NourishMoveLove

5. Gimme all the Sweets

Some people don’t like things that are too sweet. You do not understand those people. Chocolate, gummy bears, or those strawberry candies from your grandmother’s candy dish—you’ll take it all. Lucky for you, there are plenty of ways to get that from a smoothie. Craving apple pie? Check. Strawberry shortcake? Got it. Chocolate brownie? There’s one of those, too. It was tough to pick just one, but this smoothie tastes just like chocolate pudding while adding in some ingredients that are actually good for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small banana, sliced

  • ½ avocado

  • ½ cup of your favorite milk (recipe recommends soy)

  • 2 tablespoons of mixed frozen berries

  • 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons of agave nectar

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Blend ingredients until smooth.

Recipe: allrecipes

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Java lovers can get their caffeine fix with a delicious coffee-infused smoothie. Tyler Nix

6. Always in Need of More Caffeine

You’d have a coffee IV drip if it were possible. Your family and co-workers don’t even bother (and quite possibly avoid you) until you’ve had your morning latte. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, too, we’ve got the perfect vegan-friendly smoothie, infused with coffee and delicious flavors like vanilla and coconut. (A little protein powder will keep you fuller longer, too.) It’s not a bad option until someone invents that IV.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of brewed coffee (or 3/4 cup brewed coffee and 1/4 cup light coconut milk)

  • 1 serving of vanilla protein powder

  • 1/4 cup of raw cashews

  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 small frozen banana or 3-4 frozen sweet potato cubes

  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

  • Generous pinch of sea salt

  • 3 ice cubes

Optional: Blend a few coffee beans for extra crunch and caffeine.

Blend ingredients until smooth. Top with coconut flakes, coffee or espresso beans, cacao nibs, or chopped cashews.

Recipe: Running on Real Food

7. No Time for Breakfast

Sure, you’d love to eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast, but honestly, who has the time? You’ve got things to do, and they don’t include hours upon hours of slaving over a stove making breakfast. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but mornings can be crazy. We get it. That’s why this smoothie is the perfect breakfast replacement. The best part? The recipe can be tweaked to taste like a blueberry muffin or peach cobbler.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen blueberries OR sliced frozen peaches

  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt

  • 1/2 cup of milk

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon for blueberries or 1/2 teaspoon if using peaches

Blend oats first until you have a fine powder. Add other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Recipe: Five Heart Home

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