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The 4 Best Summer Smoothies (& tips to prep ahead!)

Author: Stacey Arsenault

Summer is officially here and we’ve got some delicious and healthy smoothies perfect to help keep you cool as the temperature heats up. Smoothies can be a great way to pack in some green foods! Like most meals, it’s always healthier when you make them at home. Many smoothies sold at stores tend to use juice as the liquid which adds unnecessary sugar to your smoothie. Here are our favorite smoothies for the summer without the added juice and packed with green foods! 

Mixed Berry Smoothie

A delicious smoothie that’s great for breakfast and can be prepped in advance. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced banana
  • ¾ cup frozen mixed berries
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh cauliflower rice
  • ½ cup of nonfat greek yogurt (optional, can skip if you’re dairy free)
  • ¾-1 cup of non-dairy milk (liquid amount depends on your desired consistency) 
  • 1 tbsp. of seeds (chia, flax, or hemp seeds, or a combination)

Tips to prep ahead:

  1. Use a reusable sandwich sized bag or zip-lock bag and fill each bag in this order: sliced bananas, berries, spinach, cauliflower, seeds. Prepare as many bags as you need for the upcoming week. 
  2. Store your pre-made smoothie packs in the freezer.
  3. On the day you’re ready to make your smoothie first pour your liquid, and yogurt (if using) into the blender and then your pre-made smoothie pack.  The order of liquid to the most frozen chunks on top will help your blender get the job done!

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

The avocado makes this smoothie so creamy and tasty!  This smoothie works great for breakfast and is quick and easy to make right before you drink it.  Remember to add liquid first to the most frozen chunks last. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 ripe avocado 
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh cauliflower rice
  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • ¾-1 cup of non-dairy milk (depends on your desired consistency)

Watermelon Slushie

This is perfect for a super hot day or after a sweaty workout. Watermelon is a great fruit for helping you stay hydrated. It’s best as a snack or in addition to your breakfast. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cut watermelon
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 squeezed lime
  • 1-2 pitted dates (for extra sweetness if you’d like)

Tropical Mango Smoothie

Another yummy smoothie for breakfast that can be prepped in advance to save you time in the mornings. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced banana
  • ¾ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh cauliflower rice
  • ½ cup of nonfat greek yogurt (optional, can skip if your dairy free)
  • ¾-1 cup of non-dairy milk (liquid amount depends on your desired consistency) 
  • 1 tbsp. of seeds (chia, flaxseed, hempseed, or a mixture)
  • A handful of mint leaves (optional)

Tips to prep ahead:

  1. Use a reusable sandwich sized bag or zip-lock bag and fill each bag in this order: sliced bananas, mangoes, spinach, cauliflower, seeds, and mint. Prepare as many bags as you need for the upcoming week. 
  2. Store your pre-made smoothie packs in the freezer.
  3. On the day you’re ready to make your smoothie first pour your liquid, and yogurt (if using) into the blender and then your pre-made smoothie pack. The order of liquid to most frozen chunks on the top will help your blender.